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Alumni Who Have Returned to Canton to Live and Work

St. Lawrence was a natural choice for Lisa Francey ’92, who grew up in nearby Lisbon, N.Y., and had been riding at the University stables since she was 10. Coming from a small high school, she found at St. Lawrence what she calls “a new way of learning.”

A speech and theatre major, Francey later earned her Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. She established her practice in New York City and after the attacks of September 11, 2001, spent time at Ground Zero giving chiropractic care to rescue workers. She soon decided she was “ready to live somewhere life is simple, where you can pay attention to the values and day-to-day things that are important to you. In the city I felt like a small fish in a big pond; I longed to be where my presence could make a difference.”

Where was that? Canton, New York.

Making a Difference
Of her practice, Dr. Lisa Francey & Associates, which is within walking distance of campus, she says, “We are striving to be a center for holistic health therapy.” She has recruited two other chiropractic doctors; a massage therapist and acupuncturist are also on her staff. Each year one of her interns is a student of Associate Professor of Sociology Patrice LeClerc.

Dr. Francey has known many of her patients since her youth and can feel the difference she makes in the community. She knows several other couples who have moved back to the area because “it’s a great place to raise children.  People in Canton are focusing on living an old-fashioned, wholesome way of life; they’re interested in gardening, family ‘fun runs,’ potluck dinners, choosing holistic health care and keeping life simple,” she says.

--By Lauren Hill
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