Stow chiropractors open new office mid-pandemic

Krista S. Kano
Akron Beacon Journal
Amanda and Jeffrey Holman talk about their practice, Holman Family Chiropractic, Monday in Stow. The couple signed a lease in February, but had to delay its opening until November because of the pandemic.

Starting a new business isn't easy, especially when it involves close, personal contact in the middle of a pandemic. 

But that's just what Amanda and Jeffrey Holman have done with their latest venture, Holman Family Chiropractic in Stow. 

The married chiropractors had been thinking about starting their own office when they found a space at 2823 Stow Road, just a few blocks away from their home, and signed a lease in February.

They began the inspections process, submitted paperwork to City Hall for final approval "and that's when City Hall closed," Amanda said. 

For three months, the Holmans' paperwork remained at City Hall, and in the meantime, the couple began renovating their space. Luckily, they had already worked out a deal with their landlord that they would not pay rent during their construction process. 

During that period, Amanda continued to serve established patients who followed her to the new business. 

"I had maybe one new patient, but everyone else was people I had been seeing for a couple years," Amanda said. "They know me, they know how I work. I'm almost exclusively working behind people, whether they're facedown on a table or sitting, and that makes people feel better."

Amanda and Jeffrey Holman appear Monday in front of their new chiropractic office in Stow.

Following the official opening in November, the Holmans have seen new and established patients, from 1 month to 60 years old, and COVID-19 does not seem to be a deterrent for those seeking care. 

"Most people, if they're calling us, they already know they're going to be touched, but that's when we have those conversations about the importance of taking care of your body right now. That helps your nervous system and your immune system so you can fight COVID or anything else to your body's full potential," she said. 

Due to the hands-on nature of chiropractics, there are few changes the Holmans could make to their practice; however, they do wear masks, clean their tables between visits and use paper liners. 

"People are anxious to feel better," Amanda said. "If that means someone's touching them, that's part of the agreement."

Reporter Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.