I (Nick) was born in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Creighton University with a BA in Spanish and in 2007 with a doctorate in physical therapy. I studied abroad in the DR in 2002, where my values and passions were strongly influenced. I became more aware of the interconnectivity of Christian faith and spirituality and the acting out of our faith. Despite skin fungi, stomach flues and machete cuts, I continued to return to the DR from 2007-2010 with Laurie for physical therapy service trips through Creighton University. We learn so much from the highly hospitable Dominican people! After meeting Laurie, I moved to Kansas City and worked as a physical therapist in a hospital-based setting and at an outpatient free clinic. I thoroughly enjoy running, soccer, and sustainable gardening.
I (Laurie) was born in Pasadena, California and graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003 with a BA in Exercise Physiology and from Rockhurst University in 2007 (DPT). I developed a great love for the mountains on our family’s summer adventures to the forests and national parks. Between Lake Ave. Church and public schools, I was blessed with wonderful friends who are still close today. At Point Loma, I grew in the practical applications of my faith while participating in urban ministries in San Diego. It has been wonderful to have a partner in Nick to continue this kind of ministry in multiple settings. Another such place of growth has come through participating in social justice and fellowship ministries with Holy Family Catholic Worker in Kansas City. I worked at Truman Medical Center, a county hospital in Kansas City for 4 years up until our move.
We first met over a long phone conversation in March 2006, while Laurie was searching for international physical therapy rotations. We discovered early on that we shared a love for practicing health care in settings that require much creativity and resourcefulness, and enjoy this as a practical way of being with God’s people who have a wealth that is much different than ours in the US. In this activity, our faith is greatly encouraged.
One can see how all of these circumstances accumulated. God consistently placed the Dominican Republic on our road map, and we made a commitment to several years of life in the Dominican Republic, which started in May 2011. We are blessed with a supportive sending network including our wonderful families and friends, Trinity Church of the Nazarene, our Catholic Worker community in Kansas City, and healthcare colleagues. Our work is a reflection of all of you. THANK YOU!