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 has served on their national board and is the current (1999) president He presently has a 100% holistic practice in Florida where he both sees clients and does telephone consultations in homeopathy all over the world.
Graduated University of Pennsylvania 1977
International Acupuncture Society Course 1992
Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Professional Course 1993
American Veterinary Chiropractic Course 1994
Advanced Homeopathy Session Orlando 1994
Advanced Homeopathy Session Eugene 1996
Speaker - Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Conference 1997
Advanced Homeopathy Course Tiburon 1998
Advanced Homeopathy - Jeff Levy - 1998, 1999
Homeopathic training - Robin Murphy- 1999
Speaker - Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Conference 1999
Advanced Homeopathy Meeting in Denver 2000
Dynamis School 3 year training - Jeremy Sherr 1999-2001
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 $120 an hour and this applies to both time talking to you and also working on the case afterwards. Consultations require a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover) or a prepaid account for payment of services. We do not bill.
If you would like to explore becoming a client with us, please call (305) 652-5372. You may also e-mail to Officel@naturalholistic.com but the phone 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. The biggest obstacle to a return call is an unclear phone number left on the message, so speak slowly and clearly.
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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