It doesn’t feel like 20 years, not for Scott and Jill Massengill.
But this married couple, both chiropractors, get a sense of how time has passed when they see the children.
“We’ve got kids we started taking care of when they were babies. Now,” like their own daughter Danielle, “they’re in college,” Jill says.
Thursday, Jan. 31, marks the 20th anniversary of the Massengills’ practice in North Bend. They’ve followed their healing profession on the same street, moving once—last year.
They started Straight Chiropractic the same month that Danielle was born, in January of 1993.
Jill came to this job from a young age. As a girl growing up in Michigan, “I wanted to be a doctor,” she said. “I had a fiercely independent streak.”
While thinking about what kind of a doctor she’d be, a cousin introduced a teenage Jill to a chiropractor, who showed her how to palpate the spine.
“I thought it was neat,” she said, and later tried it herself to cure up some bad headaches. After high school, Jill did the prerequisite training and graduated from chiropractic college at 24.
Scott had a different track to the profession. An Air Force brat who traveled the world, Scott was readying for medical school when he decided to take some time off, teaching skiing. He rode the lift with the wife of a chiropractor, who got him excited about the practice.
Scott and Jill met in chiropractor college, and moved to North Bend, which was the best of both worlds to the couple, both avid skiers and rock climbers.
“We get to be close to Seattle, a beautiful, open-minded city, and super close to the mountains,” Jill said. “We’re active, outdoors people. The Valley has everything we need.”
“When we decided to come here, it was a decision based on wanting to grow with a community,” Scott said.
That’s exactly what happened. The post office staff, previously located across the street from their office, in the old days would know most every customer by sight, and hand mail across the counter.
“It had a real small-town feel,” Jill said of the community.
Their time in the Valley doesn’t feel like 20 years—more like 10, says Scott.
Jill said their commitment to the Valley stems from a strong fit with the community and with their calling.
“I’m really independent and a free thinker,” she says. “Doing our own thing suits my personality.
“Chiropractic itself is a relaxing and healing profession,” she added. “I think I was destined for it. I love what I do, every single day.”
“We love the area, we love working here,” says Scott. “The people have been so supportive.”
The Massengills spent 19 years at Straight Chiropractic’s Main Street location in downtown North Bend before moving a few blocks to their new home, Park Street Healing Arts, last July.
The Massengills have not looked back following their move to their own building at 318 Park St., the completely remodeled site of a former resident and the Children’s Center of North Bend.
The childcare center’s playhouse out front was donated to a family, and the Massengills transformed the yard, adding a parking area on the side.
The former garage became a classroom space for weight loss support groups and classes like dream-board making and yoga.
“It was always our dream to own our own building,” Jill said. “We had been looking and saving for the right space. We couldn’t find the right building.”
Finally, after North Bend’s new water rights eased the way, the Massengills found their new home, and got a zoning change, called a limited commercial overlay, to allow their business.
Today, besides Straight Chiropractic, four other businesses call Park Street Healing Arts home. There are several independent specialists, three massage therapists, and 13 total people work here.
The building’s transformation is marked by a green-and-red yin and yang symbol in the lobby, a former greatroom.
The yin and yang, a Chinese symbol for balance, has always been Scott and Jill’s symbol.
“Chiropractic is more based on eastern ways of thinking, when it comes to health care,” Scott says. “The yin and yang fits with that.”
“Our wedding cake was a yin-and-yang,” Jill said.
• Straight Chiropractic and Park Street Healing Arts are located at 318 Park St., North Bend. Contact the business at (425) 888-4170 or visit http://parkstreethealing.com.
Seth Truscott/Staff Photos
Jill and Scott Massengill, of Straight Chiropractic and Park Street Healing Arts, opened their business, originally Sno-Valley Family Chiropractic Center, this month in 1993.
Below, the Massengills with new baby Danielle (now in college) when they got things started in North Bend. Jill and Scott celebrate their anniversary all week with an open house.