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Dr. Patch Adams

Medical doctor; Clown; Performer; Social Activist; Founder of the Gesundheit Institute, a holistic medical community that has provided free medical care to thousands of patients since it began in 1971; Author of Gesundheit! & House Calls; Moving Speaker.



Extraordinary! One man I can look up to and respect,” “Incredibly mind blowing and memorable,” and “Incredibly inspiring, amazing human being, invaluable to hear him first hand” are among the words heard from participants after experiencing Patch Adams, the real person behind the hit movie Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams.Patch is both a medical doctor and a clown, but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America’s health care system, a system which he describes as expensive and elitist.

(see patchadams.org)

John Glick


John Glick

John Glick is a physician, acupuncturist and humorist. He practiced family medicine in rural Shenandoah Valley for 10 years before opening the first acupuncture clinic in western Virginia in 1991. He serves on the board of directors of the Gesundheit! Institute.

John has traveled the United States and 40 countries throughout the world as a “humanitarian clown” visiting prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, and refugee camps. He is father to Terra, who leads International clown humanitarian missions, and his 1 year-old son Mateo, a natural clown..

He is married to Nanny, a Peruvian clown/ballet teacher.

John a co-director of Belen Project, and a good friend of ‘Un sonrisa por el mundo’.


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