FAIRMONT – Anew Family Chiropractic is a new company located in Fairmont at 1001 E. Blue Earth Ave. Dr. Meghan Hanson from Fairmont has been admitting new patients this week.
Hanson, the daughter of Patty and Todd Monsen, graduated from Fairmont High School in 2010. She then went to the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where she studied animal sciences.
Hanson had horses as a child and went to shows at weekends and always went to shows with them.
“It was a big part of my life so I thought I wanted to go the animal route.” Hanson explained.
During her studies she did an internship on a ranch in Texas during the breeding and reproductive season. There she helped give birth to around 300 baby horses.
“It was fun, but I still figured out what I wanted to do.” Hanson explained.
She came back for her senior year of school and completed her degree in animal sciences. Upon graduation, she went straight to chiropractic school at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota.
She shared what made her consider chiropractic a profession.
“One of my horses had difficulty walking around a barrel to the right. She started to throw her head and buck and I couldn’t figure out why. said Hanson.
She took her horse to the vet for an X-ray. She has also made it to several trainers and even given the horse new equipment and nothing seemed to help.
“And then I took her to a chiropractor and it was like night and day.” said Hanson.
Hanson said she had been a longtime chiropractor herself and knew it worked well, but seeing her horse improve immediately after the adjustment was an eye opener.
After three more school years, Hanson graduated from chiropractic school in 2017. Then she went to Kansas City to attend an animal chiropractic school, which she received her certificate.
“I found an office down there that I loved and that focused on seeing lots of children, babies, and pregnant women. They offered me a job, so I stayed. “ She explained.
Her then boyfriend Kevin Hanson, also a native of Fairmont, joined her in 2017 and started working for Cargill. The couple married in Fairmont in the summer of 2019.
Meghan shared what brought her back to Fairmont.
“Kevin and I have always wanted to go home. I just wanted to work in a busy environment after school. Working for someone else was really nice because I got to improve my skills and see a lot of cases. But we always wanted to move home. “ She said.
The couple decided to retire in late fall 2020. They started remodeling a house on their grandparents’ property where their horses stand. They spent the next several months traveling back and forth from Kansas City to Fairmont while they worked on the renovation.
Hanson worked her last day at her old job on March 31, 2021, and they moved back to Fairmont the next day. Her husband can work remotely for his job at Cargill.
As for opening her own store, Hanson said: “My ultimate goal was to go back to Fairmont and have my own practice.”
Hanson said she checked out a few places, but when her current spot became vacant it felt perfect.
At the moment, Hanson only works with people.
“I do sound techniques that are more of a light chiropractic, not as much as click-y, pop-y, crack-y. I work a lot with the nervous system, reworking new patterns and breaking old habits in order to get you from not functioning to functioning. “ Hanson explained.
She has a lot of education in pediatrics including babies, children, and children with neurosensory challenges like ADHD and autism. She also works with colic babies who do not sleep well, have difficulty breastfeeding, or do not meet milestones adequately.
“These are my favorite patients, with whom I prefer to work because you can lay the foundations at a young age, compared to adults who try to back off.” said Hanson.
The name of your company means new or typically more positive.
“I think that embodies what I’m doing here. It’s a very positive atmosphere. Healing is so good for everyone. Redesign every day is my slogan “, She said.
Hanson shared what she hopes her business will bring to Fairmont and the surrounding communities.
“The opportunity to cultivate working with children and the younger generation to create a healthy long-term community for Fairmont is exciting to me and I am excited to serve everyone here and give back to the community that raised us. “ said Hanson.
Anew is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays by appointment only.
The website can be found at anewfamilychiro.com and Hanson recommends that you make an appointment by calling 507-399-2045.
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