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t was a night full of fun and fundraising celebrating the local Native American community and friends from New Mexico on June 23 at the Mid-America All-Indian Center as it held its ICT Native Gala. All proceeds from the event went to local Native American youth culture education events and the food bank located at the St. Joseph Apache Mission in New Mexico. About 300 people were at the gala, now in its fifth year. The event featured a Native American fashion show along with music and other cultural presentations. There also was a catered dinner by a local Native American owned food truck, Noble House. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Kayson Chong By Denise Neil - Photography by Aaron Patton
ayson Chong was a young chef on the rise in Los Angeles who had not only worked with a who’s-who list of the nation’s top chefs but also had just founded a successful and growing restaurant chain. That’s when he got a call from Wichita. Wichi-where? Chong, a native of Los Angeles, had a friend and former colleague who had just moved to this mysterious flatland to help open an upscale restaurant for businessman Brandon Steven, and he needed a chef. “He said, ‘What do you think about Wichita, Kansas?’” Chong said. “And I’m like, ‘Where? I know Kansas, but what’s Wichita?’” Now, it’s been six months since Chong – the executive chef at Wichita’s upscale 6S Steakhouse, 6200 W. 21st St. ‑ not only talked himself into starting a new life in a strange place but also persuaded his fiancé to join him. And to his surprise, he said, they love it. They’re looking for a house and have found that their lives are so much less stressful (and their personal space so much less crowded) than when they lived in L.A. “We’ve almost completely decompressed,” he said. “It feels good to be here. We can get anywhere in town in about 15 or 20 minutes, which is really nice.” Chong, 40, was “made in Korea but born in L.A.,” where he was raised and lived most of his life. His parents were immigrants who owned a dry cleaning business, and Chong spent his days on the streets of L.A.’s Koreatown. His father was traditional and requested meals native to his home country: banchan, a stew called jjigae and lots of kim chi. His mother and his grandmother who moved to the states to help raise him and his sister, would oblige, but they also fully embraced Americanstyle meals. In the 1990s, they loved making bread in the trendy bread machines, and he was served plenty of quality meatloaves. “My mom makes a bomb-ass turkey, too,” he said. As a youngster, Chong was good with his hands and was obsessed with putting things together and taking them apart. He would stand in the kitchen and watch the women cook, and he always wanted to get his hands dirty with them. After a particularly rough spell of teen-age rebellion, he finally graduated high school and attended college then found himself bumming around Laguna Beach, “surfing, skating and doing all that stuff. It was really fun for me.” But he was 20 and knew he needed to start a career. He’d
always been a fan of the show “Iron Chef,” the original series that often featured Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto. “That show just really intrigued me,” he said. “I’m seeing these guys making these incredible dishes just out of ingredients. It’s like alchemy. It really caught my attention.” Chong said he didn’t want to disappoint his parents after all he’d put them through as a teenager, so he decided to enroll in culinary school. He chose the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, a school that has produced chefs like Charlie Trotter. After he graduated in 2002, Chong launched a career that would land him in some of the west coast’s top restaurants working along some of the country’s best chefs. His very first restaurant job was in the kitchen at the Postrio, Wolfgang Puck’s now-closed restaurant in San Francisco. Chong made soup and gnocchi for three months before graduating to the fish station. Chong said he loved it when the famous chef owner stopped in the kitchen. “He would come in, and that guy’s got so many things going on, and still to this day,” he said. “He’s an amazing chef and mentor and just a genuinely kind dude.” Over the next decade, Chong worked in a series of high-end restaurants around Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. He worked with Chef Julian Serrano at Picasso Restaurant in the Bellagio in Las Vegas. He cooked with Chef Noah Rosen when he helped open BLT Steakhouse in Los Angeles. And he worked with Chef Michael Mina at XIV, also in Los Angeles. He took a brief break to open Kayson’s Family Restaurant, a 45-seat diner that his uncle purchased and his parents helped him run. In 2015, Chong was one of the founders of Mainland