Local Hero – Healthcare unleashed

November 4, 2011 by Tails Magazine in November 2011 with 0 Comments

Two veterinarians transform urban animal healthcareTwin Cities Local Hero November 2011

In the densely populated neighborhood of Stevens Square in Minneapolis, where a significant portion of residents rely on public transportation, lugging the family pet around on the bus can be a daunting task. So when Dr. Joyce Tesarek, owner of Minnehaha Animal Hospital, was asked by the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) to start up a veterinary clinic in the area, she welcomed the opportunity to create a new model of animal healthcare.

“We wanted to provide a place where people could walk-in and have quality care, plus additional services available,” explains Tesarek. “We also believe it is key to offer house calls, making it easier for people and their pets.” From that mission, Pet Doctors was born. Tesarek teamed up with veterinarian Jerri Smith, a long-time house-call practitioner, and the clinic had its official opening this past June.

Working closely with Minnehaha Animal Hospital has benefits, and means the clinic has access to both technology and expertise associated with a larger hospital. “By having several clinics using the same hospital, like human hospitals do, we have access to equipment that most small clinics don’t have,” says Tesarek. “It’s a very synergistic relationship.”

Additionally, both Tesarek and Smith believe that taking care of our animals means more than just medical care, and are guided by the philosophy of “Healthcare unleashed.”

“We want to make sure that a pet is healthy in all areas of his life. It’s not just a vaccination, it’s not just surgery,” Smith explains.

With that in mind, Pet Doctors is thinking big, and offers a variety of programs designed to focus on the overall wellness of pets. Smith offers alternative therapies such as chiropractic work and acupuncture. The clinic has a retail selection of food and treats, cat litter, toys, and other pet care items. And classes will soon be offered in subjects like agility, special needs instruction, and what to know before adopting a pet. There are even plans to provide professional grooming services both in the clinic and during house calls. The goal is to create an environment that caters to all of their clients needs, both two- and four-legged.

Tesarek and Smith are also committed to the local animal community, and work with rescue groups to provide on-site adoption; specifically encouraging senior citizens to adopt pets, knowing that veterinary care can be made easier with house call service.

“We’re really excited about the opportunities to reach out to people who live in the neighborhood,” says Smith. “And for anybody who thinks that they might not be able to have a pet because they can’t drive.”

Both Tesarek and Smith believe that Pet Doctors serves as an effective model for urban veterinary care. “It’s really tailored to the individual,” explains Tesarek. “It’s not just the traditional healthcare–go in once a year and get your shots. We don’t want to be that. We focus on what you can do to impact your pet’s quality of life, and make it affordable and easily accessible at the same time.”

To learn more about Pet Doctors, visit PetDoctorsMN.com

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