The newest practitioner at Eriksen Chiropractic, Dr. Joshawa Bechtel, says that Leitchfield was the logical choice for furthering his career.
Having grown up in a small Iowa town, Bechtel said Leitchfield’s small-town atmosphere is a great fit. He’s also pleased to be working in an environment where he has the opportunity to really get to know his patients.
His former job in Dallas had him working with hundreds of clients a week and not having time to get to know them. Realizing that was not the type of career he wanted, Bechtel said he is pleased to have more time to spend with the approximately 80 clients he sees each week here in Leitchfield.
“You get to know their first name, their kids’ first names, how was their vacation,” he said. “It helps to understand their case better and know what I need to do as their health-care provider.”
Bechtel knows first-hand the importance of that personal relationship, and was inspired to join the profession by his former wrestling coach, who was also a Chiropractor.
Following a sports injury in high school, Bechtel sought chiropractic treatment, and was so impressed with the results that he attended Palmer College of Chiropractor, where he graduated in 2012.
With his focus on the Gonstead method of chiropractic, Bechtel was excited about the opportunity to work with Eriksen Chiropractic Centers’ founder, Dr. William Eriksen, who studied directly under Clarence Gonstead.
The Gonstead method involves looking at x-rays to determine the exact points from which a problem arises, and later checking comparative x-rays to watch for improvement.
“Much like a house,” Bechtel said, “you have to start from the foundation up and look at the whole structure.”
In addition to providing personalized chiropractic care to his patients, Bechtel hopes to give to the community through his membership in the Leitchfield Lion’s Club.
He has formerly volunteered his services at his alma mater’s outreach clinic and with the Palmer Clinic Abroad Program in Hyderabad, India.
Additionally, Bechtel served with the Air National Guard for more than six years, receiving numerous awards and service achievements.