When Dr. Matthew Stringer started providing chiropractic treatment in 1994, he did not think he would ever see himself and traditional medical professionals practicing under the same roof.
"Things have changed a lot. I graduated in ‘94 from chiropractic school, and I bet for my first 10 years it was pretty tenuous, but over the last 10 it’s softened up a lot," said Dr. Stringer, who sold his Champaign practice and opened Preferred Care Medical and Chiropractic at 313 W. Main St. in Monticello on Jan. 22.
The business offers chiropractic, medical and physical therapy services in one office, something fairly novel for the area.
"It’s unique for Central Illinois. I don’t think there’s any clinic like this because we offer full medical service," he said.
A couple of decades ago the adversarial relationship between the chiropractic and medical doctor industries prevented such a move. But there has been more collaboration in recent years, which Dr. Stringer attributes to new physicians coming on the scene.
"The younger doctors coming out of medical school don’t have that mindset. They’ve kind of accepted chiropractic – a lot of them when they were younger went to a chiropractor," he added.
Medical services are provided by Physician Assistant Jennifer Meeker. The office has six employees and is open Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays 2 to 6 p.m.
Dr. Stringer owned his own practice on the corner of Springfield and Duncan Road in Champaign for about 20 years. He has lived in Monticello the past three, and was excited to find the integrated practice possibility through Preferred, which has five Illinois locations, the other ones being Eureka, El Paso, Roanoke and Metamora.
"That’s why I sold my clinic. I wanted to join this because they’re not only friends of mine, but I could open in Monticello," he said.
Dr. Stringer said he uses a "diversified adjustment" technique based on patient preference. That includes gentle non-forced adjustments made by an activator as well as more manual manipulation.
After two months of remodeling at the West Main Street building, the business now boasts three exam rooms, a chiropractic suite, physical therapy and reception areas. The location also has equipment to conduct X-rays on site.
Meeker can also provide full medical services that includes prescriptions and minor surgeries.
The clinic also provides a new Medicare-approved, non-invasive pain management technique called nevrotism.
"It is completely painless and offers relief from pretty much any type of pain including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and nerve, muscle or joint pain," said Dr. Stringer, who lives with his wife Marsha in Monticello. They have five children, two of which attend Monticello High School.
Information and appointments can be made by calling the clinic at 217-762-2000.