EXETER — Dr. William Chromey will celebrate his birthday in style this year.
The doctor’s birthday is June 16, which is also the start of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club just outside of Pittsburgh.
Chromey, who owns Chromey Chiropractic Center, P.C., which is on the corner of Orchard Street and Wyoming Avenue in Exeter, will be a certified Wellness Team Chiropractor for this year’s championship. In 2014, Chromey was also a volunteer chiropractor for the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
This time around, however, means a little more to the long-time golf enthusiast.
Chromey’s daughter, Lauryn, who recently graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in exercise science and physiology, now works as an exercise psychologist at a hospital in Orlando, Florida. She will be accompanying her father on the trip. She will be working as a volunteer in the merchandise tent as well as helping out her father during the week.
“That will be a special experience for me,” Chromey said. “She has working with the (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) RailRiders and the (Pittsburgh) Steelers. Now she’ll be able to work a U.S. Open with me.”
While Chromey heads out for the week in Oakmont, his duties will be to provide players, caddies and staff with chiropractic services. During the week, which begins Monday, June 13 for the doctor, Chromey will have the opportunity to work on some of the biggest names in golf, but that’s not why he is there.
Chromey attends such events to get his practice and the industry as a whole more recognition. He will be one of 20 chiropractors out of the hundreds of volunteers.
“It’s not about me being in the public eye,” he said. “The industry has grown and any way to shed that in a positive light is rewarding.”
It was through a chance meeting during the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore that Chromey got the chance to be at the recent competitions. Chromey was working on a local golfer at Ardmore and the Wellness Team director began to know who Chromey was.
From there, the director told Chromey he would put him on the U.S. Open list. The rest is history.
An avid sportsman, Chromey was invited to a New York Yankees free agent baseball tryout in 1984, and then in 1985 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His passion for golf goes beyond working on players. He also has a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1 certification, which involves swing analysis, functional screening and exercise protocols involving the golf swing.
After he gave up baseball to focus on his career and education, Chromey found golf.
“Golf came to be later in life,” he said. “Golf became part of me as I got older and had some fun. When I got to become a chiropractor I wanted to make sure I got certified in sports and blend the two passions.”
Chromey started his chiropractic journey at Luzerne County Community College where he received his associate’s degree in general studies. In 1987, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from East Stroudsburg University. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 1998.
Chromey missed last year’s U.S. Open, which was held at Chambers Bay in Washington state because the event coinsided with his 25th wedding anniversary. He’s now happy to be going back, just several hours down the road.
“It’s a very special place to be, even though it is volunteer,” Chromey said about the U.S. Open. “Not a lot of chiropractors get the opportunity to be in that place.”
The first round of the U.S. Open begins Thursday, June 16 and the final round is scheduled for Sunday, June 19.
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