By Heleigh Bostwick
Epic Wellness provides chiropractic, acupuncture and massage services for employees at 47 businesses around the state. Instead of patients coming to them, they travel to their patients.
Until recently, that is.
“Our business model has always been that we travel to the company to perform our services on site, but in January we opened a physical office space where people could come in and use our services,” explained Owner Dr. Wendy Mehaffey.
Located on Williston Road near the intersection of Industrial Avenue, business is so good that Mehaffey said they were already outgrowing the space.
“Right now, we can accommodate 100 patients a week, but the business is really taking off, and we’re looking to expand to a larger space that can accommodate more patients,” she said.
When she started Epic Wellness four years ago, Mehaffey focused on her specialty, chiropractic services. As the business has grown, she’s added more services and additional staff.
Massage therapist Lauren Dube was hired as massage director and co-owner of the massage division of the business. Last fall, services were expanded.
“Our core services are chiropractic, as well as massage, followed by acupuncture, ergonomic evaluation and web-based stretching,” Mehaffey said. “We also lecture at company work sites on health and wellness topics like nutrition or how employees can decrease stress.”
Currently, the staff at Epic Wellness includes three chiropractors, eight massage therapists and two acupuncturists, but Mehaffey is hoping to add another acupuncturist and another chiropractor. Three administrative staff members handle insurance billing and processing.
Mehaffey said clients include the Vermont Country Store, King Arthur Flour, National Life, and closer to home, Burton Snowboards, Dealer.com, Pete’s RV Center and VPR.
Most companies schedule sessions once a week, twice a month or once a month, no contract required. Employees pay for services directly; there’s no expense to the company. Insurance pays for chiropractic and acupuncture and employees can use HSAs and flex plans like HRAs to pay for services as well.
“What’s nice about the business model is that it works for all company sizes,” she said. “It’s a win-win for everyone. We’ve reached a lot of people who wouldn’t normally come to us because they’d have to take off from work.”
Laurie Kigonya, human resources supervisor at VPR in Colchester, is a fan.
“They are totally awesome,” she said. “They get to know everyone on a personal level and care about you as a person, not just a patient.”
Kigonya sends out an email notifying employees when Epic Wellness will be on site.
“It doesn’t cost the employer anything, and there’s no scheduling on my end,” she said. “I show them the space that’s available and they come in and set up.”
It’s up to employees to schedule their session with Epic Wellness using the online scheduling software on its website. Confirmation and reminder emails are sent directly to employees.
“The employees love it,” Kigonya said. “We’re lucky that we found them.”
Epic Wellness is located at 4626 Williston Rd. Suite 112. For more information visit www.epicwellnessvt. com or call 343-3900.