After the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2725 James Sanders Boulevard with the Chamber of Commerce, baseball great Ozzie Smith joined the party to announce that IMAC is expanding.
After 19 years in Major League Baseball, the Hall of Fame shortstop has his share of aches and pains, but was introduced to Dr. Matt Wallis and his team, who did Platelet Rich Plasma therapy on several visits to Paducah, and it has improved his overall health - and his golf game.
"Through the process we've gotten to know each other pretty well, and they told me they were interested in moving the project to St. Louis, so in the spring, hopefully we'll open the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center," Smith said.
IMAC uses chiropractors, physical therapists, doctors and recent medical innovations to treat many patients with tissue damage and neurological diseases, usually without surgery. Patients can come to one facility to get the care they need instead of having to go to several different appointments all over town. They come from all over the country, and several of them, like Smith, are active or retired professional athletes.
Wallis opened Lone Oak Chiropractic in 1998, and Jason Brame became his partner 7 years ago. They changed their name to IMAC three years ago, and Wallis said that name will be showing up in other large cities in the near future, too.
After the ribbon-cutting and the expansion announcement, Smith signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans for well over an hour. Staff members gave tours of the building to the people who had packed the lobby for the announcement.