Gravon’s Natural Chiropractic Center gets faceliftWORTHINGTON — Things look a little different at Gravon’s Natural Chiropractic Center these days.
By: Aaron Hagen, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — Things look a little different at Gravon’s Natural Chiropractic Center these days.
The business has undergone a facelift with a new reception and waiting area plus more space to accommodate patients.
“Our office space was getting too small,” said chiropractor Janine Bremer. “We remodeled when we moved here in 1989, so things were just starting with computers. We still had countertops for typewriters. We needed to update for efficiency reasons and more storage space.”
The process started in the middle of January and went into March.
“I contacted the contractor about two years ago,” Bremer said. “We were waiting for him to have time and we had a nice winter so he could work outside. This winter he had time. He called me in the end of December and said, ‘I can start next week.’ We waited a couple weeks because I hadn’t quite got to the point of having everything ready, so we had to get organized.”
For the most part, the clinic was able to stay open. There was only one day where Bremer had to close.
“We take Thursdays off, so we closed on a Friday to actually do the moving of the files and everything,” she said. “Otherwise, we stayed open. It was interesting some days when walls were tumbling down.”
Through it all, the patients were very understanding.
“Nobody got upset,” Bremer said. “We were doing the outside, so they had to be rerouted sometimes to the side door. We didn’t have any problems. The contractors were all good if we had someone in a wheelchair, they tried to help us find an opening to get them through the door. On the inside, it was kind of the same way. We kind of had to use the adjusting rooms to do the therapies and kind of double up our space. There was an increased waiting time and that kind of thing.”
And so far, the response has been very positive to the new look.
“(The patients) love it,” Bremer said. “They think they are in the wrong building. They come in and want to know where the chiropractic office is because they don’t recognize the front, and when they come in, they don’t recognize the waiting room. They said it was really relaxing and enjoyable. Some will come early and sit for a while and have a cup of coffee.”
One of the main areas Bremer remodeled was in the patient waiting area. The reception desk was moved, giving the room more space.
“The only waiting room we had was against the big window and up to the countertop, so there were probably two chairs there and four or five more,” she explained. “Now we have the whole nice big area there that’s open.”
On one side of the building, a fresh coat of paint was applied. But in the area where Bremer does therapy, rooms were added.
“We needed more area to do therapies and to accommodate a higher patient load. We have two areas for massage therapy now, where we only had one before,” she said. “We had curtains for the therapy. We had therapy bays, so we put the walls all up and the doors. We made three rooms with doors instead of curtains.”
Bremer first started in Worthington in 1986 and moved to her current location three years later.
One side of the building was a beauty shop at the time. After remodeling the building years ago to convert that into the clinic, plus the recent project, Bremer is done with the building for the time being.
“I think at this point, having it nice and remodeled is good,” she said. “We did the outside of the building, too. I think probably just growing the practice and figuring out more things to do and find more ways to help people.”
Bremer and her staff offer a wide variety of services, including chiropractic, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, weight loss and acupuncture.
“With chiropractic, everyone has their own niche and specializes in different things,” Bremer said. “It’s kind of like medical doctors, but we do treatment different. Some of the other chiropractors specialize in other things. It works out good because we can all treat different kinds of problems.
“I want to all of my patients for their patronage during the past 27 years,” she added.
Gravon’s Natural Chiropractic Center is located at 1024 Oxford St in Worthington. Phone 376-9771.
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