Poke, a restaurant that helped launch the poke craze in the United States. Though he’s no longer affiliated with it, Mainland Poke Shop has four California locations. When the Wichita opportunity came up, Chong said, he had one important person to get on board with the idea: his fiancé, Brooke Kozlowki, whom he will wed on Dec. 30 in California. She had her own successful career in editing in Los Angeles, and even though she grew up in Indiana and was familiar with the middle of the country, she wasn’t sure about the move at first. But she found a job as a producer at a Wichita television station and is settling in well, Chong said. “It took her a month to say, ‘Yeah, let’s go out there. Let’s check it out,’” he said. “We needed something new. L.A. is just so congested.” Continued on Page 57
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lyss Analytics held a launch party at Wichita State University Experiential Engineering Building to celebrate its new artificial intelligence technology, Alyss, on May 24. Alyss is a custom artificial intelligence program built to be a companion for finding career candidates who stand out based on soft skills and “intangible” traits. Alyss incorporates a video interview process to measure facial landmarks, speech to text and the speech tone to give candidates a new way to shine in a sea of resumes. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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usic Theatre Wichita’s signature season-preview fundraiser, Curtain Up!, was held at the Scottish Rite Center on May 31. The event featured a silent auction, food from local restaurants and a season preview show from Music Theatre Wichita’s 2018 company. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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ress for Success held Sisterhood 2018: Brunch, Beauty, Fashion on June 23 at Candela at The Lux. Local designer Nina Winter of TISSU Sewing Studio created custom “Recycle the Runway” outfits upcycled from donated clothing. Three community role model winners were celebrated and modeled the outfits - Lucia Melissa Taylor, Jondalyn Crosby and Claudia Amaro. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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ichita’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore has moved to a new location, and a ribbon-cutting was held on June 2 to celebrate the move to a larger facility at 301 N. West St. Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. All the proceeds benefit the mission of Wichita Habitat for Humanity and help build homes, communities and hope. Donations are tax deductible and help reduce the growth of landfills while helping bring stability and hope into the lives of low-income families by providing them with affordable quality homes. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Wichita Wears Boys of Summer Photography by Aaron Patton
or several years now people in the fashion industry have insisted the only rule is there are no rules. Truth is some people are still following rules from long ago. Taking a closer look, however, slowly but surely even the guys are breaking the rules. This year in menswear you’re going to see guys wearing sport coats with Bermuda shorts, short shorts swimwear and some mixing of prints. Before you start shaking your head and saying, “Nope, that won’t happen,” take a look at the ripped jeans look that we’re so used to now, the no-socks look with suits, and tennis or running shoes with everything. If you’re not ready to push the trend envelope, no worries. There are plenty of the warm weather classics to choose from. The good news is, whether it’s a classic piece or a trendy addition to your wardrobe, it is available in a wide price range. But rules or no rules, the best part of a hot summer is looking cool. - Bonnie Bing
Cotton and linen combine to make a cool, comfortable fabric. Tailored shirt by Robert Graham, of cotton and linen, $138, worn with straight leg pants by AG-Adriano Goldschmied, of cotton and elastane, $178. All at Johnstonâ€™s. Previous page: Classic fit, button-down shirt by Robert Graham, of Egyptian cotton, $178, worn with shorts by AG-Adriano Goldschmied, of cotton and elastane, $125. All at Johnstonâ€™s.
A blue plaid jacket of summer weight wool, by S. Cohen, $495, cotton shirt by Brax Feel Good, $148, worn with wool and spandex pants by Hart Schaffner & Marx, $139. All at Johnstonâ€™s.
Pull it together and have some fun. Blue linen and cotton jacket, $40, worn with flat front, cotton and spandex pink shorts, $19, and navy and white stripe cotton Henley shirt, $13. All by Good Fellow Co., at Target.
A knit shirt by Johnnie O, of polyester and Spandex, $79, worn with shorts of a cotton, linen and silk blend, by Peter Millar, $98. All at Gentry Ltd.
