CLINTON – Dr. Kortni Richards Smith became the new owner of the Integrated Muscle and Spine Chiropractic Clinic in early January and has been able to keep her business strong.
His path to chiropractic is interesting. When she was younger she had no idea what it was but she quickly found her passion when she suffered from constant shoulder pain.
“I come from a small town on the border between California, Arizona and Nevada. I didn’t know what chiropractic was, but I was on the United States swim team and I got to the point where my shoulder hurt so much I ate ibuprofen like candy and nothing helped,” she said.
“No one had a diagnosis but all they could offer me was surgery but I didn’t want to do surgery. I was introduced to a chiropractor and everything he did was was to adjust one of my ribs and all my shoulder pain was gone,” Smith said.
After adjusting and her pain gone, it was clear that this was a career path she wanted to follow.
“After that, I was hooked, because how many people have unnecessary surgery for problems that can be solved with chiropractic care? So after that I was sold,” Smith said.
She moved west to follow her passion, which led her to Palmer College of Chiropractic. She had other opportunities to move, but she really liked what she had here for her.
“I came here for Palmer and my intentions weren’t to stay but I decided to stay because I own my place here and I’m just not in a rush to move,” Smith said.
After purchasing his first location here in Clinton, Smith decided to purchase another office in Bettendorf in July. She has juggled the two offices and hopes to hire another doctor for her office in Clinton to increase her availability.
“I’ve been so busy that I’m even trying to hire another doctor for here so we can keep up with the flow of patients and I can bring in more people,” Smith said.
It currently has two physicians at its Bettendorf site and is the only one currently working at its Clinton site. She is generally available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Monday to Friday we are open 8am to 5pm but it’s a bit skewed at the moment until another doctor comes here due to my second location. Right now we’re open, but I’m just not there on Tuesday mornings and I’m not available on Thursdays so I can catch up on the ownership side of things,” Smith said.
Smith hopes to continue expanding his office in Clinton so there are more opportunities to treat people.