Chiropractic Essence owners cutting a red ribbon in fro

Eat, Shop, Bank Local: Chiropractic Essence owners excited to open practice in Council Bluffs

August 6, 2019 | TS Bank

At TS Bank we believe that a community is only as strong as its local businesses. This is why we have made it one of our top priorities to spotlight local businesses in southwest, Iowa, as part of our Eat, Shop, Bank Local blog series. For this blog we feature the owners of Chiropractic Essence of Council Bluffs.

T.J. Alger wants to help make people feel better through chiropractic care.

Alger and business partner Brean Bartlett will work to do just that at the recently-opened Chiropractic Essence on West Broadway in Council Bluffs.

The practice opened on July 29 and celebrated with a grand opening and ribbon cutting party on July 31, with more than 100 people coming to celebrate with Alger and Bartlett.

Alger is the chiropractor, while Bartlett handles the business and marketing side for the company.

Chiropractic Essence is the culmination of years of dreaming and the hard work of the past year. Alger said the idea of opening his own practice was in his head for years. Working with Bartlett, the dream moved toward reality. They’ve been in their space since spring prepping the facility – with Alger’s family front and center on the renovations – to get it ready for the practice.

“We’re so excited to be here,” Alger said during the grand opening ceremony.

Alger grew up in Okoboji and attended Simpson College in Indianola for his undergraduate studies. He graduated from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City in April of 2017 and got to work – at practices in Kansas City, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa, and eventually in Omaha, Nebraska.

After coming to the Omaha area Alger met Bartlett, who said she worked in marketing and business roles after moving to the metro nine years ago. She’s originally from Norwalk, Iowa.

Alger practices neurologically-based chiropractic care, using a tool he calls “the integrator” to test nerves.

“It gets to another layer, gets to the nerve – which is often the root cause of aches and pains,” Alger said. “We focus on the brain and spinal cord – we stay in our lane, and people get better.”

“It’s an FDA-approved chiropractic instrument,” he said about the integrator. “When it adjusts, it adjusts the nerve. It removes frequencies that aren’t supposed to be in our body. When it fires, the kickback sends frequency through the nerve. If the nerve is compressed - a kink, I relate it to a garden hose - this frequency shoots in there and counteracts the wrong frequency, to the right frequency.”

Alger noted the tool repeats the same process the same each time – no matter the symptoms, age or size of patient. He said he prefers it to a manual adjustment because of that repeatable action – while noting the need and efficacy of manual adjustments.

“It’s less invasive - we can use it on little kids all the way to WWII vets, same technique,” he said. “There’s no twisting or cracking.”

ribbon cutting at chiropractic essence

Bartlett added that the neurological focus “gets to the ‘why?’ of what’s wrong.” She said since she started receiving adjustments from Alger her headaches and hyperacidity have subsided.

When asked why they chose to work with TS Bank as they opened the business, Alger said walking into the bank’s West Broadway branch “felt like home.”

“The service was quick and to the point. I’m a small town native myself so I love the mission of places where each individual is never treated like a number,” he said. “It's about relationships for me, and TS Bank made the difference.”

The practice has been accepting patients since opening on July 29. You can also meet Alger and company at the Council Bluffs Farmers Market at Bayliss Park (where you can find them most Thursday evenings) or other community events.

Chiropractic Essence is located at 3424 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 712-330-0388, go to or visit the company’s Facebook page. Read more about the practice here.

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