Carter passes practice to a native son
|By Rex L. Troute, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Carter is retiring
"My whole family worked for the railroad except for me," Carter said.
A grandfather, father, brother and two uncles worked for the
A friend studying chiropractic at
"I found it interesting," Carter said.
He enrolled at the founding institution for chiropractic in 1966, and worked for the Rock Island Line to put himself through school.
"I wanted to be either a chiropractor, physical therapist, pastor or accountant," Minard said of his possible career choices.
Minard also attended
"I was really good at science," Minard said, which led him in the direction of chiropractic.
Carter's youth experience with chiropractic began with a high school football injury as a Grayhound at
"I was jumping up in the air to catch a pass and a guy hit me in the back," Carter said. "Coach (
However, the hit created a lower back injury, which affected Carter's legs. He missed the last two games of the season, but a trip to a local chiropractor helped return him to good health.
"My experience was good," Carter said of chiropractic.
Minard's injury happened at a younger age -- during recess. A competitive type, he tried to see how many bars he could skip while swinging on the monkey bars. His grip slipped and he fell squarely on his back. The lower back injury kept him out of school for three months, but the good chiropractic care he received became ingrained on his mind.
After graduating from
Carter went to the state of
Minard worked three years for a chiropractic firm in
He returned to
"I always wanted to remain here, personally," Minard said.
That connection to
"We adjust similarly," Carter added, which could make for an easy transition with his patients.
Minard has been in the
A great deal has changed from the start to the finish in Carter's 40 years of chiropractic. He admits there was a stigma about chiropractic in the beginning.
"There definitely was a problem," Carter said. "One of our main focuses was legislation for making it easier for patients to visit a chiropractor."
The chiropractic community also sought to develop a better relationship with the medical profession, while showing chiropractic in a positive light. Carter said advances and progress on those fronts were made in the '80s and '90s.
And just recently, legislation was passed in the
"If you do a procedure, the co-pay used to be higher," Carter said until the 2013 legislation.
Carter gave credit to local politicians
Business used to be on a cash basis in the early days for Carter, but now his pay is largely through insurance.
Though his involvement with his patients is still hands on, modern technology has had a great impact on the practice.
"Technically, we have come a long way," Carter said.
These days, digital x-rays, impulse adjusting instruments, a cold laser and electrical muscle stimulator are among the tools commonly used on patients.
What hasn't changed for Carter is his personal relationship with his patients as he has operated a family practice. He has worked on several generations of the same family.
The concern of his patients hasn't changed either.
" 'I want to know what you are going to do to me? How long is it going to take? How much is it going to cost,' " Carter said of their concerns.
One of his most important traits is to listen to his patients, give them a diagnosis and go over their x-rays with them.
"One of the most important things we do is spend time with them," Carter said.
Carter has left his mark on the community and his profession. He was the first chiropractor allowed to join the local chapter of
One of Minard's goals for the practice is to add a doctor down the line as most chiropractics are trending toward multi-doctor offices.
"My long-term goal would be to become established in the community," Minard said.
For now, the name of the practice will remain Carter Chiropractic, but Minard eventually will change the name to Minard Chiropractic.
Carter's retirement plans are two-fold -- cars and family.
"I'm an old car fan," Carter said. "Car shows are something I should do."
Carter's small but impressive car collection includes a '66 Ford Mustang, a '73 Ford Mustang convertible and a '31 Ford Roadster. Carter's father and older brother built the Roadster.
"I want to spend more time with my children and grandchildren," Carter said, as many trips to
With just a few more days on the job, Carter has received daily recognition of his accomplishments in chiropractic.
"I've got a lot of hugs from my patients," Carter said.
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