Chewelah Chiropractor Steve Weatherman retires
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
For the past 40 years, if you needed to get your back worked on, there was a good chance someone told you to go see Dr. Steve Weatherman.
The Chewelah Chiropractor is retiring after 39 years and seven months with Oct. 27 being his last day as a working professional chiropractor. It’s the bookend on a career that began on March 1, 1977 when Dr. Weatherman began with Dr. Terry Lawson.
Dr. Weatherman was raised and graduated from Colville, but soon became a Cougar – WSU Cougar, that is – taking his pre-med courses at Washington State University in Pullman. It was during this time that he found an interest in being a chiropractor because, well, he had some back pain and needed somebody to work on it.
“I went into chiropractic because I got so much relief from it and that’s what got me interested,” Dr. Weatherman said. “I didn’t even know about it before going to one, and that’s what got me into thinking about it as a career.”
So it was off to Davenport, Iowa to attend the Palmer College of Chiropractic for four years. Dr. Lawson – who is from Colville – recruited him out of college and once Weatherman had passed his exams it was back to Northeastern Washington.
“I had planned on coming home but didn’t know where exactly until he recruited me,” Weatherman said.
Dr. Weatherman married his wife Sandy in 1979 and then moved from Colville to Chewelah in 1980.
Dr. Weatherman worked as an associate with Dr. Lawson for two-and-a-half years then bought out the business. Soon after that he moved to the Embry building and continued his practice which was punctuated with attention to detail, dedication and personal motivation.
“I wanted to do chiropractic work to relieve human suffering and to see people get better,” Dr. Weatherman said. “It was a good feeling putting a smile on their face.”
He would make special emergency visits to his office on the weekend/evenings if a community member needed it and was always willing to lend a helping hand in this small community. Along with being a chiropractor, with his wife Sandy helping run the business, Dr. Weatherman had to balance out his work/family schedule which, as any business owner in Chewelah knows, can be a struggle.
“You have to be able to manage time and do a good job with each patient,” Dr. Weatherman said. “You have to be the business manager, janitor, accountant and owner.”
Dr. Weatherman has been the longest locally-working doctor in the area, and in 2013 joined forces with Brad and Tammie Haslam to form Chewelah Family Chiropractic. They moved to Chewelah City Hall in 2014 to have more modern amenities and a new office.
Serving the community is something that was a major part of Dr. Weatherman’s life. Having been a scuba diver since he was 12 years old, he served on the Stevens County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team.
“My dad and brother were the first people in Stevens County to have scuba gear and be certified,” Dr. Weatherman said. “Most of the search and rescue was in the summer as we worked on recovery of evidence and other things.”
Dr. Weatherman and his wife Sandy are both certified scuba divers and have spent many years enjoying it recreationally.
Dr. Weatherman has spent a lot of time serving his community as well. He spent six years as a little league volunteer, coach and umpire. He was a founding member of the Chewelah wrestling club serving as the president for 11 years. He also helped run the Chewelah Mat Cat wrestling program for 18 years. During those years he also administrated the home wrestling tournaments as well as ran the bracketing room at the season-end district tournaments.
And perhaps the ultimate service, he graced the fine pages of the Chewelah Independent, taking photos for the newspaper for 12 years.
He also helped out with Chataqua, setting up, tearing down and helping run the all-important beer garden. He spent 18 years volunteering at the Chataqua fun run as well.
“You always want to give back to the community and to me that’s what kept me going,” Dr. Weatherman said. “It’s also fun to work with kids and see them develop their character and talents as they grow into adults. They’re the best way to promote our city.”
Dr. Weatherman said he wishes the community could have more jobs to attract young people back to town and keep the town vibrant. He’s appreciative of the town as a great place to live and raise kids.
His own kids, Saydee and Seth, both graduated from Chewelah. Saydee is in Spokane, while Seth is stationed in Nevada while serving as an officer in the US Air Force.
And while he hopes to do a little travelling after retiring, it’s easy to see why he likes Chewelah. Dr. Weatherman’s list of activities include wood-working, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, skiing, snowmobiling and visiting with family and friends.
He’ll have more time for those items, but you won’t have to worry about getting your back worked on as you can still go to Chewelah Family Chiropractic in City Hall. Still continuing to give excellent service will be Dr. Brad and Tammie Haslam who value the same small town touch that Weatherman has had for years.
“They can expect the same treatment and professionalism they got when I was in here,” Dr. Weatherman said.
They are having a retirement party for Steve Weatherman on Nov. 12 at the Senior Center. If you’d like to say thank you after 40 years of fixing backs, swing on by, and say hello. The party will go from 2-6 p.m.