Wicklund Veterinary Care
Jennifer Wicklund grew up wanting to be a veterinarian, as do many young girls. But in college, that dream got away from her and she took up the study of geology. "This led me to working in the field of paleontology for a short time and having the experience of a lifetime digging dinosaur bones in the deserts of Wyoming!" Jennifer said.
After growing up in Medford, Wicklund spent 16 years in Minnesota, and after a conversation with a long-lost relative, decided to pursue veterinary studies as a second career. "Upon graduation from veterinary school in 2007, I moved back to Medford to be closer to my family and start private veterinary practice at Best Friends Animal Hospital in Talent," Jennifer said.
In the fall of 2013, that practice was sold to new owners, and, as often occurs when businesses change hands, it was time for Jennifer to move on.
"In December 2013, I started Wicklund Veterinary Care (located at 880 Golf View Drive, Suite 101, in Medford) to continue to provide exemplary veterinary services to dedicated pet owners throughout the Rogue Valley."
Wicklund Veterinary Care is a full-service veterinary practice located within Alder Creek Veterinary Hospital, a modern, technologically-advanced small animal veterinary facility. They see dogs and cats, and provide wellness (preventative) and illness care, nutrition and behavior counseling, dental care, diagnostic and imaging (x-ray and ultrasound) services, pharmacy needs, surgery and anesthesia, and geriatric, hospice and end-of-life care (including at-home euthanasia services).
"We have very flexible scheduling and will make every attempt to see your pet at the time convenient for YOU," Jennifer explained. "We want trips to the vet to be enjoyable for you and your pet, and offer a relaxed environment where your pet can feel comfortable and your needs are addressed in an efficient, professional way. And we encourage client involvement in your pet's medical decisions from the start."
Jennifer, a big believer in giving back to the community, serves on the Advisory Board of Sanctuary One, a care farm in the Applegate Valley. In addition to her private practice, she currently also serves as the Director of Medical Services/Veterinarian for SoHumane, the Southern Oregon Humane Society.
"My pets are my family, and that is how your pet will be treated while with us," she said. "You can be assured that you will also receive expert medical advice for your pet through all life stages."
Wicklund Veterinary Care also offers at-home euthanasia services, flexible appointment hours, drop-off appointments to ease your schedule, online medication ordering direct from a reputable veterinary supplier, an online blog containing timely, valuable pet information, an up-to-date clinic Facebook page, and connections within the regional veterinary community which ease referral to specialists if needed for your pet.
Jennifer sees emergency appointments and answers calls or e-mails for established clients until 9 p.m. when available.
For more info, please see wicklundveterinary.com or visit her on Facebook. The phone number is 541-414-8008.
Noble Coffee Celebrates Seven Years
Noble Coffee Roasting is celebrating seven years in business. Owners Jared and Carolyn Rennie, who both came to Ashland in the 1990s to attend SOU, started the business out of their garage in 2007, roasting for local individuals as well as restaurants, cafes, hotels, and B&Bs. In 2009, they realized their dream and opened Noble Coffeehouse & Roastery at 281 Fourth Street in the Railroad District (next to Peerless).
"While in college, I worked as a barista and coffee roaster," Jared said. "As much as I loved it, I figured it would be strictly a college gig. Upon leaving coffee to become a teacher, though, I realized how much I missed it. Coffee became a hobby and I started to do research on roasting and brewing methods, which I experimented with at home."
The "hobby" eventually grew into a full-time occupation. Jared quit his real job and took the plunge, sourcing the highest quality coffees from all over the world.
"We believe, however, that our focus on quality doesn't have to automatically compromise the environment or the welfare of those who grow it," Jared said. "While coffee is the most chemically-laden crop in the world when grown conventionally, every coffee that we have ever purchased is certified organic, which represents an enormous benefit to the land on which it's grown as well as to the producers. We also believe in paying fair prices for an incredible product, so we pay an average of over twice the Fair Trade price to our producers."
Once they receive the product, it is roasted with the utmost care and offered to wholesale and retail customers within days of roasting.
