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Meet Julie Mayer of Integrative Veterinarian in Central Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Mayer.

Julie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ever since I was a little girl and could say the word veterinarian I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I loved animals and would bring home strays and try to hatch bird eggs that had fallen out of the nest and squirrels who were hit by bicyclists, etc. I had the desire to help animals. I was determined to get excellent grades in High School (which I did) and worked very hard to get into one of the two colleges in Illinois that offered Zoology as a major. I had a 4.0 out of a 4.0 GPA in High School. I maintained my grades in college and took as many animal related classes that I could. My Senior year of undergrad college I applied to a few veterinarian schools and was accepted at the University of Illinois….my home state. Vet school was challenging but I loved science and I loved to learn. After four years of vet school I graduated Honors and was released into the “real world”. I became an associate veterinarian at an animal hospital on the North Side of Chicago. I gained a lot of experience and a good reputation. But, after 5 years of being in the field I felt that I was not curing my patients. I was discovering that most of them would come back with the same issues at one point or another. This frustrated me and I became disappointed with veterinary medicine and I was in a rut until one of the technicians who I worked with introduced me to the only veterinarian in Chicago who was certified in acupuncture for animals. Well, this was the turning point in my life and I became the second veterinarian in Chicago back in the “90s”to be certified in acupuncture for animals! This skill was like no other that I learned in school and it made sense to me and was very effective with NO side effects. I gradually left general medicine and formed my own Holistic Veterinary business called Healing Arts for Animals. I then realized that acupuncture alone was not enough to heal some of my patients, so I became certified in Chiropractic and Herbs for animals. The healing results that I achieved with these skills were tremendous and I pursued Holistic Veterinary Medicine. Finally, I discovered that I could cure and help my patients heal and improve their quality of life with a more natural approach. The results were amazing, and I soon gained a reputation. Gradually my clients became more aware of these other opportunities for their pets’ care and they were eager to try these other methods of healing. Then the rest of my career was devoted to a more Holistic approach to healing and it was (and still is) very rewarding to everyone.

I was seeing some remarkable results, but I knew that I needed some other skills to improve the quality of life for my patients, so I went to chiropractic school for veterinarians and added that to my repertoire. I was experiencing some amazing results and soon I was a very reputable Holistic veterinarian. When the discipline of rehabilitation for animals became organized I jumped right into that field and became certified in Animal Rehabilitation and served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians. With the help of two of my clients we opened the first rehabilitation and wellness center for pets in Chicago! Here we had rehab equipment, herbs and supplements, and natural modalities to help pets in need and in pain. We were the Pioneers in this field in Chicago. At one point I was named one of “Chicago’s Best Vets” by Chicago Magazine and received the 2010 Iams Eukanuba AARV award for excellence in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation. Now I am exclusively practicing Holistic Veterinary Medicine in Arizona and teaching rehabilitation and holistic medicine to the veterinary students at Midwestern University. I am very passionate of what I do, and my skill set, and my goal is to improve the quality of life for our pet companions without too many drugs or unnecessary surgeries/treatments. I love what I do and feel satisfied when I can improve the quality of life for my patients in a more natural way.

Has it been a smooth road?
I have been blessed with my career path. I feel that I was put on this planet to do what I do now. It was meant to be. But, nothing comes easy in life and I worked very hard to do the best that I can and always will! The struggles were mostly the time, money, and commitment to achieve my goals. but well worth it!.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Integrative Veterinarian – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a strictly a Holistic practitioner. I do not dispense any pharmaceuticals. I do not perform surgeries or practice general medicine. I perform acupuncture, chiropractic, rehabilitation modalities, and dispense herbs and homeopathics instead of conventional medicines which is very unique in the veterinary community. I am very proud to be able to improve the quality of life for my patients and increase their longevity without medications and their inherent side effects.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Receiving awards and the recognition of my efforts. I was voted one of “Chicago’s Best Vets” by Chicago Magazine and received the 2010 Iams Eukanuba AARV award for excellence in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation. And most recently the Scottsdale Small Business Excellence selection group has chosen Integrative Veterinarian for the 2017 Scottsdale Small Business Excellence Award in the Veterinarians classification for the second year in a row! And I have also been appointed Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for the Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and will be teaching classes there.

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