STURTEVANT — Two Racine-area veterinarians have opened a new clinic, Magnolia Springs Veterinary Center, offering certain therapies that are not widely available in their industry.
Meanwhile, Dr. Melissa Gallick and Dr. Morgan McCoy opened Magnolia Springs on March 26 at 2555 Wisconsin St. in Sturtevant. They occupy the lower level of the building — with their access from the rear — which also houses Healing Oasis Wellness Center, an educational institution.
Gallick said about opening Magnolia Springs: “It’s always been our dream: owning our own, being able to make changes that you’d like and practice the way you want. I think it’s a lot of vets’ dreams, but it’s quite the undertaking.”
Both women have been practicing veterinary medicine for eight years. And both favor “integrative medicine,” which combines Eastern and Western techniques.
For example, McCoy practices veterinary spinal manipulation that would be called chiropractic in people — something very few clinics in the area offer, she said. Gallick also plans to get that training and certification, and McCoy plans to add acupuncture to her arsenal of therapies.
An amazing-sounding tool the veterinarians have added is a cold laser. McCoy said laser therapy is used for “almost everything” including lameness, wounds, ear infections and bladder problems.
Gallick said laser therapy’s biggest uses are with joint pain, arthritic pain, spinal diseases, “and anything that relates to hemorrhaging discs or inflammation: The laser kind of takes that inflammation down, thereby taking away the pain or helping tremendously with the pain.”
It also helps post-operatively with incisions after surgery, McCoy and Gallick said.
“To me, it’s almost the standard of care right now; that’s how effective it is,” McCoy said.
“And it’s not the standard of care,” Gallick said, “because very, very, very few clinics have them — but it should be.”
Their new, 2,500-square-foot clinic has three examination rooms, a dental suite, surgical suite, treatment room and radiology room with digital x-ray and ultrasound.
“She’s very adept at dental surgery,” McCoy said of Gallick who added, “Oral surgery is my favorite thing in the world.”
However, as they await a chance to get signage approval from the village, Gallick said, “We’re rolling without a sign for a long time, and that’s frustrating.”
Gallick and McCoy say their Sturtevant clinic is only temporary while they build a larger veterinary center of their own design on land they intend to buy along Highway 20, about 1½ miles east of Interstate 94 in Mount Pleasant. It will be about a $1.5 million project, they said.
They said that clinic, which they hope to start building sometime this summer, will be about 5,000 square feet, Gallick and McCoy said. They eventually would like to have several more veterinarians on staff with them there.
Earlier this year, the women had planned to build that veterinary center on the opposite side of I-94, along Highway 20 in Yorkville. But neighborhood opposition made that challenging and they also hit a nearly insurmountable snag with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation regarding highway access. So they abandoned that plan and now have an accepted purchase offer for 3.3 acres in Mount Pleasant.
In the meantime, Magnolia Springs Veterinary Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information call the clinic at 262-770-3106 or visit www.magnoliaspringsvet.com.
RACINE — The public is invited to weigh in on a local organization’s request to rename Festival Park Drive.
The Founders Rotary Club asked the City of Racine to make the change so that the street name corresponds with the new name for Festival Park: the Paul P. Harris Rotary Park. The park was renamed for the founder of Rotary International — who was born in Racine in 1868 — after local branches of the organization donated $100,000 for the construction of a new outdoor stage in the park.
The club’s request to change the street name was made in partnership with the Racine Rotary West Club and the Downtown Rotary foundations.
Renaming the street, Rotary President Patrick C. Booth wrote to the city, would make the site easier for travelers to locate.
“The performance stage adds substantial capacity to the park, which will make it more attractive and affordable as a site for festivals,” Booth’s request states. “Additionally, once listed on Rotary International’s ‘Paul P. Harris Trail,’ the park will be a destination for traveling Rotarians.”
Rotary’s request was initially referred in February to the city’s Public Works and Services Committee for consideration. On Feb. 27, the committee opted to defer taking action on the request and recommended that the City Council hold a public hearing on the matter before sending it back to the committee level.
That public hearing is scheduled to take place at the start of the City Council’s meeting this week, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 205 at City Hall, 730 Washington Ave.
The City Council in October 2016 voted to accept the stage funding donation and to rename the park.
Organizations that wanted to host events in the park previously had to rent equipment to create temporary performance spaces.
“This cost makes it impossible for some local groups to hold their events here,” a 2016 letter from Rotary to the city read. “We believe a permanent performance structure will benefit these organizations and make it possible for more people to enjoy this phenomenal venue.”
Community leaders gathered in April last year to break ground on the new band shell. At the event, city leaders said that the new stage was expected to increase activity and tourism in that area of the community.
“That will bring more people Downtown, and that will help the Downtown community,” City Council President Dennis Wiser said at the time. “So this is going to be a good deal for everybody.”