Sebewaing chiropractor opens business in home town

Entrepreneurship can be a dicey prospect, especially if you don’t have prior experience or marketing education. However, with the support of family and mentors, Dr. Ryan Schwartz has set up his own chiropractic business in his hometown of Sebewaing.

Schwartz was educated at Palmer College of Chiropractic, graduating in 2020 with his doctorate in chiropractic and two bachelor’s degrees in athletic training and general science.

However, he didn’t jump right into solo practice, as chiropractic outside of school was a lot more intimidating.

“That’s why I associated under other people first, because that’s definitely pretty stressful, getting your hands on people for the first time in the real world,” Schwartz said.


However, mentorship, especially under Dr. Jeff Crowley, readied him to be on his own. He spent two years after leaving school as an associate of other doctors before taking on his own practice.

“I couldn’t imagine just trying my own thing straight out of school,” he said. “That sounds terrifying to me.”

Schwartz’s mother was also helpful in starting his new business. As she already has a small business doing ultrasounds, she was able to help her son come into his new business a little easier.

“She knew like the ins and outs of getting that LLC done and certified and all that,” Schwartz said.

She also helped decorate and paint the office space, making it feel more welcoming and professional for patients.

While helping people is a major pull of the job for Schwartz, he’s also drawn to it by professional curiosity. His interest lies in the mechanics of the human body, how everything connects and works together.

“I’ve also been inclined to biomechanics and how the human body works, like anatomy and physiology,” he explained. “That, combined with helping people get out of pain, make their lives a bit easier.”

Since his business officially opened on Jan. 5, 2022, Schwartz said the hardest part has been marketing, getting the word out to others. However, that’s where he feels being in and from a small town is to his benefit.

“I feel like in a close-knit community it definitely helps,” he said. “Everybody’s more trusting and wants to help everybody out.”

With this kind of mentality, he says, it’s likely that people recommend his services to someone they know needs them.

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