Meet the couple behind Granite Family Chiropractic & Nutrition in Dedham Square.
Sarah Leahy and Adrian Granite can straighten a spine, treat neck pain and pick out the healthiest foods in any grocery store. But after spending nearly a decade combined in chiropractic school, the couple has had to teach themselves everything else about building a business from scratch.
“Research, research, research,” Granite, 26, said about how the pair learned to navigate the complex net of regulations for their new Dedham practice.
He said the couple would stay up late scouring websites about joining insurance networks, installing sprinkler systems and designing the office’s electrical needs.
“In school, you’re taught how to be a clinician, how to interact with patients, but you don’t know anything about opening a business,” he said. “Some people have called us crazy,” Leahy added. The couple has planned the business’s opening and their wedding simultaneously for almost a year.
Leahy and Granite opened Granite Family Chiropractic & Nutrition on Washington Street last fall, just a few weeks after they got engaged. They met at the New York Chiropractic College, where Leahy was one year ahead of Granite. After briefly working for other offices, Leahy said they realized their time would be better spent building up their own practice.
“We decided, ‘It’s not going to be easy, but let’s just open our own place now’,” she said.
She joked that even though she and Granite live, work, and exercise together, they don’t get sick of each other. “Nobody believes me when I say that,” she said with a laugh.
The pair has spent the last year familiarizing the Dedham community with their line of work, holding classes on nutrition and overall health at Whole Foods and the library. They regularly post health and wellness news on their Facebook page to educate clients. As they work on promoting their business, the couple is still learning. When Granite drives to chiropractic conferences and workshops across the region, he listens to nutrition seminars on his iPod.
“We have so much going on, and at the same time, I always want to learn more. Education never stops,” Granite said. Between staying up-to-date on health news, seeing patients, promoting his business and planning the wedding, Granite said he could spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week working.
But he and Leahy have also found time to restart their political activism, which brought them together in college. Last month, they lobbied against a law that would have cut down patient referrals for chiropractic care.
In college, Granite and Leahy were members of the Student American Chiropractic Association and helped plan annual lobbying trips to Washington, D.C. to fight for health-related issues like preventative care.
“It’s important to our profession. A lot of people just don’t care about politics and that attitude is going to hurt us. This is how changes happen,” Granite said. “This office didn’t fall into our laps, we made it happen. I feel that way about everything.”
He said after the wedding, he plans to step up his political efforts to protect health care in Massachusetts and nationally.
Leahy, a former middle school teacher, said she hopes to grow their outreach in schools, helping to educate young people about nutrition and help schools dish out healthier lunches.
Kierrie Ross, a regular client of Granite Family Chiropractic, said she is drawn to the caring, “family oriented” atmosphere. When she stepped into their office as a walk-in last year, it was her first visit in more than 20 years to a chiropractor. She now visits the clinic weekly for chiropractic care and nutrition.
“They spend a lot of time with me. They really care a lot about me,” the 53-year-old said.
Granite Family Chiropractic & Nutrition is located at 399 Washington St. in Dedham Square. They can be reached at 781-467-0088 or online at www.granitefamilychiropractic.com.