By Sarah Schrock

Thank you, Barnyard Cinema, for giving us a wide selection of great movies to choose from on these gloomy days. Last week I caught the tear-jerker “Wonder,” which details the inner life of a young boy who is scarred from birth from genetic facial abnormalities. The movie, based on the book of the same name, examines the complex and tangled struggles of image, bullying, friendship and family dynamics that arise from his appearance from the perspective of the various children in the book.

The child’s perspective allows the movie to be suitable for children to watch with their parents.  Marcel and Rainier Sanders, ages 7 and 5, saw the movie with their parents Dani Reynaud and Ray Sanders, and Marcel remarked: “it was the best movie ever.” So, put that on your list of family movies to see in 2018.

Cold and flu bugs are starting to make their rounds around the valley. All too often, illness tends to ramp up on the weekend, leaving us with a limited option of an ER visit to been for care. Similarly, if you have a minor injury or cut that needs stitches, it often seems too exhaustive to go the ER. Not anymore.

Photo by Schrock
Kayla Preece in her North Glover Healing Center Clinic.

Standing Pine Health Clinic, the independently owned new primary care clinic in Twisp, is open for your urgent care needs on the weekend. Standing Pine Health Clinic is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and takes most insurance providers in Washington (except Medicare).  The clinic is located at 214 Glover St. in the North Glover Healing Center.

Standing Pine Health Clinic is operated by Kayla Preece, a naturopathic physician with experience in primary care and chronic conditions. She can perform all aspects of primary care from wellness, urgent procedures such as biopsies, to nutritional and detox regimens and structural medicine. She can also dispense common antibiotics for ailments such as strep throat or sinus infections at her clinic.

Preece moved to the valley a little over a year ago with her husband and opened her clinic to offer naturopathic and urgent care medicine in Twisp. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland and practiced primary care including pediatric care, prenatal and postnatal care for mothers and babies prior to coming to the valley. She offers traditional natural medicine like herbs and nutritional support along with modern medical therapies like IV nutrition, conventional medicines, minor surgeries, and regenerative injection therapies that treat injured and inflamed soft tissues in joints.

Her motto of medicine is, “doctors should make their patients feel smart and empowered about their health.” With that guidance, much of her time is spent developing individualized medical plans and education of the patient during clinic appointments. She is also available by appointment during the week.

It’s been almost year since the unprecedented pink storm of the Women’s March swept through cities and towns across this great nation, including Twisp. Women’s March participants are revving up for another year of demonstration. This year Okanogan residents are asked to participate in unity in Omak for this year’s Women’s March on Saturday (Jan. 20). The march starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Omak Civic League Park and will march until 1 p.m. Carpool arrangements can be found on the Okanogan Action Coalition Facebook Page. On Wednesday (Jan. 17) at the TwispWorks Education Station from 5 – 7 p.m. there will be sign-making and organizing for Methow locals who want to participate. Look for posters around town for more details.


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