The Beverly Animal Natural Health Center was founded in 1998 to offer holistic care for dogs and cats in a veterinary hospital setting. We are located at 409 Cabot Street in Beverly, MA.
Our approach to treatment plans is holistic. We draw from various methods that are available and select with our clients the one that is the best for the patient not only in the short term but long term as well.
Many alternative treatments such as homeopathy and nutritional supplements take longer to achieve effect but offer better results than traditional medications. Our blend of cutting edge technology and resources combined with compassionate, patient driven care makes our work very rewarding. By promoting client education and participation in the medical process, we are able to nurture the human-animal bond and achieve rewarding outcomes.
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The Whole Pet
News and Tips from Beverly Animal Natural Health Center
It is with a heavy heart that we note the passing of Dr Joel Woolfson on September 15, 2015.
Joel was a mentor and a friend to me as well as an amazingly skilled surgeon and one of the most empathic veterinarians I knew. As a traveling surgeon, he would always be at the clinic first with his beloved chocolate lab Annie. He would greet the client and their animal with undivided attention and compassion as he went over the advanced surgical procedure he was to perform. He always worked hand in hand along side technicians and general practitioners alike to ensure the best outcome for all. The dedication he showed to his patients was immense. There was never a time that I could not reach him to address a post-operative concern. There were so many days that Mia would accompany me to work in the early years and she and Annie would enjoy each other’s company.
I am so grateful for having had him in my life and as such a huge part of my career. All of us at the Beverly Animal Natural Health Center were truly blessed to be able to work with him and share in his work.
May he be at peace along side Annie.
Many clients have shared more that just their pet’s health with us. We have watched their children grow, pets pass. New pets become part of the family household. Having time to swap stories about kids, soccer, and school. It’s been so great to have these long relationships with clients. The discussions that we have about healthcare, nutrition, and the pursuit of happiness have been so meaningful. I love to be able to talk about things in addition to veterinary medicine and share them with you. I recently read “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande and I feel so compelled as not only a healthcare provider but as a fellow human being to encourage everyone living read this!
Atul Gawande is a local surgeon and talented author that is at Brigham and Women’s right here in Boston. The book speaks volumes about the quality of life and inevitable death. As a veterinarian, I found myself frequently saying “I am so grateful I am a veterinarian” as I read the personal stories of families with loved ones in nursing homes and with end stage cancer treatment. As a veterinarian, I am often humanely euthanizing a beloved pet. It is not as easy task nor one I take for granted. The struggle we all face trying to make decisions regarding quality of life and the essence of well being. I did write up a little four page essay as I finished reading the book but it was at the same time my computer crashed and now I can’t seem to locate the pages of my writings! But soon I hope to find those and share my thoughts on “Being Mortal” from the veterinarian’s perspective. Stay tuned! Happy reading and enjoy. Today is a gift. Be well.
In Memory of our beloved pets that have passed: In Memoriam