CWEnder Dr. Pamela Clary, DVM has just opened CWE Veterinary Clinic in the Lindell Marketplace at 4131 Lindell Blvd. Dr. Clary, above, was photographed beneath a Henryk Ptasiewicz painting that’s hanging prominently in the clinic’s reception area.
After graduating with a degree in veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1992, Dr. Clary worked in a veterinary ER in Collinsville, IL for 8 years, and then operated a mobile veterinary service, which is how we met. She has also performed as many as 8,000 low-cost spay/neuter operations over the years as her way of giving back to the community. She works regularly with 2 non-profit organizations in Alton, IL , and last weekend took her 34′ mobile van equipped with a state-of-the-art surgery suite to help Animal Control perform spay/neuter surgeries in St. Ann.
Dr. Clary decided this was a perfect time to open a veterinary clinic in the CWE, because “People are moving here like crazy, so it was an easy decision, especially since I live nearby.” CWE Veterinary Clinic is located in a 4,000 s.f. space at the east end of the Lindell Marketplace. The storefront, formerly a doctor’s office, needed only minor renovations and opened for business last week.
Management of the clinic’s operation is totally digital. Jackie, the vet technician, can schedule appointments 7 days a week (in the clinic or house calls) via 2 phones and 2 iPads, so clients can text, email, or contact the office via Facebook. Jackie also handles scheduling for the mobile unit. In addition, the clinic offers FaceTime consultations to handle questions following surgery or an office visit. CWE Veterinary Clinic also offers an online pharmacy service that delivers to your door.
Dr. Caroline Hinrichs, above, a graduate of the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is the CWE Veterinary Clinic’s Associate Vet.
There are 3 exam rooms at the clinic, a state-of-the-art operating room with complete monitoring capabilities, and a separate dental suite where the vets can perform advanced dental procedures.
Dr. Clary’s ultrasound machine, above, is small enough to fit into a backpack, which comes in handy when making house calls. The machine was developed by a physicist she met while attending a national veterinarian convention. She couldn’t live without it, she said. “You’ve got to have imaging. When people bring their pets in because they just don’t appear to feel well, I often find it’s because they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t have. ‘Oh no,’ people often say, ‘my dog doesn’t get into anything, that couldn’t be.'”
By way of example, Dr. Clary told me of an experience involving a wolfhound who wasn’t well. When she performed an ultrasound she saw the perfect image of a full-size Barbie. The little girl who owned the dog said, “Oh, I’ve been looking for that.” Other unusual items she’s retrieved during surgery include rubber duckies, bits of carpet, nickels and a squirrel head.
I met Dr. Clary one hot summer morning five years ago when I spotted her getting out of her mobile veterinary services truck which was parked on McPherson. She was on her way to conduct a class for professional dog walkers on detecting heat exhaustion in animals. Here is the post I wrote following that encounter.
While I was interviewing Dr. Clary again last week she mentioned that she had rescued a stray cat who was destined for the Humane Society that, instead, became the resident feline at Shelton Davis Antiques, 4724 McPherson Ave. Meet beautiful “Puddy Tat,” above, whom I photographed at the shop on Monday.
In the small world department, while I was working on this post I looked back at the earlier article mentioned above and realized that the cat is the same one I photographed at the antiques store 5 years ago, above. Dan Shelton, a proprietor of Shelton Davis, had been feeding the pitiful-looking stray (as he described her), who was so wild she would run off whenever he tried to approach. Kim Traylor, who at the time operated a dog-walking service in the CWE, captured the cat intending to take it to the Humane Society. Dan Shelton intervened and Dr. Clary offered to spay her and return her to home base on McPherson. Eventually Puddy Tat felt comfortable enough to take up residence at Shelton Davis where she remains to this day.
It was a pleasure to visit with KMOV General Assignment Reporter Alexis Zotos at Silo Coffee earlier this month to talk about the news business, her perspective on some important issues facing St. Louis, and why she loves living in the CWE.
Why did you decide to get into broadcast journalism?
“For as long I can remember, I wanted to be an actress. When I was little, I would put on plays for my family and at Ladue High School I acted in school plays and in community theater productions. It was after I headed off to the University of Southern California to study film and theater that I discovered I liked journalism more, so I switched majors and earned a degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism 5 years ago.
I loved living in southern California, but I missed the Midwest—most of my family lives in St. Louis. I’ve very close to my two sisters, who unfortunately live out of town. Brittni works for an art gallery in New York, and my younger sister, Krista, teaches English in an elementary school in Madrid. I am trying to persuade Krista to move back home.”
