Not all charity work happens solely in other countries. Dr. Lisa Kellett is often referred to as the go-to doctor for all things dermatological, but few know about her Toronto clinic’s charity, DLK Cares. Dr. Kellett works with The Hospital for Sick Children by providing state-of-the-art treatments to children whose families could not normally afford them. DLK Cares was officially established when Dr. Kellett moved to her own clinic a year ago, but she has been doing this kind of work for about 10 years.
She recalls one holiday season when a girl and her mother came into her clinic. “The mother looked at me and looked around her and said, ‘We could never afford this.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, we cover everything,”’ recounts Dr. Kellett. “The mother then said, ‘This is the best Christmas gift I could ever get,’ and she started to cry.” Moments like these are the reason why Dr. Kellett devotes about 25 per cent of her practice to DLK Cares.
She has also opened her charity to adult victims of violence, such as Nadia McLean, who made news last year when a concrete brick was thrown into her windshield from an overpass on Highway 401. By repairing the scars of these victims for free, Dr. Kellett hopes to show them that there is still good in the world. Dr. Kellett sees this work as an integral part of her practice. “What are we living for if we don’t make time to help other people?” she says. “It shows someone,especially someone who has been through a rough time or a victim of violence, that there are people around who really care.”
Dr. Kellett is only one example of cosmetic doctors who take time away from their successful day jobs to help others in need, and they agree it’s worth it.
—From “Do-Good Docs” by Emily Wexler, Elevate Magazine, Winter 2006.