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Naprapathy office planned in Algonquin

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 5:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 11:51 p.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – A naprapathic medical office has been proposed for the southeast corner of Stonegate Road and Rolls Drive.

The business would be in a commercial building close to Lifetime Fitness and an animal care clinic.

The Natural Expressions Naprapathy and Wellness office would treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s joints, muscles and ligaments, village Senior Planner Katie Parkhurst said. Naprapaths use holistic health care and emphasize the patient’s overall health and wellness, including diet, rest and exercise.

Dr. Nina Pregont is seeking a special-use permit from the village to run the wellness business. The Village Board is scheduled to vote on the matter at its meeting Tuesday.

Services provided at the office would be drugless and nonsurgical, instead relying on various manipulative therapies and natural dietary supplements, Parkhurst said.

The office won’t have X-ray equipment or any medical waste, according to village documents.

In the first year of the business, Pregont is set to be the only employee. As the business develops, an office assistant would be hired, Parkhurst said at a recent meeting.

Natural Expressions Naprapathy would be at 270 Stonegate Road. Other businesses in the development include a pet grooming business, investment management office and chiropractic office.

The location of the building is more conducive to service and office uses rather than retail, Parkhurst said.

“We don’t feel that we’re giving up much retail space in order to have a medical office here,” Parkhurst said at a recent meeting. “This is not a prime retail corridor.”

Pregont said her general hours would be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the hours of operation would be based on appointments.

During the week, there will be one day where appointments will start at 7 a.m., and one day where appointments will go until 7 or 8 p.m., she said. Pregont also would open one Saturday a month.

If you go

What: Algonquin Village Board

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive

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