Our Story

Dr. Desiree is the President of Hands For Life McKinley in Sacramento, CA. She and her chiropractic team are committed to raising the awareness of people all over the world and helping them to access all of their innate gifts which allow them to heal.

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

We’re a family of chiropractors serving to make the world a healthier, more connected place. Our team understands the disparity in healthcare across the globe. There are some communities with access to excellent chiropractic care. There are other groups of people who have no way of receiving the benefit of chiropractic care. Our team came together to try and shrink the gap between the “haves” and the “have not’s”.

Dr. Desiree Crusade is Board Certified and an expert in the field of Palmer Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic. Dr. Crusade has a family practice in Sacramento where patients of all ages are compassionately and powerfully supported in their healing experiences. Health conditions of all types respond positively to Dr. Crusade’s specific method of adjusting. She is committed to expanding the awareness of Palmer Specific Chiropractic in her community and carrying on the work of Dr. B.J. Palmer, developer of Chiropractic.


Dr. Crusade is from Philadelphia, PA. A member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University and received her doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in Atlanta, GA. She then moved to Sacramento to train with her mentor, the late Dr. Clarence Jenson, a former leader and teacher of Palmer Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic. Dr. Crusade trained with Dr. Jenson for 13 years, and she continues to specialize in the correction of upper cervical subluxation to restore optimal brainstem function.


As a marathoner who has been running for 35 years, Dr. Crusade understands the importance of spinal alignment in achieving one’s health and fitness goals while avoiding injuries. As a private pilot, she also recognizes the critical role a healthy nervous system plays in sensory acuity under stressful situations.


Dr. Crusade’s top priority in her profession is to give even more than she has received from Palmer Upper Cervical Chiropractic, which is immeasurable and continuously rewarding. She is enthused to reach people who are suffering and help them find their way back to optimal health. Hands For Life has given her the perfect opportunity to utilize her gifts to help others more effectively access their own.

Desiree Crusade Garavello

President and Board Member

Kay is a Chiropractic Assistant for Crusade Specific Chiropractic & Hands For Life McKinley. Kay was born and raised in California and has lived most of her life in Sacramento. Kay believes it is vital to support people & animals in the community that are under served & at risk. As a local Sacramento native, Kay has worked with a number of local groups supporting homelessness, feeding the hungry, women’s & children’s shelters as well as the local animal shelters. Kay comes from a background in animal welfare and nutrition, she understands the importance of compassion & understanding during the most challenging times in someones life. She values open discourse, solution oriented problem solving and realistic goal setting. Kay loves music, reading, riding bikes and swimming in the rivers. In the future Kay wants to open up a local shop that will provide basic necessities to those living in her community, she also wants to learn how to sail and play the piano. Kay also believes that regular upper cervical chiropractic care is essential to optimal health of the body & mind.

Kristie Beile

Secretary and Board Member

Greg Garavello was born and raised in California. Since 2004, Greg has worked for Genentech in both South San Francisco and Vacaville, California. Greg has embraced the opportunity to collaborate with others to produce life changing therapies for cancer and other unmet medical needs. Greg is very excited about the opportunity to continue his mission by helping Hands for Life and Dr. Crusade serve our greater community with optimal healthcare.

Greg Garavello