Fraser orthopedic practice combines chiropractic care, acupuncture
April 1, 2008
Doctors Susan Ha and Craig G. Kozak recently opened Arapaho Chiropractic Center in Fraser, where they say their services can help Grand County outdoor enthusiasts work out the kinks.
The general orthopedics practice focuses on muscles, joints, nerves and tendons, from nose to toes. Kozak, 33, is Arapaho’s rehab specialist; he also does chiropractics and general orthopedics. Ha, 32, is an acupuncturist.
Locals Jacob Beck and Lara Kurtak also will provide massage therapy at the office.
“It’s a good fit ” chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, rehab,” Kozak said.
The doctors are modernizing the office so clients have the “best, fastest and most continuous care that they need,” he said.
Ha and Kozak are the only chiropractors in Fraser, they said. They looked around mountain communities to find where they would be most needed and like living.
Building relations is key, Ha said.
“With a smaller community it’s so much more like a family,” she said. “Were just really excited to … bring something special to Fraser. People are so active up there. We want to keep them active.”
Ha attended the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now Southern California University of Health Sciences) in Whittier, Calif., and graduated with honors.
Kozak attended the National College of Chiropractic (now National University of Health Sciences) near Chicago, Ill., and graduated with honors He then attended the Southern California University of Health Sciences for a three-year clinical residency in orthopedics and rehabilitation.
The couple likes to ski, mountain bike, race cyclocross, rock climb, hike and camp. They also want to try more backcountry cross county skiing, snowmobiling, kayaking and whitewater rafting.
“There are a lot of people who are as active as us, both recreationally and work-wise,” he said. “It’s not easy living up here.”
He said mountain residents do a lot of manual labor, such as shoveling snow, loading cars and moving furnaces.
“You have to have a pretty good independence streak and be able to do your own labor (to live here),” he said. “It’s a very physical area.”
With all the hard work, “someone’s got to keep those people going,” Kozak said.
Kozak and Ha both worked at Center for Spine Pain in Denver. They started at Arapaho Feb 19, and are in a transition period, working part-time in both Fraser and Denver.
The office is open Monday through Saturday with no set hours. On Saturday they are open from 8 a.m. to noon. Kozak said they are still finding out when people are available to come to the office.
“I have to get out and meet and greet,” Kozak said. “I think we could very comfortably handle at least 20 (clients) a day, but still give people very individualized personal care without rushing them through the door. We want to really doctor our patients.”
The business is located at 218 E. Eisenhower Drive in Fraser. For more information call (970) 726-8150.