Holistic Veterinary Center, PLLC
1404 Route 9, Clifton Park NY 12065
Phone 518-383-5697 Acupuncture, Spinal Adjustments and Herbal Medicines
Your Pet's Physical Examination
The physical examination used in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine focuses on the tongue and pulse of the animal to obtain a pattern. There is one normal pulse and 15 abnormal pulses commonly seen in animals. The tongue shape, color and moisture is also assessed. The animal is then palpated for sensitivities along the meridians and for temperature of the body, ears and limbs. From this information a pattern diagnosis is obtained. The animal is then treated based on its' pattern. This means that two animals with the same western diagnosis will be treated differently with Eastern Medicine if they have different patterns. Western medicine treats all the animals the same, which is why it doesn't always work for all animals or people. The aim of Chinese medicine is to restore balance to the animals with acupuncture, food therapy, herbal medicine and exercise. If we can restore balance we can restore health.
Dr. Pamela Scerba's Education and Experience
Dr. Pamela Scerba received her BS in Biology at SUNY Binghamton in 1985 and her veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool, England in 1991. After graduating from veterinary school she began the first three years of her career in veterinary medicine at a small animal hospital in Rochester, NY. She then worked for two years doing emergency medicine. It was during this time that she started doing relief work.
In 1997 Dr. Scerba started her own business doing relief work exclusively. Over the years she has had clients ask her if she knew anything about herbal medicine or they would relay stories of how acupuncture helped their pets when nothing else did (specifically urinary incontinence and paralyzed pets). It was when she started to do relief work for Dr. Chen in Fort Plain, NY, that she saw firsthand how acupuncture and herbal medicine could be integrated with western medicine to give clients' pets longer, healthier lives.
Because of that experience and the fact that Dr. Chen and Dr. Xie were classmates, she enrolled and graduated from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) for Acupuncture in 2004. Dr. Huisheng Xie, one of the premier teachers and practitioners of TCVM runs the Chi Institute. Dr. Xie is also the first veterinary professor of acupuncture and TCVM at a veterinary college here in the United States. You may have seen the segment about Dr. Xie on the Early Show in January 2006. For those of you who don't know, the Chi Institute is located in Gainesville, Florida, and Dr. Xie is also the first and only professor of TCVM at a veterinary school here in the United States.
In October of 2004, Dr. Scerba traveled
to China to continue her studies of TCVM. In 2005
she took the Tui Na course at the Chi Institute and
attended the TCMV conference as well. In January 2006
Dr. Scerba continued her training by taking an advanced
acupuncture course at the Chi Institute. Besides these
classes, she has firsthand experience with herbal
medicine and has taken several courses on the subject.