Herald/Andrew D. Brosig - Several ultra-thin acupuncture needles protrude from patient Lilly Kittredge's back Wednesday at MBS Wellness Chiropractic Center in Killeen. The needles remain in place for 20 minutes, which Kittredge called her "Lilly time," while she relaxes and lets the needs do their work.

By Andrew D. Brosig

Killeen Daily Herald

Dr. Boyoung Chung really likes to needle her patients. And they like it, too.

Chung, a certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, and her husband, former Killeen Independent School District teacher and coach Gary Hurst, recently cut the ribbon for their new clinic, MBS Wellness Chiropractic Center at 1109 Florence Road in Killeen. The clinic opened March 10, after being in rented space at Skyline Plaza in Killeen for almost four years.

"We bought this one," Chung said. "For anybody, it's a dream you have to own your own building."

Chung came to the practice of chiropractic in a somewhat roundabout way. She started out earning a degree in radiology at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. She went on to study for and earn a second degree in medical imaging at Charles Sturt University in Sidney, Australia.

Part of her training at both schools involved working on rotations in hospitals in Korea and Australia. Chung decided she didn't enjoy that environment, so she set her life on a different path.

She went to work as a marketing specialist for a company that made miniature amplifiers for electric guitars. Chung traveled internationally to trade show and similar venues, promoting their product.

"I got tired of traveling all over the world," she said. "Plus, I missed the medical field, helping people."

Chung went back to school, this time at Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena. A four-year program, chiropractic work would give her the chance to help people in a less-invasive, more holistic way, she said.

"Chiropractic was really what I wanted to do," Chung said. "Help people without all the negative side effects."

For the first two years of the program, the training is similar to any other medical field. At year three, when a more traditional medical student goes to work in a hospital, chiropractic students continue their study of the muscular and skeletal systems, as well as nutrition.

Chung worked three months in a hospital in Houston. She had to learn what other medical professionals do, she said.

"We have to know how to diagnose," Chung said. "We have to be able to tell, is a problem related to the muscular or skeletal system, is it something we can do, or is it something we can't do?"

Following her studies, Chung moved to Killeen to join an existing chiropractic practice. When that practice closed, she decided to strike out on her own.

After opening her own clinic, she met Hurst, who was a client of a massage therapist who shared office space with Chung. At the time, he taught special education and math and coached boys and girls tennis in KISD, a career he maintained until last year, he said. Hurst left teaching to join his spouse in her practice, he said. The clinic had grown to the point where Chung needed the help, running the office and handling the paperwork.

Today, Chung and Hurst have two MBS Wellness clinics, the original location in Killeen and a second clinic just opened in Humble. In addition to chiropractic services, Chung and her staff offer acupuncture treatment, along with nutrition and wellness counseling and classes, physical and massage therapy services and smoking cessation assistance.

"We want this to be a wellness center for Central Texas," Hurst said.

"I want to try to help as many people as I can," Chung said. "To try to educate the public as much as we can."

For more information, call MBS Wellness Chiropractic Center at (254) 634-4010 or go to www.dontweightonyourhealth.com.

Contact Andrew D. Brosig at abrosig@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7469.

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