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Polley Family Wellness Center opens; WingHouse comes to Brandon

BRANDON — There's no shortage of chiropractic offices in the Brandon area, but the doctors at Polley Family Wellness Center say their new practice offers a distinctive kind of service.

"It's kind of a different approach," said Randall Sprague. "My specialty is primarily in the treatment of injuries from automobile accidents. But in this practice we're interested in wellness, in making people feel better."

The two chiropractors at Polley Family Wellness Center — Sprague and Chad Polley — will still offer services for acute conditions. But Sprague points to a large and growing body of research that shows that regular chiropractic treatment can help relieve and prevent the kind of minor aches and pains, and other symptoms that many people routinely endure. Chiropractic patients in studies also often report increased energy and improved moods.

Sprague said there's certainly a place for medication to relieve pain, but chiropractic treatment can be preferable.

"Let's not view health as 'You don't have enough aspirin in your system, and that's why you have pain,' " he said.

A frequent misconception about chiropractors is they work on bones, Sprague said. What they're really doing is working on the central nervous system, so the treatments they offer can affect a wide rage of symptoms.

Polley, who has been offering chiropractic services through other Brandon area practices for several years, opened Polley Family Wellness Center on Jan. 3. Sprague, who has decades of experience but has never practiced in this area before, is the only other doctor in the clinic. A licensed massage therapist also is on the staff.

Polley Family Wellness Center is at 166 E Bloomingdale Ave., across from Winn-Dixie. It's open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. until noon on Friday. Call (813) 654-7121.

WingHouse to open in Brandon

Ker's WingHouse opened its first location in Largo about 16 years ago. Later this year it will open its 20th, at 775 W Brandon Blvd.

The key to the Florida chain's success is fairly straightforward.

"We kind of look at the competition and try to do it better," said Chris Adkins, who will be the general manager of the new location.

It's kind of early to predict exactly when the restaurant will open, Adkins said. If everything goes smoothly, it could debut in early May. Until then, the nearest WingHouse location for east Hillsborough residents is at 5003 N U.S. 301.

Good food, beer and liquor and lots of televisions showing sports are all part of the formula for Ker's WingHouse, which was founded by former NFL player Crawford Ker. The restaurants also tout its pretty waitresses in tight outfits.

Ker and his partners own all the restaurants, but soon the company will start offering franchise opportunities. So the chain's steady expansion of the past 16 years may accelerate in the near future, Adkins said.

The new Ker's WingHouse will open at 11 a.m. daily and will close at midnight Monday through Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit

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