The jeans and sport coat idea is great as long as all the pieces fit correctly and blend together. A plaid sport coat of summer-weight wool by Nikky New York, $850, tops a crisp white linen shirt by Peter Millar, $145. All at Gentry Ltd. Fashion Director Bonnie Bing Editor Scott Elpers Fashion Assistant Sara Hobson Models Devin Roberts, Jeff Herlocker of Models and Images, and Tim Davis Location Broadway Autopark 303 S. Broadway Wichita, KS, 67202 316-290-9596 www.broadwayautopark.com
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or the sixth consecutive year, Wichita Art Museum and Tallgrass Film Association teamed up for Tunes + Tallgrass on the museum’s lawn on June 15. The free event featured live music and an outdoor screening of the film “Arrival,” a 2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Picture. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Giving back to the community one paw at a time
nimal lovers, especially pet owners, understand all too well that having four legged friends around the house can be a blessing. Though when it comes to pet health and emergency situations, animal parents just want good care for their fur babies no matter the cost. That’s why Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita (VESHW) created Paw It Forward, a non-profit charitable fund, for the purpose of providing financial assistance to in-hospital patients. Established in 2015, the Paw It Forward Foundation has granted over $50,000 toward veterinary care for pets in crisis. Which is why pet owners, like Brandi, and her 7-month-old husky were so grateful when they came to VESHW last month after an accident at home. Jax, a friendly blue-eyed husky, came to the VESHW emergency hospital in pain and in need of immediate care. Jax’s “mom” knew right away that her pup had suffered a serious injury to his front leg. Jax got caught in a bed frame while running around the house with the other family dog. “He [Jax] was scared and crying,” said Brandi. “I had to talk to him and calm him down so I could pull his leg out without
damaging or hurting him further. It was so scary and sad for all of us. I immediately called the emergency veterinary hospital and took him in.” Jax was X-rayed that night and confirmed that he suffered a fracture of his left radius/ulna. Doctors at VESHW said that Jax would need surgery under general anesthesia to secure the fracture using a locking plate and that he would have to wear a cast for 4-6 weeks while the bones set in place and healed. Brandi knew what she had to do no matter the monetary cost. “They [staff and doctors at VESHW] were caring, understanding and patient,” said Brandi. “The surgeon was especially amazing. She explained the procedure and what could happen without the procedure. She was very considerate and recognized my fears and reassured me that Jax’s outcome would be positive.” And positive it was. Jax is not only in full recovery, taking it slow and following postoperative care, but because of Paw It Forward his emergency and medical bills were made affordable. “Being a single mom, raising 3 kids and 2 fur babies I was really stressing on how
I would be able to pay for the surgery that had to be done,” said Brandi. “I couldn’t just walk away from Jax and not get him the appropriate care he needed. I am so thankful for the Paw It Forward Foundation for stepping in and helping me with Jax’s care.” One hundred percent of every dollar donated to the Paw It Forward Foundation is used to treat sick or injured animals. Paw It Forward donated funds are available to patients being treated at VESHW and are used solely toward funding for Good Samaritan cases, assistance for pet owners in demonstrated financial crisis and/or funding for pets harmed or displaced due to local disasters. The Paw It Forward Foundation relies solely on donations to help those in need. If you would like to make a donation you can by visiting the hospital website, www.vetwichita.com. Or you can help in other ways; consider corporate sponsorship, volunteering for an event, or setting up a memorial fund. You can also spread the joy by hosting a birthday fundraiser. To find out more about all of these ways you can help, please reach out to VESHW at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook Page @vetwichita.
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Friends of Felines By Amy Geizler-Jones - Photography by Aaron Patton
here are probably about 100,000 feral cats in Wichita, according to the animal welfare group, Best Friends America Society. And if it wasn’t for the local volunteer group Cheryl Taskinen heads up – Friends of Felines KS – there would probably be a lot more. Friends of Felines KS, which formed in 2005, helps control the local feral cat population through its trap, neuter and return, or TNR, effort. It was started by the then-chief of police in Sedgwick, who wanted to control the feral cat population of the small city near Wichita. Taskinen joined the group in 2010 and has been president for the past five years. According to Taskinen, who also serves as the group’s TNR coordinator, more than 4,900 cats have been spayed and neutered since 2009. In 2009, the group spayed and neutered only 28 cats. By the next year, that number grew by nearly 900 percent to 249 cats, and the number increased every year since. In 2017, a record 908 cats were altered. Halfway through 2018, more than 500 cats have been sterilized. Part of that increase was made possible when in 2016 Kansas State’s College of Veterinary Medicine agreed to bring its Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit to Wichita. Now Friends of Felines KS can run concentrated TNR efforts two weekends a month. One weekend it uses the clinic of its longtime partner, the Kansas Humane Society, and on the other the mobile unit’s services. Friends of Felines KS doesn’t do concentrated traps in July, August and December because of weather conditions. Depending on the availability of volunteers, the group will do additional, less-concentrated TNR activities nearly every week, when requested, using the humane society’s vet clinic. The group’s service area covers Wichita and communities within a 30-mile radius. On a recent June morning, Taskinen talked about the group’s prior weekend of TNR efforts that netted 51 cats, including at two Wichita mobile home parks. The Kansas Humane Society had received a grant to help cover costs for the cats trapped that weekend by Friends of Felines KS. Generally vet costs are covered by donations to Friends
