Dr. Suzanne Walski, DVM
I graduated from veterinary school at Michigan State University in 1981, moving to Pennsylvania for my first job. I worked at several different practices in the Lehigh Valley until 1987 when I opened my own business, Meadowbrook Animal Hospital. I started with no clients and built the practice into a 2 doctor traditional full-service veterinary hospital.
My own health issues caused me to cut back and I started to explore alternative modalities for myself with chiropractic care being first. I had answers to my issues and felt so much better that I realized I needed to bring on chiropractic care for my dog and cat patients. As my health journey took me to acupuncture, Bach Flower, and nutrition I continued to add these modalities for my pet patients. Laser therapy was added for animals before I actually applied it to my own chronic injuries!
In 2016, I changed the name to Meadowbrook Animal Healing and started to phase out traditional veterinary medicine practice. My focus at this time is with the alternative modalities found in this website. All new clients to my care also will have a traditional veterinarian for their pet. I believe both areas of care are very important for the health of our pets!
My furry, four-legged family consists of just one little, 10 year old dog, Bart, a chihuahua poodle mix. His designer breed I call Poochi!! And two goats that can be seen in the pasture out back, Bella and Reese!
What is Healing Care?
This question is something I answer on an almost daily basis! What does holistic actually mean and entail. For me, as a veterinarian, it means evaluating your pet, usually a dog or cat, from an overall picture of the entire animal including everything that could be affecting your pet’s health, the food they eat, the lifestyle they enjoy along with the one you offer them and physical, mental and emotional (yes, I said emotional) influences. How about the question, what was your pet meant to be to you and for you?
Traditional veterinary medicine is often labeled the DRUG way of handling disease. Yet as a veterinarian practicing holistic care for the pet, the first thing I tell my clients is that drugs are not necessarily a bad thing unless they are causing more problems than helping. As an example, in acute severe pain management, it is important to help alleviate the pain as quickly as possible, so the body can start the healing process.
This can involve medications that start quickly and then offer ways that the body can utilize other modalities like acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, nutrition, herbs, flower essences, and whatever else is available to help the body “heal thy self” into a “healthy self”.
What can a potential client and their pet expect when they set up an appointment for the holistic care evaluation? Well, first and fore most, I will ask you as the caregiver to provide the medical history that helps me put together the puzzle of your pet’s dilemma, such as blood work, X-rays, nutrition, current supplements, and current medications. Any information you can provide will be a foundation to help us put this puzzle together. We will put together the next steps, utilizing the modalities that are my special interests – nutrition (always discussed), Chinese acupuncture, Chinese herbs, chiropractic, laser therapy, or different combinations, which may be modified as the body responds.
All of this happens in a very calm relaxing environment at my home/small farm. There is no rushing and the first appointment is usually one hour. Your pet will come to feel this is a “spa day experience” and so will you!
Suzanne Walski, DVM, MSS has her office located in Ottsville, Pa. Established Meadowbrook Animal Hospital, 1987, now called Meadowbrook Animal Healing.