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Allan M. Gathercoal

President and Founder

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

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Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

2475 Apalachee Parkway Suite 205

Tallahassee, Florida,32301

United States

Company Description

The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is working to enrich lives through accessible inclusive recreation. Since its inception in 1990, the FDOA has promoted accessible recreation to persons with disabiliti...more

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President and Founder

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Flying Doctors of America






doctorate degree

Columbia Theological Seminary

graduate degrees

Psychology and Theology

graduate degrees

Psychology and Theology

Columbia Theological Seminary

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Who We Are - Flying Doctors of America [cached]

Allan M. Gathercoal, DD, MTh, MA
FDOA Board of Directors Allan is the President/Founder of Flying Doctors of America, which he founded in 1990. He has been the team leader on more than 200 medical/dental missions. He has traveled the globe over the past 25 years but he "puts his feet up" in his new home town: Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He is a private pilot and an aficionado of adventure sports.

Flying Doctors of America - Charitable Medical Missions [cached]

Allan M. Gathercoal, DD, MTh, MA
Allan is the President/Founder of Flying Doctors of America, which he founded in 1990. He travels the globe, but his second home is in Latin America. He has been the team leader on more than 250 medical/dental missions. Allan is an ordained minister and has finished six degrees. His final degree was a doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is a private pilot and an aficionado of adventure sports. This year, a day before his 61st birthday he became a PADI Dive Master. He and his wife, Liz Marcela, recently started a company to help stop the denigration of the Amazon by supporting the indigenous peoples within the Amazon - UcanTucan Amazon Chocolate. Allan was born in England.

RMIPressReleases :: Yokwe Online :: [cached]

The president and founder of FDoA, Dr. Allan Gathercoal, and consultant Fred Radewagen, met with President Christopher J. Loeak and members of Cabinet on Thursday June 7, 2012.
Dr. Gathercoal and Mr. Radewagen were accompanied by RMI Ambassador to the US Charles Paul.

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The Flying Doctors of America is a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta and founded by Allan Gathercoal.
Allan realized that a large number of medical professionals desired to use their talents and skills in mercy missions to needy people, but had little time or inclination to organize such efforts. FDoA was created to organize and manage affordable and tax-deductible short-term medical missions. Over the past 10 years, FDoA has flown more than 100 missions and provided free medical care to more than 85,000 men, women and children. FOUNDER Allan Gathercoal has organized and participated in every one of FdoA's missions. This year, he will lead missions to Mongolia, Peru and Fiji. Allan was born in England. Allan Gathercoal, founder and president of FDoA, gathered most of the team from his list of previous mission participants. All are familiar with working under such rugged conditions that they will find in Albania. Due to the precarious nature of this mission (poor general communication and overall chaos), the team needed to be counted on to work well together, be extremely flexible, and be able to act independently if necessary. Experience in the field is necessary. Estimates are that the team will treat 400 to 700 refugees a day. REASON FOR GOING While each team member has his or her own distinct reason for going, all relate to Allan Gathercoal's reason: "No matter how successful, famous and important you become there is nothing on earth that matters more that who you help.

