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Chiropractic care in childhood sets the stage for Lona Cook

Lona Cook, D.C., opened Cook Chiropractic Center in Hudson last week. It is located at 529 Second St. Suite D.

Lona Cook, a Chippewa Falls native, grew up in a family that for generations looked to regular chiropractic care as a part of their lives. She opened her second office of Cook Chiropractic Center in Hudson on June 12.

"I always knew I wanted to be a chiropractor," said Lona Cook, D.C., who, after graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in English (creative writing) went on to Northwestern Health Sciences University graduating in 2009. "As a child my family always went to the chiropractor."

She cited an experience her grandfather, who is now 94, had when he was 15. His head went through the windshield of a pickup truck, during an accident. He was unconscious for three days. All the while he was being adjusted by a chiropractor as needed. He not only survived but thrived as he recovered.

It was Cook's mentor and family chiropractor, MJ Gonstead, who encouraged her to pursue her dreams and gave her the wise advice to study something she enjoyed as an undergraduate.

After originally considering Hudson to establish her practice, Cook decided to return home to Chippewa Falls to open her first office in 2009 which has grown into a large family practice.

"My office is chiropractic focused," said Cook. It specializes in care, not supplements and devices. "We are family oriented and we make it easy for them to get in and out."

Cook primarily uses a hands-on manual technique of adjusting, with a somewhat diversified style because she sees so many pediatric and newborn patients.

"Your nerve energy and flow supports the whole body," said Cook. "If something interrupts that it affects the communication between the brain and the body."

Cook's enthusiasm about her profession is effervescent. Once a year she leads a mission trip to Haiti. She is a requested speaker throughout the United States and was recently invited to speak in London, and is on the Board of the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin.

Cook, who along with wearing the compassionate health care provider and entrepreneur hats, added author to the list.

"Just Tell Me Where to Start" is hit throughout the profession and is being used as part of the curriculum in chiropractic schools, and also is available as an e-book.

"The nature of opening a business was one of the missing links in school," said Cook. "You have to be a business person also."

Cook married in December and lives in Hudson.

Cook Chiropractic Center in Hudson offers a free class on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., "Vibrant Living with Chiropractic Care."

Cook Chiropractic Center is located at 529 Second St. Suite D (under Dough Boys Pizza). It is presently open Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 7 a.m. to noon and closed on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (715) 808-9333 or go to . Cook Chiropractic Center is also an affiliate of the 100 Year Lifestyle. A grand opening is planned for August. Also in the Hudson office are Annie Hoffman, office manager and Pete Brettingen, community outreach intern.