TORRINGTON – Torrington High School graduate Korinne John, now Dr. Korinne, will be opening Steamboat Chiropractic Health and Wellness Clinic on March 1, 2021, at 2810 West B Street in Torrington.
“I chose Steamboat because it represents the strength and resiliency that people have in the state of Wyoming,” Korinne said. “When people see the bucking horse and rider, people think of the state of Wyoming.”
Korinne said she wanted her business to have a logo and name that people can be proud of.
“As a chiropractor, I want to meet patients where they are in their health journey and have grit, determination, toughness and pride in caring for patients to meet their health goals, as Steamboat has shown in representation of Wyoming.”
Korinne said she really wanted to come back to Torrington after earning her chiropractic degree.
“I want to serve and give back to our community,” Korinne said. “Torrington is a close-knit community and I think that having someone raised here gives a different perspective. I love being able to go downtown and talk to people, and see people where everybody knows everybody.”
Korinne, daughter of Staci and Matthew John, graduated from Torrington High School in 2012 and later earned a Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Health degree from the University of Wyoming. After completion of her bachelor’s degree, Korinne earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland University-Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas.
While working as a babysitter during her high school years, Korinne would take Dr. Grant and Dr. Lynda Jones’ children to chiropractic appointments. During this time, she learned about the profession and the experiences from the chiropractic appointments where the Jones’ ignited her passion for care.
“That really opened up a different world of health for me, how our nervous system functions, how we can adapt to different stressors in life and overall how our bodies can function better,” Korinne said. “I was then led down a path with learning more about how we can take care of our bodies, and alternative medicine; I was set on going to chiropractic school since then.”
Korinne said she took special interest in studying chiropractic sciences involving pediatrics and pregnant mothers. She focused her education and training to specialize in their care, though she is fully capable and qualified to care for anyone’s chiropractic needs.
“At chiropractic school, we learned to treat all populations; we learned how to treat pediatrics, how to treat geriatrics, and everything in-between,” Korinne said. “I chose to specialize more in infants and pregnant mothers by getting Webster Certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, but I can treat all populations.”
The beginning of Korinne’s business marks the end of another business that has served Torrington and the Goshen County area for many years, 37 and a half to be exact. Dr. Jerry Erschabek and his wife of 34 years, Myrna, have decided to retire from the chiropractic business.
“I was hoping for someone with Korinne’s abilities; somebody that had a hometown background,” Erschabek said. “If you’re in this business, you have to have empathy for people’s discomfort and pain.”
One day while Erschabek was attending to a patient, he learned Korinne was going to be returning to Torrington with a chiropractic degree. Erschabek reached out to Korinne’s father, Matthew, and asked him to call him the next time Korinne was in town.
“We seemed to hit it off and we kept in contact,” Erschabek said. “One thing led to another and she said, ‘I think I’d like to buy your practice.’”
Erschabek, originally from Guernsey, worked at the Sunrise iron ore mine before studying at the University of Wyoming. He then transferred to the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois, and obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1983.
“I wanted to adjust the world,” Erschabek said.
Erschabek began his practice in 1983 in Torrington, where he practiced with Dr. Gary France for 10 years before establishing his own practice.
“I have heard so many different stories,” Erschabek said. “And that is probably what I will miss the most…if you can visit with someone, you learn a lot about their job, about what they do, about their physical limitations. I really like the personal stories.”
“I feel blessed to have been entrusted with people’s healthcare of the past 37 and a half years,” Erschabek said.
Erschabek was incredibly passionate about his work, but he is ready to pass the torch to Korinne, who he feels is more than up to the task.
“She has a certain sort of sparkle,” Erschabek said.
Erschabek told the Telegram he plans to start refinishing some furniture and doing some woodworking. In addition, he looks forward to continuing his involvement with the Goshen County Master Gardeners and the Giant Pumpkin contest.
Above all, Erschabek is looking forward to “moving back home.”
“This office has seemed to be my first home. My ‘home-home;’ I just kind of sleep, eat and shower there,” Erschabek said.
Erschabek said he will be ending his practice Feb. 24, and Korinne will begin her practice March 1.
Steamboat Chiropractic Health and Wellness Clinic will be open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dr. Korinne is very excited to start accepting patients from Torrington and surrounding areas.