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					  April 2011

Welcome to Dr. Natasha Kassel, CVCC Associate                                                 The CVCC is pleased to welcome
Natasha Kassel, VMD, as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Kassel brings to our practice a specialty in holistic veterinary medicine
and a long history with the CVCC.
                                                                       Natasha says she has wanted to be a vet since she could say
                                                                 the word. She grew up around animals, always had horses and
                                                                 dogs, at one time had 14 guinea pigs, and loved to bring home the
                                                                 occasional frog. Both parents were medical professionals—her
                                                                 father a neurosurgeon and her mother a nurse—and so were
                                                                 very supportive of her interests.
                                                                      Born in Philadelphia, where both her parents had attended
                                                                 Penn (also Dr. Schulman’s alma mater), her family moved to
                                                                 Charlottesville when she was 16. While at UVa as a pre-veterinary
                                                                 student, she spent a year under Dr. Schulman’s mentorship,
                                                                 where she shadowed, assisted, observed surgery, and learned
                                                                 about every facet of clinic life. When she was accepted to Penn’s
                                                                 Veterinary School of Medicine, where both of her parents and Dr.
                                                                 Schulman were alums, she was thrilled.
                                                                      After graduating from vet school in 1994, she and husband-
                                                                 to-be moved to Washington state where they both practiced as
veterinarians. While there, she enrolled in Dr. Pitcairn’s yearlong course in Veterinarian Homeopathy, and upon completion,
opened her holistic practice. She also taught in the Veterinary Technician program at the local community college for several
years.
     Natasha and her husband decided to return to Philadelphia, where they had met, to start a family and continue their
practice. Her family has since divided their time between the Philadelphia community they love, and Charlottesville, where they
have family. Natasha is available for holistic veterinary consultations—in person at our clinic or on a house call basis when she is
in Charlottesville, and for phone consultations at all other times. We welcome her as she rejoins our CVCC family. For more
information or to schedule a consult with Dr. Kassel, contact us at 823-4300.



Therapy for Pain and Healing without Pharmaceutical Drugs
Many of us grew up thinking of lasers as something from a science fiction movie. But lasers—devices that emit a
specific color array and concentration of light—have found their way into a wide range of uses, including
medicine, for both humans and animals. Always looking for new ways to help your pets, the CVCC added
American-made K-Laser therapy to our practice over three years ago, and we are the only veterinarian in
Albemarle County to offer this service. We want to share our success stories with you!



Laser therapy is a powerful deep tissue therapeutic aid. laser therapy can help to
reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasms and speed tissue healing from injury,
inflammation, and surgery. During each painless treatment, laser energy increases
circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area, speeding
healing. You can imagine that laser is a very popular treatment widely used among
athletes, including the New York Yankees!




   Similar to the strength of surgical lasers, this unit disperses light over a
       wider area, safely, to penetrate tissues deeply and deliver the
       beneficial effects. These benefits include controlling pain, reducing
       inflammation and speeding healing times by changing the
       physiologic reactions at the target site: reducing histamine,
       prostagalndin and other mediators of tissue injury. The patients that
       have benefited most are older dogs and cats with arthritic pain and
       limited mobility, poorly healing wounds, and soft tissue injuries like
       contusions due to trauma. Increased Circulation
               Immune Stimulation
               Muscle Relaxation
               Improved Vascular Activity
               Accelerated Cell Reproduction and Growth
               Stimulation of Nerve Regeneration
               Increased Metabolic Activity
In our practice, we have treated both cats and dogs with arthritis, injuries, and in
post-surgery (every surgery patient receives a therapeutic laser treatment along the
incision to reduce repair time). We have been very pleased to see the results:
animals have gone from being unable to walk to being able to jump into a car; from
being in pain to . . . . And we are also pleased to see that your pets enjoy the
treatments! Even pets that were initially cranky about being touched, gladly
submitted to their treatments within the first few minutes, and had no hesitation in
subsequent treatments.

A typical laser treatment series is six treatments over three weeks. However, when
a condition is minor or addressed in its earliest stages, as few as two or three
sessions can be sufficient!




Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy occurs when a therapeutic laser light interacts with cells, higher
ATP levels are produced which then boosts DNA production, this improves cell membrane permeability and
initiates the release of nitric oxide. These three events then lead to a cascade of beneficial effects increasing
cellular energy and health.

Laser Therapeutic Effects
 During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawin
water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduce
inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is
restored and pain is relieved.

K-Laser Class IV Therapy Promotes:

               Increased Circulation
               Immune Stimulation
Muscle Relaxation
Improved Vascular Activity
Accelerated Cell Reproduction and Growth
Stimulation of Nerve Regeneration
Increased Metabolic Activity

				
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