Carolyn Gochee and her mastiff, Maya, head out for the day in the parking lot of Whole Body Alignment. Gochee, 35, is a chiropractor who has lived in Craig since 2004. The car pictured is a refurbished 1969 Volkswagen, which she uses to promote her practice, and the logo on it is a butterfly detailing the state of growing bodily health.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

Carolyn Gochee and her mastiff, Maya, head out for the day in the parking lot of Whole Body Alignment. Gochee, 35, is a chiropractor who has lived in Craig since 2004. The car pictured is a refurbished 1969 Volkswagen, which she uses to promote her practice, and the logo on it is a butterfly detailing the state of growing bodily health.

‘Never stop growing’: Five minutes with Carolyn Gochee, 35, owner of Whole Body Alignment

Where is your hometown? “I’m originally from Illinois. I grew up on a small farm near Illinois City. It’s very small and if you blink you’ll miss it.”

When did you first move to Craig? “The summer of 2004. I love the community and the area. I’d vacationed in Colorado quite a bit when I was growing up. I absolutely love the mountains, and I was used to the rural community, so Craig seemed to be a good fit.”

Motto or outlook on life? “Never stop changing, never stop growing. My logo has a butterfly in it, and that stands for metamorphosis. Constant change, constant growing, constant improvement. That’s what I try to do in my business and in my life.”

When did you first get started in your job? “I’ve been going to a chiropractor since I was 4 or 5 years old. I grew up with it being a way of life for any type of aches, pains or discomforts. It helped keep tubes out of my brother’s ears so we didn’t have to do surgery, helped with my dad’s migraines, helped with my scoliosis. So it was always a field I was interested in and I went to college just to become a chiropractor. There’s a lot of people who do it as a second career and I chose it as my first one.”

Favorite part of life in Northwest Colorado? “Just look where we live, it’s so gorgeous. Less than a half-hour away, you can go snowmobiling; less than an hour away, you can go skiing and snowshoeing; an hour away, you can go four-wheeling, hunt, fish, camp, all within an hour. You can leave your door or car unlocked without worrying here, and it’s just a great community. Everyone knows everyone and you have so much stuff you can do if you’re an outdoorsy person, and that’s just what makes this place so appealing.”

Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “The prime rib dinner from Holiday Inn. They have some of the best I’ve ever had. The food is made from scratch, excellent variety, and with me having some dietary problems, the chef out there has always been good about preparing food specially for me.”

Dream vacation? “I love visiting Yellowstone, it’s one of my favorite places to go. I’d also love to go somewhere tropical where I could eat seafood, lay on the beach and scuba dive every day if I could. It’d be a great place to visit, but not somewhere you’d want to live. I’ve heard lots of great things about Costa Rica, and it’s on my bucket list. The only thing is you have to choose between somewhere humid by the ocean or dry air in the mountains, so it’s between those two.”

Nightmare vacation? “Going back and visiting my family because someone passed away. Getting out of town to see them back east is stressful enough, but under those circumstances, it would be even worse.”

Your personal sidekick? “My office gal, Jennifer Bernal, I couldn’t live without her. She’s great keeping the office and trying to keep me organized from time to time. I’ve only had my dog, Maya, for six weeks, but she’s great, too. She’s a mastiff, and she has really been a great asset to the office. A lot of the patients absolutely love her and a lot of them say hi to her before they check in with Jennifer or myself. She’ll walk patients into the treatment rooms, watch while we’re doing adjustments and just follows us around. She’s the office mascot, if you’d want to call her that.”

Song you could listen to 1,000 times? “‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen. It was one of the major songs from my high school days.”

Word or phrase you’d use to describe yourself? “Outgoing.”

Most embarrassing moment? “I’m horrible with names, so I’ll wind up having a detailed conversation with someone about their life knowing who they are but calling them the exact wrong name.”

Proudest accomplishment? “As of right now it’s my advanced certification in SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique) and I’m working on my certified craniopath, which less than 124 people have gotten that. I’m still fairly new in my career, but at 35 years old, there’s still a lot of life left to live.”

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