Spotlight: Aligned Health Center
Join us as we talk with Maria Jeancola of Aligned Health Center about bringing Chiropractic Biophysics to Cleveland and all that they offer at their Westlake and Beachwood locations.
How did your business get its start?
I had recently moved back to Cleveland from living in San Diego for 7 years and an old high school friend that is now a chiropractor had just opened the first and only Chiropractic BioPhysics clinics in NE Ohio. My sister was actually his Office Manager (and only employee) and also 5 months pregnant. One Sunday night, she went into false labor and ended up being held at the hospital for monitoring. I got a phone call that evening from my sister saying that Dr. Nick was panicking because they had a full schedule of patients the next day and no one to run the front desk. I said I’d be happy to help – I hadn’t seen Nick in 10 years and thought it would be nice to catch up while also sitting in for my sister. Well, 9 hours later, I had learned how to verify insurance, check in patients, answer the phones, and even made up some marketing materials for an upcoming event and fixed some IT issues they were having on the server. Long story short, at the end of the shift, Nick thanked me…called me a “freak of nature” (which I will never forget haha!)..and offered me a job. At the time, I was happy with what I was doing and didn’t want to make a change. Well, two weeks later, he gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I had already fallen in love with the concept of Chiropractic BioPhysics and knew that I wanted to be a part of this industry. Here we are – 5 years and 2 clinics later!
What might we be surprised to learn about your business? Any funny or unusual stories?
Well I do have to be careful due to HIPAA compliance, so I can’t tell you the many hilarious patient stories that we have but I can share with you how Aligned Health Center was formed in the first place. Dr. Nick was playing professional arena football and suffered an injury to his low back. He was told that he would have to have a spinal fusion surgery to correct it – and to ever live a functional life. Instead, he happened to find a doctor that practices Chiropractic BioPhysics and decided to give it a go. 6 months later, his symptoms were gone and he never had the surgery. He went on to play another year of pro football and then got a 3 year semi-pro rugby scholarship to Palmer College of Chiropractic to become a Chiropractor himself! He practiced in Chicago for a few years and tried to refer a family member to a CBP clinic here in Cleveland and found out there weren’t any! So…he moved back home to the Land and Aligned Health Center was born!
What does keep it local mean to you and your business?
Coming from a long line of business owners, I believe that the key to success is to build mutually beneficial relationships. Cleveland isn’t about what you know, it’s about WHO you know. Networking with local businesses just like our own has been our best source of new business connections.
How would you describe your business in just a few words?
We help patients take a proactive step towards their health.
What do you love best about working in Cleveland?
What’s there not to love about Cleveland?
What's the current mission of your organization?
We medically integrated in January 2019 which has allowed us to launch several new service lines to continue providing our patients with top-notch care that is non-surgical and non-medicated. This year we added Regenerative Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Medical Marijuana to our services!