Wholistic Pain Management and Rehabilitation

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

Wholistic Pain Management and Rehabilitation

This conference is intended to educate the veterinarian in additional ways to help their patients with chronic musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders, as well as other pain-related conditions. It will present an integrative approach to chronic care for these conditions.

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Buckwheat is not only nourishing to people (buckwheat pancakes), but it is also nourishing to the earth.

St. John's wort

St. John's Wort is not only good for "nervous" conditions, such as depression, but also for nerves themselves, and helps treat disorders from migraines to shingles.

Reishi and Chickweed

Reishi is a mushroom, and like all mushrooms it is nature's vacuum cleaner, cleaning toxins from the earth and from us.

Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri)

Water hyssop is a cerebral stimulant, helping clear the mind and increase brain function.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush contributes to the health of our environment by attracting and sustaining butterflies, one of our most important pollinators.

Weeping Willow

While not the most medicinal willow, it is the most beautiful.  Willows are the genus Salix, from which comes salicylic acid, the chemical constituent of aspirin.


Dogbane is the toxic look-alike to milkweed, the only plant that Monarch Butterfly caterpillars feast on their way to becoming butterflies.


Horsetail is one of our best herbs for minerals; it feeds us and our gardens.

Red Clover

Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Photo taken by Radford Davis, 2010, RadfordDavis.com

Personalized Training Sessions

Dr. Laurie is pleased to now offer personalized training sessions in Western Herbal Medicine.

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Wholistic Pain Management

and Rehabilitation


Drs. Kris August and Julie Wentzel


March 29-31, 2019

 Outer Banks, NC


CE credits approved for Rehab: 17 CE Credits, 7 IVAS


Will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks/Corolla.  Click on the link below for reservations:



Online Registration is Now Closed. 


Looking Forward to the Class Beginning Soon!


Multimodal Flower

This course will introduce an integrative approach to pain management and rehabilitation. AcupunctureWe will learn to incorporate herbal medications, acupuncture, and other rehabilitation modalities in addition to conventional allopathic pharmaceuticals.

We invite you to join us in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the beach while learning about pain management and rehabilitation in animals. The beaches are beautiful and serene, wonderful restaurants abound, and there are plenty of other activities throughout the barrier islands. Visit the Corolla Wild Horses or Jenette’s Pier, walk through one of the nature preserves or on the beach, or just sunbathe and shop. Breakfast will be included each morning, and Qi Gong will be available during the breaks for those who wish to participate.

3 DogsLectures include an overview of the multimodal approach to pain management in which we look at the whole animal – body, mind, and spirit. The wholistic exam including the history and findings are the stepping off point that will help guide patient recommendations and treatments. We will have more in depth discussions regarding the theory behind common modalities found in rehabilitation medicine as well as how and when to utilize these for your patients.

Cart DogThere will be in depth discussions on herbs that are utilized in pain management and palliative medicine specifically, but also in the general support of chronically ill and geriatric animals. There will be an organoleptic portion to these lectures to see and taste the herbs in tea, dried and tinctured forms. We will discuss how the herbs can be used as safe, effective alternatives to non steroidals and he differences in the body’s physiologic response to both.

To tie everything together, we will review specific cases of various conditions, as well as cases that incorporate a variety of the above modalities.

Self-healing will be incorporated into this course. Throughout, herbs will be discussed that can be used right away to improve personal health and well-being. Simple Qi Gong movements that can wake up the body and open areas of stiffness and stagnation will be scattered throughout the weekend.



Excellent course-paves path for understanding and using western herbs with confidence. Looking forward to incorporating what I learned to help our furry friends! AWESOME!!!

I will try to express the profound effect being in your and Kris' class has had on me. I can't walk through my farm with the same laissez-faire that I have done in the past. I am photographing and journaling the wonderful plants that have always been around me. Yarrow, thistle, dandelion, peppermint, oats, nettle, alfalfa, and more are speaking to me. I am acquiring books and papers and recipes. Such a strong desire to learn more. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift of knowledge and the thirst for more.

