Over the past two weeks Dr. Roman has been away attending Veterinary conferences. We’re glad she’s back and here’s her Blog from the experience! And photos coming soon!
I was away almost two weeks attending three informative veterinary conferences that I felt are leading the way to the future. What a great experience and education I had. It was a privilege to be able to attend three amazing conferences in San Diego. Although the time I was away was almost 2 weeks, the information I gleaned and the quality of humanity I felt will all be of benefit to all my clients and patients, when I pay it forward.
First I attended the AHVMA American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association COE Council of Elders Retreat at Camp Stevens in Julian CA. The beautiful retreat center offered a natural setting for a “healer to heal themselves.” With both nature walks and learning hawaiian culture, the start of this learning trip began to unfold.
The Council of Elders
We were taught about ho’oponopono a hawaiian way of forgiveness and love, it goes like this ” I’m Sorry, Please Forgive me, Thank you, I love you?” We learned that a ‘Remember the Forgiveness process’ is a gift you give yourself to release your burden, open your Heart and be Free. It allows one to feel free to clean your unconscious memories and thus heal your world.
Dr.Roman with Dr. Pitcairn and other friends
As a member of the COE (Council of Elders), and I have been practicing this way since 1976 I have much to share (and always much to learn). What the Elders do is to come together with all of the members who want to get mentoring and insight into the bigger scope of integrative veterinary practice.
We did some rope courses for team building and had guided meditations to allow our brains to “defrag“. A wonderful group of 38 veterinarians and friends gathered. Our final event was a Lakota Indian Sweat Lodge which made us appreciate the earth we live in and all the animals we care for in our practice.
Then it was off to the AHVMA conference for a five day intensive of ground breaking lectures. There were five tracks of lectures on acupuncture, cranial sacral, osteopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine, cancer therapy and other topics. Speakers like Richard Pitcairn, Barbara Fougere, Steve Marsden, Greg Oligivie, Laura Taylor, Liz Hassinger, and many wonderful others presented so many important topics.
Dr. Kim from Japan Steve Blake ( pet whisperer) Doug Yearout (Dr. November with the ferret)
The third conference was the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Congress IVAS. Veterinarians from all over the world were in attendance. Research and cases were presented. I was the first woman to take the IVAS course in 1976. This time it gave me such pride and joy to see veterinarians, and female vets especially, from all over the globe practicing quality integrative care on all species of animals. For me, seeing how pain management research, cases of kidney and liver improvement from acupuncture in combination with herbs being used more widely was gratifying. These strides made me feel even more strengthened in the knowledge that we are doing the best job for our patients when these options are part of care.
The next step is that we need to get the veterinary schools realizing that there is the need to educate students. And it is not just us Vets that can help with raising consciousness about integrative medicine. This is where you readers can help by sharing information, and the main purpose of my writing this blog.
I was able to talk and speak to seven former students of mine from Tufts who are practicing acupuncture and other modalities. They too cannot understand how a university system can deny information from their students. With what they are paying for tuition they should at least get some training and exposure to comprehensive medicine. Times are changing and soon it will be the norm when a medical exam includes many integrative modalities. It will be great day then for the animals and the humans that care for them.
We even had a creativity stimulating talent show. The Dr.ShowMore Calendar was such a hit, that it even got a Project Runway review with many of the 2011 and some of the new 2012 vets modeling their modality. As you know new research has shown that laughter has been proven to improve health and well being and reduce stress. The Dr.ShowMore Calendar has done that and more. We have only about 90 left from the original 5,000. they are making lots of folks laugh and have fun while they get really important information.
I even sang a song that I wrote in 2005 which was a spoof on the song Margaretaville. The parody was lyrics I wrote to honor the creator of the product Prozyme Marvin Silverman. It was his favorite song. The song is about irritable bowel and gluten intolerance and celiac disease. His product Prozyme was one of the first products to help with these conditions. (Below)