Cove alum breaks ground on Southern Hills Chiropractic
By LYNETTE SOWELL
Copperas Cove High School class of 2011 alum Cody Elenz spent plenty of time on the field at Bulldawg Stadium before leaving for Lamar University, but on Tuesday morning, he gathered with family and supporters on another, smaller field in Copperas Cove to break ground on a dream.
Elenz will be opening Southern Hillis Chiropractic at 1856 Patriot Cir., and together with family and friends, Mayor Bradi Diaz, Mayor Pro Tem Dan Yancey and City Manager Ryan Haverlah, broke ground for the future facility.
This April, Elenz graduates with his doctor of chiropractor degree and is eager to get to work in his hometown as Dr. Cody Elenz.
He thanked everyone who helped make his journey possible, stating he was fortunate to grow up in Copperas Cove.
“It’s been such an honor to come back and help everyone who’s helped me along the way,” Elenz said to those assembled for the ceremony. “My journey as a military child impacted all my decisions, impacted anything that I do today. Being able to witness my parents serve our country, veterans that serve our country, and being able to make an impact in their life, I feel like it’s an honor to give back to them.”
He said that although sports drew him away from joining the military when he was younger, this is his way of giving thanks and giving back to the people who gave to him the most.
“I chose to become a doctor of chiropractic medicine because through it, I found an answer for my ailments and injuries I had in football,” Elenz said.
When his practice opens its doors, he and two other doctors will be on staff. Their focus will be veterans, active duty, families, and pets.
Where pets are concerned, Southern Hills will not see or treat pets in-house, but he said they will be setting up with local veterinarians for chiropractic care in the community. Southern Hills will be part of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Prior to breaking ground on the property, Mayor Diaz welcomed the future new business to the community.
“It’s especially exciting when we have someone from Copperas Cove, who graduated as a Bulldawg, went out and explored the world, and now is coming back here and opening a business,” Diaz said. “He’s serving kids, he’s serving veterans, and he’s serving pets, so that’s a win-win-win for the city of Copperas Cove and the citizens of Copperas Cove.”