Article – What to Expect


What To Expect

What to expectWhen beginning the journey into alternative or holistic care, many people are not even sure of what they are searching for, just that they are looking for another option of treatment than the standard, conventional medication and surgery options. Holistic care is grounded in the theory of treating the “whole” body, not just a single condition and can include adjustments, massage, acupuncture, laser, homeopathy, herbal or nutritional support, as well as others. Dr. Kallenbach’s philosophy of integrated care is the best option, combining the holistic treatments with the conventional treatments to achieve maximum health for your pet with the minimal negative or side-effects of any treatments. She will work with your conventional veterinarian and you to accomplish the best health for your pets.

When you are looking for a veterinary care clinic you should be able to count on superior care and excellent service. We at The Healing Place in Crystal River FL have gained vast knowledge and experience in holistic care to bring you the best possible holistic healthcare for your pet. We have a calm and comfortable veterinary facility which is efficient and staffed with friendly, knowledgeable staff. Visit our video library to listen to Dr. Kallenbach speak on several topics. Call 352-795-0250 to schedule an appointment and we will find a time that is convenient for you.

Bring in any medical history you have of your pet when you come to our vet clinic. It’s best to keep a journal of your pet’s health throughout his or her life, including behavioral shifts. If you have something like this, share it with our team. If not, let us know everything that you think will be important. Dr. Kallenbach can still work with whatever information you have.

When you visit The Healing Place, we recognize all new places can make your pet uncomfortable and strive to have a quiet place for you and your pets. We have our waiting room divided to allow any wait you have to be out of traffic and away from other pets. Often we only have one or two pets in our clinic at a time and feel this also lowers the stress of the visit for your pet. We recognize that not all cats welcome being around dogs or all dogs are familiar with cats, or other dogs and do everything we can to keep our patients comfortable in our waiting room, but often can escort you and your pet directly into an exam room to settle in while you fill our paperwork.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Kallenbach will do a variety of evaluations to gather additional information about your pet and his or her particular problem. She will combine this with the valuable information that your conventional veterinarians have gathered, along with any diagnostics, such as blood work and radiographs. A careful history will be taken of the particular condition and any medications or other treatments that has previously been done and how your pet responded. Information about diet, appetite, & eating patterns, defecation quality and quantity will be documented. An orthopedic and gait evaluation, as well as conformation and muscle balance will be evaluated by observation as well as palpation. All of these facts will then be put together to develop a plan for your pet’s care.

The amount of information we go over can be a bit overwhelming and new as we develop a complete plan to address your pet’s health so we provide a notepad for you to take notes and will even make a recording of your visit to email to you, if you wish. We welcome your telephone calls to ask any questions along the way as we understand holistic therapies can be new and not well understood, and YOU are an important part of our team in providing optimal healthcare for your pet.

In some circumstances, Dr. Kallenbach will refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as internal medicine diagnostics, or surgery. Our goal is to work with you to develop the best TEAM to achieve optimal health for your pet.