Clovis News

Word on the Street: Podiatrists build bigger office

Two podiatrists have moved into a new building in northwest Fresno.

Drs. Larry Scortt and Jay Mukker of Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center had their new office built at 7210 N. Milburn Ave. and moved in May 1.

The building bumps up the practice's space from 3,000 square feet to 5,200 square feet. The building is 8,000 square feet total, with a medical supply company renting the remaining space.

The doctors were previously located in the Sussex medical complex on Fresno Street south of Ashlan Avenue, but were so cramped they had to take turns seeing patients, Scortt said.

They since purchased a digital x-ray machine that allows images to be stored on a computer and more easily magnified.

It also does not require film to be developed using liquids, he said.

About half of Scortt and Mukker's patients are diabetes patients with foot problems. Mukker is one about of 20 podiatrists nationwide who tests new creams and other drugs from pharmaceutical companies.

Sonic booming

Business is bustling again at Kingsburg's Sonic Drive-in, recently reopened after the franchise had been closed for a little over a year.

Franchisees Tani and Scott McMillan of Bakersfield took over the site in April.

"The community has been great, very supportive since we reopened," Tani McMillan said.

It employs more than 20 full- and part-time workers.

The Kingsburg drive-in, on Sierra Street west of Highway 99, is the 20th Sonic franchise for the McMillans, who also bought an established Sonic on North Blackstone Avenue in Fresno in September. Their other restaurants are in Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Shafter, Visalia, Tulare, Hanford, Turlock and Ripon. Tani McMillan said the couple hope to open three more restaurants this year, in Fresno, Dinuba and Delano.

While its intercom-and-carhop service distinguishes it, Sonic rejoins a crowded field of fast-food places in Kingsburg. The area near the Sierra Street-Highway 99 interchange is clogged with McDonald's, Jack in the Box, Burger King, Carl's Jr., Taco Bell, Port of Subs, Subway and Quiznos, all snuggled within a few hundred yards of one another.

A taste of the town

Marjorie Dau has created a new company born out of a love of travel, art and adventure and aimed at exploring Fresno.

About Town Taste ( will guide participants on a walking tour that highlights art, architecture, history and food in the Fresno and Clovis area.

Dau created the company earlier this year after seeing similar ventures elsewhere in her travels.

"We have so many people here who are new to the area and that could benefit from something like this," Dau said. "And for people who have lived here, this provides a fresh idea that connects you to the city in a different way."

About Town Taste tours are $49 a person, food included, and take place on Fridays and Saturdays.