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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Amy Kitching set to open 'Statesboro Thrives'
Statesboro Thrives Web

When you drive through downtown Statesboro you can witness the magical transformation of one of Statesboro’s former landmarks at 116 Savannah Avenue. For decades, the building housed the legendary Colonial House of Flowers before they relocated to their current location in the Market District.  After the move, the building remained vacant for years.

Dr. Amy Kitching and her husband, Jeff Klare, had an unimaginable vision to bring new life not only to this building but to all of downtown. Dr. Kitching has been practicing for nearly three decades as a chiropractor. All but five years have been in Statesboro. She is a third generation chiropractor and is passionate about transforming lives by providing healthy alternatives for care.

“For years, I have seen a tremendous need for a center for alternative wellness in Statesboro. We want our community to have options from traditional medical care,” Dr. Kitching said.  “Traditional care is not optimal for everyone and there are cases where alternative methods of wellness either alone or combined with traditional medical care, provide exceptionally positive results.”

Through Dr. Kitching’s current practice, Southern Chiropractic, she was limited with the amount of services she could provide. This is where the vision for Statesboro Thrives was born.  Kitchining and Clare acquired the 8,000-square -foot building and began the process of rebuilding and renovating the entire facility.  

The end result is nothing less than spectacular. In addition to moving Southern Chiropractic to the building, she has also assembled a team of talented practitioners providing options and resources for wellness that will rival major cities.

The team will include Melissa Dukquits a registered dietitian, Nature Path with Dr. Dale Madson, Acupuncture and chiropractic care by Dr. Kitching, yoga and four massage therapists.

Many insurance companies, including Medicare and the V.A., are now providing coverage for chiropractic care and massage therapy as forms of treatment.  

Helen Redding School of Dance and Fit to Fight Georgia, owned by Todd Mashburn, will be relocating to the center, as well.

The facility will include the latest technology like digital x-ray machines and infrared saunas. 

“Our hope is that Statesboro Thrives will become a center for wellness and positive energy for our community. We want to be a place of respite for everyone,” Dr. Kitchin  said “With this, we are creating a place that will serve as a safe zone for bullying or other areas of concern.”

They are partnering with Fostering Bulloch to serve as a prom dress drop-off point for young ladies in our community who do not have the resources to acquire a prom dress.

The center will also house Dr. Amanda Rikard, a psychologist, and Be a Hero, Hire A Hero employment service owned by Dr. Kitching’s husband Jeff Klare.

Statesboro Chiropractic and Southern Thrives will hold a ribbon cutting and open house at 2 p.m. next Monday, Jan. 22.  Their website,, is under construction and should go live by the opening. The web site will include a full schedule of services and classes offered which will include fitness, cooking and self-defense classes.


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