Patients at Carrel Family Chiropractic in Slater have probably noticed a new doctor is in.
Dr. Greg Ploeger joined the Slater facility in December. During his job search, he and his wife were attracted to Slater because of its proximity to larger cities, while still offering the small-town atmosphere Ploeger, a Denison native, grew up with. It was a good match for the couple, since his wife is from the Quad Cities area.
When he began at Carrel Family Chiropractic, he was aware that he would one day take over the clinic from Dr. Denise Carrel, who opened the business Feb. 16, 2009.
“I knew eventually I would take over and then that would lead to the purchase of the clinic. It just happened sooner than we thought,” Ploeger said.
He took the reins of the clinic Feb. 1, after Carrel moved to Denver to be with her husband. Since then, Ploeger has worked to keep everything as it was when Carrel was there - something he plans to continue doing.
“We’re not going to change anything. The only thing people will recognize is a different doctor,” Ploeger said. “People can be afraid of change and that’s the last thing I want to do.”
Ploeger credits his interest in the chiropractic field to a friend of his parents that was a chiropractor. After graduating from Denison High School, Ploeger enrolled at Iowa State University. He worked for the football program for a while, with the intent of becoming a coach. After a change of heart, Ploeger turned his focus to becoming a chiropractor. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport in October 2011. He practiced in the Quad Cities area for about a year prior to coming to Slater.
While practicing, Ploeger has treated patients of all ages, from a 3-day-old infant to a 103-year-old. The oldest patient was cared for while Ploeger was on a clinic abroad trip to India. Interacting with and helping his patients is what Ploeger said he enjoys most about his job.
In a typical week, Ploeger will see as many as 110 patients from throughout the central Iowa region. He hopes to bring in another chiropractor in the future to help with the patient overflow at the office. Because Ploeger likes to get patients scheduled as soon as possible, having a second chiropractor at the clinic would make that easier.
“I want to continue to offer the same great service patients were used to with Denise,” Ploeger said. “It’s an awesome practice and that’s what I want to maintain.”
When Ploeger is not busy taking care of his patients, he can be found spending time with his wife, family and friends. He enjoys working out and playing golf, as well as spending time at the lake.
An open house/farewell ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 21, from 3-5 p.m., to say goodbye to Carrel and officially welcome Ploeger into the community. It will be a come-and-go event, complete with light refreshments.