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Lecture series focuses on holistic and integrative wellness

concertThe first of the annual DeeDee Arrison Holistic and Integrative Wellness lectures is scheduled for October 23, 2010, at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The day-long event begins at 9 am. It will include educational sessions by leading authorities in the subject matter, lunch, and an afternoon and evening concert by rising stars of the Stradivari Society. The program is open to the public and admission is complimentary, although reservations are requested. Please share your intentions to participate in these events by emailing or calling 607.253.3779.

The program will begin at 9 am with sessions by Dr. Susan Wynn, of the veterinary nutrition and integrative medicine service with Georgia Veterinary Specialists. She will present three sessions:
• Integrative Medicine: Why Owners Want It and Why Veterinarians (and Others) Offer it
• Alternative Nutrition: Diet Fads and Supplements
• Integrative Strategies: Cancer and other Chronics

At 1:45, Dr. Kevin Haussler, an assistant professor of complementary and alternative medicine at Colorado State University, will discuss the following topics:

  • Veterinary Manual Therapy: Principles and Practice
  • Current Equine Chiropractic Research: Objective Measures of Spinal Dysfunction and Treatment
  • Veterinary Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation


At 12:45, the second annual Concert for the Animals will be offered by Carnegie Hall performer Tim Fain, playing a 1717 “Moller” Francesco Gobetti violin. He will be accompanied by violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Robert Koenig. The concert will be offered in the Atrium of the Veterinary Education Center. Stradivarian musicians will offer a second performance also on October 23, 2010, at 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY. Violinists Augustin Hadelich and Yi Jia Susanne Hou will be accompanied by grammy-nominated artist Robert Koenig on the piano. Hadelich will play the 1723 “Kiesewetter” Stradivarius violin. Hou will play the legendary 1735 ex-Kreisler “Mary Portman” Guarneri del Gesu violin.

Wynn is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a clinical internship in Washington, D.C., and a fellowship in viral immunology at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is co-author of four books on holistic medicine, including Veterinary Herbal Medicine, Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine: Science and Tradition, and Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice. After 20 years of clinical practice, she recently completed a nutrition residency with the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Wynn also writes, teaches, and speaks on the subject of clinical nutrition and integrative medicine and is certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and in western herbal medicine through the American Herbalist Guild. Wynn has served as the executive director of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association, president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and on the boards of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.

Haussler graduated from the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a small animal internship in Sacramento, Calif. To further his training in the conservative management of spinal-related disorders, he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic-West to learn how to apply human techniques to animals, obtaining certifications by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Haussler began a private veterinary chiropractic practice for both equine and small animal patients in 1992 and attended the University of California-Davis to pursue a doctorate in spinal anatomy and pathology of Thoroughbred racehorses. Post-doctorate training at Cornell University involved evaluation of normal back mobility, back muscle pain and spinal flexibility in horses. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University and researches the objective assessment of pain, spinal-related disorders, and the initiation of chiropractic and physical therapy/rehabilitation for the management of musculoskeletal injuries.

The program is hosted and sponsored by Clement and Karen Arrison.