510 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065
Axl Rose, a fun loving and adventurous 8 year-old Yorkshire Terrier, is the love of his owner, Debra Brown’s life. Little Axl’s curiosity, though, nearly caused him to lose his life when he accidentally ingested an undiluted floor cleaning solution that contained a highly poisonous compound – quaternary ammonium – found on the floor of a local groomer.
Dr. Leilani Alvarez is the director of The Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service. Dr. Alvarez practices Integrative Medicine, which combines Western medicine with Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Integrative Medicine includes therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and physical rehabilitation, which help to increase the overall health of a patient and can often increase the success of Western treatments.
Prior to her practice in complementary and alternative medicine, Dr. Alvarez worked as an emergency and critical care veterinarian for over six years. She was the founder of a successful Integrative Medicine service at a busy specialty hospital in Westchester, NY prior to arriving at The Animal Medical Center. She was featured in Westchester Magazine's Top Vets of 2011 and was also chosen for Top Vets of 2012. Dr. Alvarez was also featured in a March 2009 article in US News and World Report, “Animals Respond to Acupuncture’s Healing Touch.”
Dr. Alvarez offers acupuncture to dogs and cats (including dry needle, electroacupuncture, aquapuncture, and laser acu-stimulation), physical rehabilitation (including low-level therapeutic laser, therapeutic ultrasound, under water treadmill, pulsed electric magnetic field therapy, myofascial trigger point release, manual therapies and home exercise programs), food therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, and geriatric care.
In addition, Dr. Alvarez has completed over two years of training in Chinese herbal medicine and is one of very few veterinarians certified in this emerging field.
Dr. Alvarez is also fluent in Spanish.