House Call

How did you get your start as a veterinarian? I started working for a corporate veterinary clinic right after graduating from veterinary school. While I can say that corporate medicine wasn’t my cup of tea, I did learn a lot in those first two years working solo.

We Love Our Furry Friends!

For many people, pets aren’t just animals to have around the house, they are loyal companions, enthusiastic playmates, dedicated listeners and an integral part of the family. That’s exactly how we feel here at Paradise Valley Lifestyle, so for the September “Pet Issue” we’ve included some inspiring stories about local pet-lovers doing everything they can to say thank you to…

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale’s ’30 Days of Shopping’ event at Kohl’s

Thanks to the generosity of Paradise Valley couple Michael and Ellie Ziegler, more than 100 kids got much needed back to school clothing during a shopping spree at Kohl's held in July.

Two Chefs, One Kitchen

Chef Justin Beckett joined Chef Mel Mecinas in Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale for their Monthly Mashup series, where one local chef steps out of their kitchen and into Chef Mecinas' kitchen.

September 2015 Around Town

The wait is over for the highly anticipated new developments at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley. Scottsdale based and family-owned Cullum Homes Inc., along with the Town of Paradise Valley, Sanctuary Resort, El Chorro and others, are inviting the local community to celebrate at the first-ever 56th Street Festival on Saturday, September 26th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. For…

Living the Pampered Life

Large, lush manicured lawns covered with soft green grass, inviting climate-controlled rooms with comfortable beds and televisions, and a sparkling pool shaped like a giant dog biscuit. These are just a few of the many amenities that pets can enjoy during their stay at Applewood Pet Resort in Paradise Valley.

Animal Kingdom

For many people, pets aren’t just animals to have around the house, they are loyal companions, enthusiastic playmates, dedicated listeners and an integral part of the family. That is exactly how owner of the Noble Beast in Phoenix, Alison Chandler, felt when she first bought a puppy while battling some health issues. As Chandler focused on her own well-being, she…

A Market Affair

Chef and owner of The Market by Jennifer’s, Jennifer Russo, was originally from New Jersey before making her home in the Valley. Her father is Italian, and as a child she would always watch her grandmother cook with fascination and eager interest. So, at the age of 16, she began her culinary career doing prep work for a local catering…

Artistic Alchemy

When I was very young, my parents took a painting course at our local community center just for fun, and would work on some of the paintings at home in between classes. As I watched them paint, I found it fascinating and wanted to try. From that moment on, I have always felt that there is something magical about starting…

Foothills Animal Rescue

Rescuers found a yellow Labrador pup with a serious leg injury, most likely caused by being hit by a car. He was under a year old and needed a new hip, months of rehabilitation and a safe foster home where he could heal. Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) made this all possible by holding a donation drive to cover his care.…

Any Critter Sitter

After eight years spent in the pharmaceutical industry, Melanie Eich knew she wanted something a bit more satisfying out of her career. She had always loved animals, and realized that if she could shift her professional focus towards them, that she was bound to find that sense of satisfaction she felt was missing. With her strong sales background, she refocused…

The Healing Power of Animals

Griffin Door, Griffin for short, is a Goldendoodle covered with the most wonderfully soft, fussy golden fur—from his cuddly head down to his cute fluffy paws. He’s 85 pounds of adorable, and absolutely irresistible to any dog lover or child who walks by. But he has a very important job to do, so he’s not always available for his fans…