Tell us about your family?
We have been blessed with two amazing little girls, Ava age 7 and Eliza age 4. Our youngest wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up, so we always have a variety of pets. Currently, we have a dog, two cats and three turtles. Ava wants to be a chiropractor, so maybe someday we can pass on the family business.
What do you do and how long have you been in those positions?
We are both chiropractors and co-owners of Baker Family Chiropractic in Henderson and Union County. Our first office opened in 2011 in Sturgis, and we opened our Henderson location in October of 2018.
How do you find balance between work and home?
I don’t know if there is such a thing for us. What we do for a living is so integrated into how we live our lives. We think of it more as a flow between our work and home life. When our girls were babies, we set up a nursery in the back of our office so that I could breastfeed and still see patients and we could both be hands-on parents. Having young children, we make sure we set aside certain times that are dedicated just for our family. We eat dinner together every night, we have a family board game night, and we read together as part of our bedtime routine. Fortunately, we have lots of help from our parents with childcare, and we can manage to make our crazy schedules work.
What do you love most about being entrepreneurs in a small town?
We love the people and the community. Everyone has been so supportive and welcoming. I am also impressed by how willing people are to help others in Henderson. We have had patients with different needs come to our office, and we have been able to find resources and organizations eager to provide assistance. It’s been wonderful to be able to partner with places like Marsha’s Place and Goodfellows, so that we can give back to this community as well.
What is it like working with your spouse?
I think we both had to laugh when we got to this question. We get asked this a lot. There can be some very obvious challenges working so closely with your spouse, and we have to set boundaries sometimes so that work issues don’t follow us home. But at the end of the day, it is very comforting to know that they understand exactly how you feel because they have been right there with you. In some ways it brings us closer.
What hobbies do you all enjoy taking part in as a family?
We are very active and love the outdoors. We enjoy hiking, traveling to new places, riding bikes, swimming, riding our side-by-side, and generally anything where we can be together. Dr. Jeremy helps coach wrestling in Union County, so we attend a lot of wrestling events, too. I teach yoga a few days a week, so both Ava and Eliza enjoy doing yoga with me.
Do you both specialize in the same areas of chiropractic care, or do you each focus on different specialties for community members?
We are both capable of providing care for the general population, but Dr. Jeremy does focus on athletes of all ages. His experience as an athlete and his Master’s degree in Sports Psychology give him a great background in helping athletes meet their goals. Dr. Kate focuses on pediatrics, pregnancy and women’s health issues. She has certification in Webster Technique, which is very useful during pregnancy, and she is an International Chiropractic Pediatric Association doctor.
What are some of the most important benefits of chiropractic care that you want our community to know?
Chiropractic is very helpful during pregnancy to help with normal changes that occur to a woman’s body. Regular adjustments can help babies and children with a variety of issues ranging from constipation to sleep issues. Our athletes find that maintaining their spinal health keeps them injury free and allows them to excel in their sport.
Very simply chiropractic can help you reach your health goals and function at your body’s maximum potential. We see all ages from birth to patients in their 90s, the only thing that differs is the technique that we use from patient to patient.
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