Although he is highly sought after by those in need of his chiropractic talents, Dr. Jon Petrick believes in giving back to his community when he’s not busy acting as Clinical Director of the Las Vegas Pain Relief Center.
As a result, soon after relocating to Las Vegas in 1999, Dr. Petrick eagerly began developing relationships with many organizations in the area including Special Olympics of Nevada, the City of Las Vegas Adaptive Recreation Program and Opportunity Village. Although he received a great deal of satisfaction from these experiences and achieved a great deal of success working with the individuals he met, Jon realized there was room for improvement in some areas. This led him to create KEEP IT SIMPLE, KEEP IT FUN (KIS-MIF), a 501(c) (3) non-profit recreational therapy program dedicated to providing disabled individuals 16 years and older with the opportunity to experience leisure activities. This includes ensuring regular access to recreational pursuits including camping, hiking, water and snow skiing, swimming and mountain biking. There are also outdoor wheelchair sports: basketball, football, pickle ball, racquet Ball, triathlons and over the line tournaments.
KIS-MIF is one of the few non-profits in the country providing quality outdoor activities for the disabled and the only program of its kind in Nevada. Although primarily focused on the outdoor cooking, bowling, movie and museum outings participation in holiday events are also offered either at reduced prices or no cost to participants. The aim is for attendees to meet new people, socialize, develop interpersonal skills, gain self-confidence, reduce stress and improve their communication skills. KIS-MIF advocates and promotes personal responsibilities it empowers independence through its comprehensive programs. Dr. Petrick says, the program is a platform to help people for the sake of helping people. There’s no financial reward or medals or plaques, you just get a true sense of helping those who cannot help themselves.”
Dr. Petrick also has an eye to the future with KIS-MIF. He is currently working towards fundraising through grants, fee-for-service contracts and individual and corporate contributions. He plans to use the seed money from these efforts into eventually constructing a multi-million-dollar facility like the ones located in Arizona and Los Angeles. Those establishments provide resources for the disabled including: offering information, indoor/outdoor programs, advocacy, legal support, accounting, sports, healthcare access, child services and handling home modification needs. Dr. Petrick is looking forward to the day when the city of Las Vegas joins them in offering this assistance.