Canby chiropractor takes over Molalla clinic
Two chiropractors in separate towns each had dreams for the future, but they were waiting for just the right opportunity to turn the dreams into realities. As it turns out, what they had been waiting for was each other.
In Canby, Chiropractor Michael Vissers of Vissers Chiropractic was wanting to expand. The dream had been a long time coming, but by summer 2020, with the right associate doctors on staff, it started looking like a possibility.
He and his team began looking at the Molalla area, discussing building from the ground up or buying an existing building and remodeling. They came close on one property, but according to Office Manager Breigh Frauendiener, it didn't feel quite right, and the pieces weren't falling into place.
Down the road in Molalla, Dr. Dale Robinson of Robinson Chiropractic was wanting to retire but needed to find the best fit for his patients and staff.
"Dr. Vissers had the idea to give Dr. Robinson a call in early October," Frauendiener said, "and what began as a tiny seed about buying an existing practice quickly bloomed into a fantastic relationship."
Now Vissers Chiropractic is acquiring Robinson Chiropractic.
"It has been wonderful partnering with you over the last 40-plus years," Robinson wrote in a letter to his patients. "You have been more than just patients; you have also been friends. Because of this, I have held off on retiring until I could find the best people to take over your care. After much searching and prayer, I believe that Dr. Vissers and his team from Canby will be the perfect fit to continuing to providing top level care to Molalla residents."
Vissers is changing the names of both practices. Vissers Chiropractic will now be Canby Spine & Sport, and Robinson Chiropractic will be Molalla Spine & Sport.
"This is for a few reasons," Frauendiener said. "The first being that we do more than just chiropractic, and the new name starts to tell that story. We also wanted something that would tie the two offices together without being the same name to minimize confusion. And finally, this is part of the legacy that Dr. Vissers is creating for his associates and staff to continue moving forward and have it not centered around his face as the doctor."
And the name won't be the only thing to change. Vissers will also be expanding clinic hours, increasing participation in most insurance plans and adding acupuncture services.
Under new ownership, the offices will offer chiropractic and acupuncture along with massage, and therapeutic exercises to help patients heal from everything from a minor low back ache to a traumatic car accident, according to Frauendiener.
"We work on their physical body while being mindful of their mental and emotional status and doing our best to provide healing and comfort in all areas," Frauendiener said. "Especially in these times of chaos and uncertainty, people need to feel important and cared for and heard, and that is what we strive for."
Even with all the changes, some things will stay the same. For example, while Robinson and his office manager are both retiring, the rest of the staff, including Dr. Carole Martin, will stay on.
Frauendiener said this provides "familiar faces for the patients and a sense of continuity for the community."
Both parties are feeling optimistic about the changes.
"I have felt God's hand in every step of this new adventure, and I am at peace knowing you will all be in very good hands," Robinson said. "Retirement will give me more time to spend with my nine children and 17 — that's right, there's one on the way — grandchildren. It will also give me more time to spend with my family, fish, hunt, pick up new hobbies and discover whatever God brings next."
Frauendiener echoed the Robinson's sense of excitement for what's ahead, speaking on behalf of the team at Vissers.
"We in Canby are all excited to welcome new members to our family, and we look forward to meeting patients in Molalla and bringing what we are good at to Molalla to blend seamlessly with what Robinson has done so well for so long."
During the transition, Robinson said that he will be assisting Vissers, and patients should expect to see him pop his head in the office once in a while.
Vissers does not have plans to acquire any more offices, with Frauendiener calling the purchase "more of a one-time, God opening every door at exactly the right time, kind of a thing."
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