Dr. Andrew Schneider has enjoyed the benefits of chiropractic care since he was a kid.
Thursday evening, Schneider and his wife Kelsey celebrated the grand opening of their own practice, Steadfast Chiropractic, located at 974 E. Michigan Ave., in The Oaks shopping center.
A steady stream of people visited to wish the Schneider’s well on their new venture. Neighboring businesses, like Jet’s Pizza and Matty J’s Bakery, provided snacks for the celebration. Other businesses, like the Cheese Shop of Saline and Carrigan Café, donated snacks or goods for a gift basket.
“People have been overwhelmingly supportive, from all of our neighbors in town to all the people here supporting us. We couldn’t ask for better support,” said Andrew Schneider.
Schneider is a 2006 graduate of Saline High School. He earned a degree in kinesiology from Michigan State University and went off to Sherman College of Chiropractic in South Carolina, where he was valedictorian of his class.
As a child, his mom suffered a back injury and received chiropractic care. The chiropractor convinced the who family of its benefits.
“She received immense relief going to a chiropractic facility. He educated us and told us about how our body works better when everything is in place. Your nerves work better, your muscles work better. It allows your body to work at 100 percent. So, we started from there,” Schneider said.
He studied at MSU undecided if he wanted to go into physical therapy or chiropractic care. He decided on chiropractic care.
“I knew I wanted to do something that helped people. It came down to ‘why.’ Why are we here? To help people,” Schneider said. “Chiropractic is about the body’s ability to heal from the inside out. That always resonated with me.”
At MSU Schneider met his wife, Kelsey. A native of Holly, she earned her degree in social work. She wanted to help people. But instead of helping people through social work, she joined forces with Andrew to help people through chiropractic care.
When the couple returned South Carolina, Andrew began working on the west side of the state. Kelsey worked as an assistant at the practice.
The couple decided to move back to the east side of the state to be near family. They chose to reside in Saline and open there business here for many reasons.
“Saline called Andrew back here. Once I got to know the town, I fell in love with it,” Kelsey said.
Andrew and Kelsey were married at Christ Our King Luther Church and their daughter, MariAlice, was baptized there.
There are many chiropractors in Saline and Washtenaw County. Andrew believes one thing that will set Steadfast Chiropractic Apart is a somewhat exclusive technique in which he’s trained and certified.
It’s called the torque release technique.
“There are only about 10 or 15 chiropractors in Michigan that do it. It’s something that helped me when I was young, so I know that it is effective,” he said.
According to the company website, the technique uses minimal force for spinal adjustment, which releases tension and pressure and enables the nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body more effectively.
Steadfast Chiropractic is located at 974 E. Michigan Ave. in the former home of Mod Squad. For more information call 734-999-0165, email [email protected] or visit www.getsteadfast.com.