Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic Newsletter - Spring 2019
Integrative Medicine & Surgery • Acupuncture • Herbs • Nutrition • Housecalls
Our mission is to offer a more natural, environmentally aware, and compassionate approach to veterinary medicine. We recognize that all living beings are complex and unique individuals and we all share the common threads of life.



April 2019

Dear friends and clients,

Dr. Woof here! I also go by Hazel(nut) and currently share the office, as well as my home, with Dr. Conny. I have been spending more time at the clinic lately and you may have heard a brief bark (or two) from me during your recent visit. Sometimes I just can't help adding my to cents to what's happening behind those closed doors! When I am not at work, I enjoy playing fetch, soccer with a basket ball (yup, that's what I said!), flipping socks in the air or playing hockey with my empty food bowl. I also love to cuddle with my human family and recently discovered how much I enjoy licking their toes, although I hear not everyone appreciates this. But you know what, life is too short to worry about little things like that...

Enough about myself though! I
t was a long winter, and the sun has arrived and Spring is finally here. With the sunshine have also come many changes, both in the weather and at our clinic: 

Please note we have new hours! We are now open Tuesday-Saturday and closed on Sunday and Mondays. Our Tue-Fri hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and we are open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

We have also had some changes to our team! Please read on below about what everyone has been up to and welcome our newest team member, Erika.

In addition, we will be undergoing some upcoming website changes to reflect our new Spring look and lessons -- so be on the lookout for those! 
All of us here at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic very much appreciate your patronage and your trust in us to not only deliver the best holistic veterinary care to your beloved furry companions but also your support to contribute in other meaningful ways to the community we all love, live and work in.

...and don't forget, our clinic hours have changed!

Molly, Cathy, and Clarissa have moved on to new endeavors. As many of you know, Dr. Ingrid Hamann ended her service to Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic last month. Dr. Hamann has provided excellent care and support for our clients and their animal companions during her seventeen years of tenure at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic, the last seven and a half with me. As she goes forward, we at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic wish her success and the very best as she continues her veterinary career. 
Dr. Conny Wagner
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I graduated from Benson HS and received a certification in veterinary assisting from Carrington College. Recently starting my journey here at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic, I am excited to meet all the clients and their four-legged companions. My passion for animals began at the age of 3 when first traveling to Mexico to visit family. Every trip was always heartbreaking, I could never fathom or understand why there were so many strays and saw very few animals that had homes. Seeing the reality for these animals drove me to want to pursue a career in the veterinary field. I love animals and truly feel my purpose in life is to help heal and educate pet guardians to help their companions live healthy lives. I love spending time with my family, eating a lot of food,  listening to music and going hiking.

I met Rattler 9.5 years ago on craigslist. He was in need of help and I was fortunate enough to be able to provide the help he needed. He had lived his first 1.5 years as a dog for hire to make puppies. During that time he was attacked several times in the throat, reducing his ability to breath. He would only survive with a permanent tracheostomy. It is called a stoma, a hole in his throat. He has lived his life to the fullest doing most everything dogs do, except swimming. He was also diagnosed with heart disease and is exercise and heat intolerant, but that has not stopped his clown-like behavior though. And even though he cannot see very well due to Progressive Lens Luxation and glaucoma he will not miss one crumb dropped on the floor. He is my best friend and companion. People say we rescue dogs, however I am convinced it is the other way around!

Earlier this month, we both attended the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture's annual meeting, which took place at The Benson Hotel here in Portland. Apart from the delicious food, highlights of the conference included catching up with colleagues, lectures on creating a more intentional practice, medicinal mushrooms in cancer patients, a review of cannabis use in veterinary patients, and last but not least, tips on performing stress-free acupuncture on rabbits. Who knew that placing a baby changing topper on an exam table is the perfect way to keep those nervous critters more comfortable during clinic visits?! And it apparently works well for feline patients too, so don't be surprised when we bring one of those out during your pet's next visit!
Over the past few years, my interest in herbal medicine has been growing. Understanding the therapeutic potential of plants and how they can help bring balance and support the health of people and animals is incredibly fascinating to me. I believe that maintaining a connection with nature is the key to living a full and healthy life, and understanding plants on a deeper level strengthens this relationship for me.  I completed an introductory course with Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies a few years ago, and I’m currently enrolled in the professional herbalist course through PCC. I hope that the knowledge I gain in herbal medicine enhances my service to our clients and their pets here at Hawthorne Vet Clinic, and contributes to my ability to advise family and friends on how to support their health naturally.
Spring brings growth and we have been doing our own share here at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic!

Ashnie Butler from Inner Work, Outer Play has been working with us as a racial equity consultant for the past year, and in our opinion there is nobody better equipped to lead groups of people and key decision makers through systemic challenges of racial equity. We have been working on bringing this work to the forefront of our practice. Ashnie’s facilitation style originates from a place of love and compassion as our professional team explores difficult conversations and is working to move toward collaborative relationships. Ashnie's training and the space she creates promote the establishment of inclusive and equitable practices, and her work has allowed us to move from stagnation to action and to shift how we do our work. We highly recommend Ashnie for anyone seeking to understand their own social agency and how to work towards moving us collectively closer to a more equitable future.
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