When I was a full time farmer, a job that I was born and raised in, I never thought that I would have to find another career. But the economic crisis of the 1980s left me searching for my next step and I didnt have to look too far. We didnt have a lot of visitors on the farm I was raised on so visits from the veterinarian were interesting, scientific and sparked something in me. I took the large animal track in vet school but my plans to be a cattle nutritionist were derailed when I got married to my wife, Cristen, who had a mobile career as a television meteorologist. We moved to Ohio and my career makeover happened. One makeover that Im happy to report was highly successful. You see, cattle vetting is great and cows are my secret favorite animal (even though I dont own one), but the connection between a farmer and their cow is more economic than emotional (most of the time). But the connection between a human and their companion animal, dog, cat, horse, ferret
. thats all heart and soul and thats where it got me. My love for companion animal medicine was also quite frustrating for a few years. I came out of veterinary school with one way of thinking: conventional medical treatments only. But some of my patients outcomes were not where they should have been and it honestly was upsetting to me personally. Instead, I saw organ damage from long term use of drugs, vaccine reactions and no options in some acute cases but to wait it out until the pet got better or passed away. That just wasnt OK with me. I dont have a problem with the way I was taught in veterinary school but I needed to find a way to help animals through other means. My process of treating patients has changed to encompass all elements of holistic care. Alternative cancer treaments, custom holistic testing, energy medicine, acupuncture, herbs, cold laser therapy, Tui Na, natural food therapy and aquapuncture. If you like harmonics and gems, I can even incorporate that into your pets care. It took years of study to offer the most complete, customized holistic offerings in the Midwest region. While holistc veterinary medicine is a new buzzword in the industry, I am happy to offer all the services your pet needs from allergies and sensitivities to a custom holistic food plan, lymphatic drainage problems, ovary sparing spay and cancer treatment.