Lake Grove Chiropractic closes after more than 30 years
Dr. Shawn Harrington, owner of Lake Grove Chiropractic and longtime member of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, plans to retire and close her business Feb. 12 after more than 30 years in the Lake Oswego community.
Harrington, 65, decided it was time to retire due to her age and an upcoming knee replacement surgery. The COVID-19 pandemic made the timing of that decision a bit easier.
Lake Grove Chiropractic was a full-service chiropractic clinic, offering onsite X-rays and access to physical therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture.
"I just love my patients and that's going to be a hard part, just not seeing them anymore," Harrington said.
Harrington graduated in 1984 from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, which is now Southern California University of Health Sciences, and practiced with other doctors in California and Oregon before deciding to open up her own practice in 1990 in Lake Oswego.
"Before opening my practice in 1990, I walked around the neighborhoods doing a survey of what newspaper, phone book, etc. people used regularly. And just asking general questions about the community," Harrington said. "I visited approximately 3,000 houses and spoke with around 1,500 people. Even 30 years later a patient will come in for a new patient visit who I initially met while I was doing my survey."
Lake Grove Chiropractic was initially located on Boones Ferry Road prior to moving to its most recent location in 2005 on Pilkington Road.
"It's been really good and I really appreciate the support the community has given me all these years," Harrington said.
Highlights during Harrington's career were the patient appreciation days, when she'd give away free services in a party-like atmosphere. She collected food during these events and donated items to local food banks.
"Those were always fun," she said.
Other doctors who were at Lake Grove Chiropractors — two massage therapists and a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist — will either continue or start their own practices elsewhere.
Harrington plans to travel during retirement after her knee replacement surgery and the COVID-19 pandemic winds down.
The building located at 17620 Pilkington Road is currently for sale and Harrington said there is an offer on the building she's working on right now.
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