Our Team

Dr. Curtis W. Dewey, DVM, MS, CTCVMP, CCRP

Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ACVS

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, nine dogs and five cats.

Alain Giroux, DVM, DACVR

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology



Alain Giroux, DVM, DACVR

Dr. Giroux graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal in 1995. Since completion of his residency at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, Dr. Giroux has served as a Board-Certified Radiologist performing radiology, ultrasounds, and CT consultations. Also, he led and participated in numerous ultrasound labs and lectures for veterinarians, in upstate New York and in major veterinary conferences.

Dr. Sophie Trowbridge DVM, CVA

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.


1610 Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068


Hours of Operation



       607-697-0443 (fax)


By Appointment Only

Area of Service

Ithaca, NY

Tri-state ,  NY region

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