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    Celebrating Volunteers: Dr. Rod Overton: Fixing Joint Pain

    Growing out of a desire to give back to the community, Dr. Rod Overton and a team of chiropractors offer their skills every Friday. October 8, 2013 by Melissa Yue Wallace
    The Centre of Hope in London, Ont., offers a food bank, spiritual care ministry, addiction services, housing support and Christmas programs. And since 2011, the centre has provided free chiropractic care to those who can't afford it, thanks to a team of 12 chiropractors who offer their skills every Friday.

    “We see about 60-80 people each week and it all takes place in the chapel,” says Dr. Rod Overton. “So it's a hustling, bustling and interesting place to be working.”

    Growing out of a desire to give back to the community, the team of chiropractors and other volunteers aims to improve the mobility and overall health of those who need it.

    “A lot of these people don't have as much access to many aspects of health care and a healthy diet,” he says. “While chiropractic care is inexpensive for some people, there is a certain portion of society that would never enter our clinics and would not receive any care.

    “These are the people we wanted to target and deliver care to.”

    Since opening the clinic, Dr. Overton says some patients have been able to return to work after being treated for ailments and some will volunteer to help keep the clinic running.

    “My ultimate goal is to see other clinics open up in Salvation Army missions across the country.”

    See more volunteer profiles.

    The chiropractic team and other volunteers at the Centre of Hope in London, Ont.  (Photo: Studio Kuefner Photography) The chiropractic team and other volunteers at the Centre of Hope in London, Ont. (Photo: Studio Kuefner Photography)

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