When Dr. Laurie started her family, she started on the path to wholistic health care and whole organic foods. Dr. Laurie’s best friend in veterinary school had studied many wholistic modalities immediately after graduation, and Dr. Laurie realized it was time to follow in her friend’s footsteps. She retooled her practice and retrained her staff. Stephanie immediately saw the results and starting incorporating wholistic health care into her family. They both have seen amazing results from herbal medicine, dietary changes and other wholistic modalities. They want to share these wonderful treatments with others, both veterinarians and animal lovers.
Dr. Laurie Dohmen
Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian. She grew up in a time where allopathic medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine. All her schooling was in allopathic medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more. In her personal life, she had been a vegetarian for years; she wanted to help animals, not eat them. She began to use organic food and alternative medicine modalities for herself and her family. Her family thrived on this more wholistic lifestyle, and she realized that if these things were better for her family, they would be better for her patients also.
At the same time, more and more research became available which indicated that allopathic medicine was not the be-all-end-all that western doctors had always believed. There was even research that vaccines and medicines that have been used and prescribed for years can actually do more harm than good. Becoming disillusioned with some areas of western medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.
Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs. She has studied with Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr.Huisheng Xie, Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and many others. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014. She recently down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware. She now lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics. She is published frequently in journals such as JAHVMA and IVC (Integrative Veterinary Care Journal). She is writing a hands-on course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine with Dr. Kris August slated to be offered autumn, 2017.
Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of American Herbalists Guild, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic VMA and AVMA. She is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal. Dr. Dohmen lives on a 72 acre farm with her husband, 2 sons, and many four-legged animals. She has her own organic herb and vegetable gardens.