Veterinarian Dr. Nichollette Rider is hanging out her shingle with her new Faithful Friends Animal Hospital in the west end of Davenport.

For many, the clinic will be remembered as the former St. Frances Veterinary Hospital of the late Dr. Joe Seng, also a former Iowa state senator, who died in September 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Rider, a 2011 Iowa State University graduate and northeast Iowa native, has worked in the Quad-Cities since graduating including in a private office environment and more recently, as lead shelter vet at Quad-City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.

"The goal of this place is to try to keep pets with their owners," Rider said of Faithful Friends.

Working at the shelter the past three years, she said watched as heartbroken pet owners would be forced to surrender their animals because they could not afford the necessary medical care. "Our main goal is to be able to provide high-quality dentistry, surgery and urgent care."

The animal hospital employs three, including two certified veterinary technicians. It is located at 1339 W. 7th St.

The hospital is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.  For more information, visit www.faithfulfriendsdavenport.com or call 563-888-5438.

Access Systems relocates in Davenport

Access Systems, an Iowa-based technology services company, has relocated its Quad-City branch to 4440 N. Brady St., Suite 1, Davenport.

Company leaders said the new space will accommodate the rapid growth and client demand across the bi-state region.

"This move to a larger office in a professional business park shows the commitment to growth in the Quad-Cities market," said Sean Wood, director of copier sales. "It's a place that the team can feel pride about inviting new or current clients and coming to work ..."

Access Systems is a locally owned and independently managed company with corporate headquarters in Waukee, Iowa. Founded in 1986 in Urbandale, it provides a range of services from IT solutions, copiers, printers, phone systems and document imaging.  

The Davenport branch employs seven.

For more information, visit www.accesssytems.com or call 888-464-8770. 

Rock Valley Health celebrates new offices

Rock Valley Health, a division of Rock Valley Physical Therapy, will unveil its new offices with a celebration Oct. 17.

Located at 1700 N. Division St., Suite 200, Davenport, the practice will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, beginning at 4 p.m.

Rock Valley Health's Moline offices moved to the Five Points location in August. It is housed inside Rock Valley Physical Therapy's new clinic.

"This location will give us the space and access to meet the wellness needs of our cities and more local companies," said Ken Asta, Rock Valley Health's director.

Its services include corporate wellness programs, individual health and fitness programs, medical nutrition therapy and sports performance training.

Rock Valley Health was founded in 2014 to expand Rock Valley Physical Therapy's mission of improving the health of Midwest communities.

Q-C businesses earn Top Workplace 

Cheers to three firms with Quad-City ties for a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the Des Moines Register.

The honor is based solely on employee feedback surveys administered by WorkplaceDynamics. 

"To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health," said Doug Claffey, WorkplaceDynamics CEO. "And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture everyday — the employees."

Local winners included Molyneaux Insurance, a third-generation agency headquartered in Davenport; Allsteel Inc., headquartered in Muscatine; and Van Meter Inc., a Cedar Rapids-based electrical distributor with a Davenport branch.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or jdewitt@qctimes.com

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