Carissa and Nick Mitchell are the new owners of AIM Chiropractic at 101 Coney Street, formerly Salathe Chiropractic.
Carissa comes from the Sebeka / Wadena area and they moved here with the intention of starting their own practice.
Originally they had thought of opening a business in Brainerd, but during a wedding they met a patient of Dr. Salathe who told them he was retiring.
“It was pretty cool how it all worked out. We didn’t know there were chiropractic stores for sale in the area,” Carissa said. “I knew Perham, my father has worked for MNDOT in Perham for about 20 years.”
Carissa’s interest in chiropractic began at a young age when she went to his appointments with her father.
“My father is a farmer and works for MNDOT and does excavations. His entire family went to the chiropractor so I saw the benefits firsthand, ”said Carissa. “I wanted to be a chiropractor since sixth grade. I went to college and I knew what I wanted to do.”
She was also inspired by the quote from Thomas Edison: “The doctor of the future will not give medicine, but will instruct his patients in the care of the human body, in nutrition and in the cause and prevention of diseases.”
After graduating from Sebeka High School, Carissa attended Bemidji State University, where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Then on to the 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 did when he went to Western Michigan University. It was a soccer injury that introduced him to his career path.
“I played on the college offensive line and got injured. I saw a chiropractor and that helped me get back on the field,” said Nick. “I didn’t think about it much at the time, but it changed my life.”
After graduating with a degree in biology, he worked some odd jobs and a shadow job in the chiropractic office, which he went to while playing soccer. Then he decided to attend the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
After graduation, the two spent time in Michigan, but Carissa said she wanted to return to Minnesota and they look forward to being in Perham.
“We really like Perham and it was a great opportunity. It’s great how much support there is for local businesses,” said Nick.
You would encourage anyone interested in chiropractic care to give them a call and ask questions, and in case people think it’s only going to be setbacks, Nick and Carissa want people to know it isn’t.
“We don’t just focus on the spine, we fit the extremities, including the muscle work; we have ultrasound. We involve the person as a whole and do all the typical adjustments,” said Carissa.
Nick added that their goal is to make adjustments to suit individual needs, as they understand, for example, that what a farmer might need is different from what someone who sits at a desk all day needs.
When asked what they enjoy most, Carissa said getting to know a variety of people and helping them feel good about themselves.
“And of course to work with Nick,” she added with a laugh.
Nick returned the feeling, adding the advantage of owning a business of his own.
“When you work for something that you are actually involved in, it doesn’t feel like work, it’s not just waiting for a paycheck, it is contributing to a project that you enjoy.”