OAKLAND -- Montclair Village welcomes a new business, the Village Chiropractic and Wellness Center, to 6232 La Salle Ave.

Dr. Matt Green wants to be part of the community. Green's goal is to make his new location more than just a chiropractic office. He wants to provide wellness educational opportunities for the area.

"I want this place to be a hangout," said Green, whose enthusiasm for his project is infectious. "I want to be part of the community and share experiences."

Green joined forces with architectural designer Austin Hill Shaw to translate Green's vision into the physical space.

"I believe Matt's vision of health is something every neighborhood needs," Shaw said.

Shaw and Green contacted photographer Reenie Raschke, who used to have her photography studio in the space. There was a platform built because of the bedrock hill beneath the floor, Raschke said.

"He (Green) bore into bedrock to make the space work," she said. "It doubled the size of the space. The place is amazing. The choice of colors is amazing. It's really, really beautiful."

The walls are shrouded in a soothing-yet-vibrant leaf green, soft yellow and clay red with a maple reception desk that curves like the spine. The goal is to invite people in, Shaw said. There are even art nooks at a child's eye level to ease younger patient's fears, and the placement of the shelves represents levity after an adjustment.

Green, a 10-year veteran in the business, decided to launch out on his own after a seven-year stint at Ashby Chiropractic. Many people associate chiropractors with back pain, Green said.

"Chiropractic is a holistic approach to wellness," he said. "Chiropractors help manage the health of the spine which houses the nervous system which controls and coordinates every cell, tissue, and organ in the body."

People tend to focus on allopathic medicine, Shaw pointed out.

"The principal of chiropractic is that the body has the ability to heal itself, if we get things out of the way," he said. "After an adjustment, there is clarity and levity. Everything seems workable."

Green offers a variety of services tailored to meet the individual's needs. Green offers athletic exams, core strength and nervous system exams from which he produces wellness scores and creates individual protocols based on the results. Green, a former massage therapist, also practices the Active Release Technique, which he describes as the gold standard of soft-tissue massage.

"I've got some hitch in my get-a-long. He measured me and lined me up and I got a massage out of it, which was great," said Raschke, a new convert.

"I would love to support people," Green said. "It's hard to change habits."

Green has also created the 30-day challenge focused on changing habits on his Facebook page. He would like to start community walks through Montclair Village on an ongoing basis, too. Green first became interested in body mechanics when he was a child.

"I used to walk on my toes when I was 12 years old," Green said. "They (doctors) did all the tests but couldn't find anything wrong, so my parents took me to a chiropractor." It worked.

FYI
The Village Chiropractic and Wellness Center will celebrate its grand opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.