Riverside Animal Hospital Welcomes Dr. Victoria Karshner

Riverside Animal Hospital welcomed Dr. Victoria Karshner to their practice. Dr. Karshner was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. In her free time, Dr. Karshner enjoys hiking with her dog, Rouge, mountain biking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but holds special interests in surgery and ophthalmology. Riverside Animal Hospital is committed to providing exceptional veterinary care and individualized attention in a compassionate and welcoming environment. RiversideVetBend.com

Step & Spine Physical Therapy Opens Eagle Crest Clinic

Residents of Eagle Crest now have improved access to physical therapy through Step & Spine Physical Therapy’s newest Central Oregon location at 7555 Falcon Crest Drive in Redmond. With four private treatment rooms, a 660-square foot open therapy room and a fitness area with treadmills, stationary bikes, and other training and rehabilitation equipment, team members can attend to the varying physical needs of patients, while allowing for privacy when needed. Serving more than 1,500 homes in the community, the new 2,500-square foot location provides both active and aging residents of Eagle Crest and the surrounding communities excellent care and convenience close to home. “Families will benefit greatly by having access to the specialized level of physical therapy care provided in this new location,” says Barrett Ford, physical therapist and co-founder of Step & Spine Physical Therapy. “We look forward to providing the unique hands-on physical therapy care our patients deserve in a setting that’s close to home.” StepandSpine.com

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

With more than 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and Central Oregon has one of the highest per capita rates of melanoma occurring in the country. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and is highly treatable when detected early. “Most of us love the outdoors, but our skin hates the High Desert sun,” says Gerald Peters Jr., MD, FAAD, FACMS.  The longer wavelengths, known as UVA, penetrate and damage deeper structures like elastic fibers and collagen, as well as pigment cells (melanocytes), where melanoma starts, he says. According to Dr. Peters, you can help prevent skin cancer by minimizing mid-day exposure, seeking shade versus direct sunlight, wearing protective clothing, using effective sunscreen and including vitamin D in a healthy diet. Early detection with timely and effective treatment is paramount and is best accomplished with baseline skin cancer screening exams, and annual or more frequent exams are considered prudent for individuals at higher risk. 541.323.7546, PetersDerm.com