Fort Erie’s new doctor had to be nimble


Sometimes the best laid plans can go astray. And no one knows that better than Dr. Say Khounborind of the Erie Chiropractic Clinic.

Khounborind came to Fort Erie from Niagara Falls, bringing with him a strong chiropractic background in rehabilitation settings, working primarily with people who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents.

Wanting more, he teamed up with longtime Fort Erie chiropractor Dr. Edwardine Drost with the idea of ​​eventually resuming his practice.

“It wasn’t the right place for me anymore,” Khounborind said of working in rehab.

The plan was to join Drost’s practice and gradually take on more of his patients before taking over.

“She had an existing location in her house with a home office,” Khounborind said.

However, plans were turned upside down when the house was sold and Khounborind, who was due to take over the practice in early January, had to find a new location – and fast.

“We were delayed for almost four weeks scrambling to find a new place,” he said.

It found a location in Garrison Square in space once occupied by the Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce.

“It was stressful,” Khounborind said of the search. “But we found a place, the one that needed the least work. We plan to renovate it, but at the moment we are starting to familiarize ourselves with the patients. »

Fast forward a few months, it is installed and more and more people needing help are coming through the doors.

“It feels good. Every month the number of cases keeps growing,” Khounborind said.

Part of the reason for the success, Khounborind said, is his approach that uses evidence-based, patient-centered care with manual therapy techniques, activity modification and exercises. He works with a patient’s primary care physician to ensure that a patient’s needs are met.

“The goal is to collaborate with doctors,” Khounborind said.

Services provided by Erie Chiropractic include a full range of chiropractic and massage therapy services. For the latter, he is working with massage therapist Leah Martel, who has 27 years of experience, and plans to hire a second therapist to help with the increased caseload.

The office staff also includes Administrator Lee LaFratta, who has a long-standing working relationship with Khounborind that dates back to the latter’s days in the rehabilitation field.

Currently, Erie Chiropractic is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 905-871-0776.


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