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March 11, 2018
Fruit greenhouse online

Fruit greenhouse
Looking inside the new plant-based whole-food greenhouse, with blooms and fresh fruit on the branches of lemons, limes, and Chilean guavas
Spring has sprung. To help encourage consideration of implementing a plant-based whole-food diet to reduce some burden of chronic diseases, there is a new greenhouse next to the patient parking lot. The initial crop is lemons, limes, Chilean guavas, as well as some starter plants.

March 12, 2017
Office fifth anniversary at Elton John

Office fifth anniversary at Elton John
The office team at Elton John concert at Victoria's main arena
The medical office celebrated its fifth year anniversary. To help mark the event, the team attended the Elton John concert in Victoria.

November 10, 2016
Presenting at national family physician conference

Research poster presented at national family medicine national conference
Dr. Pete Hobza, Jazlin Mayhue, BSc, and Dr. Robert O'Connor next to the presented research poster at the Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver
Dr. Robert O'Connor, Dr. Pete Hobza and Jazlin Mayhue attended and presented their research at the Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver. The Family Medicine Forum is the annual National conference for Canadian family physicians.

October 23, 2016
Kody joins the team

Kody the Kodiak
Kody the Kodiak welcoming people to the medical office
Kody the Kodiak has joined the team. Hand-carved in Metchosin, he welcomes young and old on the way to the office. Many thanks to sculptor Dave for the kind addition.

May 13, 2016
Dr. Ravalia receives Order of Canada

Dr. Ravalia receives Order of Canada
Dr. Ravalia (at left) collecting the Order of Canada in Ottawa from the Governor General
Dr. Ravalia, Dr. O'Connor's colleague during his years in Twillingate, received the Order of Canada.

The award was in recognition of his many years of contributions to community and rural medicine.

Congratulations Dr. Ravalia!

More coverage at The National Post

April 5, 2016
First pineapple harvest complete

Pineapple first harvest
Harvesting the first pineapples for a healthy afternoon snack
The first batch of office-grown pineapples have been harvested. Eaten one day in the office, the pineapples taste a bit zestier than ones from the grocery store.

September 15, 2015
Housecall bike wins 'Best Bike Accessory' at Metchosin Day

Best bike accessory
Detachable custom-built doctor's bag to ensure that ophthalmoscope and other tools don't fall off while enroute to housecall
Metchosin Day now has a section for bicycles, including ribbons in various categories, helping to promote healthy bicycling in the community.

The year's best bike accessory went to the housecall's bike custom built rack, that snaps to a modded detachable doctors bag. Thanks to Al Bergman for the custom welding and fabrication.

Competition in Metchosin for bike accessory was not as tight as the battle for best pie, yet.

August 6, 2015
Housecall bicycle is complete

Housecall bicycle completion
Al Bergman completes final construction of the housecall bicycle in his home-based manufacturing shop in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island
Al Bergman, of Berg Bikes, has completed construction of the housecall bicycle. It was picked up from his shop at his house