Integrative Exams

“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.”– Plato

“Holistic medicine” is a term used to describe treating the patient as a whole pet. That is, instead of just treating a single illness or injury, holistic doctors look at the individual’s overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well being in order to develop a complete treatment plan.

Many alternative or natural therapies, like Naturopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture), have a Holistic approach, although that is not always the case. Allopathic (modern) medicine can also be holistic when used to diagnose and treat underlying disease, rather than just suppressing symptoms. The term integrative medicine is used to refer to the use of both allopathic and natural treatments in order gain the optimum results for your pet.

What you can expect at your Initial Integrative Exam:

  • Discussion of your main concerns and treatment goals.
  • Assessment of your pet’s systems and problems using Western and Traditional Chinese Theory and diagnostic techniques.
  • First Acupuncture treatment with needling and/or Aquapressure.
  • Discussion of your pet’s nutritional needs
  • Appointments are approximately 45 – 60 minutes long.

At your pet’s first consult with Dr. Nell we will have you complete basic new patient paperwork. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Dr. Nell is a veterinary acupuncturist, certified with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, as well as a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. Dr. Nell is also an educator of IVAS courses.