Dr. Chad Cloutier is now seeing patients at a new location on the corner of Royalton and School streets.
In October 2008 Cloutier opened his practice, Chain O’ Lakes Chiropractic, on Churchill Street.
He said location and the right price had a lot to do with his decision to move his practice.
Cloutier frequently drove past what was formerly a gas station and seeing that the property was for sale, decided to look into it.
He consulted with John Lockwood, who works in banking and before that, worked in real estate.
Cloutier asked Lockwood what he thought it would take to turn the former gas station into a space for his chiropractic practice.
Then, Cloutier made an offer on the property. By the end of August, he closed on it.
Jason Swanson, of Swanson Builders, handled the remodeling.
“I drew out different plans to get the equipment to fit,” Cloutier said.
He uses a number of tools to evaluate his patients and does a neurological evaluation on his patients on each of their visits.
“I try to have as many tools, as much evidence, to make a specific adjustment,” Cloutier said.
One of those tools involves finding the temperature differential on each side of the spine.
Chiropractors have been using that technology since the 1930s, he said.
“There have been multiple modifications since then,” Cloutier said. “It’s always been utilized as another tool to be accurate to find where you need to adjust.”
His goal in his new space was to have two exam rooms and an X-ray room, and he succeeded in doing so.
At the previous location, the clinic had one exam room and one X-ray room.
“I’m happy with the location,” he said. “It’s nice to have my own place.”
It is a more visible one and offers a bit more space for him.
He is receiving compliments on the colors he chose for the building’s interior and plans to add stone on the exterior, under the front window.
Cloutier’s philosophy in his practice is get to the primary issues his patients are having and to then fix the foundation.
“My goal here really is to check if there’s structural abnormalities in the spine and how that relates to the neurology of the body,” he said. “A lot of times, I tell people what they are experiencing are secondary conditions, and I want to find the primary conditions.”
He also encourages proper nutrition and using supplements to “maybe get back what they lost.”
Cloutier grew up in New London and is a graduate of New London High School.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry. In 2005, he graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic.
Cloutier was then an associate for three years before starting Chain O’ Lakes Chiropractic.
His practice is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
He may be reached there at 715-258-2800.
He and his wife Holly have two children: Noelle, who will be 5 on Dec. 29, and Julius, who is 2 1/2.
Cloutier is home with their children on Wednesdays and Fridays.