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Dr. Tyler Van Steenbergen (with his dog, River) has opened a new chiropractic practice in Lakeville. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle

Chiropractic office opens at Studio Lakeville

LAKEVILLE — Studio Lakeville is becoming a one-stop-shop for health and fitness, with the addition of Dr. Tyler Van Steenbergen’s chiropractic office.

The fitness center, located in the former firehouse in Lakeville, also has classes, exercise machines and the Green Machine, offering fresh smoothies and healthy meals and snacks.

After graduating in 2019 from the University of Bridgeport with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, Van Steenbergen began to seek locations for his new private practice. After living briefly in Salisbury, he felt that there were good opportunities here in the Northwest Corner.

He heard about Studio Lakeville, and got in touch with Leslie Eckstein, a certified personal trainer and massage therapist and the owner of the fitness center. She offered him space in the second story of the former firehouse. 

Van Steenbergen opened his practice in early June, while the fitness center was still mostly closed because of the COVID-19 quarantine.

Since he works in a close-contact profession during this global pandemic, Van Steenbergen said he takes all the necessary precautions when with a client, including cleaning his table and equipment multiple times a day and in between appointments. He also said he takes his patients temperatures upon entry and wears a respirator mask and gloves at all times. 

Van Steenbergen’s practice focuses on hands-on spinal manipulation and dry needling, a procedure that uses monofilament needles to relax muscle so the body can heal.

“When you are physically in pain, that starts tampering with your mind and your ability to focus on what you want to do for yourself,” Van Steenbergen said.

On the first visit, which lasts around 30 to 45 minutes, Van Steenbergen takes his patient through a comprehensive exam that covers everything from muscle testing to dietary and exercise habits. After the exam, Van Steenbergen performs hands-on chiropractic care and dry needling. He also hopes to offer online yoga and meditation classes in the near future. 

Van Steenbergen charges $80 for the first time; follow-up visits cost $60. He does not take insurance.

The office will be open Monday through Saturday; Thursdays and Saturdays are by appointment only. Call 860-806-1573 or email drtylerv@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

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