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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Recommendations for Full Spectrum Veterinarians

Updated: October 6th, 2021


Full Spectrum Veterinarians are what we call open-minded vets. They focus on what works, no matter what tradition it comes from.

full spectrum veterinariansWho’s your favorite veterinarian? Mine is Dr. Demian Dressler, author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, who started this site way back in 2008. But not everyone can come all the way to Hawaii to see him. The purpose of this post is to help YOU to find your own full spectrum veterinarian. I’ll need your help on that, in a minute. But first, let me explain what I mean by a full spectrum veterinarian.

Full Spectrum Veterinarians

“Full spectrum” is a term Dr. D uses to describe his approach to cancer care and medicine in general. Basically, it boils down to this: use what works, and forget about whether it’s outside or inside the box, particularly when it comes to cancer treatment.

Looking for calm, well-researched, balanced, non-dogmatic advice? Look no further.

As he says in chapter 10 of his book:

Full Spectrum cancer care is based on the assumption that, no matter how much time you may have left with your dog, you can make the best of it … or, as medical professionals say, optimize it. There are many steps you can take, right now, to help your dog, no matter what stage or type of cancer she has – and a lot of these steps are free. – Demian Dressler, DVM

The goal in full spectrum care is to stop worrying so much about whether a treatment was something learned in conventional school. Let’s acknowledge that there are answers found in other traditions. For example, acupuncture looks like hogwash to a lot of western medical minds … but it’s been used in Asia for much longer than our style of medicine has. Why would billions of people do something that doesn’t work? There must be something to it, even if we can’t explain it the way we would like to.

When we first published Dr. Dressler’s book in 2008, we heard from lots of veterinarians who said that the dietary changes he recommends were unnecessary, stupid, or harmful. (And worse.) And now? Everyone basically agrees that a low-carb approach to diet benefits not just dogs with cancer, but most dogs.

Things change. We learn new things. And in full spectrum cancer care, when we learn better, we do better. That’s why there are so many things included in it!

  • Chemotherapy is not shunned out of hand … but asking about the real numbers behind the protocols is encouraged.
  • Supplements are not pooh-poohed … but not everything, only those that have shown REAL evidence to help fight cancer and/or address symptoms.
  • Diet and lifestyle is your first priority, not your last priority. They are the foundation of EVERYTHING. And they can make a big difference, right away!
  • The relationship between you and your dog is never, ever neglected.

Do You Have a Full Spectrum Veterinarian to Recommend?

So, do you have a veterinarian who is kind, direct, open-minded, and non-dogmatic? Want to recommend her or him? That would be fabulous because one of the most-asked questions we get is “who can I see in my area who understands what’s in the book??”

Use the comment section below to recommend your veterinarian or health practitioner. Make sure that you name your city and state or city and country, so that other people can find them. We’ll be taking your recommendations and making a sort of directory on this site. That way the hundreds of thousands of visitors every year who are trying to figure out how to optimize their dog’s life quality and longevity can find someone local who might be a good team member.

I recommend listing your vet’s first and last name, the name of their hospital, and the city/state/country.

Believe me, you’ll be doing a real good deed for your fellow dog lovers!

And if you are looking for even more advice on finding a veterinarian, make sure to read this article.

Warmest of Aloha,


Full Spectrum Veterinarians Recommended by Readers

Information provided by readers, so we apologize if this list contains inaccuracies. Please let us know if a veterinarian has moved or changed hospitals. If you don’t see your Full Spectrum veterinarian in the list, use the comment box below to add them to this list!

Alberta, Canada

Dr. Veronica Devall, Calgary Holistic Veterinary Clinic, Calgary

Ontario, Canada

Dr. Ed Beltran, VCA Blair Animal Hospital, Gloucester

Dr. Robert Butler, Guelph Animal Hospital, Guelph

Dr. Tina Hall, Headon Forest Animal Hospital, Burlington

Alaska, USA

Dr. Scott Rapp, Cornerstone Animal Hospital, Anchorage

California, USA

Dr. Vincent Baldanza, Access Specialty Animal Hospital Pasadena, Pasadena

Dr. Signe Beebe, Integrative Veterinary Center, Sacramento

Dr. Lily Chen, Integrative Pet Wellness Center, Rolling Hills Estates

Dr. Michelle Pressel, Pacific & Santa Cruz Veterinary Specialists, Santa Cruz

Dr Carlos Rodriguez Jr., Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center at Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks

Dr. Marlene Townsell, Access Specialty Animal Hospital South Bay, Torrance

Dr. Robert Woods, Integrative Veterinary Health Center, Orange

Florida, USA

Dr. Kim Neitzel, Garden Veterinary Clinic, Winter Park

Hawaii, USA

Dr. Demian Dressler, South Shore Veterinary Care, Kihei, Maui

Dr. Fran Miyake, Kapa’a Animal Clinic, Kapa’a, Kaua’i

Illinois, USA

Dr. Barbara Royal (and team), The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, Chicago

