Chiropractors Peter Juergens (left) and John Donovan share a chiropractic practice in Carroll. Donovan has practiced in Carroll for decades, and Juergens recently completed his doctorate of chiropractic studies and returned to his hometown to join practice with Donovan.
Chiropractors Peter Juergens (left) and John Donovan share a chiropractic practice in Carroll. Donovan has practiced in Carroll for decades, and Juergens recently completed his doctorate of chiropractic studies and returned to his hometown to join practice with Donovan.

November 30, 2015

Being a chiropractor had been in the back of Peter Juergens’ mind for years.

Recently, he decided to act on it. Now, he’s opening up practice in Carroll.

“It’s good to be home,” Juergens said.

Juergens, 33, grew up in Carroll, graduating from Kuemper Catholic High School in 2000. He studied at Loras College in Dubuque and then worked for a time with his family’s feed company. His brother, Aaron Juergens, now runs the company, GSC Juergens Feed.

Juergens had been a chiropractic patient since he was a child.

“If I had the sniffles, I’d go see Dr. Donovan,” he said. “It made me feel good. My reaction times were better in sports, I excelled in school, and when I had an injury, I recovered quickly.”

And eventually, he realized he wanted to provide the same services for the city where he’d been raised.

So, after eight years with his family’s feed business, he decided to return to school and study to be a chiropractor.

He graduated in October from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport and returned to Carroll to join practice with John Donovan, who was his chiropractor when he was growing up. The Donovan chiropractic clinic has provided services in Carroll for 65 years.

Donovan was a huge inspiration for Juergens, the new chiropractor said.

“That’s what inspired me to be a chiropractor — to try to figure out how to get our patients better and living better lives,” Juergens said.

In addition to familiar chiropractic techniques, Juergens has been trained and certified in several other techniques and methods.

He received advanced training in prenatal and pediatric care and is certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in the Webster Technique, which involves adjusting an expectant mother when pulled ligaments create unbalance.

He also is trained in the Graston Technique, which treats scar tissue.

He has received training in two new techniques that he said are not widely used in western Iowa: the Koren Specific Technique and the Cranial Adjusting Turner Style.

The Koren Specific Technique allows the chiropractor to work with patients in the position that causes them the most discomfort — for instance, standing for people who stand a lot at work, or sitting down for truck drivers who spend days in a seat.

The Cranial Adjusting Turner Style involves examining and correcting the bones in the skull and has been used to treat people with headaches or head injuries, including concussions, as well as children with learning disorders or brain injuries. Juergens traveled to Toronto, Ontario, to study with Roger Turner, who pioneered the method.

Donovan noted that he sent a family to Turner to have him examine their young son, who was autistic and nonverbal. After a week of treatment with Turner, the young boy said “I love you” to his mother.

Juergens is also certified in acupuncture through the International Academy of Chiropractic Acupuncture and uses it to treat a variety of conditions, with or without needles.

Juergens is married to Shelli (Seidl) Juergens, and they have three children: Emmett, 7, who is in first grade at Kuemper; Tommy, 4, who is in preschool; and Mia, 2. They live in Dedham and have plenty of family in the area — Peter’s parents, Ron and Elizabeth Juergens; his brother, Aaron, who runs the feed company; and Shelli’s parents, Tom and Lori Seidl.

Shelli is an aesthetician — she provides facials, body wraps and waxing and is popular for wedding-hair services — and down the road, she plans to provide those services at the chiropractic office as well.

Juergens comes from a medical family — one sister, Rosalyn Ego, is an oncologist at McMaster University in Ontario, and another, Tiffany Clark, is also a chiropractor who practices in Chicago. Juergens completed an internship with her practice earlier this year.

There are 24 chiropractors in Donovan’s family, and he’s worked in the business for six decades. He knew he wanted a like-minded chiropractor in business with him before he decided to retire.

“Our philosophy is that no doctor ever healed anything,” Donovan said. “The body heals itself.”

Juergens is filling that role.

“It’s a joy having him here,” Donovan, 87, said. “His techniques and philosophy line up with mine. I’m sure retirement is closer than ever.”

Juergens takes most types of insurance and is accepting new patients. To set up an appointment with him, contact Donovan Chiropractic Offices, located at 410 W. 3rd St. in Carroll, at 712-792-3716. His hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and by appointment Saturday.