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At a young age, Dr. Chen spent a majority of his time caring for the animals he loved. His various pets ranged from fish and hamsters to cats and dogs. He studied at the University of California, San Diego, where he received his B.A. in business and economics with a minor in biology. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a research associate at the Neuromuscular Laboratory in La Jolla, CA. During his time there, he discovered veterinary medicine and went on to attend Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Chen went on to complete an intensive one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists before joining the team as the Director of Emergency Services.
Dr. Chen was thrilled to serve as the Long Island Veterinary Specialists’ Director of Emergency Services for five years. During this time, he developed an interest in acupuncture and integrative medicine. To further his education in those areas, he attended the CHI Institute in Florida to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and is studying herbal medical therapies.
Combining Eastern and Western medicine, integrative medicine provides a bridge for synergistic therapies in the treatment of various disease conditions by integrating the best aspects of alternative and traditional treatment options. Dr. Chen’s main focus is on the benefits of Eastern medicine and acupuncture on pets with chronic or uncontrolled pain.
When he’s not working, Dr. Chen enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, playing basketball and traveling.
At home, he enjoys spending time with his two adopted cats, Charlie and Tucker.
How I become interested in acupuncture and integrative medicine?
I was brought up in a typical Chinese family, so my parents and grandparents used herbal medication and acupuncture for a multitude of reasons. Growing up, I actually believed herbal medication and acupuncture to be a type of voodoo medicine, equivalent to magic. A large portion of my life was arguing against herbal medications and acupuncture with my family, until about five years ago.
At this point in my life, I had just finished my rotating internship in Long Island and was about to start my career as a veterinarian. I decided that after 10 years of schooling, I needed to see the world and experience life, so I took a few months off and backpacked through China and parts of Europe. During my trip to China, I experienced an episode of severe back pain, unable to stand and walk for even short periods of time.
Taking NSAIDs and using heat pads and muscle relaxers did little to ease my pain; it was overwhelming and limited the activities I could participate in on my trip. After talking with the tour guide, I decided to seek acupuncture as a last resort. After a 30-minute session, I was not impressed; I did not feel anything different, but as the day went on, I felt my back loosen and I felt nothing. Feeling nothing was the best feeling I ever felt at that moment. I became a believer. I currently have issues with my back every few months after an intense workout session or long games of basketball, but I rely on acupuncture to ease my pain.
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