During the breaks, in addition to snacking, students will have the opportunity to partake of abbreviated Qi Gong.  We all get stiff sitting in lectures, so we will be doing some stretching and moving in the breaks.  Qi Gong roughly translates to: “Qi” – energy or life force, “Gong” – work or skills.  We will be increasing our energy and life skills in the breaks.


Outer Banks

Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands that consist of a string of sand dunes that serve to protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. They are separated from the mainland by large bodies of water called “sounds.” We will be at the north end of the island in Duck and Corolla, home of the Corolla Wild Horses. This area of the Outer Banks is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound with easy free access to both. The area is replete with open spaces and natural settings that stir the soul, as wild as the native horses.

In April, the Outer Banks is open and ready for tourist business, with a plethora of delicious and fresh restaurants. There are also a variety of activities available, including wild horse tours, mini golf, surfing and more. However, it is not yet fully tourist season, so places are quiet and more intimate. No matter what the season, the locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

Corolla Wild HorsesThe town of Duck has many excellent restaurants and shops open in the evenings in Duck.  We will have a list for students of recommendations and open hours at the beginning of the conference.  Slightly farther north, but also an easy drive is Corolla (not pronounced like the Toyota, but Cor-al-la).  Corolla has a few excellent restaurants also, most notably Mexican and seafood.  In Corolla, there are many fun activities, if time allows, it is worth spending an extra day.  There is Historic Corolla, with the original lighthouse that can be climbed.  “The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality lighthouse exhibits” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions).  Also in the village is the Whalehead Club, “Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions).  The grounds in between the lighthouse and the Whalehead are beautiful to walk, with a boat house and Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalisma bridge right on the edge of the Sound.  Farther north in Corolla, the main road ends and the beach becomes the road.  This is the home of the genetically pure Corolla Wild Horses.  “Present day Ocracoke and Corolla wild horses carry the distinguishing features of Spanish type horses. One striking similarity to the Arabian ancestry is the number of vertebra (one less than most breeds) which occurs in the Banker Horse Breed. Their even temperament, endurance, size, and the startling beauty which crops up frequently in the Banker Horses all point strongly to their dramatic history…these are the remnants of once numerous herds of Spanish stock which ran free along the sandy islands of our coast. The Spanish Mustang Registry is satisfied that the Banker Horses, in particular the Corolla strain, are as lineally pure to the 16th century Spanish importations as can be found in North America today, and that they compare closely to the selectively bred South American Spanish derivative stock” (http://www.corollawildhorses.com/). There are multiple tour companies that will take you up to see this area (it requires a 4WD vehicle), but please take a tour with Corolla Outback Adventures. They are offering all interested Purple Moon students a discounted rate of $45 if they want to do a horse tour.


Wholistic Pain Management and Rehabilitation Pricing:

Price: $450

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.

Will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks/Corolla.  Click on the link below for reservations:



Online Registration is Now Closed.  Looking Forward to the Class Beginning Soon!




Wholistic Pain Management and Rehabilitation

March 29-31, 2019; Outer Banks, NC

Date and Time



Friday, March 29, 2019


Opening and Welcome



Lecture: An Integrative Approach to Pain Management

This lecture will address the integration of herbal medicine, pharmaceuticals and other treatment modalities in a way that puts the “whole” in “wholistic.” Communication with clients, other practitioners and specialists can be crucial to case management and using a language that everyone understands facilitates patient care.


