Holistic Medical Services

 In addition to our traditional veterinary medicine, we also offer holistic care such as:

  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture/ Aquapuncture
  • Prolo Therapy
  • Soft Laser (Photon) Therapy
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Holistic Consultations
  • Nutritional Counseling and Supplements
  • Herbal Therapies

Please call 509.545.4931 to set up a holistic consultation today.

Chiropractic Care

What is Chiropractic?

To simplify what chiropractors during an adjustment, they help return motion to the joints of the spine.  When the joints of the spine stop moving (spinal subluxation), swelling and inflammation can develop around the nerves.  Spinal subluxation has three causes- stress, trauma, and toxins.  Adjusting the spine helps the body to reverse the pathology and promote patient healing.

How do I know if my pet needs chiropractic care?

Basically, any being with a spine can benefit from chiropractic care.  If your pet acts more sluggish now than before, or has a greater reluctance to walk or play, they may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment.  Are there areas of the body your pet does not like you to touch or do they cry out when picked up or for no apparent reason?  These scenarios and more can be signs that he/she needs to have a complete physical exam by a Certified Animal Chiropractor.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

The benefits of chiropractic care for your pet can include pain relief, increased mobility, improved quality of life, and a longer more life span.  So for your pet’s best health, bring him/her in to see Dr. Coleman for a physical exam and spinal evaluation.

Dr. Chuck Coleman and Dr. Stephanie Cleveland are part of a small number of veterinarians to be Certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association to practice veterinary chiropractic.

Please visit http://www.avcadoctors.com/ for more information.


What is acupuncture and how can it benefit my pet?

Acupuncture is when we insert needles into points that work like light switches on a wall: trigger the switch, the light goes on, and as a result the whole room changes.  When you trigger an acupuncture point the physiology of the body changes. There are 365 commonly used points- all with different benefits. Some points can control nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some stimulate the immune system and help pets with infection or cancer. There are points that control pain, calm the nerves, control seizures, and regulate the internal organs and endocrine system. By choosing the right points, in the right order, we provide the most therapeutic benefit.

What methods of acupuncture do you use?

Dr. Coleman or Dr. Kristin will evaluate your pet’s specific needs and concerns, and their level of relaxation during treatments.  They then will be able to determine the most effective type of acupuncture for your pet.

  • Acupuncture Needles– using silicon coated needles, we work with the less sensitive points first, and allow you or an assistant to soothe your pet while we work. When the needles are in place, we turn the lights down and let you sleep. If your pet experiences discomfort with traditional acupuncture or doesn’t leave the needles in place, we can inject points with homeopathic solutions or switch to photon therapy.  Sometimes, the doctor may recommend electro-acupuncture.  Electro acupuncture is an additional treatment we perform during acupuncture that delivers painless electrical pulses
  • Aquapuncture– we inject the points with a homeopathic solution.  Acupuncture points can be just like elevators- although we press the button, some elevators never seem to get to the floor because energy is being drained off at another level. In this case, injecting points with homeopathic solutions is like leaving our fingers on the button-we continually remind the elevator what level it needs to rise to. If we sense resistance in a point or have a chronic condition, we may use injections along with, or instead of, simple needling.
  • Soft Laser Photons– if your pet isn’t able to achieve a level of relaxation with the acupuncture needle technique, we can use laser therapy. Photons cause no sensation as they penetrate the skin all animals accept this therapy readily.

How many sessions does it take?

Medical problems are like rust on a car: the longer it has been there, the longer it takes to fix. Chronic problems can also cause structural damage beneath the rust, so we may need to address what we see on the surface and what is deep underneath. Surface problems may be treated in 1-3 visits, especially if you provide supportive therapy at home. Chronic problems, such as arthritis or heart disease, may require 3 visits within 2 weeks, then weekly visits, then monthly visits. Treatment frequency is based, in part, on how you feel the pet is doing, and we work together to design a customized schedule.

How do we know acupuncture is working?

Well, it depends on what your pets is receiving acupuncture for.  Just like with certain medications, different pets respond uniquely to treatment. Acupuncture works in most, but not all, cases.

If your pet is being treated for limb stiffness, acupuncture will help limb function return and you’ll see your pet moving comfortably.

If we perform acupuncture on your senior pet, we expect to see increased vigor, more restful sleep, and a better appetite.


Dr. Chuck Coleman

Dr. Kristin Kontogianis, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Kristin and Dr. Chuck perform Acupuncture/Aquapunture.

Dr. Kristin Kontogianis is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.


What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy (also known as reconstructive therapy, sclerotherapy or proliferative therapy) is a non-surgical technique that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanism to repair damaged tissue and joints.

This form of therapy, which is extremely safe compared to surgical procedures and drugs, uses injections of natural substances [dextrose (sterile sugar), vitamin B12, lidocaine & homeopathic solutions] to stimulate the growth of special cells called fibroblasts that strengthen weak and damaged supportive tissue in and around joints. This includes, but is not limited to, tendons, ligaments, fascia and cartilage.

What pets benefit from Prolotherapy?

Most arthritis in animals is due to unstable, damaged joints. The supportive tissue often becomes stretched and the joint begins to move in unnatural directions, which damages the cartilage surfaces. This creates inflammation and trauma to the joint; pain and decreased mobility follow. By injecting in and around the joints, the strength of the joint can be increased by 30-40% more than before the injury.

Common areas that can be treated this way include spinal vertebrae, pelvis, hip, knees, elbows and virtually any joint in the body. This has been safely used on people since the 1950s and was developed by surgeon George Hackett, M.D. This is a therapy that is worth exploring for many pets who have back and/or joint problems. For more information on human prolotherapy, visit www.getprolo.com.