GRANITE FALLS - Dr. Katy Lundell knew she wanted to help people, a common thread that has been part of her career path.
It just took a couple of tries to find the right career though, she said.
Lundell, a Granite Falls native, opened her chiropractic practice in her hometown earlier this year - Lundell Chiropractic Health Center.
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Dr. Katy Lundell, a chiropractor, opened her practice in Granite Falls this past May. She is a native of Granite Falls and her grandfather was also a well-known medical doctor in town.
"My family has been here for 80-plus years," Lundell said.
Lundell's grandfather, Dr. Carl Lundell, was a medical doctor in Granite Falls for 40 years. But she didn't go into the health field herself right away.
Lundell graduated from South Dakota State University, Brookings with a degree in hospitality management.
"I've had a varied road getting here," she said.
She worked in the hospitality field and human resources for a few years and moved to Minneapolis for a year when she realized she wanted a different career and to return to her hometown.
Lundell went to school for massage therapy and had her own practice in Granite Falls for six years and "just loved it."
But she wanted something more. Lundell said she was talking with Dr. Jason Sherman, a chiropractor in Marshall and mentioned that she wanted to be able to help people more. He suggested becoming a chiropractor.
"So I mulled that over for a while and decided that's what I want to do," Lundell said.
She had to take a few pre-requisite classes in science and spent a year at Southwest Minnesota State University. Lundell then went to Northwestern Health and Science University in Bloomington for 3-1/2 years for her doctor of chiropractic degree.
"It's intense and challenging," she said about obtaining her degree in chiropractics. "I loved it, I had a great experience there."
She received her degree this past April and went looking for a spot to open her practice.
"I knew I wanted to come back to Granite Falls," Lundell said. "I got a lot of opportunities when I was here."
She found the building that used to house the Valley Troll gift shop, owned by Larry and Ann Stensrud.
"They have helped me tremendously," Lundell said. She opened her practice May 24.
"People have been very supportive," Lundell said. "It takes a lot to get going, it's a lot of word of mouth."
One of the techniques she uses in her practice is flexion-distraction, Lundell said. She also uses some of the massage therapy skills she's acquired, which includes soft tissue. Soon, she said, she'll be able to offer acupuncture.
She also promotes good health with her practice, recommending vitamin D and fish oil. Lundell also has monthly open houses where she discusses different topics. October's was on the benefits of fish oil. November's will be on natural ways to fight the flu.
Lundell said her grandfather was known for having a good bedside manner and that's the road she wants to follow.
"That's what I hope to emulate," Lundell said. "I love what I do, I hope to be here a long time."