My first dog, Jack, a golden retriever, was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia at 10 months of age. I was faced with a decision of major surgery or life-long medications that may ultimately impact his health. While I chose surgery to afford him a pain-free lifestyle, I often wondered if there were other avenues I could have chosen to help support his health before he even developed this life-changing disease. After his surgery, I became interested in how the body mechanics function and the impact on health, leading to a natural interest in chiropractics.
After graduating in 2012 from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, I moved to the Lakes region of New Hampshire, where I spent 4 years practicing small and large animal medicine and fell in love with the animals and people of the area. I have enjoyed working on a multitude of species in various venues, expanding my knowledge of how the body works and heals. Having developed a basis in conventional medicine, I saw a need to address medical issues in a more holistic nature and to provide alternative methods of health care to address these needs.
In February 2016, I completed 210 hours of post-graduate schooling and achieved certification in Animal Chiropractic at the Option for Animals, College of Animal Chiropractic. I then became certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. After completion of my coursework, the idea for Newfound Animal Health and Wellness was conceived, a mobile practice to make integrative services more convenient. My future plans include completing certification in canine rehabilitation therapy and acupuncture to complement my chiropractic work. I believe that a solid foundation in conventional medicine with further education in multi-modal approaches will help me to best serve my patients in an integrative fashion and address the health and wellness of the body, allowing the body to utilize its inherent ability to heal.