What is a holistic approach?
Holistic medicine focuses on incorporating natural healing methods and engaging the body’s own healing abilities to work toward health. The animal’s environment, nutrition, stress factors, disease pattern and relationship to other pets and humans in the household are evaluated.
Ideally, prevention of disease would be the focus in the early years, thus necessitating little intervention until the patient is older. As a result, holistic medicine is often reached for as a last resort. People often turn to holistic medicine after a pet has aged significantly. A holistic practitioner trained in the area of acupuncture, herbal medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, nutrition and homeopathy would have alternatives to cortisone and other harsh medications in the later years.
In many situations, the holistic practitioner will choose from Western/conventional technology (surgery, diagnostics and drug therapy) and combine this with alternative/complementary techniques to create a treatment plan. Being truly holistic means looking at the whole picture. This takes into account an understanding of all the healing modalities and their suitability to the patient and the illness.
Be sure to evaluate the credentials of veterinarians who advertise that they are holistic, as many will promote this interest. Inquire as to their completion of a comprehensive program or whether or not they are working toward certification in acupuncture, herbal medicine, chiropractic physical therapy or homeopathy. Ask if they have been trained extensively in acupuncture, herbal medicine and/or chiropractic? Sad to say, but there are weekend courses in how to prescribe herbs and even perform an adjustment on your pet.
Meet Dr. Tyneway!
Dr. Dody Tyneway holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Postgraduate studies include an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the world renowned Animal Medical Center in New York City. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, is a certified Tuina practitioner and has studied classical acupuncture and herbal medicine with Dr. Xie at the Chi Institute. Dr Tyneway is a veterinarian certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She has studied veterinary homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn and is certified by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT).
Dr Tyneway has two young assistants/sons, Billy and Jack, and shares her home with a husband Bill, two dogs, three cats and a fish tank.
Meet Dr. Lane
Dr. Lane received her doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors in 2005 from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada. She continued her training in complementary and integrative veterinary medicine and obtained certifications in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRT), Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) and Veterinary Food Therapy. She has since continued her studies in Advanced Veterinary Homeopathy. In 2009 Dr. Lane completed a Fellowship program in Pain Management and Rehabilitation Therapy at the Peak Performance Veterinary Group/ Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Lane is currently completing certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine. Her areas of practice also include nutrition, geriatric medicine, fitness/conditioning, and herbal therapies. Dr. Lane is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, and the American Canine Sports Medicine Association. She shares her life with her family, friends, & loving canine companions Brodie & Kayla, two cats, Shu-bear and Ketch.
Meet Nancy Lee, RVT CCRP
Nancy is a Registered Vet Technician and has been working in the veterinary field for almost 9 years. She graduated from the Pierce College veterinary technician program. Over the summer of 2011 she attended a canine rehabilitation course at University of Tennessee and is currently working towards her certification.
Nancy grew up and still resides in the Woodland Hills area. She has an orange tabby, two bearded dragons, a cockatiel, and two beta fish. In her spare time she practices yoga, hikes, reads, and relaxes with friends, family, and pets.