HAWARDEN—Ryan Schwiesow, 45 of Hawarden, is celebrating his 20th year as owner of Back to Health Chiropractic.
July 28, 1999, was the first time Schwiesow saw patients in his business located at 827 Central Ave. in Hawarden.
His first day on the job is one he will never forget. Schwiesows’ first patients were a married couple from Ireton.
“The thing about my first treatment, I wasn’t even set up yet,” Schwiesow said. “I had one table and no chairs. I treated one and the other sat on the floor, then I treated the other one.”
Schwiesow remembers thinking, “there is no better time then the present” and even though he wasn’t exactly prepared, he decided to begin treating patients. Twenty years later, Schwiesow has a front waiting room with plenty of chairs for patients as well as multiple treatment tables.
Schwiesow was originally a pre-med major with the goal of becoming a dentist. A neck injury in college sparked his interest in pursuing chiropractic care instead.
He attended University of South Dakota, then transferred to Buena Vista and started chiropractic school in 1995. He participated in three internships throughout the next three years and practiced in Rochester, MN, before making the decision to begin his own practice in his hometown.
“I have always liked this area and enjoyed Hawarden and Ireton,” Schwiesow said. “I would come back to play golf with some of the people I knew and they would say they would love to see me come back to Hawarden. I was ready. I thought I had gained enough experience but I didn’t because you can always gain more. This is just where I knew I wanted to hang my hat.”
Being a business owner in Hawarden has been good for Schwiesow. He said the best part about his work is the people he treats. He enjoys that the people he treats are the same people he rubs shoulders with in the local grocery store.
“I am on my third generation now of treating people,” he said.
Recently Schwiesow treated a child of one of his patients who came in for treatment when she was just 3-years-old herself.
Along for the ride with Schwiesow is his assistant Julie Kool, who has been with the business 17 years, and his part-time assistant Cathy Pond who has been at Back to Health 10 years.
“I couldn’t do this without them, that is for sure,” Schwiesow said.
As far as the adjustment, not much has changed throughout the last 20 years, according to Schwiesow.
“The adjustment has stood the test of time,” Schwiesow said. “What has changed is the modalities, the therapy that goes along with it, the strengthening, the nutritional things and the supplement side of it. A lot of people just think of chiropractors and only think of the adjustment — which is our niche — but all the adjunct things we do in order to make a patient heal as fast and keep them better longer is what makes it fun.”
Schwiesow said listening to his patients is still the greatest component to what has made his patients come back.
“Making sure you tailor the care to the individual is just as important,” Schwiesow said. “Everybody is different, so each person should be treated differently. You have to take the patient’s level of fitness, all sorts of things into consideration and make sure you are treating them as an individual not just another number.”
Another key component to good business these past 20 years is reminding himself regularly how he would want to be treated if he was walking into his office for the first time to receive treatment. The Golden Rule is something he lives by during his work day and in life.
Schwiesow has enjoyed being able to help people who come in for any kind of relief and is grateful his patients have given him the opportunity to help them.
“Thanks for the last 20 years, it has been fantastic,” Schwiesow said. “It has been fun to help people get better without drugs and without surgery. It has been extremely rewarding and it is a very humbling experience to know a person is putting their health and well-being in their hands. I appreciate the confidence people have shown me and I am looking forward to the next 20 years.”
Always accepting new patients
n Schwiesow encourages people in Hawarden, Ireton and the surrounding areas to give Back to Health Chiropractic a try, saying he will do all he can to ensure fair treatment while providing the best healthcare possible at an affordable price.
“It is a great place to start,” Schwiesow said. “We offer a wide variety of services and would love to have the opportunity to listen to your health problems and see what we can do to help. If we can’t help, we will make sure you get the services you need.”
AT A GLANCE:
Business: Back to Health Chiropractic
Owner: Ryan Schwiesow
Address: 827 Central Ave., Hawarden
Online: Search “Back to Health Chiropractic, P.C.” on Facebook