Making a fresh start

Dr. Harry Hadley has moved his chiropractic practice to new quarters, 210 E. McNeil St. in Corunna, and renamed it Rivers Edge Chiropractic.

CORUNNA — A chiropractic office has moved into new quarters and has a new name.

Rivers Edge Chiropractic — formerly called Corunna Chiropractic Centre — is now located at 210 E. McNeil St., but still offers the same full range of services, including chiropractic and massage therapy.

The clinic’s chiropractor, Dr. Harry Hadley, purchased the business from Dr. Kristi Jackson in 2016 and moved it into a space in downtown Corunna, next door to South 401 Restaurant.

Originally from Grass Lake in Jackson County, Hadley now resides in the house that’s attached to his new office, which opened June 3.

“One of the things I’ve learned about this community is it is open-armed. People have made me feel loved and appreciated,” Hadley said Tuesday. “I think this is the final stop for me. I think Corunna’s a great community.”

He said he heard from a patient that 210 E. McNeil St. was for sale, and liked the idea of living next to his clinic. He purchased the property, the former site of hair salon Donna’s Reflections, from Corunna Mayor Chuck and Donna Kerridge.

“A patient came in and said, ‘You need to buy it. It’s the perfect place to reside and have an office in,’” Hadley said.

The arrangement makes it easier for Hadley to care for patients who need treatment after hours or on weekends, office manager Elaine Bicknell said.

“He doesn’t ever turn them away,” she said.

After closing on the sale of the new digs, Bicknell and Hadley’s parents worked overtime to remodel the office, including installing new flooring and painting the walls gray-blue. A new sign installed in front was a Father’s Day gift from one of Hadley’s four adult children.

Bicknell said she is planning to plant an herb garden to share with patients. The clinic is also aiming to build an outdoor deck that will serve as a waiting room during summer months.

Hadley, a chiropractor for 20 years, said one of the things that sets his practice apart is the way he welcomes patients. Instead of asking new patients to fill out several pages of forms, he prefers to sit down, talk to them and figure out if chiropractic could be a solution for them.

“That personalization is good for two reasons: It establishes a connection between me and the patient, and it helps me get closer to a possible diagnosis,” Hadley said.

He also pays attention to patients’ emotional concerns, he said, believing physical well-being is often tied to psychological health. He has a sense of humor, too, and enjoys telling patients “the jokes and sarcasm are free.”

Bicknell said: “A lot of people come in and say it feels like home.”

The clinic contains two chiropractic treatment rooms, two massage rooms used by two full-time massage therapists, and a decompression area in his office. Nutritional information and homeopathic remedies are also available.

In his spare time, Hadley serves on Corunna Downtown Development Authority and belongs to the Corunna Rotary Club. Rivers Edge is a member of the Shiawassee County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

At one time a team chiropractor for the University of Missouri football team, Hadley volunteered last year as a chiropractor for on-field emergencies for the Byron High School football team.

“It was an honor to go down there and help those young men,” he said.

An open house for Rivers Edge is planned from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 28 that features free chair massages, introductions to the staff, tours of the facility and catering by South 401 Restaurant. At noon the same day, the Chamber will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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