of Felines KS and by colony “caregivers,” the humans who’ve taken responsibility for the feral cats and have asked for population control help. “We work with caregivers. We’re not just picking up cats and dumping them,” Taskinen said. On that Saturday, various volunteers, including Taskinen, had sat patiently near drop-trap boxes, waiting for the cats to show up. About a week before, the boxes had been set up and the caregivers had been feeding the cats under the box. By the time Taskinen and her crew showed up, the cats weren’t that intimidated to go under the boxes. But the effort still turns into part stakeout, part “cat-fishing,” as a volunteers sits in a vehicle, a string in hand that’s attached to the support stick keeping one end of the box up, waiting for the cats to take the bait. “It’s like fishing,” Taskinen said. “You just sit there waiting and waiting.” On her first “pull” – when she yanked the string – she caught five cats. “I’ve gotten as many as 10 at one time,” Taskinen said. “We try to go for 100 percent trapping, and leave no cat behind.” A sheet is draped over the box to calm the cat, and a transport cage is put door-to-door with the box so the cat can be removed and the box cleared for the next trap. The trapped cats were put up for the night in the garages of two volunteers. At 7 a.m. Sunday, the cats were at the Kansas Humane Society clinic, with volunteers separating them by males, females and undetermined to be weighed before the surgeries and vaccinations started at 9:30 a.m. “The last cat came off the table at 4 o’clock that afternoon. We had so many,” Taskinen said. During surgery, about ¼ inch of the cat’s left ear is snipped off. Eartipping is the universal sign that a feral cat has been altered. It helps caregivers like Susan Kandt recognize when an unaltered cat has joined her colony. Living in far northeast Wichita on Continued on Page 57
VIP Pets Local Vet To Celebrate 40 Years In New State-of-the-Art Facility El Paso Animal Hospital started as a small clinic in the corner of an office building. Their founder, Dr. Gary Oehmke, graduated from Kansas State University in 1977. His friend and former employee saw a need for quality pet care in Derby, Kansas, and he even suggested the perfect place to start the local practice. Opening in 1978 as the El Paso Animal Clinic, Dr. Oehmke paid tribute to Derby’s previous identity as El Paso, Kansas. With great service, low fees, and quality relationship-building, he quickly won the hearts of the locals. With a growing reputation, the clinic welcomed 4 more vets over the next 40 years to bring more than 92 years of combined experience under one roof. With the promise of excellent care to every client, El Paso Animal Clinic started to feel the necessity of a larger facility. Breaking ground in August of 2017, the clinic was renamed the El Paso Animal Hospital to better describe the wider range of services it would now offer. Going from 2500 sq. ft. to 9000 sq. ft., the new facility was designed with the clients’ needs and comfort in mind. New features included lift tables for larger clients, emergency services, orthopedic surgeries and dental x-rays, internal medicine, oxygen cages, laser therapy, chemotherapy, a critical care unit, and an isolation area for spreadable illnesses. With a grand opening on May 19 of 2018, the hospital was able to celebrate the commitment and trust of its clients that made the milestone possible. Walking into the hospital, clients are greeted by a reception area with ample seating room for the clients and their humans and a Kid’s Zone for younger guests. There is also a special area for feline patients away from the presence of dogs. Following a No-Appointment Needed model, registration and check-out are located in separate areas to improve flow. Combined with 8 exam rooms, clients can be on the road to happy and healthy in record time. For extremely ill patients or clients that are getting ready to say goodbye, the hospital has a Comfort Room for families to spend quiet time with their pets. Set up like a living room, it has a separate exit for families who would like to leave quietly. El Paso Animal Hospital is also now able to provide cat and dog boarding services. In their Paws & Play boarding facility, dogs and cats have separate ventilation systems to eliminate odors from each other and ensure optimal comfort. Dog owners can choose an upgrade to luxury dog boarding where their furry friend will have a private room with tailored music, a window, and extra treat and play time. To add to the excitement of a new facility, El Paso Animal Clinic is also gaining its sixth vet this month. Dr. Jessica Duke graduated from Kansas State University and will bring the hospital’s total to over 100 years of combined experience. For more information or to schedule boarding services, surgery or dental care, feel free to call the El Paso Animal Hospital at (316) 788-1000. Emergency calls are accepted after-hours until 10 p.m. Located at 841 N. Buckner St. in Derby, Kansas, walk-ins are always welcome.
