CHARM brings medical, nursing, and allied health professionals together to perform medical missions both locally and abroad to impoverished children in need of vital surgical and medical care. Team members work tirelessly and give their time and talent for absolutely no monetary compensation.
Children’s Health and Rehabilitative Missions (CHARM) is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to bringing hope to children around the world by joining medical, nursing, and allied health professionals together to perform life-saving surgical procedures and medical treatment to impoverished children who would otherwise never receive the necessary care.
Currently CHARM involves plastic and reconstructive surgery, podiatry, and primary care services. The goal is to expand in order to offer many more medical specialties such as general surgery, breast cancer specialists, speech pathology, dentistry, psychiatry, and more. With increasing funds, CHARM hopes to extend its mission and provide teams to many countries. In addition it is our desire to provide the medical and allied health services to children in Florida who are either uninsured or due to the high cost of insurance and the associated deductibles, are unable to afford care.
CHARM is led by Dr. Eric Stelnicki, MD, a pediatric plastic and craniofacial reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Stelnicki has been treating children for 18 years and has been involved in medical missions for 25 years, performing over a thousand surgical procedures all over the world for both children and adults free of cost. The children’s charity CHARM was developed in response to the desperate, overwhelming need for medical and surgical care for children in developing and third world countries. Dr. Stelnicki, along with his wife Melissa Stelnicki, BSN, RN, (an operating room nurse also experienced with medical missions) recognized the need for medical professionals to join together as a cohesive team in order to offer a wide range of specialized care to patients. Dr. Stelnicki was contacted by government officials to bring his expertise to the people of Guyana, where there is a desperate need for children’s plastic and reconstructive surgery. CHARM brings medical, nursing, and allied health professionals together to perform medical missions both locally and abroad to impoverished children in need of vital surgical and medical care. CHARM also exists to educate and train professionals in other countries in order to care for their own people to the best of their ability and provide a continuum of care to patients post operatively.
Dr. Stelnicki with his wife Melissa Stelnicki, BSN, RN,