Chris Renze finds right medicine for thriving career
Monday, July 16, 2012
Dr. Chris Renze, a 1995 Kuemper Catholic High School graduate and son of Tim and Jane Renze of Carroll, began his career in Ankeny after graduating from Palmer School of Chiropractic in 2002.
A combination of motivation and good timing paid off for Chris Renze of Ankeny. Today the 1995 Kuemper Catholic High School graduate is a successful chiropractor and real-estate investor.
After high school Chris attended Kirkwood Community College and the University of Iowa. He then went on to graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport in 2002.
After graduating, Chris, the oldest son of Tim and Jane Renze, of Carroll, was looking to begin his own clinic. He considered building, but then he found a location at the end of a shopping center on First Street in Ankeny. At that time there were about 28,000 residents in Ankeny and around 11 chiropractors. Today the population of Ankeny has grown to over 45, 000 and Chris is one of 20-some local chiropractors. Chris said the recommended number of chiropractors is about one for every 5,000 people.
Chris and his wife, Michele, live in Ankeny with their three daughters: Lauryn, 10, Alexa, 7, and Olyvia, 3.
Michele is a nurse in the intensive-care unit and critical-care unit at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines. She is also working toward a master of science in nursing degree to become an advanced registered nurse practitioner with an emphasis in acute care through the University of Southern Indiana.
The couple met while Chris was attending Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids and Michele was pursuing her nursing degree at Mount Mercy College.
Renze Chiropractic Clinic opened in 2002. According to Chris, the clinic was designed to be patient-centered. Chris said, “The goal of my clinic is to provide patients with an accurate diagnosis and offer safe and effective treatment options using some of the most state-of-the-art and current treatments.”
The clinic expanded in 2006. As Chris explains, “We were busting at the seams and needed the space for equipment and patients.” Chris has treated 7,000 individual patients and said he is pretty much at maximum capacity. The clinic is now 2,200-square-feet, twice the size as it was when it first opened. Chris decided it was best to add on rather than move all of his equipment. Chris has three employees: an office manager and two receptionists.
In 2007 Chris graduated with a clinical neurology diplomate after completing a three-year post-graduate specialty program in clinical neurology through New York Chiropractic College. Chris is one of only about 10 chiropractors in Iowa who are board-certified in clinical neurology.
Chris is a member of the Iowa Chiropractic Society. He served as district director for three years. He is also a member of the American Chiropractic Association.
Interest in the chiropractic field evolved when Chris was in his teens. In high school, Chris was active in football and wrestling and was treated by Dr. Mike Soppe in Carroll for typical athletic injuries such as sprains and strains. He would often ask Soppe questions about his profession and about different techniques. In college, Chris knew the health-care-related fields interested him, and ultimately he decided on chiropractic care.
Chris’ younger brother, Brett, also became interested in the chiropractic field as a teenager. When Brett was 19, he shadowed Chris at his practice and decided this was also the right profession for him. Brett is a 2009 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and is a chiropractor in Ankeny. Chris often refers potential patients to his brother. In fact, Brett’s clinic, Health First Chiropractic Care, is right next door to Chris’ clinic.
A few years ago, the opportunity arose for Chris to purchase the 12-plex shopping center where his clinic is located. Chris jumped at the chance since he felt the location of his clinic is ideal. In 2008 Renze Holdings LLC purchased the shopping center. Chris is proud of the fact Schneider’s Square on First Street is 100-percent leased. His tenants are businesses including a dry cleaner, nail salon, travel agency, jewelry store, etc.
The most common ailments Chris sees and treats at his clinic are low-back pain, herniated disks, migraines, neck pain, tennis elbow, and knee and hip pain. His patients range from newborns to athletes to adult and elderly patients. His main goal is to restore range of motion and help eliminate pain.
“I love the philosophy of chiropractic, which at its foundation promotes that the body is intelligent and a self-healing entity and given the proper environment, to overcome most illnesses,” said Chris.
Although Chris has many loyal patients he realizes not everyone is a fan of chiropractic care.
He said, “I wish more would listen to the positive sides of the chiropractic profession versus the bad stuff we are constantly bombarded with.”
He wishes more could be given accurate information so they can make educated decisions.
Chris considers himself the middle of the road as a chiropractor.
“Although there are conditions that chiropractic cannot help, there are numerous well-researched conditions that chiropractic can help,” said Chris.
As a chiropractor, Chris prides himself on his open communication with the medical community. He understands there may be some problems that could be better-evaluated or solved by someone else. He is not one to bash medical care. He believes chiropractors and the medical field can work together to treat patients. He has built excellent relationships with primary-care physicians, nurse practitioners, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pain management anesthesiologists, and rheumatologists in the area.
“I refer to them and get many referrals from them because they understand my willingness to work with other providers of all different specialties and they know that my diagnosis and treatment recommendations are within the standard of care of what would be deemed medically appropriate in their eyes. My goal is to find the patient the fix for their problem even if that fix doesn’t come from me,” explained Chris.
Chris found a similar working relationship as he was growing up in Carroll. His family physician, Dr. James Jensen, told Chris a few times that maybe his chiropractor, Soppe, would better treat his ailment. The same went for Soppe, who sometimes he suggested Chris see Jensen instead of him.
However, within the field of chiropractic care, Chris sees a division. He feels a chiropractor’s specialty is dealing with neuromuscular-skeletal medicine. He prefers to see legitimate proof from scientific research studies rather than dabble in treatments that may or may not work for his patients.
When selecting a chiropractor for the first time or when searching for a new one, Chris has a few suggestions. First set up a time to talk on the phone or in person before making your decision. Ask for references from current and past patients. Ask the chiropractor about his views on treating various conditions. Find out of the chiropractor is isolated or works with other specialists.
Chris is dedicated to his patients. If a patient moves out of state, he will call chiropractors in that area to help find one to suit his patient’s needs. Chris said that after speaking with a fellow chiropractor for a few minutes, he can get an overall feel for his approach, techniques and treatment options.
Chris’ goals for his future include adding an associate chiropractor to his clinic and continuing to venture into real estate.
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