I met Dr. Priscilla Dressen when I needed a veterinarian who could perform acupuncture on my dog, Millie. Millie has a fused hip, arthritis, as well as spondylosis of the spine. What started as acupuncture, laser treatments, and some massage turned into a completely satisfying and educational veterinarian-client relationship. Dr. Dressen has the educational and experiential background of a traditional veterinarian, but she adds to that a holistic and more minimalistic approach based on “quality of life” and the knowledge that many things can be healed given time and appropriate holistic and alternative treatment. This is the approach I use for my own health, so it is satisfying to find this kind of veterinary care for my beloved animal.
Dr. Dressen believes in educating her clients. Since I have started bringing Millie, I believe I have become a better and more proactive owner, taking responsibility for my dog’s health; asking better questions; and, understanding the options I have to keep my dog well. Dr. Dressen offers complete information and provides the type of veterinary service necessary -- service that also fits with the comfort level of the client. She strives to create a partnership with her human clients to the increased benefit of the animals under her care. As part of this approach, her appointments typically take longer because she spends the time to really understand what the animal is experiencing and communicating options and knowledge to the owner. In short, she is a rare gem.
I honestly believe more veterinarians and their clients would be happier if they followed Dr. Dressen’s clinical model. There is more responsibility put on the client, but there is also greater knowledge and real partnership as both client and vet work to create a healthy life for the animal. Less tests; more discussion. When appropriate, less pharmaceuticals; when needed, the correct drug. More herbal remedies; more alternative therapies. Calm, quiet, unhurried examinations; better education and greater client satisfaction.
I love my veterinarian, and my dog loves her too!