PLATTSBURGH — Drs. Joseph and Carolyn Clauss of Adirondack Family Chiropractic in the City of Plattsburgh reached two milestones this month.
The couple are celebrating their 25th year in business as well as their 25th anniversary. They opened their office at 148 Margaret Street on Sept. 23, 1987, just 11 days after they were married.
Carolyn, from Plattsburgh, met Joseph, from Plymouth, Mass., when they were at New York Chiropractic College on Long Island.
“We met the first day and became best friends,” Joseph said.
After graduation, each tried to sell the other on living in their hometown. Joseph said Carolyn eventually won out.
They graduated from Northwestern Chiropractic College in April 1987 and moved to Plattsburgh $175,000 in debt and with all their belongings in a pick-up truck.
The couple credit Chuck Racette, Andy Abdallah and George Rosenvolt with helping find the property and design the office. They said Fred Bergman of Keeseville National Bank was also instrumental in helping to launch the business.
“This is where we had our honeymoon,” Carolyn said, with Joseph adding that it was while they were working on the interior of the building.
A lack of parking at the downtown location led them to move to new offices at the intersection of Military Turnpike and Route 374 in the Town of Plattsburgh in 1991. The office was in the midst of an apple orchard.
“It was a beautiful office,” Joseph said.
The practice grew over the years, with the couple giving lectures on the state and national levels. This fall they will be putting on a seminar in London and will later be in Instanbul to do a presentation on Health Awareness Through Holistic Approach.
Additional recognition came when Joseph was honored with the Chiropractor of the Year Beacon Award by the New York Chiropractic Council in 2010.
While they enjoyed the Military Turnpike office, Carolyn eventually had a revelation.