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It was at the invitation of a "very special and very persistent lady" that six months ago, Dr. Allan Gathercoal, the founder of the Flying Doctors of America, or FDoA, made his first visit to the territory with his lovely Peruvian wife, LizMarcela.
On his first visit in February, this year, Dr.Gathercoal (who prefers to be called "just Allan") met with LBJ and DOH administration, spoke to doctors, nurses and members of emergency teams. He himself worked in emergency medicine at Loma Linda University, while his doctorate degree is in divinity (philosophy and theology) from Columbia Theological Seminary. He promised after that first visit in February that he would bring members of his group, the "Flying Doctors of America" back with him this summer. True to his word, Dr. Gathercoal arrived in the territory last week just ahead of this group of eleven doctors, nurses and technicians who hail from all parts of the United States. They are among the more than 7,000 volunteers on the roster for Flying Doctors of America, an organization which was founded by Gathercoal "on a wing and a prayer with $700 in his pocket" some twenty years ago. The FDoA organization, according to the website, brings together physicians, dentists, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists, and other volunteers who give medical and dental care to people in developing countries throughout the world. All of the missions are short-term (one or two weeks) and professionally managed. "We were the first team representing the United States on the ground in Haiti following the terrible earthquake" said Gathercoal. "We are first responders who pride ourselves in being first into difficult places where the need is most urgent." He continued, "These team members are amazing, they are extremely flexible, and they can sleep under the stars in Samoa, or bring their skills to war-torn places at a moment's notice." They were one of the first teams responding to Thailand after the great tsunami. "These people leave their busy practices to care for those in need" said Dr. Gathercoal. In September 2007, Aumua first contacted Dr. Gathercoal. "Dr. Gathercoal was on a medical mission, somewhere in the Himalayas, I believe, when I first tried to track him down, but when we finally made contact, he was very interested in learning more about American Samoa's needs for both medicine and dentistry. "The Flying Doctors agenda and itineraries are set years in advance, so we looked at August 2010 as a good time for them to arrive. Because many of our doctors and government workers leave to go on vacation in the summer, the need for medical help is often greater at this time, so it fit perfectly." In February, Dr. Gathercoal came to see where the needs were greatest, and has worked to bring specialists here who we may not be able to see at other times. Allan M. Gathercoal, the president and founder of Flying Doctors of America, will make you rethink your life as he tells you about his. Saying he began the Flying Doctors "on a wing and a prayer" Gathercoal's passion and enthusiasm for his ministry is evident. It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm". It is Gathercoal, and his Flying Doctors of America, who are living proof that is true. Samoa News caught up with Dr. Gathercoal and his lovely Peruvian wife LizMarcela this past weekend at Ta'alolo Lodge, where they are busy meeting with doctors and directors, as well as coordinating their next several trips, including the trip to American Samoa this summer. Gathercoal revealed a past riddled with irony; he had been a soldier in Viet Nam "dedicated to destroying" - yet he wound up here, a minister, medically trained, and a pilot, dedicated to healing. How did this transformation take place? Gathercoal stated without hesitation, "God interrupts people's lives." While Gathercoal was working on obtaining his hours and certification for a pilot's license in Viet Nam, Nixon began to wind down the war. Several flight schools were closing, and Gathercoal found himself searching for a place to finish his tour of duty. Gathercoal left the army believing he wanted to go into medicine. Working at Loma Linda Emergency room while taking pre-med classes at Cal State, he left that to go into active ministry. Eventually, he would build a church, earn graduate degrees in Psychology and Theology, and obtain a doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary. In 1996 he received the "Vision of Race Unity Award" an honor bestowed by the Baha'i community on those who fight prejudice in our world. He has also pioneered businesses and educational programs, and taught Leadership Development at Emory University. Said Gathercoal, "the whole kernel - the idea for the Flying Doctors - really came from the Bible. As Christians, we are called to care for the less fortunate. To be a Christian and be indifferent to suffering is anathema ... it is simply not possible." That was 35 years ago, and looking back, Gathercoal said, he realized that at each turn, the hand of Providence was there. FLYING TO AMERICAN SAMOA The FDoA plan their calendars years in advance. What put American Samoa on their calendar was the question posed to Gathercoal, who is himself trained in emergency medicine. In 2008 Amata called Dr. Gathercoal (who was on a medical mission at the time) and since then, they have kept in touch by email. Dr. Gathercoal and his wife Liz have flown down at their own expense to see how they can help us, and they have scheduled us in for August. "This is FDoA's introduction to the South Pacific region and we're hoping they will make this an annual medical mission," she noted. Gathercoal, whose medical ministry includes a roster of 4500 MDs, 1500 dentists, 1500 RNs, Physician's Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners to call upon - along with about 1500 support staff (Chiropractors, pharmacists, and medical technicians) - is considering establishing American Samoa as a Flying Doctors of America base for the South Pacific region.

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