KENDALLVILLE– After 45 years of changing patients' spinal columns, Dr. Tom Jansen is aiming to spend less time at the workplace.
Jansen is semi-retiring from Jansen Chiropractic, as of Jan. 4, but isn't totally skedaddling out the door right now. He'll continue to see clients on Tuesday and Thursday early mornings.
However it's part of transition 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 chiropractic doctor, making the decision 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 be in healthcare and it's a great way to assist people,” he stated.
The practice has actually welcomed a brand-new medical professional with ties to Kendallville, to help take on some of the load. Dr. Meleah Robertson signed up with the staff Jan. 4 along with the other Jansen in the Jansen Chiropractic family, Tom's brother 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 past 5 years prior to relocating to be closer to her family here.
Jansen stated chiropractic is more than adjusting the spinal column– it's likewise about developing relationships. He stated Robertson has a great character to deal with patients, particularly during the transition, which helps him to walk away from work. Another plus– as a young professional, Robertson is working on the office's Facebook and social media existence to bring in new patients.
Jansen's desire to help individuals extended to his neighborhood, too. He simply finished a 30-year stint on the Kendallville Park Board, which he stated was an excellent location to serve the community in improving the park system.
Among his bigger achievements while on the board included the completion of the Kendallville Outdoor Sports Complex.
His park board experience has actually taught him to prepare for the future of jobs, not simply for the immediate production of improvements.
“The Sports Complex has an endowment to take care of it,” Jansen said. “It prepares ahead for what the needs will be.”
And although it didn't get completed during his time, Jansen is encouraging of a proposed skate park, offered that an appropriate area is found for it. Future preparation consists of maintenance of the improvements and the financing for it.
Kendallville is an unique city, Jansen notes, since all the departments work well together to help each other. He said such cooperation is unusual and does not happen all over.
Health care likewise involves planning ahead, Jansen said.
“You take care of it today for a better future,” he said. “It's how to keep health.”
He was involved with the Rotary Club and Kendallville Jaycees for years, and stays active at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He also coached baseball.
Jansen has actually 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 favorite place.
Jansen will not lack for things to do in retirement with his hobbies of trains, kites and photography. He likewise plans to get included with the Kendallville Heritage Association, a group working to maintain and display artifacts substantial 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 journey was postponed by COVID-19. He wishes to make that journey this September.
Jansen loves camping and has actually checked out Yosemite National Park, driven the coast of Oregon, and been to the Florida Keys and Smoky Mountains.
“It's awe inspiring, but don't forget to look in your own yard,” he stated. “Don't be afraid to look around the community.”
Jansen has a fantastic belief in the contributions of youths to their community. “They can make things take place,” he stated.
The assistance of a caring family is likewise central to success. Jansen's family includes his other half and two kids, Chris, who is a lawyer, and Nick, a practicing chiropractic specialist in Indianapolis.
“It's good to see households follow in their parents' footsteps, but individuals need to make their own choices,” he said. “We were fortunate to have our moms and dads and the things they taught us, and to have the families we do.”