Back to Africa

Dr. Craig Humphreys takes the Kenai Spine team to Kenya to provide free spine surgery for those in need.

Cure Kenya

The Keani Spine team works with the local hospital, Cure Kenya, to provide spine surgeries to those in need.

Giving Back

Kenai Spine donates time to Kenai Animal Shelter.

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About Us

Throughout Dr. Humphreys’ career, he has looked for ways to give back to patients and the communities in which he has served. Over the years, Dr. Humphreys has also found great personal satisfaction providing free spine care, knowledge, and expertise to patients suffering from back and neck pain in countries like India, Lucia, Lithuania, and China. He has also had a long track record of supporting many local events that benefit the underprivileged. In fact, Kenai Spine is working with 12 separate charitable organizations in the Soldotna community by donating time and money in support of their programs.
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Giving Back

Our mission is to provide support and healthcare to community initiatives that will benefit those in need. We are committed to providing exceptional care and assisting initiatives with the expertise of Dr. Humphrey and the Kenai Spine staff. Take a look at some of the communities and charitable organizations we have helped recently.

2018 Kenai Spine Mission Trip to Kenya

Kenya, Africa

Every year, Kenai Spine contributes time and financial resources to support the Carolyn Jane Foundation, a 501c(3) charitable organization. The mission of the Carolyn Jane Foundation is to bring orthopedic care to rural areas of need.

As an elementary school teacher in Anchorage, Carolyn Jane Humphreys witnessed many young people caught in tenuous situations beyond their control. She realized that school was often the only stable and safe space for children. She developed federally-funded learning programs to reach remote Alaskan village populations, and broke down cultural and literacy barriers ever present in the forgotten corners of Anchorage. Helping people for the sake of helping was ingrained in Carolyn Jane and her family without an expectation of a “thank you.”

Throughout Dr. Humphreys’ career, he has looked for ways to give back to patients and the communities in which he has served. Over the years, Dr. Humphreys has also found great personal satisfaction providing free spine care, knowledge, and expertise to patients suffering from back and neck pain in countries like India, Lucia, Lithuania, and China. In 2010, he return to Alaska where he grew up as a fellowship-trained spine surgeon. He desired to finish his medical career providing the best quality spine care to Alaskans.

In 2012, Dr. Humphreys and his family traveled to Kenya on a medical mission trip with the World Medical Mission organization, where they each volunteered to provide health care to a much-needed area of the country. World Medical Mission was established in 1977 to assist general surgeons who wanted to volunteer for short-term mission trips in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Dr. Humphreys and his family enjoyed their trip so much that they returned in January of 2014 with the hopes of finding a local hospital with which he could partner to provide spine care for the benefit of the underprivileged in Kenya, East Africa. As in 2012, Dr. Humphreys was able to utilize his 20 years of experience as an orthopedic spine surgeon to assist local doctors to treat patients suffering from orthopedic-related pathologies, while his family volunteered many hours of service working in the pediatric ward of the hospital providing comfort and relief to the many children admitted there.

While in Kenya, Dr. Humphreys also visited hospitals known for providing quality healthcare to the underserved in Kenya, and was able to identify a hospital just outside of Nairobi with which he can partner to build a quality spine program designed to educate local orthopedic residents and young surgeons, and ultimately provide affordable spinal health care to those suffering from neck and back pain.

Upon return home from Kenya, Dr. Humphreys and the team at Kenai Spine organized a committee whose job it will be to plan and execute a return trip to that hospital in Kenya where spine patients can receive advanced spinal health care. The Kenai Spine team plans to head back to Africa in January 2015.

In 2014, Dr. Humphreys identified a Kenyan hospital — CURE Kenya — which provided the surgical operating rooms and necessary surgical instrumentation to enable the Kenai Spine team to perform complex spine surgery for underserved patients in Kijabe, Kenya, East Africa. This included complex scoliosis correction that would not otherwise be available in Kenya.

“A project of this magnitude requires significant planning and participation by many people and organizations who are willing to donate their time, expertise, medical instrumentation and equipment for the benefit of the underprivileged in Kenya”, explains Craig Wilcox, executive director of Kenai Spine. Wilcox continues, “This is something Dr. Humphreys feels strongly about. He believes that he should give back to not only the Alaska community where he grew up, but also play some role in helping those in the poorest areas of Africa who suffer from spine problems, and who would never otherwise benefit from the pain relief provided by spine surgery. We are fortunate to be able to assemble a team that is capable and willing to carry out Dr. Humphreys’ vision.”

