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Holistic urgent care in Echo Park | Eagle Rock startup offers “pawternity leave” | Glassell Park designers create Abu Dhabi theme park

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By BRENDA REES

A new kind of urgent care center has opened in Echo Park. Find out why an Eagle Rock startup is offering “pawternity leave” to it’s pet-loving employees. And meet the Glassell Park exec whose firm designed the world’s largest indoor theme park, now open in Abu Dhabi.

Urgent Care and wellness center opens in Echo Park

The new Treat Medical Urgent Care Center and Wellness  offers a different and perhaps more stylish take on what is usually a drab and sterile environment.

Patients will see a different kind of facility from the moment they walk into the waiting room off of Sunset Boulvard. Gone are the traditional waiting room walls; the open-air design allows for a more welcoming experience – which keeps in line with Treat’s goal to be more patient-centered, said company officials.

Technology also helps connect the patient to the Treat Medical caregiver; when patients download an app, they have access to their medical records, test results and course of treatment in addition to a platform they can communicate directly to the medical staff and/or book appointments.

Treat offers medical care just like any other urgent care or ER with walk-in services. But knowing that many patients often want to amend traditional prescriptions with alternative therapies, Treat also offers on-site holistic treatments, such as acupuncture sessions, herbal consultations, pain management and nutritional counseling.

Eagle Rock Startup Offers “Pawternity” Time

The Eagle Rock startup firm Scratchpay is offering its employees up to five days of paid leave if they adopt a shelter pet, in addition to assisting employees with obedience training.

Scratchpay is one of a handful of companies that offer “pawternity leave,” time away from the office so that humans and critters can adjust to each other and a new environment, says Today’s Veterinary Business.

Founded in 2016, Scratchpay received $6.4 million this year in funding to help launch its mobile app technology that matches pets and owners with affordable veterinary care. According to CBS News, California is one of the most expensive states for vet care with the average bill in 2017 of totaling upward of $1,500.

Abu Dhabi theme park gets a creative touch from Glassell Park

From the outside, the headquarters of Thinkwell Group  seems like nothing special — just another boxy building in an office park behind the Super King on San Fernando Road. But inside, a team of designers is busy creating one-of-a-kind theme parks and attractions across the globe.

One of those parks is Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, a $1 billion project that opened this summer after a decade of planning. In an interview with Attractions Management, Thinkwell Chief Creative Officer Craig Hanna talks about his firm’s role in creating what is described as the world’s largest indoor theme park.

“Being indoors, we really had to think through where attractions would engage with the public and where we wanted to keep them hidden away,” Hanna said.

Echo Park art gallery heading for France

Subliminal Projects, the Echo Park gallery and art space founded by artist and designer Shepard Fairey, will be participating in the 2018 District 13 International Urban Art Fair located in Paris later this month. The gallery will show work by Howell, Jillian Evelyn, Mel Kadel, Ravi Zupa Shepard Fairey, Thomas Campbell, and a retrospective installation of select Subliminal Projects limited edition print releases.

That’s it for this issue!

We will be back soon with more business buzz.

— Brenda Rees

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