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Our Story

So many of us are blessed to have our health and the necessities of life.  We watch our children go to school, get 3+ meals a day, and have all the water and food they can possibly imagine.  As we drive to and from work, go hiking on weekends,  have a nice dinners  or see movies, there is another side of the world that is quite different. There are places where sickness and loss of life run rampant and food and clean water are scarce.  Where there are no schools, no teachers, and the people live their lives as  others could only imagine.  Some say “it’s not fair”, while others say “we create the life we live”.  While there may be truth to both statements, what about asking,  “How can I be part of lifting my fellow man, woman and child to better health and wellness?”  That’s the question Drs. Ron and Mary Oberstein asked themselves years ago, when they started their service work around the world to the less fortunate.  Over the years, it became evident that others not only felt the same way about the state of health and living throughout the world, but that they also wanted to help make a difference.  Out of this caring and love, Hands For Life was born.  It was time for the Obersteins to  create a bigger game, one that surpassed themselves and included others from around the world.  Whether it is doctors volunteering their time and talent through Hands For Life, or people throughout the world donating money to help fund Hands For Life projects, it proves that there is “Power In Numbers.”
In 2014, over 6000 children and adults in Mexico were seen by Hands For Life doctors.   In November of 2014,  Hands For Life doctors served along with a small group of doctors to see over 7200 people in 4 days while on a service trip in India.    The first school built through the donation of Dr. Ron  was in 1985 on the island of Bali, and since that time, he has helped many other rural areas increase their educational  output to children.  The first and third Saturday of every month, Hands For Life doctors and volunteers travel to Tijuana, Mexico to take care of orphans, families in need of health care, and the sick and suffering.  And 5 days a week, Hands For Life serves those with financial hardships  in San Diego.  The potential to increase the health and well-being within one person, one village, one state, one country and one world is UP TO US!!  And your help is part of the solution!

Our Mission

To create a natural avenue for the underserved, financial hard-shipped population throughout the world to regain their health through:

  1. Chiropractic care creating an efficiently running nervous system,
  2. Accessible clean water and healthy food,
  3. The opportunity to have a superior education so that each person can reach their god given potential and create a healthier world tomorrow.


Our Purpose

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.


Our Team

Anna Savino, Esq.  Executive Director Anna came to Hands For Life in 2015.  As an attorney, she loved the work she was doing, but knew there was a bigger purpose in her life.  When she learned about Hands For Life she was immediately attracted to the nonprofit world.  As our E.D., Anna is the glue that keeps our organization going.  She is diligent, understanding, thoughtful, compassionate, brilliant, and most of all loving.  With her legal background, strong work ethic, Italian passion and caring heart, Anna truly exemplifies what Hands For Life is all about, and we are lucky to have her driving our train. Oh, did we mention her desire to change the world into a more healthy, peaceful, loving place.  Yes, that’s Anna and a whole lot more!!

Lauren Pennetti, D.C.  International Project Manager Dr. Lauren Pennetti was born into a chiropractic family, being the oldest daughter of Drs. Ron and Mary Oberstein.  She attended Life University in Atlanta, GA where she met her husband, Dr. Matthew Pennetti.  Serving others and allowing their bodies to heal naturally is her favorite thing about chiropractic.  Dr. Lauren started chiropractic mission work at the age of 8, serving with her parents in Mexico, Peru, Europe, along with many other countries.  Her dedication to helping those less fortunate along with sharing the lifestyle of natural health care are always first and foremost in her mind.  Her work in Hands For Life is on the international level, directing our Mexico and India Mission Trips, as well as working with the less fortunate in San Diego.

Matthew Pennetti  D. C., San Diego Project Manager Dr. Matthew Pennetti graduated from Life University in Atlanta, GA as a chiropractor, where he met his wife to be,  Dr. Lauren Oberstein.  His passion is helping others live a more connected, natural life, without the use of drugs or surgery.  He has participated in mission work in El Salvador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.  His knowledge, understanding, and passion to serve and educate those less fortunate is uncontested.  Dr. Matthew is in charge of our San Diego Mission.  This involves reaching out to communities in need and serving Hands for Life patients on a daily level through chiropractic care.  Dr. Matthew lecture throughout the community, spreading the word about life and health, and teaching people how to be as healthy as possible, thus living life at their innate potential.