WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce announced Schuster Physical Therapy as the 2019 Small Business of the Year at the award luncheon Tuesday, March 19, at West Jefferson United Methodist Church’s Hensley Hall.

The award is given to a chamber member business in operation for at least three years with a staff of fewer than 25 employees and a strong commitment to community, according to the chamber.

“Not only does Schuster Physical Therapy provide excellent service to the citizens of Ashe and surrounding counties, its team does so with positivity while demonstrating and encouraging community involvement,” presenter Beth Lyle said. “Schuster Physical Therapy comes highly recommended for its supreme standard of care, as its staff exhibits continued devotion to each patient’s improvement and wellbeing.”

According to the Lyle, compassion is a trademark of Schuster Physical Therapy’s service, as they make their patients feel like family.

Schuster Physical Therapy’s owners, Greg and Tracy-Lynn Schuster, extend this genuine care to the community, and are dedicated to making Ashe County a better place to live, as evidenced by their years of action with Habitat for Humanity, Ashe Sharing Center and various other charitable and youth development efforts, Lyle said.

“They are champions of local citizens’ welfare,” Lyle said.

Lyle and her husband, Sherman, presented the award as last year’s Small Business of the Year winners for The Hotel Tavern. Sherman Lyle said he visited Schuster Physical Therapy about 100 times in the past three years.

“When you walk in the door, the positivity you see in this office is crazy good,” Sherman Lyle said. “I’ve had great care and treatment. I just can’t say enough about them. This machine is a well-oiled, caring, loving machine.”

Upon accepting the award, Tracy-Lynn Schuster said Ashe County is home for her family and her business.

“The beauty of this community is the people who live in it,” Tracy-Lynn Schuster said to the crowd in Hensley Hall. “It’s the people that work for us and work with us — the patients that we see — that really make our business what it is. It is such an honor to receive this award, and we thank you all for that.”

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