While 2020 has had its challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been a landmark year for Loehr Health Center.
The company in February relocated to 13,000 square feet in Farmers Park, filling vacancies left by multiple companies including Staxx and Jellybeans. The company was founded six years ago in 1,200 square feet, says owner and CEO Dr. Steven Loehr, noting the new digs allowed the company to hire four additional physicians and to offer a gym experience for customers in addition to health care. Already, Loehr says his company is maxing out the Farmers Park space, which could mean the addition of a new location as soon as this fall.
“We have everything from CrossFit to powerlifting in the back,” Loehr says of the gym, which helps to keep clients healthy in line with services offered by the company.
The move was preceded by a name change from Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC, with expanded services under the Loehr Health Center name including primary care, physical therapy and functional medicine.
“Not everyone looks at health care the way we do,” says Loehr. “I think the biggest approach difference is that we’re looking for that cause.”
Rather than offer medication right off the bat as a solution, for instance, Loehr Health Center will try to identify the root of the problem.
“It’s just a holistic approach of naturally trying to fix what’s causing the problem instead of giving a medication to battle the symptoms,” Loehr says.
The opening of the new space came just before the pandemic took hold, and Loehr admits his business has lost revenue due to the crisis.
“We took a big hit. We were down about 70% for almost five weeks through it,” he says. “We just got back to where we’re full blown and going at it.”
Loehr is hopeful his team will weather the storm as the city reopens. The company has implemented safety measures, such as temperature screenings.
“Logistically, we had to change a lot of things,” he says.
Additionally, Loehr in 2018 opened an office in Weaubleau, 60 miles north of Springfield. Officials say the clinic has put up solid numbers, especially given its rural size. During its first year, the practice generated $119,000 in revenue, saw 347 patients and had 2,600 office visits. In 2019, revenue grew to nearly $150,000, its new patient load increased by 292 people and office visits exceeded 3,500.
Outside of the clinic setting, Loehr Health Center staff members are civically active.
The company volunteers and offers services for the Price Cutter Charity Championship, Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Lift Up Springfield and the Bass Pro Fitness Series, to name a few.
Additionally, local police and fire staff members receive a 40% discount on services with their badge, and Loehr Health Center offers a similar discount to veterans.
Whataburger launched its second local store; Branson shop Revive Juice and Coffee Bar LLC moved; and a new Monett branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library District opened.