That’s the feeling I got when I walked into the hospital October, 2009, after trying to find a place for more than a year to hang my shingle. The economy adversely affected my family too, and it was time to strike out on my own after being an associate veterinarian for 14 years.
It was a long journey to find Atlantic, with many potholes along the way. But the moment I walked in the place and met Dr. David Batteiger, its beloved owner for the past 26 years, I knew it was “the one.”
The staff welcomed me, the facility was clean and up-to-date, and it smelled good! My soul did a mental “sigh” after all the other places I’d considered.
Dr. Batteiger and I developed an almost instant rapport – we’re both Midwesterners, raised on farms, outdoor lovers (although I only hunt berries), and graduates of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Stepping into Dr. Batteiger’s shoes in January when he retired, however, was a bit intimidating. I mean, have you seen his ratings on Google? Folks love him! He’s been a family doctor to generations of pets and seen many, many clients through the ups and downs of keeping furry family members healthy.
He’s no-nonsense and cuts to the chase, but he’s also known for his big heart. He’s become a friend and mentor, and I’m going to miss him too.
If you’re already a client of Atlantic, please join me in sending him a message below. He doesn’t own a computer, but I’ll make sure he gets them.
If you’re new to Atlantic, I hope your soul gets that same mental “sigh” when you walk through our doors. The staff and I are working very hard to make that happen. Let us know how we’re doing.