The Omega Drive chapter of Hands for Life was started in 2017 by Dr. Travis McKay after the loss of his childhood friend to a heroin overdose. Dr. McKay had watched this friend progress from using prescription strength opiate painkillers to heroin, and the damage it did to his life as a result. The goal and purpose of the Omega Drive chapter is simple; everyone should have access to chiropractic care, regardless of their income or their insurance coverage. In his for-profit clinic, Advanced Back & Neck Pain Center, Dr. McKay had had to turn away patients from care due to their lack of funds, high deductibles, or limited insurance coverage. Ironically enough, although a lot of times when the patient’s insurance would not cover chiropractic care, it would cover the use of prescription medication for pain. Chiropractic has been proven countless times within the research to be more effective and less dangerous than certain standard medical interventions for musculoskeletal pain conditions. Alternatives need to be offered for patients who can’t typically afford a complementary therapy, and if we can prevent at least one person from being introduced to opiate painkillers, we will consider ourselves successful.
To create a natural avenue for the underserved, financial hard-shipped population throughout the world to regain their health through:
- Chiropractic care creating an efficiently running nervous system,
- Accessible clean water and healthy food,
- The opportunity to have a superior education so that each person can reach their god given potential and create a healthier world tomorrow.
Hands For Life is a non profit 501(c)3 that prides itself on looking for the “greater good” within each individual on God’s planet. We understand there may be a divide that separates people based on culture, ethnicity, race, etc., and Hands For Life sees these difference’s as reasons to unite as one! Just like a rainbow has different colors, those colors makes up its inherent beauty. HFL sees the same inherent beauty within all people on our planet. Our differences and individual uniqueness’ make our world more exciting, more educational and more real. Hands For Life is dedicated to creating a healthier world while honoring the differences amongst us. We travel the globe to touch lives and educate people about health. Through chiropractic and a natural lifestyle, along with water, food and education, Hands For Life sees its role as a facilitator to unleash the God given potential residing within each person. Sustainability, empowerment, better health and self sufficiency are what we leave behind after we touch so many. Our goal is simple: to make sure every man, woman and child have a high functioning nerve system, enough food and water for great nutrition, and an education so they can read, write, and have the basic skills so they can thrive and thus make a better contribution to the world.
We’re a family of chiropractors serving to make the world a healthier, more connected place. Our team understands the disparity in healthcare across the globe. There are some communities with access to excellent chiropractic care. There are other groups of people who have no way of receiving the benefit of chiropractic care. Our team came together to try and shrink the gap between the “haves” and the “have not’s”.
Dr. Travis McKay was born into a chiropractic family and has seen firsthand the benefits of chiropractic care his entire life. Initially it was by watching his father, Dr. Richard McKay, in his practice and then eventually he would see it first hand after graduating from Life University in 2014 and becoming the clinical director of Advanced Back & Neck Pain Center. One of the hardest parts of his career as a chiropractor has been having to turn away certain patients because of lack of funds or lack of insurance. Dr. McKay hopes that with the creation of this branch of Hands for Life, everyone who wants it can have access to chiropractic care!
Dr. Travis McKay
Dr. Richard McKay is the founder of Advanced Back & Neck Pain Center, an award winning and long standing chiropractic clinic in Newark, DE. He has worked in the field for over 30 years, serving hundreds of thousands over that time, and all from the same Newark, DE location! His passion and knowledge for chiropractic has allowed him to help countless people, and he looks forward to helping even more with his role in Hands for Life!
Dr. Richard McKay
Barry Gommer is a licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Delaware and a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner specializing in Chinese Medical Therapies. Barry is board certified in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (www.nccaom.org) He also holds several certifications in Oriental Medical Massage, including Tuina. Barry’s acupuncture clinic, Delaware Acupuncture & Nutrition, is located in the Omega Professional Center with Hands for Life. His work in complementary and alternative medicine has allowed him to experience major successes with the patients in his own clinic, and he’s looking forward to serving even more of the community with his role in Hands for Life.
Marie Fournier has been a pillar in the chiropractic community for the last 20+ years. Serving as the Office Manager for Advanced Back & Neck Pain Center, Marie has been able to assist thousands of patients with their chiropractic care. With her strong experience in the industry, Marie is ready to help reach out to even more people in her community, to help them get access to chiropractic care as a first line treatment approach for certain conditions.
Mary Wingate is an administrative professional with a long history working in the healthcare field. She’s been able to negotiate the ever changing insurance landscape within numerous different treatment centers and types of therapies. Her other role as the Billing Manager for Advanced Back & Neck Pain Center has allowed her to be a part of the chiropractic community, and she is looking to make that community even larger and help even more patients with her part in Hands for Life.
Patrick Johnston was born and raised in northern Delaware. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Systems Engineering and Economics, and now lives in Virginia with his wife Susan. Mr. Johnston works as a business and technology consultant in Washington D.C., building and maintaining financial systems for various federal agencies. After witnessing friends and family struggle with addiction, Mr. Johnston looks forward to lending his business and technology expertise to support the mission of reducing opiate dependency through alternative treatment methods, particularly for the less fortunate in and around his hometown.
Brian S. Legum is an associate attorney in the Newark office of Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz& O’Neill, P.A. He understands the stress experienced by those who have been injured, whether in a car accident, on private property or on the job, and he’s been able to witness the negative effects that improper medical care can have on a person and their family.Bilingual in Spanish and English, his role in Hands for Life is a critical one, allowing the chapter access to whole new section of the community. As an attorney, Mr. Legum has received awards for his community work, and he’s hoping to continue that trend of serving his community with his role in Hands for Life.