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Huntington Station, NY: Michel Selmer

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Pet health
Styles: Herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), veterinary acupucnture

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Being diagnosed with Crohn’s diease at age 16 and noticing that Western medicine offered me a diagnosis but only symptomatic therapies. I followed alternative routes in order to treat the underlying TCM pattern. This perfect mashup of western and eastern philosophies led to remission of my disease. Following my traditional studies in western veterinary care, I wanted to be able to offer the same blend of eastern and western philosophies to my patients.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Emphasizing holistic or integrative veterinary medicine, I focus on the examination and diagnosis of an animal, considering all aspects of the animal’s life and employing all of my senses, as well as the combination of conventional and alternative (or complementary) modalities of treatment. When I see a pet, besides giving it a comprehensive physical examination, I want to find out about its behaviors, distant medical and dietary history, and environment—including diet, emotional stresses, and other factors. The wholeness of my scope will set up a lifestyle for the animal that is most appropriate. My approach is gentle and minimally invasive, incorporating the patient’s wellbeing and striving for stress reduction. My thinking centers on love, empathy, and respect.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
As a holistic practitioner, I am interested in genetics, nutrition, family relationships, hygiene, and stress factors. Many patients present in a state of “disease.” At this point the holistic challenge lies in answering the question “why?” By a series of analytic observations and appropriate testing, the goal becomes finding the true root source of the pathology. A simple-appearing symptom may have several layers of causation. Only when the true cause of the ailment has been found is there the possibility for a lasting recovery. I enjoy employing the best of both worlds, using a mashup of eastern and western philosophies, to find answers.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Due to a lack of understanding about acupuncture and the lack of knowledge about the emerging scientific data, the general public is skeptical in regards to acupuncture.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Balance. Good wholesome nutrition, regular exercise, and plenty of good sleep.

What is integrative veterinary medicine?
Integrative veterinary medicine combines conventional therapies with complementary and alternative medicine for a comprehensive collaboration of diagnosis and treatment. Some veterinarians have their heels firmly planted regarding the use of a holistic-only approach, which encompasses therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, aromatherapy, herbal treatments, and more. On the other side of the argument, many conventional veterinarians believe that the use of these alternative therapies is dangerous and ineffective versus a totally conventional approach. But this all-or-nothing world is changing, as positive results are being reported by those who are willing to be open-minded in their view of health and disease. I am an integrative veterinarian.

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(631) 367-7387

260 Evergreen Avenue, Huntington Station, NY 11746

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