Tom Stecker is opening a one-man chiropractic operation in the skyway this month.
Stecker, the franchise owner, chiropractor and sole employee of the downtown Minneapolis ChiroWay location, combines the membership model of a gym with a lunch break-friendly wellness facility.
Rather than go through insurance companies or sit in waiting rooms, ChiroWay patients simply pay a monthly membership for up to five visits per week. Members can also add family members for $10 a month or choose a pay-as-you-go plan.
The model is possible with ChiroWay’s low overhead. Stecker will open a tiny, 500-square-foot location on Monday, Oct. 19 in the Fifth Street Towers with just two adjustment tables and a front desk. Instead of having receptionists or appointments, ChiroWay’s software will allow patients to book visits electronically.
“It makes it really easy to come in and out quickly,” he said. “Our goal is to bring chiropractic care to everyone who needs it.”
Patients can expect quick routine visits with a longer 20-minute appointment upon their first check-in, Stecker said. There’s also a $50 administrative fee for membership plans.
This will be the ninth ChiroWay franchise. The company started in 2010 with a facility in Woodbury and has expanded to downtown St. Paul, Milwaukee and Portland.
The downtown Minneapolis ChiroWay at 100 S. 5th St. will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and Friday from 7-10 a.m. It’s located near Bep Eatery, which opened in the skyway last spring.