Columbia has always been a medical mecca. The health care industry is a dominant player in the local economy, employing more people than any other sector. The city is home to the second-most hospital beds per capita in the country.
For the owners of newly formed Peak Sport and Spine Rehab, that old adage proved to be good business advice. Athletic trainer Mark Dempsey and physical therapists Shaon Fry and Todd Ankenman are the former owners of Peak Performance Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine.
If you think “smart building” technology is a product of the 21st century, well … you would be wrong. Dial back your assumptions to the early 1980s, when a young, American-educated immigrant settled in Columbia
Katie Essing is living the dream. Six months into her new job as director of the Downtown Community Improvement District, she has immersed herself in the downtown’s small-business culture, working in what she calls her “dream career.”