Doctor embraces westside home

A car accident after college introduced Dr. Jennifer Foss to a chiropractor. Prior to that, she says she didn’t even know what chiropractors did. She reluctantly went — and felt better.

“I always say chiropractic hit me literally,” she said.

Foss is a University of South Dakota graduate and who then went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, after that accident introduced her to chiropractic. When she and her husband moved back to Sioux Falls, they made their home and business in western Sioux Falls.

Westside Chiropractic Center was the first tenant at Lake Lorraine when it opened on Marion Road, though Dr. Jennifer Foss has operated her clinic in western Sioux Falls since 2002. When she started her first clinic, she called it Westside Chiropractic Center.

“I liked the idea of owning the westside brand. I’m a westside girl. I always joke about not knowing anything past Minnesota (Avenue). I just don’t understand why anyone would live anywhere else because everything’s over here and it’s got such a good access to us,” she said. “Even people, patient-wise, still find it easy to get here because the access is so easy. Just get off the interstate and we’re right here. I love it here. This is where I live and this is my community.”

When Foss went to chiropractic school, what is known today as Lake Lorraine was still hidden by trees — “I didn’t even know there was a lake back here,” she said. “It was kind of a leap of faith because it was all on paper,” she said of her move to the burgeoning development.

Foss moved out of her previous office in late December in 2014 and opened at Lake Lorraine at Jan. 1, 2015. A few months later, Anytime Fitness and The SandBar and Grill opened.

“It was an easy transition for me since it was just up the street. We’ve seen a lot of growth and changes since we’ve been here. Even though I was at a very busy intersection at 26th and Marion, a lot of people didn’t know I was there,” Foss said. “I feel like I got more traffic here and people drive by and look at what’s located here.”

Foss’s clinic offers chiropractic, massage therapy, rehabilitation, and nutrition services. A majority of her clients also call the westside home, but Foss takes referrals or people who drive by may come in and ask questions about services and become clients.

“Lake Lorraine is getting to be more known. A lot has changed and it’s ever-changing. It’s one of the smartest decisions I ever made coming over here,” Foss said.