Despite the change in ownership, the building at 102 S. Washington St. in Moscow will continue to operate as a chiropractic business, like it has since 1958 when the structure was built.
Dr. George Fiegel recently purchased Haug Chiropractic, now called Fiegel Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic, from his associate, Dr. Robert Haug.
Haug retired last month after 29 years of practice as a chiropractor in Moscow. Fiegel, 50, of Uniontown, has worked as a chiropractic physician at Haug's office on the corner of South Washington and East First streets since 2010 and has been a licensed chiropractor since 2009.
Fiegel said he will serve as the only chiropractor at the newly named business but will work alongside two massage therapists.
Fiegel grew up in Kellogg, Idaho, and moved to Colton when he was a senior in high school. After graduating from Colton High School, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a diesel mechanic from 1986 to 1990.
Fiegel said he worked as a chiropractic assistant from 1994 until 2007 at Dr. Ann Raymer's office on West A Street in Moscow. Raymer died in 2007.
Fiegel earned a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Idaho in 2005 and a doctor of chiropractic from the University of Western States in Portland, Ore., in 2009.
He then interned at a chiropractic office in Orofino and continued work there as a chiropractor until last month.
Fiegel said his interest in chiropractic started when a chiropractor adjusted his back when he was 14. After the adjustment, he stood up and felt no back pain.
"I thought that was the most amazing thing on the planet," Fiegel said.
Fiegel said helping patients is what drives him each day.
He said it is an intoxicating feeling when a patient's pain disappears and he or she is able to gain range of motion after an adjustment.
"It is addictive when you can fix somebody with your hands and make them better with your hands," Fiegel said. "It's incredible and that's what I love."
Fiegel said his medical philosophy is finding and eliminating the cause of patients' pain rather than simply treating the pain.
"We want to fix the cause of the problem rather than just put a Band-Aid on the problem," Fiegel said.
Garrett Cabeza can be reached at (208) 883-4631, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.