Elemental Pet Vets

Freeville, New York

Providing the best integrative care and rehabilitation therapy for your pets.

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Services We Offer

  • Digital Radiography (X-rays)
  • Underwater Treadmill
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Underwater Treadmill
  • Exercise Pool
  • MRI
  • Digital Thermal Imaging
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Full bloodwork capability
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation & Exercise Therapy
  • Chinese Herbal Therapy
  • Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)
  • Tui-Na Massage Therapy
  • Rehabilitation & Exercise Therapy
  • Food Therapy
  • Laser Therapy

Meet Our Team

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Dr. Curtis W. Dewey

DVM, MS, CTCVMP, CCRP Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ACVS

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Janette Dewey

Business Manager

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Dr. Sophie Trowbridge

DVM, CVA

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Dr. Andrea Looney

DVM, DACVAA, DACVSMR, CCRP

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Dr. Michael Koch

VMD, Diplomate ACVM

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Dr. Matt Brunke

DVM, CCRP,CVPP,CVA

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Dr. Shannon Palermo

VMD, Diplomate ACVIM

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Dr. Nora S. Matthews

DVM, DACVAA, Professor Emeritus Texas A&M University

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Dr. Eva Oxford

DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

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Dr. Sarah Ericksen

DVM, MA

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Kasie Sakovitch

Assistant Manager, LVT

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Brandi Santos

Receptionist

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Erika Moat

Assistant

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Dr. Curtis W. Dewey

DVM, MS, CTCVMP, CCRP Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ACVS

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Dr. Dewey is a native of New York and has lived in the Ithaca area for over 2 decades. He received both his BS and DVM degrees from Cornell University and his MS (Anatomy) degree from the University of Georgia. He was a faculty neurologist at both Cornell University and Texas A&M University and worked in private specialty practice at Long Island Veterinary Specialist (LIVS). Prior to launching Elemental Pet Vets, Dr. Dewey provided consulting at both LIVS and Veterinary and Emergency Services (VSES) of Rochester. He is a board-certified neurologist (DACVIM-Neurology) and surgeon (DACVS) with over 30 years of clinical experience. In addition, Dr. Dewey is a certified TCVM practitioner (CTCVMP). This means he is certified in veterinary acupuncture (CVA-through both the Chi Institute and IVAS), Chinese herbal therapy (CVCH), veterinary food therapy (CVFT) and Tui-Na massage therapy (CVTP). Dr. Dewey is also a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP).

Dr. Dewey has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and textbook chapters. He has published the third edition of his own small animal neurology textbook-Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology-with co-editor Ronaldo da Costa and the first edition of his canine acupuncture textbook-Clinician’s Guide to Canine Acupuncture-with co-editor Huisheng Xie. Dr. Dewey co-authored the 4th and 5th editions of Fossum's Small Animal Surgery. Dr. Dewey has served on the editorial review boards for a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Veterinary Surgery, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, and Frontiers in Veterinary Science. Dr. Dewey is a nationally and globally-recognized speaker and educator and recently created his own integrative neurology course for the Chi Institute (now Chi University). In 2014, Dr. Dewey was the recipient of the prestigious ACVECC Hills Jack Mara Award for Scientific Achievement. Since 2019, Dr. Dewey has been a member or the New York State Veterinary Medical Society's Integrative Medicine and Wellness committees. Dr. Dewey and his wife Janette have six children, 6 dogs and five cats.

Janette Dewey

Business Manager

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Loves family and all animals. Hobbies include weight lifting and fixing old buildings.

Dr. Sophie Trowbridge

DVM, CVA

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Dr. Trowbridge grew up in the Finger Lakes and has a deep love of her hometown of Ithaca, NY. Acupuncture can provide hope, in a previously hopeless situation and Sophie has direct experience with that fact for her own pet. Her first experience with acupuncture was with her own greater Swiss mountain dog, Diva. After only a few treatments Diva's quality of life vastly improved. Since then Dr. Trowbridge has been dedicated to becoming a veterinary acupuncturist to provide that same level of care that she witnessed with dogs, cats and horses. Dr. Trowbridge received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from The Chi Institute in Gainesville, Florida. She has a passion for veterinary rehabilitative work and is pursuing training through the Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CCRP) at the University of Tennessee. Outside of her veterinary practice you will find her at CrossFit, stand-up paddle boarding, practicing yoga, and hiking the gorges with her partner Ryan and their black lab Lila.

