SIOUX CENTER—Sioux Center Chiropractic Wellness Clinic added a new name to its list of full-time providers.
Kaylee Langel, 30, joined the staff June 4.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the community,” Langel said.
Joining the practice has been about a year in the making, said clinic owner Tyler Armstrong. He and wife Tiffany took ownership of the clinic from Tyler’s dad, Larry Armstrong, in March.
“With my dad being semi-retired from the business, we felt the need to have a third person on staff to continue to service our patients,” Tyler Armstrong said. “We’re excited to have Kaylee being from the area, her excitement for what she does and her skills she can share with patients.”
A LeMars native, Langel graduated from Cleveland University-Kansas City in April. Much of her background, however, is in nursing.
The 2007 LeMars Community High School graduate first went to St. Luke’s College in Sioux City for nursing for two years before earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Briar Cliff in 2013.
“I’m not sure where my medical interest comes from. No one in my family is in medicine,” Langel said. “But I do remember at a young age watching TV, seeing the Red Cross commercials, thinking I wanted to do that. I remember Googling how to become a Red Cross member. I knew I wanted to help people, and for a while though it was through the nursing profession.”
Langel was two years into studying for her doctorate in nursing at the University of Iowa when she realized nursing might not be the right path for her.
“I had a younger cousin getting ready to start chiropractic school in Kansas City and I was intrigued by idea,” Langel said. “I especially the liked the holistic approach.”
She, who also was a paramedic specialist with the LeMars ambulance service for years, liked the “front lines” work she associates with chiropractic care.
“I like being able to help people, being hands on,” she said. “That’s what I loved about nursing — that you were on the front lines of providing care. As I went down the provider path as a nurse, I had to do more delegation and was not as involved in patient care. Being a chiropractor, I get to provide that hands on help for people again.”
When Langel learned she was just one chemistry credit short of being able to attend chiropractic school, she found a course to complete and moved to Kansas City with her family in June 2015 to work on the three-year accelerated program.
Her schooling included certification in acupuncture, the Webster Technique and activator adjustments.
Finding a job with Sioux Center Chiropractic has been “the perfect fit,” Langel said.
“Between living in Iowa City and Kansas City, my husband and I decided with two children it was time to move closer to home,” she said. “We wanted to be closer to our families have that support and get back to that small town atmosphere.”
The couple have two children — daughter Kenna, 12, and son Daxson, 1. They purchased a home in LeMars, which they’re remodeling.
“That and being with family are my hobbies, I guess,” she said. “I haven’t had a lot of time to develop those but I’m looking forward to doing so now that we’re back in the area. It really feels like being here was meant to be. I’m familiar with Sioux Center, I have some extended family in Sioux Center. My husband works here as well. I can’t wait to get to know the community better.”