"We are also dedicated to educating those who brew our coffees," Jared said. "That includes our own baristas at the Coffeehouse, baristas who use our coffees at other businesses, or folks who brew our coffees at home. We put a lot of effort into creating a team of kind, knowledgeable, and skilled baristas. The ambiance at the Coffeehouse is modern and professional, yet casual and fun. The pastries are baked fresh in house daily by our baristas, and the coffees that we offer are truly world class."
Noble's Barista Training Series is now open to the public and offered monthly. They are currently signing people up for September in classes that range from Coffee 101 and Brewing Fundamentals to Espresso Basics and Advanced Barista Skills.
Treating the Whole Person at Life Discovery
When it comes to wellness, Dr. Jon Chambers of Life Discovery Chiropractic and Wellness (607 Siskiyou, Suite 3) is all about the whole person.
"The role that we try to fill is based around quality patient care," Jon said. "We want to be able to treat whatever problems the patient has or at least be able to tell them what is going on and to find the best course of action for them. Many times a patient will benefit most from conservative care that we can provide in office, but just as often the correct treatment will require out-of-office testing, such as blood tests, vestibular tests, neurologic tests or referral to other practitioners."
At Life Discovery, they believe wellness begins with the whole individual.
"Unless there is an immediate emergency, we will help you identify the problem and design a course of action," Jon said. "We provide complete health care directed at achieving the best results. Our training includes blood chemistry, endocrinology, neurology, immunology (specific to autoimmune disorders), traumatic brain injury, and vestibular rehabilitation. We aim to help people who are sick and haven't been able to discover the reasoning behind their symptoms."
Jon and his family moved to Southern Oregon from northeastern Oregon in 2008. He arrived in Grants Pass on an internship and ended up purchasing the business from his mentor. In March of this year he opened a satellite office in Ashland.
Jon firmly believes that each person is different, each brain is different, and each experience will therefore be different.
"Patients should expect a full evaluation and treatment plan specific to their needs," he said. "Our entire perspective is unique. We study the human body and give our best efforts to offer an approach that will benefit the patient the most. Our goal is to treat a condition, improve it, and move on. We want you to be well."
Improved function is also important. "There may not be a disease, but something that we need to improve," Jon said. "Health care so often focuses on only sickness, and wellness is overlooked. We want you to be well!"
For more info or an appointment, call 541-479-1289.
New Head Chef at Peerless Restaurant
There have been some major changes at Peerless Restaurant, located at 265 4th Street in the Railroad District, as Joshua Ketner has joined the restaurant as Head Chef. Joshua previously worked as Executive Chef of the highly acclaimed Hilo Bay Café on the Big Island of Hawaii, where for over ten years he helped bring traditional Hawaiian cuisine and Pacific Rid fusion to new heights.
The restaurant earned the Hale 'Aina Award for "Best Big Island Restaurant" four times. Joshua has also generated national media attention in magazines such as Food and Wine, Gourmet and Sunset.
Joshua is excited about his new assignment. "Working at Peerless, which has a strong commitment to using local ingredients gathered from farms and ranches in Southern Oregon, provides a rare opportunity with limitless creativity for a chef," he said. "At the heart of my food is the belief that local and organic ingredients are good for our community and our environment, plus they taste wonderful."
With over twenty years in the restaurant business, Joshua brings a wealth of operational knowledge and creativity to the kitchen team at Peerless. He has worked in every facet of the kitchen, beginning at age 14 as a dishwasher and working up to line cook and kitchen manager. He has worked at several prestigious restaurants in Hawaii, where he developed an understanding and deep appreciation for working with local fruits, vegetables and fresh fish.
Peerless Hotel and Restaurant owner is happy with the change.
"I am thrilled to bring Joshua aboard as our new Head Chef," she said. "With his twenty years in the restaurant business and his superb management and culinary skills, I believe he is the perfect individual to lead our kitchen team to the next level.
The phone number at Peerless is 541-488-6067