|Congratulations to Doc Heath for 25 years|
Half Moon Bay chiropractor Mark Heath had always been concerned for living things and taking care of them — a feeling fostered by his father, a Southern California veterinarian, and later his stepfather, late Half Moon Bay chiropractor Wayne Oler (a pretty nice guy, if you remember him.)
> Then one day he witnessed his veterinarian father drawing blood from a canine patient. The sight made him black out.
> For Heath that ended any ideas of going into medicine. But he was intrigued by Oler’s way of helping human patients with chiropractic adjustments. “I thought wow, that was really neat,” he said, and that led to his becoming a chiropractor himself.
> That was 25 years ago and Heath is still adjusting patients, in the office where he began, at 339 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.
> This Saturday, Oct. 9, he will have an open house at that office from 2 to 5 p.m., to celebrate that milestone and thank his patients “for 25 years of trust.”
> Trust, of course, comes into play between you and the M.D. who’s reading your X-rays. But it kind of also figures when the doctor is standing behind you, his fingers flitting over your neck muscles, poised for a quick adjustment — then CHING! You’re either adjusted, or this is the next Stephen King movie.
> “It’s an artistic experience” adjusting someone, says the former guitar player for bluegrass band Snakes in the Grass. “It’s two people doing a dance.”
> I’ve been a patient of Dr. Heath for many years, and for me, after a few days of everyday stresses, I’ve always felt a lot better after an adjustment — and a helping of Heath’s down-home cheeriness.
> More than that, there’s an element of awe that someone can remain in business for a quarter-century, and in the same spot yet, in a constantly shifting world. For many, life is and should be about moving onward and upward, embracing change to reach potential. Still, sometimes it can feel like a guilty pleasure to interact with something that’s lasted.
> “Part of me feel blessed, grateful, for being part of the community for 25 years,” Heath says.
> Maybe it’s due to the fact that it is a small community, where interactions tend to be more personal and connections more immediate than in a large metropolitan area. Maybe it’s the fact that for many of us, a visit to this doctor is steps away, not a log drive, from our workplaces. Or maybe it is Heath’s focus on something bigger. He's got strong convictions of faith, and while I may not attend his church, I can respect that.
> “For me, the bigger picture is what God is doing through me, in the lives of other people. The feeling that I’m being used for a purpose,” he said. “That’s what’s kept me young.”
> It's nice to see someone who looks onward and upward, in any way.
> “I see (being a local chiropractor) less as a job and more of a life experience,” Heath remarked on my last visit. “It’s more about who I am than what I do.” And after 25 years, he says, he’s doing that on a deeper level now — when he is “honored (that patients) are trusting me.”
> See you at the doc’s office Saturday!