Maine, USA

Dr. Jeff Philibert, Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care, Portland

Maryland, USA

North Branch Animal Hospital, Cumberland

Michigan, USA

Dr. John Simon, Hartrick Veterinary Clinic, Royal Oak

Minnesota, USA

Dr. Darlene Cook, The Bluffs Pet Clinic, Red Wing

New Jersey, USA

Dr. Stephen Brenn, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus

Dr. Kendra Pope, Dr. Kendra Pope, Red Bank

New York, USA

Dr. Karen Johnston, Hampton Veterinary Hospital, Speonk

Ohio, USA

Dr. Jim Carlson, Lifetime Pet Wellness Center, Worthington

Dr. Charles Curie, Geneva Veterinary Clinic, Geneva

Nevada, USA

Dr. Andrew Vaughan, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialist Center, Las Vegas

North Carolina, USA

Dr. Eve Boggs, Harmony Animal Hospital, Apex

Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Alan Kirmayer, Animal Hospital of Rye, Marysville

Dr. Suzanne Martin, Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital, Monroeville

Dr. Judith Shoemaker, Always Helpful Veterinary Services, Nottingham

Dr. Fiona Tam, Avets, Monroeville

Dr. Sarah Urban, Always Helpful Veterinary Services, Nottingham

Dr. Lisa Whalen, Animal Hospital of Rye, Marysville

Rhode Island, USA

Dr. Sharon Doolittle, Dr. Doolittle’s Holistic Animal Healthcare, Smithfield

South Carolina, USA

Dr. Jeanne Fowler, All About Pets, Travelers Rest

Tennessee, USA

Dr. Shannon Dawkins, Claws and Paws Mobile Veterinary Services, Chattanooga

Texas, USA

Dr. Dan Ahrens, Veterans Memorial Drive Animal Hospital, Houston

Dr. Mary Crist, Veterans Memorial Drive Animal Hospital, Houston

Dr. Elizabeth Pritchard, Rogers Animal Hospital, Corsicana

Dr. Maria Williams, Compassionate Care Veterinary Services, San Antonio

Washington, USA

Dr. Lena McCullough, Kingdom of Basil, Seattle

Dr. Lisa Parshley, Olympia Veterinary Specialists, Olympia

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  1. Doris Chandler on November 15, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Dr. Amy Tate
    Riverview Animal Clinic
    4640 Highway 280 South
    Birmingham, Alabama 35242

  2. Traci on October 7, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Dr. Dominic Gucciardo, Integrative Veterinary Therapies, Ridge NY 11961

  3. Anne Garvey-Zaworski on October 6, 2021 at 5:08 am

    You are definitly missing 4 of California’s Finest Full Spectrum Vets:

    Dr Marlene Townsell DVM, MS, DACVIM
    Department of Internal Medicine
    Access SouthBay
    (310) 320-8300

    Dr Vincent Baldanza VMD, DACVIM (Oncology)
    Associate Veterinarian – Oncology
    ACCESS – Pasadena
    2570 E. Foothill Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91107
    Phone: (626) 993-9600

    Dr Carlos Rodriguez Jr., DVM, PhD, DACVIM
    VSEC Thousand Oaks
    2967 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


    Dr Lily Chen
    Integrative Pet Wellness Center
    739 Deep Valley Drive,
    Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

    • Kate Basedow, LVT on October 6, 2021 at 8:30 am

      Thank you for the recommendations!

  4. Ariella Wells on September 16, 2021 at 10:53 am

    dr. Katie Woodley, the natural pet doctor, fort collins, colorado

  5. Janet Fischer on September 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I am working with a wonderful Full Spectrum Veterinarian with my best bud Jak who was diagnosed with advanced malignant tumor in small intestine.
    Dr. Randy Aronson VMD, CCRT, Paws Veterinary Clinic, Tucson, Arizona

  6. Linda Sisto on August 29, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Dr Rebecca Newman
    Pittsburgh, Pa

  7. Shelli McDonald on August 1, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I highly and enthusiastically recommend:

    Dr. Steve Nichols, DVM, CVA
    The Integrative Veterinary Clinic
    504 E. State Road 32
    Westfield, Indiana 46074


  8. Dolores M Reich on August 1, 2021 at 3:30 am

    My favorite Vet is Dr Amanda Streuing, she really cares about her patients. She shows love and compassion. Dr Struening is our dogs Angel

  9. Jamie R on July 12, 2021 at 4:16 am

    We have a few great vets!

    Dr Lisa Radwan – Integrative veterinarian trained in TCM
    One Medicine Center
    W1515 Middle Dr, Pulaski, WI

    Dr Erin Bannink – Integrative Oncologist
    Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
    Bloomfield Hills Michigan

    Dr Kai Shu – Oncologist
    VCA Specialty Center – Middleton Wisconsin
    He’s more of a traditional oncologist but incredibly knowledgeable, compassionate and open. The entire team at this clinic have been fantastic to work with.

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