‘Time flies when you’re having fun’; Carlisle Family Chiropractic celebrates 20 years

Dr. David Veeneman’s Carlisle Family Chiropractic clinic is celebrating 20 years in the village.

Dr. David Veeneman was working on his master’s degree at McMaster University in human biodynamics when a mentor told him over a beer that he needed to become a chiropractor.

“I said ‘I don’t even know what that is,’” he recalled.

Twenty years later, the chiropractor is still going strong, and the team at Carlisle Family Chiropractic Clinic is celebrating with the community all month long with a #20YearsIn20Days event that runs until Sept. 23.

“Kind of hard to believe actually,” Veeneman said of the anniversary. “Time flies when you’re having fun, I suppose.”

Two decades ago, Veeneman had just finished school and wanted to start his practice right away, so he found a home in what he describes as almost a lean-to building at the back of a dance studio.

After moving in, some renovations needed to happen, such as carpeting and flooring, before he could start working, but he stayed for two years, he said.

“I started there without a receptionist, no help, no anything.”

To grow his practice, however, meant he needed to find a bigger space and the timing couldn’t have been more serendipitous. He and his wife decided to expand in July 2004 — the same day, the business’s current location went up for sale.

About 48 hours later, it was theirs.

However, more renovations were needed — his dad helped transform the garage and basement into the clinic, and within a month they had moved over.

“It was exciting, a little intimidating,” he said, adding there was a bit of naivete in opening up shop right out of university, as most people tend to work for someone else for a few years to learn the ropes. “I think moving from that small space to committing to being in a small community was a bit stressful, but truthfully, I think we felt good about it right … away.”

Twenty years have brought much reflection and what his mentor told him about chiropractic medicine after that initial conversation is still at the core of everything the team does.

“In the end, the long and short of it was he taught me that chiropractic is a lifestyle that’s built on strengthening our bodies to resist disease and live optimal lives,” he said.

To help thank their clients — some of whom have been with him since the beginning — the clinic is doing giveaways with different themes. The last day will be on Friday, Sept. 23 — the official anniversary of when Veeneman’s first patient was adjusted.

“It’s a really unique little place, this village of Carlisle and how it supports so much, but I don’t know that I ever looked ahead 20 years and said that we were still going to be here,” said Veeneman. “Now I’m going, ‘There’s no other place to be.’”

To learn more about the celebrations, visit www.facebook.com/CarlisleFamilyChiropractic.



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