Veterinarian joins solar generation | Briefs

Dr. Rob McMonigle is drawing solar power and reducing energy costs at his Kent practice.  - Mark Klaas/Kent Reporter
Dr. Rob McMonigle is drawing solar power and reducing energy costs at his Kent practice.
— image credit: Mark Klaas/Kent Reporter

A Kent veterinarian has gone solar.

Dr. Rob McMonigle recently had solar panels installed on the roof of his practice, McMonigle Veterinary Hospital, to help generate renewable power and reduce energy costs.

McMonigle hopes the change will bring good results. The State of Washington, in an effort to promote renewable electricity, is purchasing solar generation. Business owners who go solar are eligible for a tax credit as incentive for investing in alternative power.

McMonigle hopes to cut energy costs by 25 percent over time.

"We are proud to be a leader in the green sustainable movement and to be one of the first veterinary practices in the Puget Sound to install solar," McMonigle said. "This will be a simple solution to help save money on our electric bills while utilizing clean, renewable energy.

"Even on an overcast day we will generate a good portion of our electrical needs, and on a sunny day about half of our needs."

McMonigle said the 16 rooftop panels – each 2-by-4 feet – were made in Bellingham. They are guaranteed for 25 years and last for 50 years. A local company, Brimma Solar, installed the panels last week.

McMonigle Veterinary Hospital, at 1014 Central Ave N., has been in business for nearly 40 years. McMonigle took over the family operation from his father in 2001.


Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa has opened in the Kent Station, 444 Ramsay Way, Suite 110.

The spa, under manager Kevin Byrne, contains 12 rooms and offers many different kinds of massages, including its signature massage, the Hot Stone. Couples and cold stone face massages also are available.

Hand & Stone provides a full line of facials for woman and men and hair removal services, using its botanically based wax free system and eyebrow tinting.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 253-813-8011 or visit

• Elle. A Clinical Day Spa has a new location, at 12911 Kent-Kangley Road, with expanded hours.

The spa – staffed by experienced, professional and licensed massage therapists and estheticians – offers spa packages; massage therapy; facial treatments; facial or massage body add-ons; body wraps; hair removal; and other cosmetic and spa services.

For hours and more information, call 253-630-6768 or visit

• Archa Thai Bistro, at 241 E. Meeker St., is under new ownership.

The restaurant, with specializes in fresh and authentic Thai food, shops daily for the all natural and healthy ingredients. All ingredients are hand-selected to produce and serve savory, sweet and spicy dishes full of bright and delightful flavors, said owner Kham Moune Sechang.

The bistro also delivers.

For more information, call 253-373-1868.

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