North Star Holistic Vet

Body Care

A critical part of being a veterinarian is putting your hands on the animal. This should not be an ancient art, but a daily practice. By using your hands as a tool, you are able to define muscle, fascia, bone, or soft tissue changes. In my practice, I use body care during every exam and treatment. I incorporate a combination of massage, laser, and acupuncture for both diagnostic tools and therapeutic tools in conjunction with my routine examination, allowing a thorough interpretation and treatment of your pet from a whole-body approach.


Acupuncture is an ancient art that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is performed by inserting tiny needles into scientifically determined points on the body. The outcome is a method of communication with nervous system…

Laser Therapy

Low level laser therapy (Cold laser) or Photobiomodulation was discovered in the 1960’s when the first lasers of this type were developed. Quickly, scientists realized the healing potential of these light sources and many studies were…


Massage, the art of using hands to glide through muscles, tendons, and other tissues, can be helpful to diagnose or relieve pain by relaxing the tissues and allowing increased circulation to the affected areas. Massage benefits…

Holistic Medicine

Dr. Priscilla Dressen
The main goal is to create a healthy lifestyle that helps your pet stay emotionally, physically and spiritually well.

Holistic is a word used when medicine becomes an art of healing. It goes beyond symptoms and quick fixes, by looking deeper into the patient’s body and whole life story. As a Holistic Veterinarian, I find the whole story and the whole body very important. I include a routine exam, but want to know your whole animals’ life from birth. I also want to perform a thorough palpation exam to feel the whole body and look for pain or physical changes with my hands. I ask lots of questions, such as:

1. Where was your pet born? Did it come from a breeder, rescue or other situation? What was the start of life like? Did your pet have to travel extensively to come to your home?
2. Was your pet spayed or neutered at a young age? Was it the runt of the litter?
3. How many chemicals were administered into your pet at an early age? Are there any signs of damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract such as diarrhea, vomiting or low appetite?
4. Have you given probiotics or natural supplements to boost your pets’ immune system?
5. 5. Do you allow your pet to walk on yards or sidewalks sprayed with pesticides?
6. Do you walk your pet every day or have an exercise program?
7. Do you take your pet into the wilderness?


Animal Stories