Often a negative event in one's life steers a person down a certain path in life. For Dr. Nicklaus Barnes it was a high school football injury.
Nicklaus, who recently opened up Barnes Chiropractic in the Newberry section of Williamsport, hurt his neck on the gridiron. He went to a chiropractor for an adjustment and was soon back playing football.
After high school, he knew he wanted to go into health care and following college at Clarion University, he began studying chiropractics. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, N.Y. last November.
Dr. Nicklaus Barnes holds a model of a spine at his Fourth Street chiropractic practice.
His new practice is at 2107 W. Fourth St. is the former home of Newberry Family Practice. The Sayre native said he's excited about being in Williamsport.
"It's a nice area," he said. "It's a big town with a small town attitude."
Barnes said he is accepting new patients and hopes to grow his practice. Being a chiropractor, he said, fits his personality.
2107 W. Fourth St.
Mon. - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Thur. - Noon to 6 p.m.
Wed. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri. - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"It's hands on and helping people," he said. "It's just so amazing how you can help people."
Barnes conceded there are still a lot of misconceptions about what he other chiropractors do.
Chiropractors are trained health professionals who use non-surgical treatments including spinal manipulation to treat patients with lower back and neck pain, sports injuries, headaches, and arthritic problems.
The practice often involves, but is not limited to treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders
"My attitude is I want them (patients) to have as good a quality of living as possible," Barnes said.
Ultimately, it means helping patients get back on their feet, relieving pain and counseling them and providing therapy.
The business, he said, is accepting new patients.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
Otherwise, he is available to patients by appointment.