Over the last 3 years, Dr. Ben Glass D.C. and Dr. Irina Velichko D.C. have been providing holistic education and volunteering their chiropractic services locally and abroad. Based in Oakland, CA this team has been providing chiropractic care for underserved youth, men and women in Berkeley and Oakland in designated health clinics.
They have been invited to speak about the chiropractic profession to youth at career fairs, classrooms, girl scouts, youth sports teams and public libraries. They have spent hundreds of hours volunteering their chiropractic services in India, Mexico, Honduras and Columbia. In 2015 , they were an official sponsor of the Bay Area Derby Girls and provided weekly care and education to the players.
Drs. Irina and Ben want to build a stronger and healthier community by helping people increase wellness in their lives. Drs. Irina and Ben founded Hands for Life Lake Merritt in Oakland to expand and organize all of the community projects they are involved in.
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 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. Irina Velichko received her B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University and doctorate from Life Chiropractic College West. Dr. Irina Velichko
Dr. Glass received his Bachelors in Kinesiology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his Doctorate from Life Chiropractic College West. Dr. Benjamin Glass
Jady has spent most of her career to date working in the area of law with various law firms, being an advocate to the less fortunate. She is currently preparing for the California Bar Exam and the Patent Bar to assist those in business and innovative entrepreneurship.
Before joining Hands for Life, Jady spent a significant amount of time volunteering with Asian Health Services, focusing on serving the immigrant and refugee Asian community. Working as a clinical medical assistant and phlebotomist, she observed how many communities often lacked access to healthy food options and proper education in order to lead a healthy and holistic lifestyle. Jady feels that to serve and be an advocate for a medically and financially underserved community is paramount to the mission of Hands for Life. She is grateful to be a Board Member with Hands for Life and the work they will do together.Jady Leung