Four area chiropractors who worked with each other in a Kennewick practice have formed a partnership and opened a new chiropractic clinic: Elite Chiropractic & Massage.
Drs. Marc Brown, Bryson Bunch, Jerad Howell and Marshall Mathews, were all co-workers before becoming partners in the new business at 8131 W. Klamath Ct., Suite H in Kennewick.
The men said their chiropractic philosophy is what brought them together.
They want to take care of their patients and make them feel better. They just don’t believe that if they are doing their jobs properly it should take months of regular treatments to correct.
“We think the best thing for our patients is to get them back to living a normal life as quickly as possible, said Mathews.
In the majority of cases, the doctors expect to see significant improvement in three to five visits, they said.
Brown said the clinic incorporates a variety of therapies, including vibratory percussors, low-level laser therapy, traction, therapeutic exercise and kinesiotaping, with spinal and extremity manipulations and nutrition for proper body function and recovery.
The clinic also has three massage therapists on hand to augment the treatments.
Brown said the office offers treatments for all types of injuries common in sports, overuse, auto and work accidents.
Elite doctors are also the official chiropractors for the Tri-City Americans for the 2012-2013 season, said Brown, a former high school athlete who became interested in the chiropractic field after it provided him relief from a lower back injury suffered in football.
Brown graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 1990. He is also a certified chiropractic sports practitioner and a certified kinesiotaping practitioner. Brown has advanced certification in whiplash injury biomechanics and traumatology and has special interest in functional nutritional medicine and gluten intolerance. Brown, a former bicycle racer, also mountain bikes, hikes, backpacks, lifts weights and golfs.
Bunch, who also graduated from Palmer, has worked in community outreach clinics in San Jose, Calf. and helped the underserved in Brazil with Clinic Abroad. Bunch decided to become a chiropractor when he was 16 years old, after see the positive impact chiropractic treatments had on his family members. Bunch uses chiropractic adjustments to promote health and wellness and to improve his patients’ quality of life, he said.
Howell, who has worked in the health and fitness industry for 12 years, graduated from the Parker College of Chiropractic in 2009. He spent his final trimester of school working in a Clinic Abroad program in Bogota, Columbia. The program was designed to serve the country’s Olympic athletes, so Howell was able to gain experience treating the athletes as they trained for Olympic competition.
Mathews decided to become a chiropractor when he was just 14, after injuring his lower back playing basketball for Pasco High School. The adjustments and therapy he received help him recover quickly and get back on the court. Mathews attended Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex. where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, as well as bachelor’s degrees in anatomy and health and wellness. In addition to treating spinal conditions, Mathews has a special interest in extremity problems ranging from shoulder pain to plantar fasciitis.
The doctors said the move has been not only good for them, but also for the patients. With four doctors on staff, the office can easily accommodate same-day appointments and emergencies, as well as cover for each other when the need arises.
“We have very similar philosophies and adjusting styles,” said Bunch.
That makes it easier on a patient if he has must be treated by a doctor in the office other than his own
Tippett Company did the build-out on the second-floor suite the doctors have leased in the Social Security building on West Klamath in Kennewick.
“They did a great job — it went very smooth,” said Marshal.
The group wanted to make sure they sited their new office close to their previous location, so their clients wouldn’t be put out.
“We all have moved offices before, so we know what’s involved,” said Bunch.
The group did buy a state-of-the-art computer system with new software and runs a paperless office.
“Everything’s paperless except for referrals and patient statements,” said Marshal.
Elite Chiropractic is at 8131 W. Klamath Ct., Suite H, in Kennewick. The phone number is 736-5456 and the website is www.elitechiroandmassage.com. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.