If traditional Western, veterinary medicine isn’t providing the Fluffy or Fido in your life with the relief they seek, you might want to look into the integrative medicine program offered at Lombard Animal Hospital, 607 N.E. Lombard St., in the Woodlawn neighborhood.
Husband-and-wife team, Preston Turano and Nell Ostermeier (who go by Dr. Preston and Dr. Nell) assumed ownership of the veterinary practice in November of 2007 and have been in business for almost eight years. Turano, together with Associate Veterinarian Misty Doornek, focuses on traditional, veterinary medicine, while Ostermeier is an integrative medicine specialist who combines alternative, natural options – such as acupuncture, herbs, and food therapy.
During a recent visit to the clinic, Ostermeier used veterinary acupuncture techniques to treat two cats. Nelson was treated for prevention of feline asthma and some anxiety and Macy was treated for allergies and prevention of ear infection. Both animals remained completely calm throughout the procedure and seemed much more relaxed when the work was completed. Both cats are regular visitors to the clinic and their owners swear by Ostermeier’s natural techniques. Nelson has been weaned from a regular course of steroid injections, and the animal’s health has improved immensely since coming under Ostermeier’s care.
“I assess the patient using the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and go over alternative options that will be helpful for the pet and will likely speed up the healing process or improve the patient’s comfort,” she said. “Most people are familiar with acupuncture as a way to treat pain and arthritis. I also use acupuncture and herbs to treat internal problems such as asthma, allergies, urinary and kidney disease, gastrointestinal disturbances – virtually any other imbalance or inflammatory process in the body.”
Both sides of the Lombard practice focus on individualized medicine for pets and foster a holistic approach. They aim to treat the whole pet and not just the problem. All doctors practice laser therapy – a safe, natural method that decreases pain and accelerates healing processes.
“One of the main health problems we see is pet obesity and diseases that follow, such as diabetes and earlier development of arthritis,” Ostermeier said. “We try to prevent this by educating our clients around calorie control and utilizing foods that contain high quality ingredients and no fillers.”
“Integrative medicine and acupuncture is useful in treating a host of health conditions, alone or in combination with Western medicine,” she said. “Often times, if a patient is experiencing a chronic problem or is not responding to the Western options, the other doctors will refer the patient to me.”
“When we purchased the hospital, there was no integrative medicine and I was practicing Western medicine only,” Ostermeier said. “I was getting frustrated with the limitations, especially with senior or debilitated pets who could not tolerate pain medications. I was looking for a way to provide additional comfort without additional stress on the body.”
Turano and Ostermeier live in Rose City Park, near the Hollywood district, and most of their staff live in North and Northeast Portland.
Staff member Denise Kayser appreciates the passion that Turano and Ostermeier have brought to the neighborhood.
“Having grown up and lived in North Portland, I developed a deep attachment, love and respect for the area, our community and the diversity of its people. I have witnessed and seen first-hand the challenges and problems our community faces,” she said. “I have also witnessed and seen its progress, potential and promise. Lombard Animal Hospital is definitely part of that promise. Dr. Nell and Dr. Preston have built a solid reputation within our community through their dedication and commitment.”
“I love that the hospital is owned by a husband-and-wife team that are dedicated to providing a whole-pet approach to each patient’s health, the value the team places on the human-animal bond, the partnership between client and veterinarian and the hospital’s commitment to exceptional quality veterinary services,” she said.
“It has been very interesting and exciting to see the Woodlawn neighborhood begin to thrive over the past eight years,” Ostermeier said. “There is a steady influx of healthy new businesses, increasing what our little pocket of the city has to offer.”
“We saw a lot of potential in Lombard Animal Hospital and felt it could provide the starting point for building the practice we had been brainstorming about for years,” she added. “A place where we could share our ideal that healthy, happy pets make healthy, happy people.”
In addition to treating dogs and cats, the hospital provides health care for rabbits, small mammals, birds and reptiles.
For more information on treatment or to make an appointment, you can contact the clinic at (503) 285-2337 or visit the website at www.lombardanimalhospital.com.