I graduated from the veterinary school at Ohio State University in 1979 and have been involved with many aspects of animal medicine over the 30+ years that I have been a vet (large animal, small animal, exotics and birds, wildlife rehabilitation work and holistic medicine). But I feel most excited about the alternative veterinary medicine I have been practicing for the last 15+ years, because I feel that it gives me the greatest chance to help our animal friends while doing the least harm.
How did I get started with alternative veterinary medicine?
By 1995, I was frustrated with many problems in daily practice that continually recurred and which caused so much suffering for my patients; skin disease, chronic ear infections, chronic GI problems. And there always seemed to be some cases we couldn’t help; paralysis, chronic pain, cancer.
After I had to euthanize a lovely but tragically paralyzed 8 year old yellow lab because she could not tolerate steroids and her humans could not afford to pay for disc surgery, I began to search for other options for treatment. That year I began to study acupuncture and chinese medicine in Houston, Texas and was certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1996.
In 1996 and 1997 I attended the veterinary chiropractic course and was certified in animal adjusting (animal chiropractic) by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Many years of studying herbal medicine have followed and still continue today. Recently I have attended courses in Food Therapy and advanced acupuncture at the Chi Institute for TCVM in Florida.
In January 2000, I sold the regular veterinary practice I had started in 1985, the Kutztown Animal Hospital, and opened my 100% alternative veterinary medical practice, Healing Options for Animals.
In addition to my work, my passions include bird watching, wildlife and the environment, traveling, gardening and cooking.