Dr. Andria Brooks says fate brought her to Calhoun, but the love from the community has kept her here 14 years.
Brooks, owner and chiropractor at Calhoun Chiropractic Center on Kentucky 81, bought the business from Dr. J.D. Strange when he retired in 2005 after 30 years. Originally from Paducah, Brooks initially planned to open up a chiropractic office there, but that wasn't working out at that time.
So she ran into a former chiropractor she used to visit as a younger person, and he informed her of a colleague in McLean County who was about to retire.
"I came and working with (Strange) for about two months before he retired," Brooks said. "And I've pretty much been here since."
Growing up, Brooks always said she would never move to a small town to live. Now, however, she lived in a tiny town, and she loves it. From the loving community to all the offerings of the area, Brooks enjoys calling this place home.
"I love the way the people support each other," she said. "If you need help, you only have to ask, and it's going to happen. People look out for each other, and I love the love people have for each other around here."
Brooks thinks McLean County is awesome, which is why she and her office try to give back to the community as much as possible. One way in which she does this is when she offers physicals for students in sports, she only charges a flat $15 fee per student. Once that student completes their physical and pays, she then takes that money and puts it right back into the sports organization the student participates in.
She also organizes a yearly event for elementary aged children, called Kids Fest, that takes place in November. The festival is similar to a carnival, and is free and open to the community.
"We just like doing something fun for families that keeps them active," she said. "This is our home, the community is our family so we want to make McLean County an awesome place to be."
There are many common misconceptions when it comes to the chiropractic business, Brooks said.
For starters, people think they should only go see a chiropractor if they have back pain. While chiropractic absolutely can treat back pain, it is also used by many people as a general wellness treatment. There is also no minimal or maximum age to be considered for chiropractic treatment.
"If you have a spine, you are a good candidate for chiropractic care," Brooks said.
Calhoun Chiropractic Center was named the 2018 McLean County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, according to Ginger Fields, Chamber office administrator.
Calhoun Chiropractic Center is accepting new patients. Those interested can call their office to set up an appointment at 270-273-5122, or visit at 344 Kentucky 81 North in Calhoun. The office can also be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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