Meeting Dr. Jeff Kahrs: Understanding the Experiences of Life

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Meeting Dr. Jeff Kahrs: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Feeling the need to return to chiropractic care, I called the office of Dr. Dean Simmons, whom I had known for over twenty years. Understanding that Dr. Dean would not be doing the initial interview, but I could continue receiving care from him afterwards, I met Dr. Jeff Kahrs for the first time.

I found him to be personable, attentive, and reflective regarding his work, his life, and his role in the universe.

Giraffes in Kenya, December 2013.

Giraffes in Kenya, December 2013.

Mentioning that he was traveling to Kenya in December 2013 set off sparks of excitement between us and exclamations on my part; I had traveled to Kenya in October 2012, and again in January/February 2013. Moving from the energy level of, “just another doctor’s visit” to

“OMG! YOU ARE GOING TO KENYA!?!”

created quite a stir in the office with our laughter and shared passion. Walking away from my appointment that day, I marveled at the Creator of the Universe stepping into my life once again, and obviously, Dr. Kahrs’ life as well, to bring two people together with similar interests, helping me in understanding the experiences of life.

Transforming my dull and boring office visits to the chiropractor, Dr. Kahrs raised the level of my delight beyond my original expectation to a quality unexpected in this lifetime: our conversations were always amazing. Who cared that I was trying to get better physically?

Mt. Kilimanjaro, January 2013.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, January 2013.

My spirit was soaring to a place of transcendence; every visit was greeted with exuberance as I cherished the few moments allowed for adjustments in discussion of our common passion. 

Piquing my interest beyond my quiet ordinary life, I decided to see how I could serve Dr. Kahrs and his mission to help raise money for the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, which is located in the small village of Kimana, Kenya at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Dreamweaver International, which Dr. Kahrs became affiliated with through his work in Kenya, is the organization seeking to help the Maasai in the region with:

  • education
  • health care
  • compassion care
Dr. Jeff Kahrs providing chiropractic care in Kenya, December 2013.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs providing chiropractic care for the Maasai in Kenya, December 2013.

Due to the discrimination of local stereotyping experienced by the Maasai, resources are limited, poverty is pervasive, and health facilities are rare, if non-existent.

Raising awareness of the Maasai culture to the public, providing education for the Maasai, and assisting in transforming the lives of the local population, Dreamweaver seeks to create a comprehensive approach in the following areas:

  • cultural
  • economic
  • education
  • societal factors
Dr. Kahrs with Maasai children in Kenya, December 2013.

Dr. Kahrs with Maasai children in Kenya, December 2013.

Understanding the appeal of the Kenyan people to Dr. Kahrs and myself is not hard when you experience their warmth and friendliness. At the end of the day, they are extremely gracious and very thankful for anything you do for them. How did we get to Kenya in the first place? That is a spiritual attraction that even we have a hard time articulating; however, needless to say, helping the Kenyan people seems to be the most natural thing we could do.

What began as a simple trip to the chiropractor’s office to improve my physical health has evolved into a relationship based on mutual passion. Further conversation has revealed that we share similar thoughts on:

  • faith
  • health
  • well-being
  • thinking
  • parenting
Dr. Jeff Kahrs working on a patient in the clinic.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs working on a patient in the  Simmons Chiropractic Clinic.

Transforming chiropractic care into understanding the experiences of life has taught me to thoroughly enjoy my trips to the office, regretting the cessation and longer distance between appointments that naturally occur with progression in healing.

However, thinking about Dr. Kahrs and his work, his passion for Kenya, his desire for excellent personal health, his approach to life, and his take on the universe, has never ceased. Connecting with another human being over similar interests and passion has immeasurably increased my gratitude and pleasure in the simple doctor-patient relationship, which is a common experience at the Simmons Chiropractic Clinic.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs with Douglas Monene, Founder of Ingrid Education Centre, and myself at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya, January 2015.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs with Douglas Monene, Founder of Ingrid Education Centre, and myself at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya, January 2015.

Support Dr. Jeff Kahrs as he returns to Kenya in January  2016 to work with Dreamweaver International, visit the children of Ingrid Education Centre, taking dresses to the school from Little Dresses for Africa as well as providing chiropractic care to both.

To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/mp6trnr8

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2 Comments

  1. I am one of the directors for Dreamweaver. I met Jeff when he was here. I also was impressed with Mr Kahrs.
    So enjoyed your blogs.

    • Thank you, Ken, for commenting about Dr. Jeff Kahrs and the blogs I wrote regarding his work in Kenya. I hope that I will have the pleasure of meeting you when I travel to Kenya again.

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