Happy New Year from ARCC!


Erasing the Past

Happy New Year from ARCC — Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center! We are excited about this coming year because we are finally going to be opening our doors — woohoo! It has been a long journey and I am ready to begin.

My husband, Eddie, and I were discussing how past events — even if terrible at the time — can shape the future. I have been a general practice veterinarian for quite a few years and like most veterinarians at about the 5 year mark I got the itch to have my own practice. Now I went into corporate medicine when I first graduated vet school and it was all I had known so when I found a corporate practice here in Greenville for sale — I jumped on it. It was good for a few years but then the corporation became more corporate and I decided to leave and see how “regular” veterinarians worked.

As my corporate practice was closing, I saw another door opening with rehabilitation and complementary medicine. Leaving my corporate practice was hard and the stress of ending that relationship, even though at the time it was terrible, was difficult; so I packed all my equipment up and stored it – out of sight and out of mind.

I worked in quite a few hospitals since I closed my practice and I must say that they have all taught me a thing or two but my head and heart were always thinking of the rehabilitation clinic I wanted to open. My husband and I have looked at practices all over the United States, interviewed, examined, made offers but it never came to fruition until I found this place in Simpsonville.

I found the place and it has taken a lot of time, money and effort but we are getting it ready. The funny part was that I now had to open the storage unit and get my equipment out of the boxes; it brought up a lot of the old memories — some good, some bad, and some painful. As I was unpacking the boxes, I kept thinking about past people, pets, problems — and it made me feel sad.

I had so much equipment but it all had the corporate name on it — I couldn’t just throw it away, I needed to use it somehow but didn’t know how. My husband came up with various ideas such as popping off the metal tags on the sundry jars, covering up the logos with stickers, and sanding away the name on the models. I got to thinking that it would be nice if we could all just erase part of our past like that; making it clean, new and useable — we can, we each get that opportunity every December 31st.

We get to sit down and face the past year; see our mistakes, find our joys, think about our tears and marvel that we made it through the year — it is a blessing. January 1st is when we get to sand the past off of ourselves and we get to start out new, fresh, and clean.

I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings and I wish happiness, health, love and prosperity for all of you.  Happy New Year!

Clean slate for the future

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