SAN ANGELO – A new chiropractic clinic was opened in San Angelo by a couple who have a “different” model than other clinics.
The Concho Valley Chiropractic was opened on October 1st, 2020 at Knickerbocker Road 5114 by husband and wife Dr. James Vlcek and Dr. Emily Smith Vlcek opens.
Emily, who specializes in promoting healthy lifestyles for the whole family, is a registered yoga teacher and licensed exercise trainer. James specializes in injury prevention after working at a trauma-based clinic in Dallas.
“We’re not going to treat everyone equally,” said James. “When I have a young baby, the care for them will be different than for an older person. We love working with each person individually to find a well-balanced approach to care.”
The clinic is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment.
The couple seek to reverse the thinking that chiropractors are just “fighting back”. They want to help people improve their quality of life through chiropractic care.
The word “chiropractor” comes from the Greek.
“It just means that we are practitioners who work with our hands,” said James. “So here is something for everyone, not just for previous editions.”
James took time to answer questions about his family’s business.
What should distinguish your company?
Dr. Emily and I strive to care for our patients very personally. We know that San Angelo already has many chiropractors and many good ones. It doesn’t speak against them negatively, but our model is a little different from others. The phrase I like to say is “chasing health instead of running away from disease”. We want to work with people, not just because they may have injured their backs, but because we want their whole body to function optimally. We really want to help people reach their full potential.
Why did you choose San Angelo as your location?
Dr. Emily’s family lives here. Both Emily and I are moving out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area where things are very congested. There’s a lot of traffic, it’s kind of a rat race, and the clinics we worked in there were very fast. We wanted to return to a smaller community where we could connect more with the community and take a more personal approach.
What is your background
My background is in biology and chemistry, which I did in my undergraduate studies. Then I went to Graduate School of Chiropractic. I really liked the idea of health care. I loved the scientific side of things and found a detailed diagnosis and worked with people to find out what their conditions are like. Dr. Emily’s background is in athletic training. She worked as a licensed sports trainer for Texas A&M. She is very good at sports and how people move. You and I met in graduate school, and so we both graduated in 2018.
What is the greatest challenge for your company?
We enjoy what we do and we think we are very good at it, but in the age of the coronavirus we have a hard time getting in touch in the community. Since we’re relatively new, we want people to know we’re here. We can’t knock on doors or have health talks and meet the traditional ways we’d like.
What motivates you to go to work every morning?
The thing that gets me to work is working with people. I really enjoy hearing about people’s lives and their stories. Even just the impact and the return of different areas in their life as they start to get much better.
For more information, please call 325-617-2865 or conchovalleychiro.com.