New location: Second doctor joins chiropractic clinic
by Holly Davis
The three-person staff at the Meriden Chiropractic office can be described as three peas in a pod. The close-knit connection between the women is evident and makes for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for patients.
Dr. Ali Currie, owner of the clinic for seven years, welcomed secretary Brandi Bird four years ago; and Dr. Christina Cantrell this past April.
With a new location between Countryside Square and the Meriden Animal Hospital and a new doctor, the Meriden Chiropractic Clinic has made new changes for the better.
Dr. Cantrell joined the clinic when Dr. Currie needed a maternity leave and a mutual friend suggested Cantrell as a good fill-in.
“I still remember the call,” Cantrell said, who has since been Currie’s partner.
Cantrell has been in the chiropractic field for seven years and ran her own practice at her former home in Oklahoma. Working as a team is much better, she said. She constantly bounces off ideas and collaborates with Currie.
The two doctors met at Cleveland Chiropractic School, Kansas City, Mo., where they graduated just a year apart. Cantrell graduated in 2005, while Currie graduated in 2006.
Currie also went to high school with Cantrell’s husband and was the one who set them up on their first blind date.
What sets this Meriden practice apart from others is the quality of care on a personal level, the doctors say.
The clinic offers treatment for the whole family as well as therapy, weight loss programs, supplements, and shoe inserts.
Currie and Cantrell stressed the importance of getting their patients better no matter what it takes.
“We consider ourselves ‘mixers’ when using techniques because we will do anything to help a patient,” Currie said. “It’s like peeling an onion back. You go a layer at a time.”
They also say that the people who come in and out of their practice are like family to them.
“We’re here to make people better,” Cantrell said. “It’s fulfilling getting people well.”
The doctors, however, say they couldn’t get where they are without the help of secretary Brandi Bird.
“She’s an awesome employee,” Currie said, who communicated her appreciation for all the work she does.
“I think it helps that our personalities are all the same,” Bird said with a smile on her face.
Overall, all three women said they love their job and enjoy coming to work at the Meriden clinic. The patients, however, are their biggest priority.
“I love seeing patients smile because they’re not having pain, and knowing that I can help improve their lives,” Currie said.
“There is no sense in the quality of someone’s life being decreased because they are in pain,” Cantrell added.
Ali and Garrett Currie have two sons, Garreson, 2 1/2, and Reid, 3 months. They live about five miles south of Meriden.
Christina and Lance Cantrell have a daughter, Whitney, 1 1/2, and live west of Mayetta.
Brandi Bird and boyfriend of 11 years, Thomas Lowe, live ten minutes east of the clinic with their beloved pets.
The office is now open weekdays and Saturdays.
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