Bruce Skiles has sold his chiropractic equipment and office at 410 E. Main St. in Marion to Paul and Heather Fay of Kansas City. Skiles retired from practice in 2014.
Heather Fay has a doctorate in chiropractic. She is readying the clinic for business and expects to have regular hours by Monday.
Paul Fay will finish clinical requirements for his own chiropractic license in December and will join his wife in their Marion practice.
“If anyone happens to drop in this week, I’ll be happy to treat them,” Fay said.
The Fays have two grown children and three school-age children: two daughters, Emma, 15, a sophomore, and Arwen, 11, a fifth grader; and a son, Rowan, 14, a freshman.
Heather grew up in Minnesota, and Paul is a native of Alaska. They were married in 1996 and lived in Colorado before moving to Kansas City.
Heather Fay said they enrolled in Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park because they had been interested in natural health for a while and were passionate about educating people about health.
They were looking to purchase a practice when a salesman they knew told them about Skiles and his facility in Marion.
The salesman told them the equipment was “state-of-the-art” and was in a “beautiful” building. They visited, and it was love at first sight, Fay said.
“We fell in love with Marion right away,” she said. “The people of Marion were so friendly. It was like, how could we not want to become a part of this community.”
Their visit included a tour of school district facilities and the town.
“We are excited to live here and explore the area, and we want to be active in the community,” Fay said. “Arwen has already signed up for summer ball.”
She is planning a grand opening in mid-to-late May.