Dr. Eve Boggs

by Neal Sivula


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History

When did your interest in Veterinary Medicine begin?

Around my senior year in high school.

What led you to Holistic Medicine?

After vet school, I quickly learned that Western Medicine didn't have all of the answers. I also practiced with a wonderful lady who practiced acupuncture and always seemed to have more to offer and seemed to get more out of each exam than I did with Western Medicine alone. 

Did you have any mentors as you became involved in Holistic Medicine?

A WONDERFUL mentor- Dr. Meg McBrien.

What modalities do you practice, and where did you get your training?

I recently changed from a mobile integrated practice- just myself, to a mostly Western practice where I bring Eastern medicine to this 3 doctor practice but I also practice Western medicine. I currently practice about 60% Western/40% Eastern.

I am trained in acupuncture, food therapy and limited herbal therapy.  I trained at the Chi Institute.

Environment

What is the structure of your practice (eg. Solo, group, Integrative, solely Holistic)?  How many support staff do you have?

I recently changed from a mobile integrated practice- just myself, to a mostly Western practice where I bring Eastern medicine to this 3 doctor practice but I also practice Western medicine. I currently practice about 60% Western/40% Eastern.

What is your physical practice environment?

Very warm and inviting, though very small (will be moving to a larger building in the future).

What is a normal workday like for you?

I work 2- 12 hour days. I see patients all day one of those, and do surgery the morning of the other and see appointments in the afternoon. We also see drop off appointments and emergencies. 

What are your favorite tools (eg. Supplies, products, computers, etc)?  

I use mostly dry needles, but do aqua puncture with B12, use the electro acupuncture unit a good bit and use the therapeutic laser for many patients. 

Inspiration

What provides you with inspiration in your practice life?

Patients who defy expectations/prognosis and clients who feel they have 'finally' found the 'right fit'.   As a mother, I understand how important it is to feel your loved one is getting the kind of care that you can trust and that the doctor is listening to you. 

What are your favorite conferences?  

I haven't been to enough to have a favorite.  I would love to go to the one in China some day. 

Are there any other things you do to be inspired professionally?

Our practice works with rescue groups which is fulfilling and occasionally inspiring. 

Do you have any other professional activities?

I belong to a local group of women veterinarians who meet monthly and discuss challenges of practice in general, have speakers, and participate in community events.

Balance

How do you maintain balance between your professional activities and home life?

I only work 2 days a week in an effort to be present more with my family.  I have my son with me on Monday and Friday.

What do you like to do away from the office?

Read, bake and make jewelry.

The Future

What is the future of holistic veterinary medicine?

Hopefully more vet schools will develop programs for students since interest is increasing. 

Do you have any advice to those just starting out?

Western, Eastern or integrated, I cannot overstate the importance of a great mentor. 

Are there any new developments in Medicine that excite you?

The Immunity mushroom study from Penn is promising especially since it was performed by boarded oncologists.