“Miles gets the Smiles”
For Addyson Mallen and her parents John and Jami, a visit from Miles the Westie and his owner, Tracy Wilson, was all they needed to calm their nerves before ear tube surgery.
Addyson, who regularly visits Dr. Stacy Wagner at Christophel Clinic had suffered from many ear infections. She was referred to Dr. F. E. Gonzales who specializes in ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions.
Surgery day came and mom and dad were a bit nervous. After the surgery team had Addyson all checked in, Miles made his way to her room. Miles is a West Highland Terrier and is part of WHC’s animal visitation program. “One of the best parts of our visit was our interaction with Miles. Miles came to visit us before Addyson was taken for anesthesia and was a great distraction for both our daughter and us. Miles performed tricks for us and let Addyson pet him,” mom stated.
“We really can’t thank Waverly Health Center and Tracy for making these visits from therapy dogs, like Miles, possible,” she added. Miles visits pediatric surgery patients and makes their time at the hospital a little less scary. This is just one of the many things Miles does as a therapy dog at WHC. Miles has visited hundreds of patients in his seven-year career as a Pet Pals Therapy dog.
“The care we received from the WHC was exceptional. I had no question that Addyson was in great hands. The staff made our visit as seamless and non-stressful as possible. A big thank you to Miles and his owner, Tracy, for volunteering so much time to positively impact so many people’s lives. Also thank you to the Waverly Health Center for allowing such a great program to exist,” mom ended.