When Dr. Alan and Colleen Bridge first opened the door to Shelby Chiropractic 30 years ago, in September of 1991, they were new in town and knew, well, really no one, and weren’t sure if anyone would even walk through the door. They were pleasantly surprised when Allan Gage walked in 30 minutes later to schedule an appointment.
“We opened our office hardly knowing a soul and wondered if anyone at all would want us to take care of them,” said Colleen. “It wasn’t 30 minutes later that Allan Gage walked through the door to schedule an appointment. I think we locked the door behind him at that point.”
The door to Shelby Chiropractic has now been open and Dr. Bridge, along with his staff, have been serving Shelby and the surrounding area for 30 years now. They will be celebrating this milestone with patients, friends and family on Friday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. until noon.
“Please stop by and say ‘hi’ as we celebrate our 30th anniversary,” invited Colleen.
The office has seen quite a few changes over the past 30 years, in staff, office space, patients and services offered. When the Bridges first started out their office neighbor was “Ed the Barber.” Upon Ed’s retirement they took his space and expanded their office. The expansion allowed them to add more therapies, cutting edge therapies that have allowed them to help treat tough conditions.
“We added Class IV laser, then spinal decompression,” said Colleen. “We just received our Storz Shock Wave machine that we are excited to start using.”
Dr. Bridge shared that he has also been blessed with some amazing staff members throughout the years, most notable is office manager, Susan Smith, who has kept things running smoothly for over 19 years.
“Her dedication to Shelby Chiropractic has been invaluable,” praised Dr. Bridge. “She is like a rock. I often have patients that want to talk to me about the great job Susan does and I think they are wanting to know if I realize how lucky I am.”
Dr. Bridge does indeed know how lucky he is, not only in having Susan, but with how his patient base has grown over time. The office has always served patients from the surrounding counties, but they are seeing more and more people who have traveled from further away as word of mouth has drawn people to the office from outlying areas. Business is great and Dr. Bridge and Colleen have no plans to retire any time soon.
“I get asked when I am going to retire,” smiled Dr. Bridge. “I think it’s quite different when you own your own business, and you enjoy what you do. Our office is open Monday through Thursday, so we enjoy long weekends and come back Monday morning, refreshed and ready to care for our patients. I am enjoying practice as much as I ever have.”
That is good news to the many patients throughout the wide area that Dr. Bridge serves. He and his staff have become trusted members in the lives of many and the patients are more than just patients, with many having become friends.
“We have been supported so very well by the good people of northern Montana,” concluded Dr. Bridge. “We raised our four children here and love calling Shelby, and Montana, our home. We consider our patients our friends and look forward to caring for you all in the future.”