Physicians Cory and Cassie Keesee, owners and chiropractors of Fortitude Health and Performance, stand in the lobby area of ​​their Johnstown, Ohio office on March 24, 2022.

JOHNSTOWN – Your business is helping people. She pretty much always knew it would be like this.

“I knew from a young age that I wanted to help people,” confirms Cassie Keesee. “I wasn’t sure what capacity I was in, and to be honest, I never thought of becoming a chiropractor. As a child, I always said I would be a teacher or a doctor.”

Today, Keesee is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a Johnstown practice called Fortitude Health and Performance.

“Medicine has always interested me,” she says. “Science has always been my favorite subject. But most of all, it was the idea of ​​helping people to have a better life. It is truly my passion to help people restore their quality of life.”

dr Cassandra “Cassie” Keesee grew up in Clawson, Michigan, a small town about 20 minutes outside of Detroit. She graduated from Clawson HS in 2006, completed her undergraduate studies at Eastern Illinois University and then received her doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida. There she met her husband and chiropractor Cory Keesee.

“Honestly, when I went to chiropractic school,” she recalled, “all I thought about was graduating and working for someone else. It was my husband Cory who really pushed the idea of ​​owning our own practice. After graduation we both worked as affiliated doctors and learned more about the business. We also realized that working for someone else means practicing the way they wanted you to. We both come from sports backgrounds so we really wanted to learn everything we can to keep people active and moving. That was the beginning of Fortitude Health and Performance.”

Now, Cassie “brings a lot of passion and pride to the table every day that she walks in the door,” said her husband, Dr. Cory Keesee. “She cares about each and every patient she treats and takes the time to make sure they are better before she leaves the practice. Cassie has an amazing ability to make every patient feel welcome in our practice and she approaches her treatment as if she were treating a family member. The atmosphere is always great when she’s in the office. People are smiling, laughing and feeling good!”

“I practice for various reasons,” his wife replied. “One is because chiropractic care has really helped me and my quality of life. I played college soccer and had three hip surgeries. I was told never to squat again and would be fine. I knew there had to be more to life than being in pain at 20. Chiropractic has shown me that I can live pain free and do the things I love. I am forever grateful for that.”

“Another reason I practice,” she continued, “is because I’ve seen people around me who were struggling with addiction because of chronic pain. Many people don’t realize that there are ways to get out of pain.”

“Cory and I vowed never to move to the Midwest again,” she concluded. “But honestly, I don’t think either of us could be happier. What we love to practice together every day has been absolutely amazing. We have a wonderful son who is now close to the family again. I think we are truly blessed and both so excited for what we can do for our community in the future.”

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Fortitude Health and Performance is located at 52 S. Main St. in Johnstown. For more information, call 740-967-0020 or visit