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Local vets help when others cannot By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Aaron Patton
ayla has a new lease on life, while Pumpkin is all smiles, thanks to the compassionate efforts of animal welfare organizations and veterinarians in Wichita. A number of veterinarians in the greater Wichita area partner with rescue groups and others to provide what easily amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars in services for dogs down on their luck. “It’s a must,” said Randi Carter, board member of Beauties and Beasts. “If we didn’t have those relationships, we couldn’t do what we do.” Formed in 2014, Beauties and Beasts has become one of the area’s top rescues for death-row dogs, finding foster and adoptive homes through savvy social marketing efforts for dogs who might otherwise be euthanized. It’s also become one of the area’s top medical rescuers, stepping in to get medical care for shot dogs, dogs hit by cars and others, said Carter. Last year alone, Carter said, the nonprofit group spent more than $200,000 in animal medical services at clinics including Countryside Pet Clinic in Andover, El Paso Animal Hospital in Derby, Solomon Veterinary Clinic in Wichita and the Veterinarian Emergency & Special Hospital of Wichita (VESHW). The bills were paid in full with donation campaigns carried out on each animal’s behalf. “Having partnerships with vets that will provide some reduced-cost services is extremely valuable and it’s something that we truly appreciate,” said Ericka Goering, director of marketing and communications at the Kansas Humane Society, which partners with three vet clinics for such services. If the society’s own clinic can’t be used for various reasons, such as specialized equipment is needed or a full surgery schedule, it calls on those vets. “The time and money that we are able to save goes toward helping additional animals,” Goering said. “In the end, it means more lives can be saved by working together. If we get behind schedule on
spay/neuter surgeries, it can increase the amount of time an animal has to wait before being made available for adoption. We always want our animals to find loving homes quickly because the shelter environment can be stressful. Because of this, we try to work with the local vets when we have an animal that will require a major surgery that could take several hours and multiple staff members to complete.” VESHW is among the vets the humane society works with. “We have an incredibly compassionate team of people who truly want the very best for these pets,” said Heather Newhouse, the hospital’s director of marketing. “We have partnered with several groups and rescues, providing medical treatment and rehabilitation to get (dogs) back on their paws (and) giving them the best chance of getting adopted.” Here are the stories of just two dogs on the receiving end of the generosity of folks who care for and about animals. Layla, a 1-year-old Siberian husky, was in shock and hurting from her own injury after getting struck by a car in an accident that killed her 14-year-old German shorthaired pointer companion. The pointer – a breed known for its hunting abilities – had likely acted instinctively when it saw a bird flying into the street and had taken off in pursuit. Layla, watching from the front door, wanted to see what had gotten her four-legged friend’s attention and chased after the dog. Unable to afford the emergency bills, the family signed over ownership of Layla to Beauties and Beasts, who took her to VESHW, Carter said. Layla had a break in the tibia on the lower part of one of her legs, said Newhouse. As Beauties and Beasts took over Layla’s care, it posted updates online and shared Layla’s story as it solicited donations to cover what would be a $2,000 medical bill. It went from being a story about a dog hit by a car, to a dog that got hit by the same car that killed her companion, to how this dog had a 15-year-old owner who loved it but the parents had just recently incurred some major family medical bills, said Carter. Continued on Page 57
Dr. Christen Skaer and Christen Sampamurthy
On hard times Wichita social service providers work to keep pets and owners together By Amy Geislzer-Jones - Photography by Aaron Patton
ecoming homeless and unemployed has been a tough ordeal for Mikki Ramirez and her family. “Going through this is so hard and the last thing we wanted to have to tell our kids was that we’re losing their pets as well,” said Ramirez during a recent phone interview from one of Wichita’s shelters. Fortunately for Ramirez, there’s a growing awareness among social service providers in Wichita about the special relationships that often exist between pets and their owners. While the Ramirezes weren’t able to keep their family’s 7-yearold dog, Ewok, and 2-year-old cat, Shiva, in the shelter, the provider found and is paying for boarding at a local animal clinic. In the coming months, Inter-Faith Inn, run by Inter-Faith Ministries (IFM), will become the first Wichita homeless shelter – and likely one of the few in the nation – to accept pets, according to
program director Christen Sampamurthy. The Inn is a 24-hour, 53-bed shelter serving homeless individuals and families, Sampamurthy said. “It’s absolutely the right thing to do,” said Dr. Christen Skaer, who runs Skaer Veterinary Clinic and is an IFM board member. “We need to provide as many chances for homeless to achieve success and this is one step. You don’t provide stability by taking pets away from them. You don’t have to have a home to love animals.” Skaer is involved in several state and local pet advocacy efforts, including Project Care, a program started by the South Central Animal Response Team in 2013 to provide free basic veterinarian services to pets of the homeless population. Through her work with Project Care, Skaer has seen firsthand how meaningful pets are to the homeless, providing companionship, unconditional
