Dr. Jean Rice is taking a sabbatical from her practice at Waupaca Chiropractic Center.
Her last day there was Wednesday, June 11.
“I’ve decided to step away from an active practice to pursue other things,” she said.
Those other things will include spending time with her family and friends.
Rice and her husband Dan live in Amherst. They have three grown children.
A son and daughter-in-law live in the area. Their daughter and son-in-law live in Austin, Texas with their two children. The Rice’s youngest son lives in Madison.
Rice looks forward to having more flexibility to see and visit her children and grandchildren.
“I’ve been pondering this the past year,” she said of her decision to take time off.
“One idea I have is filling in for doctors throughout the state who are on vacation or maternity leave. I was married and had three kids before I went to chiropractic school,” she said.
Rice had a solo practice in Rhinelander from 1992 to 2003 and then did on-site services, including wellness and some chiropractic treatments, for some small companies.
Nine years ago, she joined Dr. Miriam Leean-Rodenz, at Waupaca Chiropractic Center.
Rice said those nine years “have flown by.”
She hopes to continue being connected to the Waupaca Senior Center.
Rice is a member of the center’s advisory board and also does health talks there.
“I will continually to offer those occasionally,” she said.
In addition, Rice plans to continue being active in the Waupaca Walk for Wellness.
“This year, we’re tying it into Fall ‘O Rama,” she said.
As a result, the walk will begin at South Park, instead of at Swan Park. The walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Rice’s husband is a builder, and she also hopes to be more involved in helping with his projects, as well as with the updates of their own home and cottage.
“I need more flexibility and time,” she said.
Rice said the job of a chiropractor is a physical one.
“I feel I cannot continue doing this level of intensity,” she said.
She will miss her patients, but not the paperwork.
“It’s been really great being here and meeting such a huge variety of people. It’s been a joy. I hope to run into those patients out and about,” Rice said. “I trust Dr. Leean will find someone perfect for this practice. The search is on. Until then, she will take care of the patients as she had in the past when I was on vacation. There’s a great staff here. That will also make it an easy transition for the patients to get through this.”