When did your interest in Veterinary Medicine begin?
Early on in my life when I lived on a farm and observed how my mother and father always put the welfare of the animals first. I was going to go into human medicine but then changed during my second year of premed to prevet, as I realized that I wanted to help animals.
What led you to Holistic Medicine?
Personal health problems that were not solved by conventional medicine.
Did you have any mentors as you became involved in Holistic Medicine?
Marvin Cain and Shelly Altman. They were always there to answer any questions that I had on treatments.
What modalities do you practice, and where did you get your training?
Acupuncture: IVAS, California Acupuncture College, YoSan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Herbology: Various training from the above acupuncture colleges to IVAS herbal certification.
Homeopathy: Classical training on humans and then transposing to animals
Chiropractic: American Veterinary Chiropractic Association
What is the structure of your practice?
Partnership, Integrative and mostly alternative.
What is your physical practice environment?
I had a 2000+ sq ft building in Toluca Lake, CA that had 5 exam rooms along with a surgery room, offices, etc.
I am retired from the practice in California and now have a rural practice in northern Idaho. We work from our home as well as provide mobile services.
What is a normal workday like for you?
In California, some days we would see and treat 15 to 20 animals using alternative medicine. Almost all would get acupuncture, homeopathy, and/or chiropractic.
What are your favorite tools (eg. Supplies, products, computers, etc)?
What provides you with inspiration in your practice life?
Seeing positive results from relieving suffering and pain to help animals achieve health and mobility again. Also--comforting and helping the owners.
What are your favorite conferences?
How do you maintain balance between your professional activities and home life?
Lots of service through my church. I teach Sunday School at a State prison to inmates.
What do you like to do away from the office?
Bluegrass music – 5 string banjo; four-wheeling in the mountains and local mountain roads; read good books; building our new home in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.
What is the future of holistic veterinary medicine?
It is bright and hopeful as there continues to be more and more doctors entering this field. However, one has to be careful not to become discouraged by the scientific community not accepting your results when you have success.
Do you have any advice to those just starting out?
Whether you are combining medicines such as adding acupuncture to your regular treatments just do it! Do something until you have confidence in yourself. The medicine will work but has to be applied to give it a chance.
Also, find someone you can call and they will be glad to help you, hold your hand, and answer your questions.