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    published July 30, 2001

    Chiropractor lines up her own clinic in Clearwater

    CLEARWATER -- Della E. Flynn was married with two young children when a visit to a chiropractor several years ago to treat a minor injury changed her life.

    While attending college, she had thought about becoming a chiropractor but abandoned the idea. In the doctor's office, the dream suddenly sprang back to life.

    "It was one of those life-changing things," she said. "I had this feeling that I had to go back to school, that this was something I was meant to do."

    The Clearwater native entered Life University in Marietta, Ga., and graduated two years ago with a doctor of chiropractic degree. She worked in Tampa Bay area clinics until last month, when she opened her own chiropractic clinic at Sunset Point Executive Center, 1845 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater.

    She specializes in low-force, gentle chiropractic techniques called Grostic Orthospinology and Thompson.

    "This type of adjusting is easier on the patient," she said. "Basically, I concentrate on correcting the small misalignments of the spine in order to reduce the pressure on the spinal nerves that relay messages to the rest of the body.

    "The key to true health is to have every organ, tissue and system operating at 100 percent. Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the nervous system and the spine, making sure that all messages from the brain get through."

    Flynn, 36, who was born at Morton Plant Hospital and graduated from Clearwater High School, said it took an investment of $6,000 to start the business in two suites at the executive center.

    She and her husband, John, and their two children, ages 11 and 12, live in Clearwater. Her parents, Claude W. and Eva Lee Hudson, have been Clearwater residents for more than 40 years.

    Travel agency has new owner at helm

    Local businessman Lee C. Gowans is the new owner of Welcome Aboard Travel at the Galleria Plaza, 12251 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Carolyn Stieh Cawthon has joined the agency as vice president and general manager.

    Cawthon, a travel industry veteran, said the agency will target new markets, including high-end leisure travel and groups.

    Commercial photographer enters national contest

    Lee Burgess of Lee Burgess Photography, 15371 Roosevelt Blvd., near Largo, has been invited to compete in the Kodak Gallery Elite awards. His photo, Back in the USSR, of a woman posing on a Russian submarine won a Kodak gallery award at the state level and will compete against other winners nationwide.

    The competition will be next month at the Professional Photographers of America convention in Rosemont, Ill.

    Burgess specializes in commercial photography, as well as portraits of people and "everything from micro-chips to mini-vans." His work can be seen at

    Christian Manor continues to grow

    When Iracema Drysdale bought a large home at 1845 N Keene Road 41/2 years ago for $202,000, she knew it was going to take a lot of time and money to turn it into what she dreamed would be a first-class assisted living facility.

    During the next 21/2 years, she refurbished and remodeled it and landscaped the 1.4-acre lot that includes a swimming pool, all while working full time as a wastewater treatment plant supervisor for Clearwater.

    Christian Manor opened two years ago with four bedrooms and baths, formal living and dining rooms, as well as two larger informal living and dining areas and a large entertainment and activity room. Services include three daily meals, transportation to appointments and shopping and, when needed, assistance with bathing and medicine. Michelle Kuntz joined the Manor as administrator.

    Mrs. Drysdale, a native of Brazil who has a degree in biochemistry, retired about a year ago after 19 years with the city to work full time on the business.

    She recently expanded the facility, adding two more bedrooms and three bathrooms and upgrading the sprinkling and fire protection systems at a cost of $130,000, she said.

    She doesn't plan to add any more bedrooms, she said, but improvements to the property and house continue.

    -- News of businesses and business people can be faxed to the Business Digest at 445-4119 or mailed to Business Digest, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Photos can be sent, but not all will be used and they cannot be returned.

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