Raether offers chiro care in Elkhart Lake
By Mark Sherry
Mark Sherry photo
Dr. Jon Raether is assisted in his chiropractic offices in Elkhart Lake and New Holstein by Holly Prigge (left) and Cassandra Stephanie.

Raether Chiropractic opened an office in Elkhart Lake in 1997 out of convenience for one of its chiropractors, and 17 years later that office continues to provide convenient care for residents of the village and beyond.

At the time, Dr. Jon Raether was working for the practice his father started in New Holstein. “At the time my wife was working in Plymouth and we thought we would split the difference and open an office in Elkhart Lake,” Jon said.

As it turned out, another chiropractor had just left the village so it made sense for Raether Chiropractic to expand in that direction. It still makes sense today for the many Elkhart Lake area patients of Raether Chiropractic. “It continues to grow,” Jon said of the Elkhart Lake office located at 511 E. Rhine St.

Dr. Raether sees patients in Elkhart Lake on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays he is at the longtime New Holstein office located at 2625 Altona Ave., along STH 32/57 on New Holstein’s north side.

Can visit either office

Any patient of Raether Chiropractic is welcome to visit either office, so chiropractic care is a short drive away any day of the week except Sunday. “It’s nice to be able to practice every other day in a different location,” Dr. Raether said.

Raether said the two offices are different in some ways, but the goals he and his staff share are the same at both places. “My main goal is to help everyone’s total well being,” he said. “It still boils down to customer service.”

Raether said he has a great staff which delivers that customer service. “Our patients take care of us,” he added. “We enjoy our patients. We keep our offices light. We have fun.”

In some regards, Raether Chiropractic has not changed since the days when Jon’s father, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Raether, was pioneering chiropractic care in northeast Wisconsin. “We continue to do what we’ve been doing,” Jon said, which is providing relief of pain, stiffness and soreness via chiropractic and other health care modalities.

Teacher of chiropractic and caring

Chuck Raether began providing chiropractic care in 1957. “He was a great teacher of chiropractic care and how to treat people,” Jon said.

And now Jon is compiling some impressive longevity himself as a doctor of chiropractic as he is in his 19th year of caring for area residents.

And while some things have remained the same over the decades at Raether Chiropractic, the business has also always been known for staying on the cutting edge of the newest and best technologies and advancements in health care.

“We’ve always kept up to date on technology and therapy modalities,” Jon said. From being one of the first chiropractic offices to use electric stimulation to be-ing on board with cold laser therapy as soon as it was authorized for use in Wisconsin, Raether Chiropractic has indeed changed with the times to try to provide the best care possible for its patients. “We stay up to date on everything,” Dr. Raether said.

Proper diagnosis is as crucial a first step today in patient care as it ever has been, Raether said, followed by educating the patient and treating them accordingly. Dr. Raether said he has read books written by chiropractors in the 1920s and 1930s. “Chiropractors were the pioneers in patient education,” he said. “The more people understand, the faster they will heal because they have to be comfortable with what I’m doing.”

The emphasis on education has only increased in recent years with chiropractors being champions of whole-body wellness. Diet, exercise, nutrition and hydration are things Dr. Raether talks about daily. “As a country we are so de-

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