By Tiffany Cooke
Christopher Mosier stood behind the checkout counter at Family Dollar, working his minimum wage job to make ends meet for his family after he and his wife relocated to Salem from Anderson, Indiana where they worked together at Brauchla Family Chiropractic.
Even in this humbling transition, Dr. Mosier didn’t lose sight of his goal and mission – to empower, inspire, and give hope.
A woman in her 60s, a stranger, came to his counter to purchase her items. Remembering this self-motto, Dr. Mosier started a conversation with her.
“I think today is a great day,” he said.
“Why do you think that?” she asked.
“Because I get to see you, girl,” he simply replied.
At this, she began to cry. She shared with him that she was having a hard time, from dealing with her kids and drug problems, to losing her house. It was the nicest things she’d heard in months.
Even as a cashier, he saw the impact he could make in the lives of others. He wanted to do more.
When Dr. Christopher and Ellen Mosier left their job and moved to Salem, Indiana two years ago, all they had was $10,000, each other, and a dream. Now, they are the co-owners of Mosier Family Chiropractic, working together to offer chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy. Together, they want to make a larger impact.
Neither of them originally planned for this life. High school sweethearts, the two traveled from their hometown of Bloomington to Hanover to attend college. He wanted to be a personal trainer and she studied education.
Ellen Mosier struggled with migraines. In college, she had to leave class and cancel plans out of misery. Most every day of the week, she lived in pain. Neurologists gave her medicine to help, but there was no permanent cure. When a family friend mentioned that chiropractors can help end migraines, Mrs. Mosier went to have x-rays, and found that she needed adjustments.
This changed her life drastically, but it also changed his.
“I got my wife back,” Dr. Mosier said. “I want to give other people their lives back and give others their family members back.”
He received his Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology and integrative physiology from Hanover College before moving to St. Louis to get his Doctorate from the Logan College of Chiropractic with a Master’s of sports science rehabilitation. While in St. Louis, Mrs. Mosier received her Master’s in education, but also began taking courses to become a massage therapist – a passion she pursued to help autistic individuals find peace and comfort from pressure.
Both ended up in their professions because they want to help others, it was only a coincidence that the two degrees fit together from a business perspective. After working together for a while at Brauchla, they were ready to branch out on their own.
“Starting a business together was just something that we always wanted to do,” Dr. Mosier said.
Because they passed through Salem when they traveled to and from Hanover, they were familiar with the area, and always enjoyed stopping to take in the small town. This is where they decided was the right place to start a family business, and other chiropractors recommended the area for its growth potential.
She was nine months pregnant, it was Christmas time, and they had just $10,000 in their checking account – the exact amount they needed to buy the building they wanted for their practice.
So, they took a leap of faith.
By January of 2017, they officially moved to Salem with their 9-day-old son. Weeks before opening, the outcome looked dim.
“We thought we didn’t have enough,” Dr. Mosier said. “We thought we were done.”
Then, just in time, they received a $4,000 check. They’d applied for grant with the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership but hadn’t heard back and assumed they didn’t receive the funds.
This $4,000 was the exact amount they needed. On April 24, Mosier Family Chiropractic opened.
After this financial scare, things began to look up. Since then, the business has continued to grow. They’re open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. four days a week and offer an evening class each Tuesday for new patients to learn about the practice and the benefits of chiropractic. On average, the Mosiers see over 200 patients a week, usually at least three to four new ones. They anticipate these numbers will increase. Not to mention, they recently added a new member to their family, another baby boy.
The business operates under the same motto that stimulated Dr. Mosier during his time at Family Dollar. Empower, inspire, and give hope. The Mosiers use this to help their patients improve their health and well-being, move their lives and the lives of those around them, and encourage them that it’s possible to get better – to reverse their lives.
They’ve seen it happen before. Some people come in having already given up on finding answers, others are ready to end their lives to escape the pain. They help them find answers and relief.
As a family business, the Mosiers focus on families. After Mrs. Mosier’s personal transformation from chiropractic practice, they want to show families that their lives and the lives of their loved ones can be improved. When an adjustment is needed, there’s a type of disconnection, like a dimmer switch that keeps the person from living and preforming optimally.
“The most exciting thing for me is the impact we have on people,” Dr. Mosier said. “That’s what most rewarding about what I do.”
They want what is best for families and for individuals, which is why they provide services for all ages, with the youngest patients being infants to the oldest at 96 years. After all, everyone has a spine.
For them, it’s not just about the business. It’s about opportunity. If given the opportunity to improve someone’s life, they will. Rather its from the work they do for the body and health, or just from being a listening ear and taking special interest in their personal lives, they’re there to help.
“I always tell people that we are like a church,” Dr. Mosier said of his business. “No matter how full we are, we can always squeeze one more person in – one more life in.”