About Holistic Animal Care
The clinic opened in 1997. Because of a commitment to a clean environment for our patients, our clients and ourselves, we installed natural flooring and used low VOC paint. We use non-toxic cleaning products. The clinic has been dowsed and we use radiation protection devices to mitigate the effects energy pollution. Our patients are happy with the homelike, low-stress environment.
The supplements we carry are made from whole food ingredients, including glandular products and organic herbs and vegetables. And all of our medicines are made from natural substances.
Holistic Animal Care is a member of Green America (www.greenamericatoday.org
). To reduce our carbon footprint, we recycle and re-use. We also contribute to Native Energy (funding windmill construction: www.nativeenergy.com/coop
Our mission is to improve lives of animal companions and their families. To that end, we offer a holistic approach to the prevention and treatment of disease, utilizing homeopathy, clinical nutrition and education.
We emphasize the essential connection between diet and health by actively using whole, GMO-free foods to help restore and maintain health. We use homeopathic remedies to gently rebalance the life force. And to address environmental disease, we teach people how to recognize and mitigate the effects of environmental toxins and energy pollution.
About the Doctor
Dr. Chalmers received her DVM degree in 1984. After graduation she returned home to Sonoma County, and worked part time at an equine practice and part time in a small animal hospital. Uncomfortable with the invasiveness of conventional practice she decided to specialize in dermatology and was accepted into the residency program at the University of Georgia. She completed her training there and in 1992, was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (Diplomate, ACVD).
Dr. Chalmers was introduced to homeopathy in 1991, and it immediately resonated. The following year she enrolled in the first veterinary homeopathy course offered in this country (taught by Dr. Richard Pitcairn). She completed the training requirements established by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and was certified in 1995 (CVH). Her practice is now entirely holistic. She has served on the AVH Certification Committee since 1997. In 2009, she helped form the Homeopathy Working Group, a veterinary teaching group. (www.vethomeopathyhelp.org) That same year, she began her studies in clinical nutrition and is now offering Nutrition Response Testing as a diagnostic and treatment option. Currently, she is studying AcuPoint Integrative Therapy in order to address some of the more difficult 21st century issues such as antibiotic resistant infections and GMO toxicity.
Lindsay's interest in alternative medicine is what brought her to Sonoma county (from Seattle) in 1998. She attended the California School of Herbal Studies and graduated with certificates in Therapeutic Herbalism and in the Foundation of Herbalism. She later took a course in Equinology (in 2001) and earned a certificate in Equine Sports Massage. This eventually led to a job in a conventional small animal clinic, but within a year she realized that the philosophy and invasiveness of allopathic medicine was not in alignment with her own values. After taking time off to give birth to two boys, she returned to veterinary medicine. She joined Holistic Animal Care in 2009, playing the role of veterinary assistant/receptionist. Her special rapport with animals and excellent customer service have made her popular with patients and clients.
Jodie joined us in August, 2013, having just recently moved to Sonoma County (from Indiana). She is working towards a degree in Veterinary Technology through Purdue University ( a 4-year program) and has a special interest in animal massage, nutrition and Chinese medicine. She has a well-rounded veterinary background and looks forward to learning about homeopathy and nutritional therapy here at Holistic Animal Care.