Dr. Jim Shames has been a frequent guest of The Exchange, since he's Jackson County's chief medical officer. But we did not realize what a backstory he has!
Jim first arrived in Southern Oregon to deal with an outbreak of hepatitis at a commune in Takilma, in the Illinois Valley.
He liked the place so much, he stayed and opened a clinic.
His tale is featured in this month's edition of Stories of Southern Oregon, collected by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. Jim Shames and wife Heidi Parker come to the studio to roll out the story, with an interview assist from Maureen.