I graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and practiced conventional, Western Veterinary Medicine for 9 years. After seeing patients suffer from diseases Western Medicine was not able to treat or cure, I began studying Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. I received my postdoctoral education at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2008. I am certified by IVAS in Veterinary Acupuncture and a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. In 2008, I was honored to have a publication of one of my cases (Cheeto, the cat- see her picture and video on page 4) in The Meridian from the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. I have studied additional parts of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine such as food therapy in 2008 and advanced acupuncture techniques at the Chi Institute in Florida in January, 2009. In addition, I have continued my studies at the Chi Institute in Herbology for geriatrics (2009) heart and lung diseases (2011), liver diseases and endocrinology (2012) and dermatology (2012). I became certified in Tuina, a Traditional Chinese Massage, in 2012 and in Food Therapy in June, 2012 with the Chi Institute. In 2013, I completed the rest of the Chinese herbal modules and received my certification in Chinese herbs at the Chi Institute and China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. In 2013, I was honored to be asked by Dr. Xie to help teach the basic acupuncture lab course at the Chi Institute which I began in the fall, 2013 and continued in 2014, 2015, 2016, and in 2017. Another case of mine was published in Dr Xie's newsletter in summer 2013. In November 2014, I earned a Fellowship in Veterinary Acupuncture from the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture which consists only of 19 Fellows at that time. From June-December 2016 I studied Veterinary Medical Manipulation through the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute and received certification after 128 continued education hours and 3 final tests.
I still practice Western Veterinary Medicine using bloodwork, imaging, and other diagnostics but integrate Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine using acupuncture, food therapy and herbal therapy to provide a balanced approach to the treatment and care of your companion.
My house calls are only for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. After taking a complete history, performing a comprehensive exam, and a Traditional Chinese evaluation, I may refer you back to your regular veterinarian for additional diagnostic tests or continue with acupuncture treatment. The treatment may include dry needling, aquapuncture, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion or a combination of treatments. A Medical Manipulation treatment may be added if needed. I do take referrals from your veterinarian or you may contact me directly.