Joy Woods and Scott Young in one of the treatment rooms that features the historic glass window, believed to be from the old National Bank building in Kingaroy 

May 19, 2022

There’s been a few changes lately at a local chiropractor’s clinic, but one thing hasn’t changed … the smiling face of Joy Woods.

Scott Young recently took over the clinic located in the historic Queenslander on the corner of Haly and William streets in Kingaroy.

He has rebranded it from “Barham Chiropractic” to “Kingaroy Chiropractic & Wellness” but Joy – who has been greeting clients at the business for 34 years – isn’t going anywhere.

“I have her chained to the desk!” Scott joked.

Joy began working at the practice in 1988.

The chiropractor back then was David Hodal and the clinic was located in the small arcade that formerly ran behind what is now Prices Plus in Glendon Street.

In 1991, David moved the clinic to the Queenslander located at 221 Haly Street.

At the time there was an internal staircase and a stained glass window which were believed to have come from the old National Bank in Kingaroy.

Downstairs was an open area where musicians used to practice.

These days the staircase has long gone and the music area has been transformed into treatment rooms, but the stained glass window remains.

In 1996, Chris and Jane Barham bought the practice and ran it first as “Wellness Chiropractic” and then as “Barham Chiropractic Kingaroy”.

Joy, who grew up in Elgin Vale, worked her way through all these changes.

When she first started, she was taking bookings in pencil in a large appointment book, a different coloured pencil for each different type of appointment.

The Barhams introduced the first computer in 1996, and Joy quickly had to get her head around technology that she had never used before.

Over the years, she has seen multiple technology upgrades – and new booking systems – but she’s taken it all in her stride.

And she’s not thinking of retiring yet …

“I enjoy it. I will keep on working while I can and feel I have something to contribute,” she said. “I’m happy doing what I do.”

Another familiar face for clients at Kingaroy Chiropractic is Doug Clarke, the second chiropractor who has been part of the clinic since 2003.

But there are some new faces, too.

A massage therapist has joined the team as well as a physiotherapist who will be working there five days a week.

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Kingaroy Chiropractic & Wellness will be hosting an Open Day from 9:00am to noon on Saturday, June 4, so South Burnett residents can come along and meet the allied health team and tour the new space.

There will also be a free barbecue, refreshments and children’s activities.

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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