Oklahaven began in response to the needs of chronically ill children in 1962, many of whom in the early 1960’s were paralyzed, in braces and wheelchair bound. The founders chose to provide chiropractic care through a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. They relied on the generosity of the private sector who shared their vision of natural drug-free health care and of other colleagues to donate their services.
Oklahaven has continued to operate through private donations without federal, state or United Way funding for 55 years. If you would like to make a donation click here.
In 1979 Dr. Bobby Doscher, a Philadelphian and graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa, became the Chief Executive Officer assuming the Center’s daily operations. In addition to her treatment of the children through chiropractic adjustments, under her guidance, with the Board of Directors, the Center has focused on telling the children's (chiropractic) story. This is accomplished by fundraising, working with the community, writing journal stories and lecturing on natural health care. Parents learn about the developmental sequence, the need for regular adjustments, fresh whole natural foods, fresh air and sunshine, all of which help their children’s bodies grow and maintain health.
In 1993, the Children’s Center moved from its 12th Street location that was bequeathed by a chiropractor to its current larger facility. The Center’s Oklahoma location makes it accessible to patients from the airport. Its influence is also international, with Dr. Doscher and staff flying to treat children in Jordan, Guatemala and Mexico.
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