By Betsy Lopez
Special to The Rock River Times
The locally-owned HealthFirst Wellness Center in Rockford is relocating to central Rockford after more than 15 years at its Riverside Boulevard location in northwest Rockford. The move decreases excess office space for a more efficient layout, and owners say they will extend lunchtime hours to “accommodate the area business people.”
Dr. Robert Andino and Dr. Renee Andino, owners of HealthFirst Wellness Center, have moved their chiropractic offices from 1007 Riverside Blvd. to 7264 Argus Drive, opening in their new space Nov. 11. The move is one the couple of 13 years have been planning for more than a year.
“I have a huge heart for local businesses,” said Renee Andino, noting she is a member of Winnebago Buy Local. “I think growing is part of building our community, and we really are a ‘mom and pop’ shop.”
The Rockford-based chiropractic duo opted to relocate their business without the assistance of a business loan after customers suggested a more central location in the heart of Rockford was necessary. Renee Andino is board-certified in chiropractic pediatrics, and she is on the editorial board of the local daily newspaper’s Rockford Parent publication. Dr. Robert Andino, her husband, specializes in acupuncture practices, is on the Peak Master’s swim team and has a passion for taking care of triathletes. Both are active members at CrossFit VisOne.
“We’re doing this completely just by saving and working hard,” said Renee Andino, noting the new location means a better floor plan for the couple’s business and downsizing from 4,500 square feet to a 3,000-square-foot building. “This move will make us more conveniently located for our patients,” she said. “I’ve been strategizing for a year, but we got serious about moving this summer.”
Having worked at HealthFirst Wellness Center since 2008, the Andinos believe the move will help their business to continue solidifying roots in the Rockford region. Mailers were sent out to patients to advise them of the move. Since the couple purchased the business in 2011 from a former colleague, the Andinos estimate they have served roughly 5,000 clients, more recently seeing 130 active patients each week.
For more about HealthFirst Wellness Center, visit www.healthfirstrehab.com.
From the Dec. 4-10, 2013, issue