Pet Press KALISPELL FEB 2019
CALIFORNIA KALISPELL GIRL
Dr. China Corum on Finding Home
I’m not what most people expect when they picture a typical Southern Californian — other than being tall and blonde. My husband and I are raising our 7-year-old daughter in a house with a dog, two horses, several bunnies, and a hen house full of chickens. We’re very outdoorsy. When the weather is nice, you can find us in the backcountry riding horses, dirt biking, snowmobiling, shooting, or enjoying some other grand
agreed to table the subject for the winter. The wait was excruciating.
You don’t usually get a second chance at your dream job, but I got lucky. Dr. Clark reached out in the new year, letting me know he really needed me in Kalispell and asking if I could work full time. On this occasion, my husband found a job, we found a beautiful property, and I started working at the clinic in June of 2017.
adventure. I feel lucky to be somewhere with so much space, where everything and everyone is real and you can revel in what it feels like to live your life to the fullest. I belong in Kalispell, Montana, far more than I did in Orange County.
I belong in Kalispell,
I grew up with several horses and big dogs, so becoming a veterinarian was just a given. I am glad I can be there for people when they have to make difficult decisions for their pets. As a veterinarian, you develop really deep relationships with your clients, and I really enjoy that part of my life. There’s a common misconception that you don’t have to be a people person in order to be a good veterinarian, but clients rely on us to help them make decisions as much as they rely on us to take care of their pets.
Montana, far more than I did in Orange County.
The truth is, even before I met Dr. Clark, I’d been trying to escape from Southern California forever. It was too crowded and superficial. I felt like I was dying on the inside. For those who have met me, you know why! I didn’t want to raise my daughter in a place where the biggest decision you had to make was which Starbucks you would stop at. It took me many years to finally convince my husband this was the right move for us.
I love working with my sportsman clients and their hunting dogs and hounds — as I am also often in the field as well with my horses and pointers. I have a special place in my heart for working with senior pets and oncology, areas that tend to be the most challenging both emotionally and for quality of life. It’s not an easy job, but I’m glad I can work with pets and help people in a place like Kalispell. It’s been less than two years, but this place truly feels like home. The Animal Clinic of Kalispell is a wonderful practice, and an amazing place to work — a perfect fit for me. There’s nowhere I’d rather be.
I started talking to Dr. Clark in the summer of 2016. He ran an ad looking for part-time help, and after I’d done a little research about Kalispell area, I quickly discovered it was everything I’d been dreaming about. My family came out that November to meet everyone in person and do an interview. Right away, I had a gut feeling that this was the right move. I was ready to give my notice back in California and start working in Kalispell by Christmas, but it just didn’t work out. My husband couldn’t find a job, and we realized that part-time work wouldn’t be enough to support our family. Dr. Clark
—Dr. China Corum 406.755.6886
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