11:30-1 Lecture: Wholistic Exam The Wholistic history and physical exam includes multiple factors, observations and questions that may not always be included in a conventional physical exam. This lecture will cover some important considerations to enhance this approach to patient care.
1-2 Lunch


2-3 Lecture: Allopathic Options for pain management In an integrative practice, we will commonly see patients coming in that are concurrently utilizing allopathic pharmaceuticals. This review will discuss commonly used medications as well as utilizing herbs in combination with these.
3-3:30 Break
3:30-5:30 Lecture: Herbs for Musculoskeletal Conditions Herbal medicine can benefit the musculoskeletal system in multiple ways from building and supporting tissues to reducing pain and inflammation. Several herbal monographs will be presented including botanical, phytochemical, traditional and scientific information. *

Saturday, March 30, 2019


8:30-10 Lecture: Overview of rehab modalities Rehabilitation offers numerous modalities to round out a multimodal therapy approach to pain management. Participants will be able to identify and choose from a variety of options to address pain in a non-pharmacological manner.


QI Gong available

10:30-12:00 Lecture: Acupuncture for pain management Acupuncture has many indications – one of the most common being pain management. This lecture will discuss the basic theory behind utilizing acupuncture as well as some of the most frequently utilized points for common pain conditions.
12:00-1 Lunch  
1-3 Lecture: Herbs for Nervous System Conditions Several herbs have been identified that have specific therapeutic effects on the nervous system to enhance healing as well as reduce anxiety and muscle tension which can complicate the experience of pain. *
3-3:30 Break
3:30-5 Lecture: Rehabilitation techniques through cases Overview of common rehabilitation presentations and techniques through case studies.

Sunday, March 31, 2019


8:30-10:30 Lecture: Herbs for Other Chronic Conditions Some herbs have a wide range of activities that provide general support for organ systems and improve overall health and vitality. These will be covered along with a discussion of herbal integration for concurrent conditions. *

Lecture: Assistive devices and environmental Modification

How to adjust the environment to allow your older or handicapped pet to remain a part of the family

11-11:30 am Break
11:30-1 Quality of life concerns and Patient care Presentation of common chronic cases with an emphasis on musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions.
1-1:30 Closing  
* There will also be an organoleptic component to this lecture, with tasting of the herbs dried, in tea and in tincture forms. Fresh herbs will be shared when available.

Speaker Bios


Dr. Kris AugustDr. Kris August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Dr. Kris August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and earned a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) as well as a contributor to the certification program, a co-author of the IAAHPC Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines (2013) and the textbook Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice (2017). Dr. August owns an integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. A consultant for the Hospice and Palliative Care board on VIN, Dr. August also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver”.

Dr. August values compassionate care for animals, people, plants and our world, with a special focus on caring for the caregiver. We cannot help others unless we continue to care for ourselves. She is currently a student of tai chi and qigong and practices nature meditation. Dr. August enjoys teaching and learning through sharing her passions with others, and has taught in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups to Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics. She enjoys working with her good friend Dr. Laurie Dohmen to bring a holistic approach to learning veterinary herbal medicine.


Dr. Julie WentzelDr. Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

Dr. Julie Wentzel grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife in 1998. She graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, where she pursued interests in both wildlife medicine and small animal emergency medicine. After graduation, she completed a small animal emergency medicine internship at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, Maryland, where she remained on staff for another seven years. She completed her Certified Veterinary Acupuncture courses in 2013 and became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2014.

Over the course of her career, she has become a firm believer in a whole-body approach to health both in her professional and personal life. She strives to implement an integrative approach to medicine to improve her patients' lives and assist in their return to a more comfortable and active lifestyle. She recently completed an apprenticeship in Western Herbal Medicine and is excited to offer this to her veterinary patients.

Dr. Wentzel is currently the Treasurer of the Northern Virginia Medical Association in 2017.

In her free time, Dr. Wentzel enjoys spending time with her family, as well as gardening, bird watching, volleyball, and running. She lives with her husband, their three children and one cat in Leesburg, Virginia.


Wholistic Pain Management and Rehabilitation Pricing:

Price: $450

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.

Will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks/Corolla.  Click on the link below for reservations:



Online Registration is Now Closed.  Looking Forward to the Class Beginning Soon!


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