KENDALLVILLE– After 45 years of adjusting clients' spines, Dr. Tom Jansen is aiming to spend less time at the office.
Jansen is semi-retiring from Jansen Chiropractic, as of Jan. 4, however isn't absolutely skedaddling out the door just yet. He'll continue to see clients on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
But it's part of shift into a fuller retirement, as Jansen has just recently went back from decades of service to Kendallville's parks department, too.
Jansen followed in his father's footsteps in selecting to be a chiropractor, deciding as a freshman or sophomore at East Noble High School. He finished from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois, west of Chicago.
“I wished to remain in healthcare and it's a terrific method to help people,” he stated.
The practice has welcomed a new doctor with ties to Kendallville, to help carry some of the load. Dr. Meleah Robertson joined the personnel Jan. 4 together with the other Jansen in the Jansen Chiropractic family, Tom's sibling Jerry.
An East Noble graduate, Robertson finished in 2016 from Logan College of Chiropractic. She has actually practiced at Clear Choice Chiropractic in Hartford City for the previous five years before relocating to be closer to her family here.
Jansen said chiropractic is more than changing the spine– it's also about constructing relationships. He said Robertson has a fantastic personality to work with patients, especially throughout the shift, which assists him to ignore work. Another plus– as a young professional, Robertson is working on the office's Facebook and social networks presence to attract new patients.
Jansen's desire to assist individuals encompassed his neighborhood, too. He just completed a 30-year stint on the Kendallville Park Board, which he stated was a great place to serve the neighborhood in improving the park system.
Among his larger accomplishments while on the board included the completion of the Kendallville Outdoor Sports Complex.
His park board experience has taught him to plan for the future of projects, not simply for the immediate production of improvements.
“The Sports Complex has an endowment to care for it,” Jansen stated. “It plans ahead for what the needs will be.”
And although it didn't get completed throughout his time, Jansen is supportive of a proposed skate park, offered that an ideal place is found for it. Future planning includes maintenance of the enhancements and the funding for it.
Kendallville is a distinct city, Jansen notes, due to the fact that all the departments work well together to help each other. He said such cooperation is uncommon and doesn't happen all over.
Healthcare likewise involves preparation ahead, Jansen stated.
“You look after it today for a much better future,” he stated. “It's how to keep good health.”
He was involved with the Rotary Club and Kendallville Jaycees for many years, and stays active at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He also coached baseball.
Jansen has given 50 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America and functioned as Scoutmaster. He was on the board that opened the Anthony Wayne Scout Reservation, a camp near Pleasant Lake that is a preferred place.
Jansen won't lack for things to do in retirement with his hobbies of trains, kites and photography. He also plans to get involved with the Kendallville Heritage Association, a group working to preserve and display artifacts considerable to the city's history.
Travel is on the horizon, too. Jansen had actually planned to go to Ireland in the fall of 2020, however the trip was postponed by COVID-19. He wishes to make that journey this September.
Jansen enjoys outdoor camping and has checked out Yosemite National Park, driven the coast of Oregon, and been to the Florida Keys and Smoky Mountains.
“It's awe inspiring, however do not forget to look in your own backyard,” he said. “Don't hesitate to take a look around the neighborhood.”
Jansen has a fantastic belief in the contributions of young people to their community. “They can make things occur,” he said.
The assistance of a caring family is also main to success. Jansen's family includes his spouse and two children, Chris, who is a lawyer, and Nick, a practicing chiropractic specialist in Indianapolis.
“It's good to see families follow in their moms and dads' footsteps, however people need to make their own choices,” he said. “We were fortunate to have our parents and the important things they taught us, and to have the households we do.”