McKolosky Chiropractic celebrates 25th anniversary
Office manager Glenna Schrengost, right, and Dr. Dennis McKolosky have been with the practice since it started.
Times have changed considerably.
As McKolosky Chiropractic celebrates its silver anniversary, the thriving practice is mainstream and high-tech.
Now, procedures are covered by insurance, x-rays are digital, the office is paperless and McKokosky even has doctors for patients.
"I can't believe it's been 25 years," McKolosky said from his expansive, comfortable office at 401 Theatre Drive in Richland Township.
On Nov. 3, 1986, McKolosky opened his clinic in College Park Plaza. His wife, Tyrene, and long-time office manager Glenna Schrengost were his original employees.
Patients had to pay for procedures out of their own pockets.
"When we first started, we did not have insurance coverage in this area that covered chiropractic care," McKolosky said. "After about a year, we had equal insurance coverage."
The clinic has operated out of its current location since the late 1980s.
Another major change was gaining acceptance from the medical community. McKolosky said studies have proven the effectiveness of chiropractic for muscular-skeletal injuries.
"I treat MDs here as patients, and MDs have referred patients to us," he said.
Two other chiropractors work with McKolosky: Jim Spinos Jr. and Jason Stephens.
"Patients have the choice of seeing whichever doctor they want or the first available. That cuts down on wait time," McKolosky said.
The clinic does instrument adjusting, x-rays, rehabilitation, physiotherapy with muscle stimulators and traction, weight loss and nutritional counseling. There's also a fitness center for female patients that has a universal gym, elliptical machine, treadmill and Aerodyne bicycle.
"We're an evidence-based practice," McKolosky said.
McKolosky Chiropractic continues to support area youth sports organizations. The McKoloskys have four children: Justin, 25; Nick, 23, who's attending chiropractic college; Brittni, 22; and David, 21.
"He's never grown tired of what he does," Tyrene McKolosky said. "He's constantly going to school, keeping updated. It's a constant process."