love and even mental health benefits – such as giving the person a reason to go on. Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all shelters are required to allow service animals to stay with their owners. Some homeless and domestic violence shelters in Wichita, including those run by Catholic Charities of Wichita and the Wichita Family Crisis Center, also allow animals that have been declared a comfort or emotional support animal by a care provider. In recent years, many local shelters, such as the Salvation Army shelter where the Ramirezes are staying, have started working with their clients who have pets to find boarding or foster homes for the animals and cover related costs as part of their services. “Those pets are important to our clients so they are important to us,” said Heather Welch, director of communications and marketing with Catholic Charities of Wichita. Many of the organizations that work with the homeless are aware that pet owners who live on the street are often reluctant to tap into the services because of their pet ownership. The pets are either not welcome or the homeless fear the pets will be taken away, according to a 2015 master’s thesis research project by Teresa Click, a local legal advocate for homeless. It’s estimated that about 5 to 10 percent of Wichita’s homeless population has pets. “There’s a stigma of ‘I’m homeless and how can I take care of a pet if I can’t take care of myself,’” said Zabrina Romero of Catholic Charities, so some homeless just stay away or find it too difficult to get help while being a pet owner. As the nonprofit’s homeless veterans case manager, Romero works with a number of agencies to rehome veterans. She’s also a member of the WichitaSedgwick County Continuum of Care, a collaborative effort headed by the United Way of the Plains to address homelessness. Recently the group’s homeless pet coalition has been specifically looking at how to more effectively address the needs of homeless pet owners. The new pet-friendly policy at the InterFaith Inn is seen a step in that direction. Three dog runs are being completed behind the shelter and a former child’s playhouse is being converted into a cat condo to house the pets that will accompany their owners. The pets will have to undergo an intake assessment by a veterinarian to ensure vaccinations are up to date and that they can safely be around other pets and people. “We’ve already had eight vets step up to do that,” noted Skaer. The pets will be treated like clients in that food, litter, dog waste bags and other essentials will be provided during their stay at the shelter. When the owners need to leave the shelter for appointments, staff will need to be notified and the pets will need to be secured, said Sampamurthy.
VIP Pets Countryside Pet Clinic added rehabilitation to their list of services in 2012, but most recently has introduced a human Physical Therapy Assistant to the team. Eugene Housdon joined Countryside in the spring of 2017 and has since built a professional following of pet owners needing rehabilitation. He is able to use his training and expertise in the management of pain and loss of function through injury and illness to execute rehabilitation protocols for all of the doctor’s patients. Rehabilitation is not just for dogs that have had to undergo surgery. A classic scenario is when a dog has a little pain in his hind end, so he stops using it efficiently, which means putting more weight on the front end. He becomes weaker and can’t get stronger because of the pain and fatigue
due to muscle atrophy. If you own a Lab or similar breed with huge shoulders and skinny butts, this probably sounds familiar. Without being proactive about strengthening the hind end, the dog will never come out of the spiral. Eugene then focuses on the use of rehab to build strength, flexibility and range of motion.
Dogs needing to work on increased strength, proprioception and/or flexibility. And, pain management is a huge part of rehab, your dogs healing and well being is dependent upon recognizing and addressing their pain. The use of drugs as the sole protocol for a dog in pain is not the best plan if you truly want to positively impact their quality of life.
Eugene uses a variety of modalities for rehabilitation but most consistently laser therapy, hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill), massage, physio balls, wobble boards, land tread mills, agility gym, rock tape application and nutrition. Additionally, in partnership with Dr. Sherry Ibrahim, they are also able to offer acupuncture as a method of pain management as well.
Countryside offers several options that could be a good fit, including arthritis packages, neuromuscular packages, underwater treadmill single sessions, FCE rehab packages, weight loss programs and Cruciate/ Fracture Repair post op packages. If you would like to know if your dog could benefit from rehabilitation, feel free to call Countryside Pet Clinic at 316-733-8433. You can also schedule a consultation to discuss options for your pet.
There are many patients who can benefit from rehabilitation.
At Countryside Pet Clinic our mission is to provide quality, compassionate care, exceptional service and education for our clients. Whether you have dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, pocket pets or reptiles, we’re ready when your small animal companion needs us. We also offer a variety of services as part of our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Brenda Cederberg, DVM CCRP and Eugene Housdon PTA NPTAE are here to help with all of your dogs rehabilitation needs. This includes post surgery recovery, pain management, arthritis, neurologic conditions, intervertebral disc disease, obesity, fractures, wounds and degenerative myelopathy. Call today to schedule a consultation!
