By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, COKATO, MN - After 21 years as a chiropractor, Tracy McConkey, of Cokato, isn’t slowing down yet, having just opened a second clinic in Cokato.
McConkey Chiropractic Clinic opened its doors Aug. 4 in the Cleary building, just west of Cokato on Highway 12.
McConkey previously owned his own chiropractic clinic on Atlantic Avenue in Dassel from 1992 through 2000, when he sold the business to Cory Kenyon. He took some time off to teach chiropractic.
In 2002, McConkey opened an office in Annandale, where he remains three out of five days per week, spending Tuesday and Thursday in Cokato.
After suspending his chiropractic services in Dassel, many of his patients from the Dassel-Cokato area chose to continue their treatments with McConkey in Annandale.
“This community is our home,” McConkey said. “We felt it was time,” he added, speaking for himself, along with his office manager and wife, Melody.
Now, the patients from the area won’t have to drive the 20 or more miles to Annandale for their preferred chiropractor.
The office space, which was one of the only commercial sites available in the Dassel and Cokato area, McConkey noted, offers nice visibility.
That the site is somewhat out in the country, between both Dassel and Cokato, was also appealing to them.
Business thus far has been better than anticipated. McConkey has actual been pretty swamped with appointments, he said.
“It’s been really good,” McConkey added.
He describes the services he offers as conservative chiropractic care being very hands-on and adjusting with manual muscle work.
Throughout the years, McConkey has also tried to have smaller offices and staff to keep the costs down for his patients, he said, joking that the office could survive without him there, but not his wife.
This past March, McConkey brought his chiropractic services to Papua, New Guinea, working with missionaries through New Tribes Missions.
He hopes, down the road, he can do more work like that.
McConkey is also busy serving on the Dassel-Cokato School Board and being the father of three Emily, 20; Keeley, 19; and Shane, 17.
Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment. The number is (320) 286-2500.
“We are happy to be here,” McConkey said. “It’s like being home.”