What exactly is Integrative Medicine?
A medical model that combines conventional Western medicine with natural or alternative treatments. While some therapies are considered unconventional, a guiding principle within Integrative Medicine is to use therapies that have high quality evidence to support them. These alternative therapies are used WITH conventional or mainstream medicine, not as replacements. We like to say that we are combining the best of both worlds (East and West, Natural and Modern) in order to obtain the best results and longest healthspan for our patients. The idea is a whole-pet approach, designed to treat the pet rather than just a single disease or problem.
Dr. Nell will now be practicing an Integrative Approach when treating all of her patients. She has completed intense coursework and training in order to share these special therapies safely with you and your pets. This requires her to spend additional time in each appointment so that she may discuss all available Conventional and Alternative options with you, develop an effective treatment plan, and perform combined treatments that are needed to benefit your pet.
Dr. Preston will continue to see patients using a conventional approach – he will also evaluate and treat the patient as a whole pet, but will refer patients to Dr. Nell for Integrative Consults.
Integrative Medicine Options offered at Lombard Animal Hospital:
- Acupuncture and Acupressure
- Laser Therapy
- Chinese Herbs (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
- Western Herbs
- Flower Essences
- Whole Food Supplementation
- Nutrition Consultations and Plans
- Food Therapy
- Physical Therapy and Exercise Plans
- General stress relief techniques and environmental modification to support the well being of the patient and their people.
New Addition : Laser Therapy – Class IV Companion Laser
Laser therapy relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and accelerates healing.
Therapeutic lasers have been used for many years by professional athletes and sports teams, including the Portland Trailblazers! We are thrilled to offer this advanced therapy at LAH so that our very own “superstar” patients can heal faster. Class IV Lasers are a noninvasive way to treat wounds, hotspots, injuries and chronic pain.
Questions? Call us or visit the LiteCure website for answers and video!
Laser Therapy packages are available - Call 503.285.2337 for details and pricing!
Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. We welcome the opportunity to provide a pawsitive experience for you and your pets!