HUDSON — Celebrating a decade in the community, Drs. Robert and Rebecca Ault have built a successful business treating their patients in a place they love.
The husband and wife team are doctors of chiropractic medicine, practicing in Hudson and Brimfield. In 2007, they opened their first office at 130 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 2 (next to Perkins), in Hudson, where they have remained to this day.
"We decided to open up directly out of school," Rebecca Ault said, "rather than associating with another practice. We wanted to make sure that we were practicing the way we wanted to in the right way."
Robert and Rebecca met while attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
"We're natives of Ohio," said Dr. Robert. "We are both from Youngstown. When we came back, we drove around Northeast Ohio and fell in love with Hudson. We decided we wanted to live here and open our business here."
Robert said they found the space they needed in what was once an art gallery. The space was for rent so they signed the papers and settled in to open a new chapter in their life.
"We're still having fun 10 years later," Robert said.
Rebecca said they traveled over a large portion of the United States looking for a place to practice, before settling with the spot in Hudson.
"We could have gone anywhere," she said. "Everything kind of just fell together when we decided on Hudson. It all worked out and went smoothly."
Five years ago, the Aults decided to expand their practice and opened a second office at 3975 Cascades Blvd., Suite 5, in Brimfield to accommodate customers from there, Kent and Tallmadge.
Continuing to experience growth in their business and their practice, the Aults recently added a third doctor. After searching for an associate for two to three years they hired Dr. Kendall Hange, who is also a native Ohioan and graduate of Palmer Chiropractic.
"She began as an intern," Robert said of Hange. "We decided we really loved her and hired her full time."
Ault Chiropractic has a total of seven full-time employees, he said. Robert works primarily in the Hudson office, Rebecca works at both locations and Kendall will primarily work in Brimfield.
A special feature of the Brimfield office is it serves animals as well as humans. Rebecca is a certified animal chiropractor, which means she completed a post-doctorate program through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Rebecca examines and treats small animals at Ohio Animal Chiropractic located inside Ault Chiropractic Brimfield with a separate entrance and area all its own. Rebecca said she used to see large animals but she no longer has the time to make house calls.
Down the road, the Aults said they would like to enlarge their original location and be able to accept four-legged patients in Hudson.
In addition to being doctors of chiropractic, Robert and Rebecca are certified chiropractic sports physicians. They said they see many student athletes as well as adult athletes and coaches.
"A lot of athletes," Robert said.
"One of the coaches of the Hudson cross country team that just won states sent me pictures that I posted on our Facebook page," Rebecca said.
Rebecca also has a specialty in prenatal chiropractic care, enabling her work with pregnant mothers and with children.
And her husband recently completed his MBA with the University of Notre Dame after two years of classes — and now is now teaching business courses at Palmer College in Iowa as well as its two branches in Florida and California.
"We're entrepreneurs by nature," Robert said. "We went into a business. We did a startup. We are the definition of entrepreneurs."
Chiropractors can work for a hospital or another chiropractor or they can be an entrepreneur, he said.
"That's what I'm going to be teaching," he said.
Robert said Ault Chiropractic’s goal is to create an outstanding experience for every patient, accomplished by having expertly trained and caring doctors, friendly office staff, minimum wait times and upfront financial policies.
"We opened our business when we were only 26 years old," Rebecca said. "We were fresh out of school, and I think following these four tenets for the last 10 years has helped us grow."
Robert said the four principals guide their business philosophy.
"This has allowed us to train our staff to be a cohesive team," he said.
That training has apparently paid off. Ault Chiropractic was recently recognized as the 2017 Small Business of the Year by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hudson.
"Winning that award was fantastic," Robert said. "I don't know how else to say it."
"We were appreciative," said Rebecca. "We put everything into this business just to open it. We had no money when we first started. Fast-forward to now where we're busy and we have two locations."
" … adding another doctor, being active in the community," Robert added.
"It's funny," he said. "You start out with nothing and you worry if you can keep your doors open. And you look at the statistics … even businesses that were doing very well in Hudson when we came in are no longer there. Then you realize, out of nowhere, you're still here and still plugging away and growing. It's exciting."