Our mission has always been to provide the community with less common veterinary modalities for their house pets and competition dogs. So, it might surprise you to learn that our story actually began with a horse.
She was a very sick young horse blessed with a very tenacious owner. In fact, she was so sick that her veterinarian, Dr. Cobb, sent her to New Bolton Center, the premier equine hospital on the east coast. Sadly, they found an inoperable abscess (infection) in her liver. She remained at the hospital for several months under the care of the best equine internists. They tried everything but she continued to decline.
When she developed a secondary and deadly problem with her feet, euthanasia was imminent. Her owner, however, refused to give up. Though this story long predates the mainstream acceptance of Integrative Medicine, the concerned clinician contacted Dr. Xie, who was then at the University of Florida. He prescribed and shipped Chinese herbs. Within weeks, the filly was completely normal.
Dr. Cobb was stunned into action; She had to learn this modality. To do so, she had to start with a Chinese acupuncture course. She enrolled in 2000; 11 years after her graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Thankfully, the course required a mentorship and Dr. Gloria Weintrub, often dubbed the grandmother of alternative medicine, agreed to fulfill the role.
In 2008, when Dr. Cobb called her mentor and friend with the news she was opening a small animal practice in Hainesport, she was astounded to hear, “I’m coming with you.” Dr. Weintrub then proceeded to teach. And what a treasure trove she is! Dr. Weintrub has retired but remains a friend and mentor.
Since then, part-time veterinarians have been hired based on 1) an interest in alternative modalities, 2) a strong grasp of conventional medicine and, perhaps most importantly, 3) a desire to help clients make highly individualized decisions. Dr. D’Ingianni, CVT joined in this capacity in 2020. In May of 2021, the practice welcomed her full-time. Which brings us back to our beginnings. Remember Dr. Xie who cured the horse with herbs? He established the Chi University where Dr. D is now pursuing a masters in Chinese Medicine.
With open-minds and ample experience in alternative and conventional medicine, our veterinarians are well-positioned to discuss the best options from both worlds for each individual case. Clients continue to travel far and wide to seek care and advice for their pets and working dogs.
A friendly, caring atmosphere and willingness to work with client’s wishes are mainstays of the practice. Clients appreciate up-to-date advice specific to the conditions facing their particular pet.
Dr. Weintrub is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine who has been utilizing alternative modalities for over 25 years. Her vast experience provides a knowledge base that is highly sought after by clients and veterinarians. She has served on the board of several alternative veterinary medical societies.
Sport dogs and their care are her passion. Though Dr. Weintrub had retired, she remains very active in agility and is often on the phone with our doctors discussing interesting cases.
Dr. Cobb is a 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She started her alternative medicine career in 2000. She has taken many courses and has years of experience and training under Dr. Weintrub.
Her favorite parts of the practice are sports medicine and geriatrics. Athletic dogs frequent the practice for exams, chiropractic and acupuncture. Older patients, both cats and dogs, benefit from herbs, acupuncture and conventional medicine for everything from arthritis to cancer.
Dr. D is a certified and experienced veterinary acupuncturist. She also has experience with Chinese herbs and is currently working towards a masters in Chinese Medicine at the Chi University. In addition, Dr. D has years of conventional medicine experience. Dr. D’Ingianni joined our team in 2020. Her favorite parts of practice are surgery and Chinese Medicine. In addition to veterinary medicine, she gets great joy out of meeting new people and sharing corny jokes.