Be In Wellness presents
Dr. Amy Matthews of All Creatures Holistic Health
Dr. Amy Matthews will be returning to the Be In Wellness panel to talk about how the emotional lives of our animals affect their medical and behavioral diagnoses. She will cover some critical basics, such as some of the major emotional stressors encountered as well as the importance of really communicating with your pets about events that affect them. In addition, she will review a few cases and how understanding the emotional background helped improve or resolve their issues.
More about our fabulous guest.
Amy Matthews, VMD Ph.D
Dr. Matthews grew up in a household that embraced all healing options, with an M.D. for a father and chronic illness in the family that caused them to explore all holistic options. Her own formal education echoes that early start. She went to the University of Pennsylvania on a full scholarship to pursue the full breadth of Western scientific knowledge and graduated with a VMD as well as a Ph.D. in Immunology. Her immunology thesis lab explored cancer vaccines, oral immune tolerance, and brain-specific immune responses because immunology is just that interesting! After interning with a specialty clinic for a year, and spending another year in general medicine, she realized she longed for better options to support health and started a journey in holistic healing options that continues today. In 2004 she was trained in NAET, an allergy treatment that helped resolve her own allergy symptoms. In 2005 she became a veterinary acupuncturist after studying at Colorado State University. In 2006 she trained in chiropractic with Pedro Rivera at the Chi Healing Institute, and then in 2007 pursued advanced chiropractic training with Carl DeStefano of Health Pioneers Institute. Since then, there has been in-depth training in Chinese herbal medicine with Steve Marsden through CIVT, and Western herbal medicine with various teachers including David Winston; specialty acupuncture training with Dr. Are Thoresen with a particular focus on cancer; training on pulse diagnosis with Ann Cecil-Sterman; and training in Theta healing, which is an energy technique that has been very beneficial for patients with behavior issues. She was also fortunate to get to work with holistic veterinary specialists Dr. Angela Erickson-Greco at Animal Health Practice and then with Dr. Allys Maybank at Frontier Wellness Center during her first 10 years in CT. Her patients are the best teachers of all.
She is fortunate to live with an incredibly charming dog, (corgi cross), as well as a very tolerant big black cat, two kids to keep her on her toes, and a fabulous husband who occasionally manages to get her to slow down.