With a passion for her local community and working everyday “miracles”, Gabriella Palomares is celebrating 25 years at Buderim Chiropractic.
With all the challenges 2020 has brought, Ms Palomares used the anniversary as a reason to thank her loyal clients for their continued support.
“I love the miracles I see every day and the connection with people in the community; they are like my second family,” she says.
“The reason we actually celebrated [and] what I realised was, earlier this year people were saying to me ‘don’t you dare close because what are we going to do without you’.
“People were coming back into the practice because of COVID, because health was coming to the forefront of people’s minds.
“The impact that we’ve had on these families [over the years] had created a bit of a groundswell.”
Ms Palomares and her husband, Peter Van Geyzel, moved from Melbourne to Buderim in 1994, and in 1995 she began working as a chiropractor at Buderim Chiropractic.
In 1998, the couple purchased the practice before relocating it in 2004 to its current home on Lavarack Crescent.
“We bought a house and changed it through council to a medical practice to be able to run it there,” Ms Palomares says.
“It’s less concrete, it’s got trees and flowers and my husband does all the gardening and all the maintenance of the property.
“It’s very personal: it’s very much us.”
As a chef and passionate green thumb, Mr Palomares took the role of stay-at-home dad and creative genius behind the business, while Ms Palomares headed the chiropractic side of it.
Ms Palomares admits she has experienced the ups and downs that come with running a business, but says the clinic would not be where it is today without her clients.
“We have kids who have been with us for that long and they are now in their thirties and bringing in their own kids.”
In November, Buderim Chiropractic held a party with live music and Buddha bowls for each guest, catered by Mr Van Geyzel, to mark the occasion and thank the community.
Mrs Palomares says she hopes to work as a chiropractor for another 25 years and is encouraging locals to continue putting their health first.