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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA ~, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008 -- Page 7 CHAMBER GATHERING Business people from Geyserville and Cloverdale enjoyed the holiday mixer hosted by Cellar No. 8 at Asti Winery. Redwood Credit Union in Cloverdale provided the raffle prizes and Asti Winery provided the wine and the venue. If your business would like to host a mixer in 2009, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 894-4470. Photo on the right: Bill Lambert, left, Paul Maurer and Ken Richardson get to know one another at last Thursday's holiday mixer. DaveShe gsa uable experience to wide range his practice With his broad smile and a twin- kle in his eye, you can't help but feel better when Cloverdale resi- dent Dr. Dave Shepard pops into the exam room at Alexander Valley Regional Medical Center. This flower child of the '60s grew up in the Los Angeles area and made his way to Oregon as so many of his generation sought closeness with nature. Using skills acquired in Ana- heim, CA as a fireman, Shepard soon sought a similar position in Ashland, OR. "There were only about three fires in six months," Shepard recalled, "but I found I re- ally liked serving on the Rescue Unit at parades, sports events and the occasional car wreck." He even came in on his day off to help out on the 1953 Chevy Panel truck con- verted for rescue work. Returning to Orange County, Shepard sought out the Anaheim Fire Department doctor to learn more about First Aid. If really in- Dr. Dave Shepherd joins AVRMC. terested, Shepard was told to go to USC Medical Center in Los Ange- les. He hopped in the car and drove the 20 miles to USC. On entering the building, the first person Shep- ard met was the head of the Physi- cian Assistant program. Invited to tag along, Shepard did so for three days and was hooked. At age 32, he was too old to be ac- cepted at a U.S. medical school. So it was off to the Philippines for three years of training to become a medical doctor. Then back to the states and Brooklyn (NY) Jewish Hospital for residency. On comple- tion of the residency, Dr. Shepard was a fully accredited Doctor of In- ternal Medicine and accepted a po- sition in Louisiana. He wound up working seven days on and seven days off in a Lafayette, LA, hospital Emergency Room. There, he made friends with a Physician Assistant from a nearby rural Parish with 18,000 people, a great health clinic and no doctor. Without a doctor, the clinic had been forced to close. Shepard took the challenge, spending his alter- nate weeks at the clinic with the PA keeping the doors open the rest of the time. Life was good in Louisiana, but Shepard and his wife longed to see more of their six grandchildren liv- ing in Napa and Martinez. They moved to Fairfield in 2003 where he worked at the Solano County Jail. It was relatively easy work. Shep- ard was accompanied on patient visits by his "Gentle Giant" who made sure the prisoners didn't try anything funny in the presence of drugs and needles. But the hours were long; he couldn't seem to get a day off and learned of a trial program being set PiT 4 P. I. BOTH DtAYS Christmas Eve: Our menu plus specials! New Year's Eve: A special menu! Reservations Recommended 504 N. Cloverdale Blvd. (707) 894-0885 Massage therapist Lucia Longo won one of the gift baskets raffled at last Thursday's Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer which was hosted by Asti Winery. The Geyserville Chamber was also invited. The winery poured their excellent wines and offered discounts up to 60 percent in the tasting room. up by MediCare. As Shepard ex- plains it, "Someone discovered that two per cent of the MediCare popu- lation was spending 24 per cent of the money. A MediCare patient would call for an appointment, the first available date would be seven to ten days out, the patient would get worried, call an ambulance and head to the nearest hospital Emer- gency Room. ander Valley Regional Medical Center, 6 Tarman Dr., 707-894-4229. The medical center is open week- days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (same day appointments frequently avail- able). AVRMC delivers primary health care to children and adults, emergency care, preventive health care, OB/GYN and immunizations. The center also conducts sports physicals, pre-employment physi- "Someone came up with the ideacals, confidential teen services and of establishing a 'second doctor', DMV physicals. Individual and who would go to the house, get to family counseling is available along know the patient, establish trust +-with chronic pain and chronic dis- and be available 24/7. This would ~ ,~e management. Most private not replace the primary doctor; just.' !~alth insurance plans are accepted serve as a stopgap until the sched- along with new MediCare and uled appointment. It was a great service, reduced ambulance calls and ER visits. I enjoyed serving in the program, although over time it was abandoned," he said. Still living in Fairfield, with a job in San Francisco, Shepard car- pooled daily from Vallejo in the Di- amond Lane and passed literally thousands of cars stuck on 1-80 ev- ery day. That got old, the MediCare position ended, and Shepard again sought a rural setting. He and his wife found it in Cloverdale where on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. he sees walk-in patients at Alex- MediCal patients plus the self-in- sured and uninsured. AVRMC is geared to provide a community health center devoted to providing quality, affordable, sustainable health care to all people regardless of their ability to pay. One local businesswoman says, "It's a God send. I don't have half a day to go to Healdsburg or Santa Rosa for care. I can make an ap- pointment and generally be back at work in less than hour." - Submitted by Mark Thayer RE D WOO D Cal txlay for a Free In SPEND 2 WEEKS DEMONSTRATING HEARING S- ....... M ENDOCINO/LAKE AUDIOLOGY ....................................................................................................................................... UKIAH .................................................. Qualified individuals may , am,+o+mem 756 S. RAST. hearing aid home with ao obligation to buy! P1RE Presented by Jeff and Tina Tate OUT IN THE COLD In some respects, your vehicle re- sponds to colder temperatures like you do. Just as you might find it more diffi- cult to get started on a cold morning, cold weather is more likely to bring dead batteries and hard-starting engines. The fact is that the chemical reaction that produces electricity in batteries cannot generate the same power when temper- atures fall. In addition, thickened oil in the engine makes the starter work hard- er. At freezing, a battery's power can drop by about 15 percent although the engine needs about 150 percent more cranking power. If your automobile's battery isn't up to the challenge, have it replaced. Switching to a lower viscosity oil over the winter will also make the starter's job easier. HINT: When purchasing a new bat- tery for your vehicle, choose one with a fresh date and the best warranty. Now