Dr. Aaron Salinger Is a chiropractor on the east side of Providence. When the pandemic hit in the middle of March, patients were understandably quite nervous about continuing care, as everyone was trying to social distance as much as possible. Although he contemplated it, he did not shut down his practice at any point. While a majority of the patients cancelled their appointments, those who did continue, expressed gratitude for their ongoing treatment. New patients were very limited for several months, but as people started to become more comfortable with this new normal, they started to trickle back, and he has slowly rebuilt his practice.
Dr. Aaron’s caseload has currently returned to about 80% of where it had been before the pandemic hit. Being near Brown University, he has historically seen a substantial number of students, which has significantly dropped off as there are fewer students on campus. He and his staff have taken every precaution possible to prevent transmission of the virus, and allow patients to be comfortable while in the office. They are very compliant with the governor’s mask mandate, as well as thoroughly sanitizing all equipment between patients.
On a personal level, Dr. Aaron and his wife, Sherrie, greatly miss seeing their friends and family. He has been able to maintain some level of normalcy, as he still goes to work 5 days a week. It has been much tougher on Sherrie, as she is a stay-at-home mom, and has had much more limited opportunities to interact with other adults. When the school year started, Aaron and Sherrie had the option of sending the kids to school in person, or having them learn remotely. They chose to send them in person, as West Greenwich seemed to have a very good plan, and were taking all the safety precautions. They are very happy with their decision, as Nathan and Haley have both thrived.
Even though there have been added stressors during the pandemic, Aaron reflects on how blessed he and his family are. They are still able to have a roof over their heads, and food on the table. He feels very lucky that every day after work, he gets to go home and spend time with his family. The silver lining to this ordeal is that, since the start of the pandemic, both his parents and his sister have moved to Rhode Island. When asked about what he misses the most, Aaron’s answer was very simple…HUGS.