Dr. Andrea Looney

DVM, DACVAA, DACVSMR, CCRP

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Dr. Looney joins Elemental Pet Vets as a consultant in anesthesia, pain management, and rehabilitation. A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Looney has extensive experience as a clinician, having worked at Angell Animal Medical Center, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Emergency Specialists and Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Andrea is currently employed at Ethos Veterinary Health/Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital. Dr. Looney has also served as a consultant for biomedical research and animal welfare at Albany Medical College, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Harvard University and Veteran's Administration Hospital Systems. Dr. Looney has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters focusing on her specific interests, which include interventional pain management, neuromuscular rehabilitation, locoregional anesthesia, conscious sedation, and intensive/perioperative care.

Dr. Michael Koch

VMD, Diplomate ACVM

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Dr. Koch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary  Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he  received the Jules and Lucy Silver Animal Bedside Manner Award. Dr. Koch is a board-certified member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Matt Brunke

DVM, CCRP,CVPP,CVA

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Dr. Brunke will be joining the EPV team part-time for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine consultation. Matthew W. Brunke , DVM, CCRP,CVPP,CVA is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation . Dr. Brunke is a native New Yorker , growing up in New York City. He graduated from Cornell ( Animal Science ) in 2000 and received his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts in 2004 . He received his certification in canine rehabilitation in 2008 from the University of Tennessee CCRP program and now teaches for that program. He is also certified in pain management ( IVAPM) and acupuncture ( Chi Institute ). He completed his practice experience pathway for the American College of Veterinary Spots Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2017 and passed ACVSMR boards in January 2018. As a diplomate of the VSMR degree , Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients and enjoys both orthopedic and neurological cases. When he's not working, Dr. Brunke enjoys running with his dog Penny , and hiking with both Penny and his Husky mix , Aurora.

Dr. Shannon Palermo

VMD, Diplomate ACVIM

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Dr. Shannon Palermo, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Palermo completed her initial medicine residency at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  While is school, she was the Penn Vet Shelter Medicine Club president and was a recipient of the SVAVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award. Her volunteer work didn't end there; she also worked with the Hand2Paw, working with at-risk youth and shelter animals to help them see a better future. Dr. Palermo has been in the veterinary field for ten years, active both professionally and academically with several published articles to her name. Dr. Palermo also works with Mission Rabies, a non-profit organization committed to helping vaccinate dogs in parts of the world where Rabies is pervasive.

Dr. Nora S. Matthews

DVM, DACVAA, Professor Emeritus Texas A&M University

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Nora Matthews graduated from veterinary school at Cornell University and was in practice (in upstate NY) before returning to Cornell for an anesthesia residency, which She completed in 1985. Nora Matthews was on faculty at Washington State and Oklahoma State University before going to Texas A&M University in 1989. she spent 24-1/2 years there before retiring in July 2013. Nora has always been a clinical anesthesiologist, spending 50% (or more) time on clinics in the teaching hospital. She published >60 articles in referred journals and numerous book chapters on anesthesia and analgesia with a sub-specialty in pharmacokinetics and anesthesia of donkeys and mules. She also has a particular interest in monitoring equipment. Nora is the past president of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and has also spoken at over 150 veterinary meetings, from local to international. While Nora has enormously enjoyed her time at universities, she is enjoying being a relief anesthesiologist in various clinics and working with residents in practice.

Dr. Eva Oxford

DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

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Dr. Eva Oxford graduated from Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio) with a Bachelor of Science in biology before moving to Upstate New York in 2002.  There, she earned a PhD from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2007, studying inherited arrhythmias in the boxer (dog).  She attended Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine from 2008-2012, followed by a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Medical Center of Central New York, before returning to Cornell to complete a residency in cardiology in 2017.

