Dr. LaShelle Easton grew up surrounded by stuffed animals, in a room covered in animal posters, but it never occurred to her at the time that veterinary medicine might be in her future.
She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in geology and went to work for the National Park Service–first as a park ranger, and later as a computer geek.
Right about the time she started to wonder whether a life in computing was really for her, Dr. Easton’s beloved Cat Mandu became ill. Frustrated by the lack of treatment options available in traditional veterinary medicine, Dr. Easton began to investigate other modalities.
One day, she called her mother and said, “Hey Mom! Did you know there are people who do acupuncture on animals? Isn’t that amazing?”
“You’d be great at that!” her mom replied.
And then she found out that you have to be a licensed veterinarian to become an animal acupuncturist.
“Well, THAT will never happen,” she said.
Never say never, folks.
Dr. Easton went on to graduate from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and she is passionate about providing balanced, integrative medicine for animals.
Dr. Easton trained in small and large animal acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and has taken additional coursework in nutrition, medical massage, laser therapy, and herbal medicine. She is a Usui Reiki Master, and recently completed a year-long apprenticeship in animal communication with Terri O’Hara.
Dr. Easton is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies, and volunteers regularly for several non-profit organizations. She lives in Twisp with her husband and their small menagerie.