Embracing their community

Mosier Family Chiropractic office has been established in Washington County for almost five years and it has made a huge impact on the lives of the residents, not only by offering a needed service, but by jumping into the community wholeheartedly. As an acknowlegement of their good deeds, they were awarded the Business of the Year award at the annual Washington County Chamber annual meeting.

When Chris and Ellen Mosier moved here to start their chiropractic practice, they knew they wanted to give back to the community. “Chris and I agree that we have set ourselves into a community that we were welcomed into, we feel it is our duty to give back,” Ellen said. “We want to pour back into the community.”

Their first year here, they started a back to school supply drive. “It was more than we expected,” Ellen said. They were caught so offguard that Ellen was grabbing boxes anywhere she could find them, to box up the numerous supplies they collected. In 2021, they had three large boxes for each elementary school in the county. “We measure our growth by the the size and number of boxes,” Ellen said.

They target the elementary schools, but encourage each school to pass along what they don’t need to the higher grades.

They take donations, both of money and the supplies themselves. They offer new patients who donate at least $20 towards the drive, a free consultation, which includes an xray and exam. Established patients can contribute however they wish.

The next fundraiser was their “Sweater Together” event. This provides a sweatshirt with matching gloves and hats to the elementary schools. The first year they donated 75 to each school. The sweatshirts had the respective school’s logo on them. This personal touch was added as a donation from Rita Lincks from Lincks Clothing & Shoes. “We paid for the hoodies and she donated the material for the logos,” Ellen said. This really helped cut the costs, so they were able to donate more.

“We increased this year to 100 for each school,” Ellen said. They try to deliver them prior to the winter break.

The benefit to their patients changes each year. This year for a $25 donation, the donor received a $10 gift card to H&R Bakery. For a $50 donation, in addition to the gift card, they also received a Mosier Family Chiropractic sweatshirt and for a $100 donation they receive the first two items and a waffle knit blanket. Plus they got to throw a pie (a.k.a. whippped topping) at Dr. Mosier. Ellen said, “Several people did that and when we went to video the pie in the face, they were reluctant.”

Earlier this year in August, the practice held a Brick Street Festival where they closed down E. Market St. from the chiropractic office to the massage house. From this they collected funds to give each middle school student in the county, a drawstring backpack with hygene products. “This served about 1,250 kids,” Ellen said.

Their goal is to reach every level of student, giving them something tangible, something they can use.

Outside of their fundraising efforts, they also give back to organizations within the community. This year their newest group to support is 4-H. Ellen is a member of the Rotary Club and will step off the chamber board at the end of the year. Chris was a member of the Salem Exchange Club until they disbanded.

In addition, they are busy with their two boys, Isaiah, 5, and Isaac, 2 1/2. They do try to involve the boys when they can. Isaiah helped shop for the shoeboxes to be donated to Operation Christmas Child.

They also try to spread a little cheer to children who come to their office. They might be patients or children of patients, it doesn’t matter. The office has a questionnaire that kids from high school age and younger can fill out, if they want, listing items they want for Christmas. The staff tries to pick one item off the list and gift it to them during December. Ellen said, “It’s our way of having fun with them and being a part of their Christmas.” Isaiah also helped package these gifts this year.

Of the Business of the Year award, Ellen said she was suprised. In the past years, if nominees were on the board, they were ineligible to win, but with Ellen leaving the board this year, that freed the business from being considered.

“We strive to be good and to do good,” Ellen said. “It was very encouraging after a couple of long years.”

Chris said, “They haven’t kicked us out (of the county) yet, so we must be doing okay.” The couple is very appreciative of the recognition.


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