Dr. Oxford is a Board-Certified veterinary cardiologist, with a passion for client education and support during the management of cardiac disease in their pets.  In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Oxford has been active in the research of inherited cardiovascular diseases of the dog for many years.  She has led research projects funded through the NIH, American Heart Association, the Morris Animal Foundation, and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  She was an adjunct assistant professor in Molecular Medicine at Cornell from 2017-2020, where she studied the embryologic origins of sinus node dysfunction and atrial fibrillation in a mouse model.  Currently, she lives outside of Ithaca, NY with her family and ever-growing collection of rescued pets.

Dr. Sarah Ericksen

DVM, MA

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Dr. Sarah Ericksen received her B.A. in Political Science and minor in Forensics from the University of West Florida and her M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Ericksen previously worked for the University of San Francisco as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions prior to going back to school to study veterinary medicine. Dr. Ericksen received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2019 and completed a one-year shelter medicine internship at Cornell. Her veterinary areas of interest include community outreach, emergency medicine, disaster preparedness, policy and legislative issues surrounding animal welfare. Dr. Ericksen lives with her husband, young son, 3 Great Pyrenees, and 5 cats including a troublemaking Bengal. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Kasie Sakovitch

Assistant Manager, LVT

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Born and raised in upstate NY, Kasie has always had a passion for animals. Having left her first career as an exotic animal trainer, Kasie became a licensed veterinary technician after graduating from Johnson College. She also holds degrees in wildlife management and education, animal behavior, and exotic animal training and husbandry. Kasie also completed her Bachelor's in Psychology at Binghamton University.

Spending most of her veterinary career in the small animal intensive care unit at Cornell University Hospital for Animals, she started at Elemental Pet Vets in 2020. At EPV, Kasie focuses on rehabilitation and other modalities of therapy. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). Kasie also serves as the assistant manager at Elemental Pet Vets.

In her free time, Kasie enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and five pets. She also enjoys playing softball, adding to her never ending collection of succulents, and playing video games. Kasie loves sports, and is a huge Yankees fan.

Brandi Santos

Receptionist

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Brandi is a receptionist at EPV, her passion has always been with animals. It was a childhood dream to be able to care and provide for them. Brandi grew up locally to the area and has been in customer service for over 10 years providing astounding administrative assistant skills. Outside of EPV she is a mother to a vigorous toddler and their presumptuous calico cat.

Erika Moat

Assistant

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Erika Moat is an assistant at EVP. She has an associates degree in Biology and Fine Arts. She is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster program for LVT's and is also working on Fear Free Certification. Erika's past work experiences include Ithaca Pet Supply, private boarding kennels, the Humane Society of Montour Falls, and VSES Rochester. She has one dog, one cat, and one parrot.

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About Elemental Pet Vets, PLLC

Elemental Pet Vets (EPV) is a center for integrative small animal medicine with a scope that includes both general practice and specialized veterinary medicine. Integrative veterinary medicine refers to the merging of physiological concepts, diagnostic modalities and treatment options that are considered “conventional” with those considered less conventional.

Conventional vs non-conventional is often viewed as Western vs Eastern medicine but there are many newer Western-based treatment options that are still viewed as non-conventional options. The common practice of separating these two aspects of medicine (conventional vs non-conventional) is arbitrary and often confusing. For example, many previously categorized “non-conventional” medical treatments have become conventional over time and considered common practice. Also, some conventional medical therapies have been shown to be of questionable efficacy or ineffective yet are still commonly used to treat patients.

Forcing a categorical division between veterinary treatment options has resulted in a plethora of terms to discern what constitutes a non-conventional option. These terms include holistic, complementary, alternative, natural and others. At EPV, we do not separate treatment modalities or the concepts behind them into conventional or non-conventional; we are a truly integrative veterinary medical center.


Elemental Pet Vets was the vision of Dr. Curtis W. Dewey and his wife Janette. He is well-established as an integrative veterinary practitioner. He is also the only certified TCVM practitioner (CTCVMP) in the area and was recently the recipient of the 2021 DVM360 Veterinary Hero Award for Integrative Medicine. The goal for EPV was to establish an integrative veterinary medical center with an emphasis on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and rehabilitation therapy options. This goal was fueled both by a passion for these treatment modalities and a recognized need for them in the pet-owning community.

