Good timing helps couple land chiropractic clinic in Perham
Carissa and Nick Mitchell are the new owners of AIM Chiropractic at 101 Coney Street, formerly Salathe Chiropractic.
Carissa is from the Sebeka/Wadena area, and they moved here with the intent of starting their own practice.
Initially, they had thought of opening a business in Brainerd, but while at a wedding they met a patient of Dr. Salathe's, who told them he was retiring.
"It was pretty cool how it all worked out; we didn't know there were any chiropractic businesses for sale in the area," Carissa said. "I was familiar with Perham, my father has worked for MNDOT in Perham for about 20 years."
For Carissa the interest in chiropractic care started at a young age when she would go with her dad to his appointments.
"My dad is a farmer and works for MNDOT and does excavating. His whole side of the family went to the chiropractor, so I saw first hand the benefits," Carissa said. "I wanted to be a chiropractor since sixth grade. I went to college knowing what I wanted to do."
She was also inspired by the Thomas Edison quote, "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
After graduating from Sebeka high school, Carissa attended Bemidji State University where she graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Then it was on to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where she met Nick.
Nick, originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, said he didn't have as clear a vision for his future as Carissa when he headed off to Western Michigan University. It was a football injury that introduced him to his career path.
"I played offensive line in college, and I hurt myself. I saw a chiropractor and that helped me get back on the field," Nick said. "I didn't think much about it at the time, but it did change my life."
After graduating with a degree in biology, he worked some odd jobs and job shadowed at the chiropractic office he went to while playing football. Then he decided to go to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
After graduation, the two spent some time in Michigan, but Carissa said she wanted to come back to Minnesota, and they are excited to be in Perham.
"We really like Perham, and this was a great opportunity. It's great how there is a lot of support for local businesses," Nick said.
They would encourage anyone interested in chiropractic care to give them a call and ask questions, and in case people think it's just cracking backs, Nick and Carissa want people to know it's not.
"We don't just focus on the spine, we also adjust extremities including muscle work; we have ultrasound. We incorporate the person as a whole, and we do all the typical adjustments," Carissa said.
Nick added that their goal is to tailor adjustments to individual needs, understanding that say for example what a farmer might need is different than what someone who sits at a desk all day might need.
When asked what they enjoy the most, Carissa said meeting a wide variety of people and helping them feel their best.
"And of course, getting to work with Nick," she added with a laugh.
Nick returned the sentiment, adding the benefit of owning of your own business.
"When you work for something you actually are a part of, it doesn't feel like work, it's not just waiting for a paycheck, it's contributing to a project you thoroughly enjoy."