Stettler’s landscape is changing, and it is not only true about new businesses that’s inundating the town, but new professionals who are filling in for the older guards, ready to retire.
This couldn’t be more true for the Becklunds, who had made Stettler their home for more than three decades.
“After 30 years of working hard I started to seriously plan to retire and have been looking for a successor to care for my patients,” Dennis Becklund said. “I knew finding a successor would be a slow process, but am glad I have found a good match in Dr. Reuben Teichroeb.”
Although current trends reflected that new graduates are not interested in moving to a small town but wanted to be a part of the urban centres, according to Becklund, he was hopeful.
Earlier this year, in May, Becklund and his wife Judy attended the gala in Calgary celebrating 100 years of chiropractic in Alberta.
“During the evening, the table talk was about our families and generally catching up and I did mention my plans for retiring,” Becklund commented. “I also mentioned that I was looking for someone to take over my practice.”
By the end of the evening, one of the doctors said he was very interested and would like to visit his office.
Teichroeb liked Stettler, and the potential the clinic offered and they signed the necessary documents in June.
“Judy and I are looking forward to retirement and the ability to travel, enjoy more time with our family, and enjoy the freedom that retirement provides,” Becklund added. “We thank our patients for supporting us along this journey. It has been my pleasure to serve in this community.”
Becklund’s Stettler roots run deep. Born and raised here, Becklund moved to Edmonton to study Education and Physical Education at the University of Alberta after high school graduation.
What attracted Becklund to be a chiropractor was when he experienced and witnessed first-hand what it could do and how it could help people.
“With that realization, we decided to head to Davenport, Iowa and start our chiropractic journey,” Becklund recalled.
At Christmas time of his final year at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Becklund contacted Dr. Grant Thompson to discuss about the industry and the possibility of working in Alberta.
“To my surprise, he invited me to join him in his clinic in Stettler, which was growing at the time,” Becklund stated. “We were truly blessed to not only have a place to start my new career but to be able to come back to our hometown to raise our children.”