Dr. Kevin Wapelhorst had been thinking about going solo with his chiropractic practice for a while.

Dr. Kevin Wapelhorst had been thinking about going solo with his chiropractic practice for a while. When the ideal location became available in Galva, he pounced on the opportunity and opened his own office Aug. 1 at 336 Front St.

“I love working in the community and love the people of Galva and surrounding communities,” Dr. Wapelhorst said. “I just really fell in love with the small-town atmosphere. Coming from the Quad Cities, it’s a different environment — not the hustle and bustle. I really enjoy it down here.”

Dr. Wapelhorst has been in the profession for nearly two decades, including practicing the past three-plus years with Dr. J.R. Green at the Galva Chiropractic Clinic.

“I just felt like I was ready to go out on my own and found this wonderful space here, and I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said.

The space — located just east of the new Delta on the Square restaurant and Crescent City Tap — came together quickly. After speaking with building owners Kevin Gerard, Nick Ballard and Harry Hergert, Dr. Wapelhorst decided to make the move. The building owners installed the floors, ceilings and lights in the office, leaving Dr. Wapelhorst with some painting work and just a few other odds and ends to address before opening the doors earlier this month.

As an undergrad student in Kansas, Dr. Wapelhorst was planning to pursue a career in physical therapy. After a conversation with his cousin, who had just graduated from the Cleveland College of Chiropractic in Kansas City, his career path took a turn.

“I was really interested in becoming a chiropractor after I talked to him,” Dr. Wapelhorst said. He made a visit to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and decided to enroll. “I made the trip up there and really liked what I saw and heard,” Dr. Wapelhorst. “I just really fell in love with the profession.”

He graduated from Palmer College in 1998 and after work stints in Kentucky and Kansas, he returned to Davenport where he spent 16 years in the profession. Now a Galva resident, he joined the Galva Chiropractic Clinic more than three years ago and now has stepped out on his own. Dr. Wapelhorst discussed what chiropractors have to offer their patients.

“Chiropractors look at health a little bit differently than medical doctors. We try to relate ailments and diseases back to the overall function of the body, and particularly the nervous system,” he said. “We look at trying to correct any disfunction with the nervous system by adjusting or manipulating the spine, or any related areas to that.” “Besides the hands-on, manual adjusting,” Dr. Wapelhorst added, “I also have an instrument that will help people that are a little bit more frail or don’t like the hands-on adjusting.”

Dr. Wapelhorst is currently teaching an elective course at Palmer. His Galva office hours for August are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon. After August, the hours move to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon. Dr. Wapelhorst can be reached at 932-3697.