Chiropractor set to open in former bowling alley
It was a twist of fate, or rather of the heart, that brought Rob Schuck to Tonganoxie.
As he was busy last week preparing the former bowling alley for the Feb. 24 opening as his chiropractic office, Shuck, 24, explained how he happened to come here.
Raised in the small town of Parkersburg, Iowa, Shuck went to college at Northern Iowa.
"The first year there I met my wife, Meghan," he said.
"So I decided to stay there for another year."
The Schucks were married in September 1996, and moved to Tonganoxie. Shuck enrolled in classes at the University of Kansas and planned to complete his degree in business.
At the same time he was working for United Parcel Service and he began having difficulty moving his right arm.
"I went to the company doctor for treatment and during that time, I got the idea that I'd like to be a doctor," Schuck said. "The thought crossed my mind that my cousin was a chiropractor and so I called him up and talked to him about it."
Not long after, Schuck enrolled in the three-year program at Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City, Mo. He graduated in December 1999.
Along with the opening of Schuck's chiropractic clinic, his wife, Meghan, certified as a massage therapist in 1998, will open her therapeutic massage office.
Schuck said he was glad to be opening his office in Tonganoxie.
"It's a small town with small town mentality and atmosphere," he said. "But you're close enough to Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City that you can still get out once in a while."
The former bowling alley, recently purchased by Schuck's in-laws, Finney and Marilyn Robbins, has been renovated into a spacious office space on the east side. This area includes treatment rooms for Schuck's patients, a massage therapy room and space for J.A. Custom Computer. Construction of a fitness center on the west side will begin soon. Schuck said it hasn't been easy finding a buyer for the bowling alley equipment and lanes. Two potential buyers have fallen through.
"Now we've sold it to a guy from Florida, and he's supposed to start taking it out of here next week," he said.
After that, renovation will begin on the rest of the building to make way for the complete line of exercise equipment, sauna and a community room.