He said Carrboro also offers a community of people and businesses he didn’t experience in Chapel Hill — all of the small business owners on East Weaver Street, where N.C. Chiropractic is located, frequent each other’s establishments, from pet care to physical therapy.
“I look out the window and I see patients walking past because I’m working right beside the people I treat,” he said.
“Carrboro has become what Chapel Hill wishes it could be. It’s an ideal space for a small business like mine because of the community — the evolving business community is just incredible.”
Elaine Gaertner, Chas Gaertner’s wife, said Carrboro provides a different atmosphere than Chapel Hill, one that better fits N.C. Chiropractic.
“Chapel Hill is very bustling. There’s always a lot of things happening, and it’s very exciting — Carrboro is more serene, more peaceful,” she said.
“The town is very full, but it’s more of a community feeling rather than a transient feeling. It’s the difference between an urban feel and a village feel.”
Since N.C. Chiropractic opened 20 years ago, Chas Gaertner said he has treated almost 9,000 patients, many of them UNC students. He described many of his patients as healthy people who want to be healthier, such as yoga enthusiasts and athletes who eat well, exercise and have a healthy skepticism of medication.
“It’s the repetitive stress that takes a toll — running, for example — and causes people to use their bodies in a certain way and wake up in pain,” he said. “I take them on and help in a drugless way.”
Linda Kampel, a Chapel Hill resident and patient of Gaertner’s for the past seven years, said she’s thrilled about the move, since it’ll bring the chiropractor closer to her home.
“One of the things we like a lot is that he spends a lot of time with us — whatever time you need, he’ll spend enough time going over everything and making sure you feel comfortable and welcome,” she said.
Elaine Gaertner said she and her husband have received positive feedback about the move and are excited for the opportunities the new location could bring.
“It feels very homey for us to be here and have our home, our whole life and business here — we really love Chapel Hill — we just felt like we belonged more in Carrboro.”