We are pleased to provide here images of Dr. Humphreys and the KenaiSpine clinical team on their 2018 Mission Trip to Kenya. This year — through the donation of medical products and equipment from multiple companies — the KenaiSpine team and CURE Kijabi hospital was able to forever change the lives of 13 patients from all over Africa.  Many of these individuals — ages 13 to 63 — were immobile, in great pain, with no hope. The clinical team helped to give these people back their lives.  

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Kenai Animal Shelter

Kenai, Alaska

Each month Kenai Spine selects a local charity to donate much needed time or resources. On February 28, 2014, a group of Kenai Spine employees volunteered at the Kenai Animal Shelter. The Kenai Spine team helped with a number of duties at the Animal Shelter including helping care for the animals living in the shelter.

The City of Kenai Animal Shelter & Control serves the City of Kenai. The Kenai Animal Shelter houses dogs and cats looking for loving, forever homes. The shelter even has other animals such as rabbits, ferrets or birds.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Kenai Animal Shelter, you may stop by the Kenai Animal Shelter, fill out an application and sign up on the schedule. Kenai Animal Shelter has allotted times for specific duties, and would love to fill that schedule with dedicated volunteers.

The Kenai Animal Shelter is located at 510 N. Willow Street in Kenai. The phone number is 907-283-7353 and Hours of Operation are Tuesday – Friday 11am-5:00pm and Saturday 11am-5pm.

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High School Golf Tournament

Kenai, Alaska

In April, Kenai Spine helped the Soldotna High School Golf Team by sponsoring the Soldotna High School Golf Tournament.

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Kenai Spinal Tap Softball Team

Kenai, Alaska

In May, Kenai Spine sponsored the Kenai Spinal Tap Softball Team. The contribution will help cover umpire costs, purchase and repair equipment, provide field maintence and improvements, host the annual Firecracker Tournament, and cover state association dues.

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14th Annual Kenai River Rotary Unity Run

Kenai, Alaska

On Saturday, July 21, 2018 the Kenai River Rotary Club and Tsalteshi Trails Association staged their 14th annual Rotary Unity Run at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna, Alaska. Kenai Spine was proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the event. By sponsoring the Unity Run, Kenai Spine was supporting literacy programs, local cleanup efforts, polio eradication and maintenance of the Tsalteshi Trails system.

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Celebrate Life • 5K Run & Walk

Kenai, Alaska

KenaiSpine is pleased to be a 2018 supporter of the Celebrate Life 5K Run & Walk event. ABC Life Choices (previously known as ABC Pregnancy Care Center) provided 792 patient visits last year, which included pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, at no cost to their patients. ABC Life Choices is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization serving the Kenai area. 

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Industry Appreciation Day

Kenai, Alaska

KenaiSpine was a Gold Sponsor of the Industry Appreciation Day in August 2018. The event celebrates the industries and companies in the Kenai / Soldotna community and attracts more than 3,000 residents to increase the awareness of the area’s diverse employers.

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Lost Lake Run

Seward, Alaska

KenaiSpine was a sponsor of the Lost Lake Run August 25, 2018 to benefit medical research related to cystic fibrosis. The annual run, located near Seward Alaska, travels through a 16 mile path around Lost Lake. Since inception, this event has raised over $2 million dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Kenai River Sport Fishing Association

Kenai, Alaska

KenaiSpine contributed again in 2018 to the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association. The KenaiSpine donation will provide a seat on a fishing boat during the Kenai River Classic for a U.S. Veteran, and sponsor a table at the Kenai River Classic dinner for the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW.)

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New Hope Counseling Center

Soldotna, Alaska

KenaiSpine was a corporate sponsor in 2018 to New Hope Counseling Center in Soldotna. New Hope Counseling Center is a non-profit counseling center located on the campus of Alaska Christian College. The center provides counseling to Alaska Native students from rural Alaska regions where substance abuse and other forms of abuse have been prevalent. The goal is to help these students chart a new course toward a productive life and career.

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"This is something Dr. Humphreys feels strongly about. He believes that he should give back to not only the Alaska community where he grew up, but also play some role in helping those in the poorest areas of the world."

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