Dr. Larry Bernstein has been a veterinarian since graduation from the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school in 1977 and has been using alternative medicine since 1991. He is certified by IVAS in Acupuncture, the AVH in homeopathy and has taken the AVCA training in chiropractic. His first love, although, is homeopathy. He studied with Dr. Richard Pitcairn in 1993 and was one of the earliest veterinarians certified in homeopathy by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. He served on the AVH national board since its creation in 1997 until 2004 and is the past-President and an honorary lifetime member.He is a graduate of both the Dynamis School of Homeopathy (3 year training) and the New England School of Homeopathy (2 year course). He is a lifetime member of the National Center of Homeopathy and current president-elect of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He presently has a 100% holistic practice in Florida where he both sees clients and does telephone consultations in homeopathy all over the world.
Larry A. Bernstein, VMD, CVH, CVA, PCHom.
VMD 1977 University of PA
Private Practice 1977 - 1990
Medical Director and Chief Surgeon, Animal Welfare Society of South Florida 1991-1996
Private Consultation Practice – Natural Holistic Health Care 1994- 2005
Instructor in Holistic Veterinary Medicine - Miami Dade Community College 1995
Certification 1993 IVAS- International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
Certification 1995 AVH - Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
Advanced training in Veterinary Chiropractic - American Veterinary Chiropractic Association 1995
Advanced Homeopathy Session of the AVH Orlando 1994, Eugene 1996
Graduate Advanced Homeopathy Course Tiburon 1998
Diplomate Dynamis School - Jeremy Sherr 1999-2001
Diplomate New England School of Homeopathy 2003-2004
Other training and positions include:
Past President South Florida Veterinary Medical Association
FVMA Gold Start Honoree 1991
Past President and current Treasurer – South Florida Veterinary Foundation (since 1991)
Instructor AVH Advanced Session at AHVMA 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Speaker - Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Conference 1997, 1999, 2002, 2006
Instructor - Advanced Homeopathy Meeting AVH Monterey 2006
Advanced Homeopathy - Jeff Levy - 1998, 1999
Advanced Homeopathic training - Robin Murphy- 1999
Advanced Homeopathy Meeting in Denver 2000, Arizona 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Guest Lecturer National Center for Homeopathy 2005
Lifetime Member National Center for Homeopathy 2005
Past President 1999, 2000 and Honorary Lifetime Member Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
Executive Board of the AHVMA - 2003 - 2007
Presidentt of the AHVMA - 2006
President-Elect - Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy 2007
Thank you for inquiring about our consultation service. We are able to help in most situations even though we may not be able to see your animal in person. To be able to do this successfully, we usually will need to talk to you at some length (at first) so as to determine the pattern of illness from which your animal is suffering. Once we understand the situation, a homeopathic medicine is prescribed along with a recommended diet and appropriate nutritional supplements where indicated.
In most situations that we deal with, the illness is a chronic one, e.g.,
long lasting and requiring treatment over several months. Regular appointments
are necessary every 2 - 4 weeks (depending on the severity of the case). These
follow - up consultations are usually 15 - 30 minutes in length. The treatment
will be adjusted as necessary depending on your progress reports.
If the situation is an acute problem, such as an injury or acute manifestation of an illness, we may move into a remedy more quickly. These types of situations tend to need more immediate care and respond differently than chronic, long standing problems.
Since we want to do the best by our patients, our usual protocol is to only
take on patients that are as committed to the healing of their animal companions
as we are. This may sound arrogant but the saddest part of practice, is to pour
your heart and soul into a case, start making real progress and have the client
decide that it is too much trouble to follow the regimen. On the other hand,
one of the greatest joys of practice is to see the dedicated client with the
"hopeless" case achieve a state of health that conventional medicine
had said was impossible.
Once we have agreed to make this commitment, we schedule a consultation to
discuss the case in detail. This includes a medical history, the current symptoms
and any other relevant factors. We discuss what you can reasonably expect from
therapy and whether this is the correct modality for your situation.
This initial, extended intake is what usually takes the most time as we are gathering all the history and pertinent information together for the first time. Depending on the complexity of the case, this takes about 45 - 60 minutes with you directly and perhaps another 30 minutes in analysis and conference deciding on the treatment approach we are going to use.
Our charges are based on the time we spend on the case, at the rate of $180 an hour (15 minute minimum) and this applies to time reviewing medical records, talking to you, working on the case afterwards and intervening e-mail consultations. In office consultations have an additional $35 office fee. Consultations require a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover) or a prepaid account for payment of services. We do not bill. We charge an initial file set-up fee of $35 when you make your appointment but this is fully credited to your first visit.
If you would like to explore becoming a client with us, the best way is to go to our website at www.naturalholistic.com and follow the instructions for new clients there. You may also call (305) 652-5372 but you will be asked to go tot the website, fill out the appropriate online form and print and fax an authorization before we can make you an appointment, so save time and go tere first and read the material for new clients! . You may also e-mail to Office@naturalholistic.com but the form on the website is usually quicker and most dependable. We do get a large number of calls and cannot take on every client. If our line is set to voice mail, we will make every attempt to contact you a timely fashion.
If you decide to work with us, you have our pledge that we will do our very best to help your animal. We will try to guide you in ways to assist in the healing process. Our goal is a complete cure of the problem, regardless of the diagnosis. Of course, some animals are too old or have been ill too long for a complete cure, but we will do our best to increase the quality of life.
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