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Leilani Alvarez DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM

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Director of The Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service

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 County, NY prior to arriving at The Animal Medical Center. She was selected by NY1 News as "NYer of the Week" in January 2014 and was featured in Westchester Magazine's Top Vets of 2011 and 2012. 

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.
 

Education

  • BS - Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Suma Cum Laude - double major in Biology and German, 1996.
  • DVM - University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA,  Magna Cum Laude, and Certification in International Veterinary Medicine, 2002.

Postgraduate Training

  • Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgical Internship - The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY, 2002-2003.
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist - International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, 2008.
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist - Canine Rehabilitation Institute, 2009.
  • Certification in Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine - College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies, January 2012.
     

Recent Publications

  • Alvarez, L. Herbal Therapy in a Dog with Severe Atopic Dermatitis. Journal of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (JIVT) 2(1) March, 2012, Vol 2, Issue 1: 5-12.
  • Alvarez, L. Acupuncture Treatment for a Bichon Frise with Pain and Ataxia following Cervical Disk Surgery. The Meridian. American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. Oct 2008, Vol 10, No. 4: 11-18.

Recent Press

Pet Stories

  • Sweepy & Shuni

    The doctors of the Animal Medical Center saved my cat Sweepy's life and gave her another five wonderful years of life. This was my most dramatic experience with the AMC but neither my first nor last. 

  • Daisy the Guinea Pig

    Daisy, my three year old guinea pig recently had surgery at the Animal Medical Center to remove an infected toe on her front foot.  Dr. Quesenberry tried to save it with antibiotics, cream and bandages before having to perform surgery.

  • A Shih Tzu Named Shai

    We adopted Shai through a foster family to discover she was mostly blind from abuse. Only months later, her retina detached and she became fully blind. This brave and small Shih Tzu still acclimated well, until she suffered a stroke. We came home to a normally snuggly pup who that day could not get up off of her side. 

  • Kugel's Story

    Kugel found us or we found Kugel only a few years ago - not sure how the story starts. But, since we first got Kugel she was very sick. The fabulous Dr. Kim Alexander helped us determine it was gastric lymphoma. 

  • Katie's Story

    Thanks to Dr. Chick Weisse, Katie will turn 3 this October. Katie was diagnosed with a liver shunt at 3 months old. Dr. Weisse put her on medications till she was old enough to have the surgery correct her problem. 

  • Sandy the Beagle

    Read the 2013 UPDATE! Two years ago Sandy, my 10 year old Beagle began drinking excess amounts of water. Concerned, but not thinking it was life threatening, I brought her to my local vet. The doctor ran some blood tests. Then he told me it could be a sign of cancer.

  • Nico, Our Little Bundle of Joy

    Nico is our little bundle of Joy! He loves to play with his favorite squeaky toys, his best bud aka brother Tsember the German Shepherd, loves all the yummy treats he can get and can get super hyper with excitement; especially when you come home or when his bud Tsember comes over to play.

  • Happy 9th Birthday, Polly!

    Today is my little Polly’s 9th birthday. Without AMCNY, she would not have this day. I got her when she 10 weeks old and deathly ill with pneumonia. We had been to several vets and many tried the usual treatments, to no avail. 

  • Gypsy the Cat

    In the early 1990s, I adopted a male tabby kitten, the runt of the litter. I named him Gypsy. He was a beautiful, playful little guy who drove my older cat crazy with his antics. 

  • Hiro, Our Hero

    Hiro is our 3 year old cockapoo. When we got him neutered at 7 months, the vet we took him to accidentally cut his urethra. Once we learned of this accident the next day, we rushed Hiro to the AMC where reconstructive surgery was successfully performed! 

  • Brownnie's Story

    My beautiful Brownnie was diagnosed with Cancer to her leg about two years ago. She went through radiation treatment and battled infections from time to time. However, her strength and will to continue living was so extraordinary, that she kept fighting until the last minute. 

  • Our Christmas Miracle

    Our beloved bunny Chesney is currently undergoing treatment at the AMC for an intestinal blockage. Dr. Frohlich and Dr. Quesenberry decided to extend his treatment for an additional 24 hours, and we received the Christmas miracle we have been hoping for. Chesney will be home for the holidays! 

  • In loving memory of Doris

    In loving memory of my cat Doris - 10/2/1995 -11/22/2011. You're always in my heart.

  • Thank you, Dr. Moore

    Dr. Moore has taken care of our rabbit for many years. He has gone above and beyond what a doctor would do.

  • Anaid the Quaker Parrot

    After a very brief illness our beloved Quaker Parrot (Anaid) of 12 years passed away, suddenly, yesterday (10/17/12). Our sincere Thanks and Appreciation to the Staff of AMC for their services.

  • Thank you, AMC!

    Dear AMC, We just left the ER with our cat, Chatel, in a kitty coffin, and I did not remember to thank your staff, esp. our Vet, properly. I don't even recall our doctor's name, but it is important to me that she is properly commended for being so lovely, thoughtful, and caring through a sad event.

  • Zarina's Story

    In loving memory of Zarina who passed away on August 18, 2011. Thanks for all those 16 years of happiness and joy. 

  • Update on Nico

    This is a follow up to Nico's story posted here in 2010. After 17 years of providing unconditional love and companionship, Nico passed away on July 9, 2012.

  • Tabitha the Tabby

    Tabitha has been a part of my life for over 15 years... A wonderful tabby cat, with the beautiful markings and attitude.... reminding my dogs that she was here first and if she wished to be with me then they had to wait their turn.

  • A Wonderful Westie Named Christie

    I want to send a big thank you to Dr. Betsy Bond for giving us 14 1/2 years with our wonderful Westie named Christie.