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Natalie Yoguel

DVM, CVA
Grey Paw Print
Associate Veterinarian
Integrative Medicine
Grey Paw Print
Dr. Natalie Yoguel is part of our integrative medicine department, offering unique holistic medicine services that provide overall improved quality of life for pets of all ages who are suffering from varied ailments in order to preserve the human animal bond throughout all life stages. 

After receiving a bachelor of science from The Florida State University in food and nutrition science, Dr. Natalie continued her education at the University of Florida, earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Soon afterwards while practicing general medicine, she pursued her true passion, graduating from the Chi Institute, now the Chi University, with a certification in veterinary acupuncture. 

Dr. Natalie practices in accordance with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine principles and its constituent parts including but not limited to acupuncture, herbal therapy and diet. Her love for this discipline is evident as she applies acupuncture in everyday situations for her patients, helping to treat and manage several conditions such as intervertebral disc disease, arthritis, orthopedic conditions (such as cranial cruciate ligament injuries), chronic kidney disease, and epilepsy among others. 

Integrative medicine means taking advantage of both conventional as well as complementary and alternative therapies. Dr. Natalie thoroughly enjoys bringing these two medical approaches together to formulate the most effective treatment plan for the health and physical, as well as emotional, wellbeing of her patients. Recently, Dr. Natalie obtained her certification as a FearFree practitioner. FearFree is a strategy in veterinary medicine whereby the emotional status of the patient is being addressed at every visit to improve health care. This training additionally embraces the ideology of having balance between the body and the mind, and between the individual and its environment in order to achieve optimum health and wellness.

Furthermore, Dr. Natalie is very enthusiastic about continuing to participate in holistic veterinary medicine in her home state of Florida where she was born and raised. As often as possible, Dr. Natalie engages in the practice she preaches of maintaining balance in life and health by spending her free time outdoors, running with her dogs, bike riding, and traveling. 
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Integrative Medicine

COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT

Welcome to VCA Palm Beach Veterinary Services Complementary Medicine Department! We offer a variety of treatment options that fall outside of conventional veterinary medicine. Complementary pet therapies are not meant to replace conventional therapies, but to work in concert with your pet's current medical treatment. Our offerings include veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy as well as herbal therapy.

VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE SERVICES

Our department offers Veterinary Acupuncture Services for your pet. Research studies on veterinary acupuncture are limited, but numerous human studies have demonstrated that acupuncture is an effective treatment option for certain disorders. Veterinary acupuncture is most commonly used for the treatment of pain, arthritis, and neurologic disorders. However, acupuncture may also be used in conjunction with traditional Western medicine to help pets with chronic kidney disease, chronic digestive disturbances (i.e. inflammatory bowel disease), dry eye, epilepsy, and more.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, life force (ch'i) flows through the body via 14 invisible channels known as meridians, regulating all physical and mental processes. Opposing forces within the body (yin and yang), must be balanced to keep ch'i flowing properly. The meridians run deep within the body's tissues and organs, surfacing at some 360 places identified as acupuncture points. Research has shown that these meridians also strongly correlate to neurologic pathways. Therefore, stimulating these points is said to balance and restore the flow of ch'i as well as stimulating local nerve channels. Acupuncture point stimulation has been shown to modulate signals within the nervous system and even cause endorphin release.

Stimulation of the points is performed by inserting thin, smooth, sterile needles. The depth of insertion, type of stimulation, and duration of treatment vary according to the disease or the condition being treated. Veterinary acupuncturists may use needles alone, needles with electrical stimulation, or stimulation using a specific type of laser.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Chiropractics is the practice of manipulating the spine to treat disease. When the bones of the spine are not aligned correctly, the joint, muscle, nerve, connective tissue, blood flow, and function of an area can be affected. Chiropractics is a system of manipulation and adjustments of the bones of the spine to deal with subluxations and the problems associated with them. The word "adjustment" is normally used in describing the specific and controlled thrust on the specific joint that is being manipulated. It restores the normal range of motion to the affected joint and releases the pressure on the surrounding tissues.

Chiropractic therapy is typically thought of as a method of pain relief for conditions such as degenerative joint disease and disk disease. However, all organs and body systems are controlled by nerves and any disruption of proper nerve flow may also affect function. Correction of vertebral subluxations may improve the health of some internal organs.

Chiropractic adjustment may result in immediate total relief of the pet's symptoms. Partial or temporary relief is also possible, which may necessitate multiple trips to the veterinary chiropractor for ongoing care. Ask us if veterinary chiropractic care may be right for your pet.

HOMEOPATHY

Homeopathy is a 200-year-old holistic discipline that follows that the principles of cures like to treat a variety of chronic and acute ailments. Therefore, the homeopathic therapy that is chosen is one that would produce the same symptoms as the ailment in a normal healthy patient. The therapeutic ingredient is diluted so that it does not aggravate the current condition, but rather, speeds up the healing process. Although veterinary homeopathy is often considered to be a gentle and safe treatment option, it should only be performed under the guidance of a trained veterinarian. Certain drugs may be safe for human consumption, but could be toxic to your pet or interfere with a concurrent medication. Once a pet has been evaluated, homeopathic remedies may be prescribed along with certain dietary changes. At this time, there is conflicting research on the medical benefits of homeopathy, but anecdotal experience has shown success in treating a variety of diseases such as allergies, asthma, and even behavioral disorders.

HERBAL VETERINARY MEDICINE

We offer Herbal Medicine as a complementary pet therapy. Many plants synthesize biologically active substances and the practice of Herbal Medicine is based on the use of plants and plant extracts to maintain the health of animals. Herbs are typically classified as Western or Chinese. Herb combinations have been developed for certain disease syndromes, but they should only be used under the guidance of a trained veterinarian. It is important to tell your veterinarian what medications, herbs, and supplements your pet may be taking as certain herbal pet therapies may interfere with the absorption or action of another. Herbs, although natural, can cause adverse or toxic effects if used inappropriately. Please contact us for further information about how Herbal Medicine may be helpful in treating your pet.


 

VCA Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists

3884 Forest Hill Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Main: 561-434-5700

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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