What was your first job after graduation?
“Right after graduation, I landed a job as a reporter for a station in Knoxville, Tennessee. Everyone in the USC broadcast journalism program learns how to be a ‘one-man-band’ reporter – you come up with the story idea, film it yourself, and then write the copy before appearing live on camera. After 2 1/2 years in Knoxville, I heard of an assignment opening up at KMOV. When I was offered a job on the 10 o’clock news, I jumped at the chance to move back home. I’ve been at KMOV for the past 2 1/2 years. One big difference between the two stations is that I have my own cameraman now and it’s so much easier to concentrate on an interview now that I have a partner.”
What’s a typical work week for you?
“I work Sundays through Thursdays from 2 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m., so mornings and early afternoons are when I go to the gym (Fitness Formula on Lindell), get coffee, walk my dog around the neighborhood, and often go out for lunch with my boyfriend. Whenever I can find the time, I love working on my blog.
When I get to the station I search social media and what’s going on at city council meetings looking for news items I want to cover that day. After my producer decides which of the ideas I should pursue, I head out with my cameraman from about 3 to 7 p.m. to conduct interviews. While I am in the field, I am constantly on Twitter and social media promoting the story I’m covering because no one waits until 10 p.m. to catch up on the news anymore, especially when there is something breaking.”
Zotos heads back to the studio to write up the day’s copy while her cameraman edits the video portion of the interviews. Zotos said she may spend 6 to 7 hours on that evening’s news item that will be condensed into 1 min. 15 sec. to 2 min. segment.
She said. “I love my job as a news reporter but I caution others who want to get into the business: If you don’t love it, you’ll hate it.”
Has journalism changed much in the 5 years since you graduated from USC?
“Yes it has. The challenge is to understand how viewers get their news. Especially the younger audience advertisers hope to attract. News is definitely shifting towards Facebook and social media, and reporters have to adapt.”
Do you aspire to becoming an anchor one day?
“I’m happy in the field. The favorite part of my day is getting out and meeting people and sharing news with others. There is also the adrenaline rush of covering breaking news that I would really miss.
Another enjoyable part of being in the field is the friendships I’ve developed with reporters from other stations. They are usually covering the same stories so we run into each other every day. This is such a crazy life, and they understand what it is like to be in the business.”
What is the favorite news item you’ve covered at KMOV?
“I get asked that question a lot and I must say it’s the people I meet that I remember, much more than the story. That being said, I got to tag along with a 5th grade class from the Ferguson/Florissant School District when they visited the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The 5th graders lost a classmate to gun violence and the local police department raised the money to send them on the trip.”
When crime happens in the CWE, does it draw more attention than it would in other parts of the city?
“When crime takes place in a prominent area where it doesn’t happen very often, such as the Central West End, it becomes bigger news. The reality is that we live in an urban environment so crime is going to happen.
On a personal level I’m careful when I walk alone anywhere, frankly. I don’t wear earphones or look at my phone. You have to be aware.”
What is a big issue you see when covering the news in the city of St. Louis?
“The worries of families in the Central Corridor vs. those who live in North City and parts of South City are so very different, and that’s an issue we have to address. It’s hard for any reporter to cover sad stories day in and day out but it’s the good in people and the resilience in those who have experienced tragedy that I remember and hold close when I go home at night. Another thing that keeps me positive is working on my blog, which is a tribute to the fun side of St. Louis.
What are your thoughts on city elections?
This question was raised as we met on election day, April 3. “It’s too bad that voter turnout is typically so light for city elections in St. Louis, or anywhere else in the country for that matter,” she said, “as I think local elections have the biggest impact on people’s lives. It’s important to think about things we can do every day to make St. Louis even better. For instance, KMOV has a segment called Imagine a Better St. Louis, which focuses on the positive aspects of living in St. Louis. I also think about how we attract people who live outside the city limits to come downtown other than for sporting events.”
How do you view St. Louis?
“It’s an amazing time to be a city resident. When I came back home after being away for 7 years, I saw so many changes. There is so much to do. I love trying out new restaurants – one seems to open every week – and exploring different neighborhoods. And I can’t imagine living anywhere other than the Central West End.”
Zotos also participates in CWE events. Here she is as a judge, far right, at last Halloween’s dog parade.
Watch Alexis Zotos on the 10 o’clock news on KMOV Sundays through Thursdays. Find out more about her on her website, follow her on twitter, Facebook, Instagram—her favorite social media outlet—and on her blog.
I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed interviewing CWEnder Alexis Zotos.