I grew up in a small farming town in the middle of Illinois. Over the past decade I have learned so many things about the field of Veterinary Medicine. As a graduate of St. George University, I spent my first three years in Grenada West Indies, and my 4th year (clinical rotations) at the University of Tennessee. Following graduation, I took the best job offer I had, and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. I was at a huge (11 doctors!) small animal general practice. I loved the people I worked with and had excellent mentorship from the older doctors, which is critical your first years out of veterinary school. After growing up in the Midwest, and spending some time in the South, I quickly realized living in the West was going to be a tough adjustment. It wasn’t long before I knew I wouldn’t be staying in Las Vegas too long.
When I was in my 4th year rotations, my favorite time was spent in the “Integrative Medicine’ department. During this rotation, we would sit down with clients, really get to know them and the patient, which really helped us tailor to our patient’s needs and our client’s goals. On this service we would often end up with patients, whose owners had heard that dreaded phrase, “There’s nothing else we can do for you.” Some of the pets may be young or middle- aged, but often these were geriatric patients with chronic arthritis, kidney disease, or a number of issues that people may call “old dog or old cat problems.” Often times the patient’s quality of life was deteriorating, and we were the last thing standing between them and euthanasia.
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Laser therapy, herbs/supplements were of some of the main services offered in this department. The overwhelming results and client satisfaction I witnessed was beyond inspiring. Out of all my rotations, I felt most “at home” while practicing this form of medicine. So as I made my plan to move back from Las Vegas after working as a general practitioner, I knew I was going to move in the directions of Integrative Medicine. Since then I have taken Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and Animal Chiropractic Certification Courses in small and large animals, which included dogs, cats, horses, cows, and more.
It is very important to me that my clients understand that what I do can be extremely helpful to their pets in a number of ways. But in no way what I do replaces all forms of Western Medicine. My clients will also have a primary veterinarian that will provide them services such as vaccines, surgeries, and traditional medications when needed. I do not believe that there is only one correct form of medicine thats perfect for every patient. An integrative approach of both Western Medicine and alternative options will provide the very best health care for our pets!