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VIP • Emerald Bay Estates
Julie Buth, Becky Dillehay, Camiell Dillehay, Ronda Wagner, Shari Hand
Laura Fischer, Gracie Hutchison, Emily Taylor, Kristen Cass
Junior League of Wichita
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even Emerald Bay Estates homeowners in northeast Wichita opened up their kitchens and other parts of their homes for the Junior League of Wichita’s sixth annual Kitchen Tours on June 2. Jennifer Orr hosted a special VIP party as part of the event. The development features a 66-acre lake for water sports and sandy shorelines, and all of the homes on the tour were lakeside houses. The tour benefits the Junior League’s efforts to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Patty Armstrong, Julie Buth
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Dustin Cooper, Kara Cooper, Dylan Cooper, Trishia Dunham Katie Archibald, Keesha Ludlow, Ginger Archibald, Diane Bickel, Carm Ludlow Celebrate your petâ€™s life by saving another
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VIP â€˘ Indian Hills Swim Club
Jennifer Museousky, Russ Museousky, Miles Turner, Nick Museousky, Jamie Museousky
James Kauffman, Krissy Kauffman, Kayla Voth, Carly Oeser
Redskin Round-up Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley
Jake Johnston, Betty Johnston
Karen Franklin, David Franklin
Makayla Hernandez, Erik Raux
Therese Lent Wohler, Chani Perret
ichita North High School Alumni Association had its seventh annual roundup party at the Indian Hills Swim club on June 24. The Redskin Roundup is used to generate revenue for the upcoming school year. North High teachers can utilize the funds for items such as bus transportation, uniforms, academic and athletic competitions. Over the past six years, the popular event has raised more than $50,000. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP â€˘ College Hill
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rene Vision Group orchestrated the inaugural Uptown Douglas shopping event on June 9. Held in conjunction with Second Saturday, a grassroots effort to promote shopping local, Uptown Douglas was a block party style shopping event that featured 15 local merchants along Douglas Ave. in College Hill. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP • Allen House
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merican Institute of Architects hosted a garden party and tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House in College Hill on June 7. The house at 255 N. Roosevelt in College Hill was built a century ago for former Kansas governor and newspaper publisher Henry J. Allen and his family, and it is one of the last of the architect’s famous prairie houses, which were known for their horizontal lines and connection with the outdoors. The house, commissioned in 1915 and finished in 1918, features more than 30 pieces of furniture designed by Wright. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP • Hyatt Regency
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Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones
he Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce honored some of Wichita’s top, small local businesses during a May 23 luncheon at the Hyatt Regency. Nine businesses in two categories, based on employment numbers, were finalists in the chamber’s14th annual Small Business Awards. Finalists for tier one, with 25 or fewer full-time employees, were McCurdy Auction, Paint the Towne, Reverie Coffee Roasters, Sheldon Architecture and Watermark Books & Cafe. Finalists in the tier two category, with 26 to 100 full-time employees, were Allmetal Recycling, Elite Staffing Solutions, Stearman Field Bar & Grill and The Anchor. Watermark Books & Cafe and Allmetal Recycling took home the top honors in their respective categories. Eighteen businesses had applied for award consideration. Entrants are judged on leadership and performance, employee relations, entrepreneurship, diversity and community involvement. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP â€˘ Wichita State University
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Wichita Heart Walk Jim Catt, Michael Catt, Cindy Catt
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he American Heart Association hosted the Wichita Heart Walk and F.A.S.T 5K at Wichita State University on June 9. The funds raised help support research and education in the fight against heart diseases, the leading cause of death among men and women nationwide. Survivors of cardiovascular diseases were honored prior to the walk with a survivor photograph. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP â€˘ Delano
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ttendees had the opportunity to sample a variety of beer, wine and food from 11 local staples at the fifth annual Amber Waves tasting tour. The popular event, a benefit for Starkey and hosted by Heartland Homecare, was held in the historic Delano district on May 18. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Everything Woman Bio
Sally runs Sally Cavanaugh Films and Photos and is a Matilda Jane Clothing Trunk Keeper. She has been a photographer for eight years and a Trunk Keeper for seven seasons. She and her husband Matt have two children, Caroline and Harrison. Sally enjoys traveling, the lake and spending time with her family. This year, Sally was named as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2018 Woman of the Year. She wrote fundraising letters, made personal asks and held fundraising events, allowing her to raise an incredible $75,525.83 in ten weeks. She was the lead fundraiser in this year’s class of candidates, who combined raised a record-breaking $464,577. Sally was also Sally truly is an Everything Woman! awarded one of the campaign’s Citizenship Awards, and was recognized for best involving the community of Wichita throughout her campaign. Through her campaign, Sally is honoring one of her husband’s students, JC Delamore. Through the years of supporting JC, Sally has created not only a beautiful friendship, but also a personal connection to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their family. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Their next event in Wichita is Light the Night, which takes place on September 29th at Exploration place. For more information about LLS in Wichita, call their office at 316-266-4050 or email Chris Elmore at email@example.com.