We opened our doors in December of 2019, just before the world changed dramatically. Along with the COVID pandemic came a drastic change in veterinary medicine locally and worldwide. The demand for veterinary services of all types skyrocketed as the available supply of such services diminished. When we opened EPV, we anticipated adding services over time, but did not envision the dire need to provide more options to pets so quickly. We decided early on during the pandemic that we needed to expand EPV’s services as soon as we were able to do so. We continue to expand while maintaining our commitment to integrative veterinary medicine.

There has always been an element of stress involved in veterinary practice and this has unfortunately been magnified by the pandemic. At EPV, striving for a harmonious work environment and a proper work-life balance is not just a concept we support, it is something we insist upon. When clients enter our building, they often comment on how relaxed the environment is. The pets seem to feel this too. Part of this relaxed atmosphere is due to the surroundings. Our clinic purposefully looks like a home, replete with oriental rugs and antique furniture (the vast majority of which came from auctions and re-use centers).

The other essential ingredient to EPV’s calming environment is our commitment to the well-being of all of our staff members. We refer to our group as our EPV family, and we recognize that mutually supporting one another is crucial to a happy work environment.

Elemental Pet Vets (EPV) is more than an integrative veterinary hospital. EPV is a global leader in integrative veterinary medicine. Our doctors have published in major veterinary textbooks, peer-reviewed journals, and other venues.  In addition, they have lectured locally, nationally, and internationally. We have conducted and continue to conduct clinical research trials to improve canine and feline health. We are approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Board’s (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to provide continuing education to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. In short, EPV not only offers some of the best veterinary professionals in the business, but we also play a pivotal role in educating other veterinary professionals through publications and continuing education seminars.

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Patient Reviews

Dr Dewey and his team have been a pleasure to work with. Starting with the first phone call, to watching our dog Marley trot into the facility without a care in the world. Meanwhile forgetting he’s terrified of the vet, and that he wasn’t walking just an hour before. The office is in a relaxed setting which gave us a sense of comfort during a very tense time. Dr Dewey was able to quickly diagnose and provide options for treatment. Our family is very thankful to have been recommended to Dr Dewey and plan to bring our other dogs to him should we ever need to. Thank you!

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Danielle Cox

My dog was suffering from rapid mobility degeneration. My vet in Buffalo was stumped. Neither Rochester nor Buffalo have a veterinary neurologist ! My dog also needed an MRI for proper diagnosis. Elemental was the perfect answer. Elemental fit me in right away recognizing the urgency of my dog’s situation. Dr Dewey was very knowledgeable and attentive and took the time to explain the medical issues to me in layman’s terms. Now 6 weeks later, due to medicine and electro acupuncture ,my dog has improved greatly. I highly recommend Dr Dewey.

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Barbara Mcqueeney

Dr Dewey and his staff are extraordinary We are so fortunate to have his practice here in central NY. He is a dedicated neurologist and surgeon and is internationally recognized. He diagnosed a puppy in my rescue within minutes that was essentially paralyzed and unable to walk. Her diagnosis evaded many vets before she got to him. He had her on her feet and running in a week. His experience and knowledge is exceptional. He’s also very personable. He has treated 2 other dogs in my rescue successfully as well as one of my personal dogs recently. His staff are pleasant and compassionate. I highly recommend EPV and cannot say enough good about them. I’m so glad I found them.

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Seventh Heaven Rescue

Top notch care. All of the staff were very friendly and sweet to me & my dogs. One of my dogs is very scared of most vets and won't even let them touch him, but he is not scared there and does great! I've taken multiple dogs there now and they've all done wonderfully. Dr. Dewey is very knowledgeable and a fabulous doctor, and his team is lovely. I've always felt my dogs are in great hands there. They were diagnosed quickly, effectively, and their treatment plans have all worked very well. They've helped my dogs so much. I can't say enough good things about this practice!

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Bailey Lyons

Appointments

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Please be advised that there will be a $75.00 cancellation/no show fee imposed on all cancellations made less than 24 hrs of a scheduled appointment. We know that this may seem like a very expensive penalty; however, please understand that-by not showing up and leaving an empty spot on the schedule- you are taking up an appointment time that another patient on our waiting list could have benefitted from. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Contact

In Case of Emergency Call:
VCA col Animal Hospital (607)-257-3650
Cornell University Hospital for Animals (607)-253-3060

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