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Nurse practitioner Patrice M. Frires is now assisting in the diabetic department at the Medford Clinic's Providence Plaza site.

She comes to the clinic from Ashland Community Hospital. She earned her master of nursing degree at Oregon Health Sciences University and her bachelor's degree, with honors, in nursing from Southern Oregon University.

She will help translate for Spanish-speaking patients.

She also volunteers at La Clinica del Valle, Jackson County Public Health Department, Ashland Adult Learning Center and Dunn House Women's Shelter.

Dr. Jerome Nitzberg, a family physician from Ashland, has been recognized for 30 years of membership and contributions to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The ceremony took place at the organization's 50th annual Scientific Assembly in Chicago.

The association, which represents more than 84,000 family physicians nationwide, was the first to require members earn 150 hours of approved continuing education every three years.

Medford Clinic will open an ear, nose and throat office in Yreka, Calif. with otolaryngology physicians Dr. Dan Wayman, Dr. Jim Cruickshank, Dr. Michael Kronenberger and Dr. David Chambers.

They will see patients starting Monday, Nov. 16.

The office is at 814 N. Main St. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.

For an appointment, call toll free, (877) 512-2570.

ERA Prestige Homes announces the recent buyout of the company by Michael Masters.

Masters and his brother Mark founded the company in 1987 in Grants Pass.

With offices also in Medford, it has grown to more than 80 agents and staff and is one of the top 20 producing offices in the ERA franchise systems nationwide.

The company also runs real estate schools in both cities.

Conny Shadle has opened Bug A Boo of Ashland, a children's clothing store, situated in the Plaza Mall at 40 N. Main St.

The store features durable and brightly colored kids' clothes that are designed and made in the U.S.

Once a week the store will have a storytelling session or a puppet show for preschoolers.

The phone number is 482-4881.

Mary Lee Christensen, a registered discount buyer, has opened Creative Financial Services in Ashland.

She provides funding services for both private and commercial debt holders, which entails finding funding sources to purchase a real estate note -- new or seasoned, commercial leases, business invoices, referrals and closings.

She has lived in the Rogue Valley for 36 years. She was a bank officer for 26 years and a small-business owner for 10 years.

For a free consultation, call 482-9324.

Dr. Jeff Horacek, Dr. Hien Nguyen and Dr. George Schultz, all internists, have joined the Providence Medical Group/Doctors Clinic.

To schedule an appointment, call 732-6000.

Jerry Evans, general manager of the Jacksonville Inn, has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Oregon Lodging Association.

The association represents about 1,200 hotels, motels, resorts, bed-and-breakfasts, recreational vehicle parks, and lodging-related businesses. Evans will represent the businesses in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

Jim Black has joined Reliable Homes at 3672 S. Pacific Highway. He has previous experience in sales and management in the new manufactured home business. He also managed two manufactured home subdivisions in Bend.

Clay and Fran Settell will manage the new branch of ComUnity Lending/Settell Mortgage, which recently opened at 247 Pine St. in Central Point.

The Settells specialize in home loan qualifications on new purchases, refinances, commercials and a variety of other services.

Their phone number is 664-8976.

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