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Local vets help when others cannot Continued from Page 37 lit up,” Carter said. The case marked the first time Beauties and Beasts returned an injured dog to its original owners since it found no negligence on the owners’ part, she said. When Pumpkin came to the Kansas Humane Society, she was having trouble drinking and eating. After examining Pumpkin, Dr. Douglas Winter, a boardcertified veterinary dentist and oral surgeon with VESHW, found she had a hole in the roof of her mouth that could let food and water pass into her airway and lungs and put her at risk for choking or pneumonia. Otherwise, she could be a fit and healthy dog. After two surgeries six weeks apart, during which some teeth were pulled and tissue was grafted to cover the hole, Pumpkin ended up being adopted by a former KHS employee. “He was so happy after he healed up from his last surgery,” his new owner, Ashley Thornton, told VESHW staff. “He still has a great smile, even though he’s missing a few teeth now.”
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ICT EATS Kayson Chong Continued from Page 14 At the moment, the couple is on a tour of Wichita restaurants and make a special effort to eat in locally owned places. So far, their favorites are My Tho, Chiang Mai and Pho Hein. Chong said he’s also settling in at 6S, where he’s showing his staff many of the service and kitchen techniques he’s picked up during his big-city career. When he built the 6S menu, he said, he wanted to use ingredients he was used to, like fresh fish, even though he didn’t know how it would go over in Wichita. But so far, his hamachi crudo dish is one of the restaurant’s top sellers, and oysters move well, too, he said. Other big hits are his Korean braised short ribs, made using his grandmother’s recipe, and his aged steaks, including a 140-dayaged bone-in rib eye. “It was all very unknown, and it took my staff to kind of teach me what will work and what won’t,” he said. “But I didn’t let that stop me. I know good flavor, and I knew I wanted to show Wichita some new flavors.” Chong is about to introduce some other big-city touches to 6S, including rolling out some tableside carts on which his staff will make things like tableside Caesar salads, baked Alaska and tableside steak tar tar. He also hopes to launch a new fast-casual concept of his own while he’s here, Chong said. In the meantime, he’s beginning to recognize the faces of returning customers and says he hopes that this is just the start of his career in Wichita. “We’re looking for a house, and we’re not going to leave anytime soon,” he said. “I want to stay and see where 6S takes us.”
about 2 ½ acres, she recently called Friends of Felines KS when a new cat showed up to join other feral cats that had been spayed and neutered a few years ago by the group. “They have to live by my rules,” said Kandt of her colony, and her No. 1 rule is the cat has to be spayed or neutered. The other rule is they have to get along with the established colony. “There was some caterwauling, but he was accepted.” According to the Kansas Humane Society’s website, “TNR has been shown to be the least costly as well as the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing feral cat populations.” Taskinen and Kandt agree. Not only does it cut down on numbers of kittens being born, it cuts down on the prowling and other hormone-driven activities feral cats become known for. “We do check back and caregivers often are happy to report no new kittens,” said Taskinen. “Friends of Felines really has the welfare of the cats and the community at heart,” Kandt said. Friends of Felines KS is advocating for a TNR ordinance for Wichita. Last year, the city surveyed residents about feral cats since the current ordinance declares feral cats a nuisance. TNR advocates say that with a trap-and-kill policy, other feral cats would just move in and keep breeding. Information on Friends of Feline KS’ TNR efforts can be found at fofks.org. The Kansas Humane Society also provides feral/ TNR services by offering humane traps for rent and reduced vet services to colony caregivers for spaying and neutering; for more information, visit kshumane.org/services.
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#WichitaFlag The Dog Days of Summer are upon us, and these pups are ready to rep their hometown. Outfit your four-legged friend with flag swag available at several local retailers. Visit ilovewichita.org to see a listing. Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts are managed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.
A Super Keeper shirt for a super good girl. Photo from @wichitarealestate on Instagram.
Turbo is loving Wichita all the way from his home in South Carolina. Photo from @anphotography7 on Instagram.
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Kirby is an assistance dog in training and loves walks by the river. Photo from @courtneysendall on Instagram.
Can you name a more dynamic duo than Teddy and Tucker? Photo from @2kellyk on Instagram.
This cutie was born in Oklahoma but is making Wichita his home. Photo from @veronica_kempkes7 on Instagram.
Golf is one big game of fetch at Arthur B. Sim Park Golf Course. Photo from @jsetser0192 on Instagram.
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