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'Rockin' doc' opens practice

Clackamas chiropractor moves office to Estacada
by: Vanessa Van Voorhis, Massage therapist Andrea Premazzi and chiropractic physician Dr. David Rheaume will host an open house on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. David Rheaume of Eagle Creek has an earring, a rattail ponytail and so many medical acronyms after his name he said he cannot fit them all on his business card.

'I'm not taking the earring out,' Rheaume said. However, he also hopes his rock 'n' roll style will not give people the wrong impression about his professionalism as a board-certified physician with 20 years of experience.

Rheaume and his staff will host the grand opening of Clackamas River Chiropractic's new location at 121 Broadway St. in Estacada on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the opening, they will take appointments, see walk-in patients and offer an 'unbeatable' special promotion.

'Our first care is not your money but your health,' Rheaume said. 'The first thing we ask when a patient comes in isn't their medical insurance coverage. If you need a payment program, then we'll start something up.'

He believes getting to know patients and their lifestyle is an important part of the treatment.

'I can talk about golfing and yachting or setting chokers and bucking hay,' he said.

Rheaume, 52, said he is biomechanically minded and considers himself more of a medical orthopedist who is certified to practice sports medicine.

He says he also has a personal appreciation for the challenges of chronic pain management. His own serious injury is what sparked his interest in chiropractic medicine. He broke 10 of the vertebrate in his back, which was back in the days when he had long hair and played in a rock band.

In 1998, he opened his own practice in Clackamas. But another serious injury forced him to close its doors and take a year off for rehabilitation.

When he was ready to return to work, he decided he wanted to relocate his practice to Estacada in order to bring the community some services it does not currently have and to be closer to his home in Eagle Creek.

Rheaume's staff will include an office manager, a hypnotist and a licensed massage therapist, Andrea Premazzi, 45, also of Eagle Creek.

Premazzi's massage therapies include medical deep tissue, Shiatsu, Reiki and trigger point. By September, she will have completed the education, internships and licensing necessary to become a naturopathic physician and plans to operate her practice out of Rheaume's office.

Nontraditional and state-of-the-art therapies are not the only things that make Clackamas River Chiropractic special.

'The first difference you'll notice is more time spent with the doctor. Instead of five-minute appointments, there will be 30-minute appointments. Some doctors wear a two-minute beeper. I don't work that way,' Rheaume said. 'Hopefully, we'll get a sign that says, 'If you're in a hurry, you're in the wrong place.''

The office's outdoor shingle, which will show a kayak on its side and a couple of oars, is not quite finished yet, but longtime locals will recognize the place as Dr. Rose's former office.

Rheaume and his staff have spent months remodeling. Now, they are starting to see it all come together. The interior walls are the deep, rich colors of red and white wines.

To give the office a relaxing and homey feel, Rheaume brought in furniture from his house and placed an antique radio in the lobby. When the weather improves, he said he would begin painting the outside of the residential area office.

Appointments are available Mondays through Saturdays, and one day a week will be devoted to those who want adjustments.

'Walk-ins are welcome,' Rheaume said. 'Come in and meet us.'

Call 503-630-BACK for more information.