Hi, I’m Dr. Doug. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and have always loved animals. I received my veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987 and have operated several veterinary hospitals in the Beaver County area of Pennsylvania (north of Pittsburgh) ever since. I am especially proud to have served as the veterinarian for the Beaver County Humane Society for five years. I took over the reins at Beaver Animal Clinic 1994.
After being in practice for several years, I began to feel discouraged by the limitations of conventional veterinary medicine and sought to broaden my training beyond traditional approaches. This led me to participate in an acupuncture course offered by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). I was immediately captivated by the 150-hour class and immersed myself in learning this ancient system. After receiving IVAS certification in 1995, I quickly put my new knowledge to work helping previously hopeless clinical cases.
I have since expanded my knowledge of holistic veterinary care by attending continuing education courses on Bach Flower Remedies and Clinical Nutrition. I am certified in animal chiropractic and veterinary Chinese herbology, and have completed the 150-hour Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy offered by Dr. Richard Pitcairn. I have been an active member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association since 1995 and have been on their conference committee since 2008.
In 1998, I introduced Pittsburgh-area veterinarians to the use of veterinary acupuncture by lecturing on the subject at the Western Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. I have since continued lecturing on many topics involving holistic veterinary medicine at veterinary conferences both nationally and internationally. I have also authored two books on the subject; Stand by Me, A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People, and the Lives They Share Together and The Holistic Health Guide for Dogs: Natural Care for the Whole Dog.