Bryan Kolozsi was born and raised in Menlo Park, attending Laurel and Encinal Schools and Menlo-Atherton High School. He opened his chiropractic practice on Oak Grove Ave. in 1998. He talked to InMenlo about how and why his style shifted from polo to cowboy shirts.
InMenlo: So what’s with the cowboy hat, shirt, and boots?
Bryan: After I graduated from chiropractic school, one of my classmates was working [offering pro bono chiropractic services] at a variety of rodeos and driving all over the state. I started helping out and you’re required by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to dress the part. But given that we have to set up right behind the chutes where it can get pretty warm, it’s not always the coolest way to dress.
InMenlo: What kind of injuries do rodeo cowboys sustain?
Bryan: It really depends on the event. You see lots of neck and shoulder injuries in bull and bronco riding. Steer wrestlers sustain knee injuries. A lot of the cowboys don’t make a lot of money so they appreciate our donated services.
InMenlo: Is there a lot of demand for your services?
Bryan: Some rodeos are really busy. At the Indian National Finals Rodeo, we did 275 adjustments in just four days.
InMenlo: Where do you buy your cowboy clothes?
Bryan: I shop locally, in addition to shopping at rodeos. A ton of companies sell clothing at the National Finals Rodeo show, which is held every December in Las Vegas. While I only own three pairs of boots, I find I’m started to get sucked into the boot thing.
InMenlo: Presume you’ve never ridden a bull, but what about a horse?
Bryan: Not yet. I’ve donated services to the Menlo Charity Horse Show the last few years and also do some work with the Menlo Polo Club. I’ll probably get on a polo horse sometime this year, but I’m staying clear of rough stock!
Editor’s note: Want to see local rodeo? The 61st Woodside Junior Rodeo is scheduled for July 4th at the Mounted Patrol Grounds at 52 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside; gates open at 8:00 am.
Photo by Scott R. Kline