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, 6 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.

Dr. Andrea Looney


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.

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Nora S. Matthews, DVM, DACVAA, Professor Emeritus Texas A&M University 


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. Michael Koch

Michael Koch, VMD, Diplomate ACVM 

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


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.

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Dr. Shannon Palermo

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.