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Chiropractor: Mark J. Blessley, NTS., DC

Cathy Sivak, Contributing Writer

Mark Blessley is good with his hands. He dove into auto mechanic training as a high school student and received GM-certification as a “doctor of motors” and he spent time in the Alaska construction trade remodeling homes and building solariums. A decision to get a massage in the late 80s led to his discovery of the $40 per hour charge and two-week waiting list. “That’s a business opportunity,” he said to himself.

After extensive research, he chose the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received Natural Therapeutics Specialist (NTS) certification in 1989. He set up a massage therapy practice, and eventually joined forces with a chiropractic care center to expand his ability to care for patients. “It was not my intention to become a chiropractor when I decided to become a massage therapist. That was very far from my mind,” he says.

As a natural therapeutics practitioner, he often utilized harp music in the background of massage therapy sessions. His wedding featured harp music, and his musician wife soon rented a harp. It wasn’t long before his woodworking background led him to build a custom harp.

Meanwhile, encouragement from chiropractors in the practice along with his assessment of the dual benefits of massage combined with chiropractic care led to a new goal. He decided to seek chiropractic training, and to help fund his tuition, the future chiropractor built and sold custom harps. He earned a bachelor’s of science in human biology (1995) and his Doctor of Chiropractic (1997) from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore.

Dr. Blessley’s board certifications include: the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy; Washington and Oregon State Chiropractic Boards (currently licensed in Washington and Oregon); and through the North American Association of Impairment Rating Physicians (NAAIRP). In addition to fulfilling his continuing education requirements, he is enrolled in an internet-based master’s program in holistic nutrition through Clayton College of Natural Health.

He is a member of professional organizations including the Clark County Chiropractic Society; the Washington State Chiropractic Association; the American Chiropractic Association (ACE); the North American Association of Impairment Rating Physicians; the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP); and the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA).

With extensive experience in a sports medicine-related chiropractic care clinic on top of his previous experience in other chiropractic and massage therapy patient care settings, Dr. Blessley is about to launch a new, wellness-focused partnership practice. “Chiropractors work from a holistic point of view; you’re not just a bunch of parts, you are the sum of your parts,” he says. The new venture, Good Health, Naturally, is expected to open its doors this fall and will aim to treat patients with a wellness-oriented, massage therapy and chiropractic focus.

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