This year's Seminar will feature Dr. Carolina Medina, a Clinical Assistant Professor from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. In lectures and presentations that will be offered throughout the day, she will explore various aspects and the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture. A special performance by Rising Stars of the Stradivari Society will be held at 12:45.
9:00 ............... Continental breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 ... Exploring acupuncture (lecture; open to all)
This lecture will cover the definition of acupuncture, acupuncture's mechanisms of action, acupuncture point
locations, methods of acupuncture stimulation, clinical indications, and contra-indications. This lecture will be
delivered at an introductory level and will be appropriate for those working in veterinary medicine as
veterinarians, veterinary technicians/nurses and veterinary students.
10:45-11:45 ... Science Says So: The therapeutic benefits of acupuncture (lecture; open to all)
This lecture will cover veterinary research that is focused on the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture. It will
also include case examples related to the research studies presented. The purpose of this lecture is to inform
the audience of this research and an emphasis on its clinical relevance to veterinary medicine will be
discussed. This lecture will be appropriate for those working in veterinary medicine as veterinarians, veterinary
technicians/nurses and veterinary students.
Noon ............. Lunch
12:45 ............. Concert for the Animals presented by Rising Stars of the Stradivari Society (open to all)
Carnegie Hall performer Tim Fain will highlight the afternoon performance. He will be accompanied by 16-year-old violinist Anna Lee and pianist Robert Koenig, all Rising Stars of the Stradivari Society. The concert will be offered in the Atrium of the Veterinary Education Center.
1:45 - 3:00 .......Perfecting your acupuncture skills (laboratory; for veterinarians and veterinary students)
This laboratory will focus on defining the anatomical location of commonly used acupuncture points, how to
needle acupuncture points, how to perform an acupuncture treatment, and how to remove acupuncture
needles. This laboratory will require the use of live dogs and the participants will be needling the dogs, after a
demonstration, under the direct supervision of Dr. Medina. This laboratory will be restricted to veterinarians
and veterinary students as it is required to be a veterinarian to perform acupuncture in New York.
Lectures presented in the John D. Murray Lecture Hall
Lunch and Concert Presented in the Atrium
Dr. Medina received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduating veterinary school, Dr. Medina completed a 14-month clinical internship in Acupuncture at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005-2006, the Chi Institute and China's National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine granted her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbology, Tui Na Massage Therapy and Food Therapy. She was one of the founders of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine serving as the secretary and treasurer, and has been an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine since its inception in 2006. In 2010, she became certified in canine rehabilitation therapy through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Currently, she works as a clinical assistant professor and service chief of the Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Service at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Space in the afternoon laboratory will be limited.
About the Performers
With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene. The “charismatic young violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts, and first rate chops” (Boston Globe) was featured as the sound of Richard Gere’s violin in Bee Season. Selected as one of Symphony magazine’s “Up-and-Coming Young Musicians of 2006,” and a StradMagazine 2007 “Pick of Up and Coming Musicians,” Fain has recently captured the Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Young Concert Artists International Award. As The Washington Post recently raved, “Fain has everything he needs for a first-rate career.”
Pianist Robert Koenig has quickly established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, and the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, and Aaron Rosand.
Violinst Anna Lee, now 16-years-old, was born in Seoul, Korea, and started playing violin at age 4. When she was 5, she performed the Paganini Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and at age 6 she played the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Bradell Heights Symphony Orchestra (Singapore). Anna has participated in the Aspen Music Festival on a full scholarship where she gave a live National Public Radio performance to much acclaim. In 2006, Anna made her Avery Fisher Hall debut playing with the Little Orchestra Society. In 2007, Anna was a top Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship winner on the NPR Program From the Top, and she was recently named a Young Scholar by the same Foundation. She has also appeared on the radio shows, Good Morning Singapore and Good Morning Japan and she has claimed top prizes in the 2010 Menhuhin Competition. In April 2011, she played with the New York Philharmonic after winning their Young Artist Competition. Anna attends the pre-college division of the Juilliard School on a full scholarship where she has studied with Masao Kawasaki since age 6. Her violin was made by Nicolo Amati violin in 1637, and it is on loan from the Stradivari Society.
Please register early by contacting Tracey Friedrichsen at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-253-3779 by October 6, 2011.
When Clement and Karen Arrison’s 10-year old Briard DeeDee was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in September of 2008, the outlook was grim. The tumor’s location and DeeDee’s age made aggressive surgery too complex and dangerous, and the Arrisons, along with the radiation oncology team at CUHA, felt that chemotherapy was not an appropriate choice. Instead, DeeDee began a series of palliative radiation treatments and was given a survival prognosis of just eight weeks.
Assembling the Team
During this emotional time, the Arrisons began to ask CUHA veterinarians about incorporating other modalities into DeeDee’s treatment, but found holistic alternatives available at Cornell to be limited. Undaunted, the Arrisons assembled an integrated “dream team” of medical and holistic practitioners to care for their beloved dog. “We wanted to use the best that each approach had to offer us,” said Arrison, noting that there was a great sharing of information among the ensemble.
From Cornell, the team included Dr. Margaret McEntee, Professor of Oncology, Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition, and Dr. Andrea Looney, Senior Lecturer in Anesthesia and Chief of the Pain Management Service. The Arrisons also recruited Dr. Cynthia Lankenau, a Cornell veterinary graduate who specializes in holistic and homeopathic treatments, and Lillie Goodrich, an animal communicator.
A Better Outcome
DeeDee responded very well to her treatments. According to Dr. McEntee, the Chinese herbs administered by Dr. Lankenau appeared to significantly reduce bleeding from the tumor. The Arrisons, great music aficionados, also played recordings of classical violin during DeeDee’s radiation sessions, and were personally present for the procedures.
According to Arrison, DeeDee did not waste away from cancer and enjoyed a good quality of life until she died peacefully at their summer cottage. With the help of a comprehensive, customized program that combined alternative and traditional techniques, DeeDee enjoyed an additional eleven months with her family from the time of her initial diagnosis. “DeeDee taught us to open our minds and consider complementary therapies alongside traditional approaches,” said Looney.
A Way Forward
“It struck me during all this, that these options could and should one day be available to every patient at the CUHA,” said Arrison. “Cornell has the great talent and the think tank to put this together for people in a much more digestible form.”
To move Cornell toward that goal, the Arrisons have endowed the DeeDee Arrison Holistic and Integrative Medicine Seminar Series. The series will enable the College to bring in leading speakers on topics such as acupuncture, herbal and homeopathy, homotoxicology therapies, nutrition and supplemental therapies, wellness, and Eastern medicine, topics in which students are expressing an increasing level of interest.
Although proponents of alternative and holistic therapies point to thousands of years of successful outcomes, significant resistance remains within the mainstream of the veterinary profession, noted McEntee. “Research into these approaches lags far behind research into traditional veterinary techniques,” she said. “As scientists, we are trained only to accept research-based protocols.” Building awareness regarding holistic and integrative therapies among tomorrow’s clinicians and researchers is a critical first step toward rigorous scientific investigation.