When and why did you join PWN?
I joined PWN in 2015 after having attended a number of luncheons, starting in mid-2014. I really enjoyed the women who belonged to PWN, as well as it being fairly easy to get to the luncheons with public transit from the East Bay.
What is your business?
I am a veterinarian, Holistic Health Coach and EFT Practitioner (Energy Psychology – aka “Tapping”) who works with pets and their people.
What inspired you to start your own business?
In the traditional veterinary practice, there just wasn’t time to look at all the elements in a pet’s life that had impact on the health. I wanted to solve problems – not just give pills, shots and send them on their way until the next time. And in my own life I was becoming aware that many of the most important factors in my own health and happiness (and that of my pets) was tied in to factors that were outside of the traditional medical paradigm. These were factors such as nutrition, traumas that affected overall emotional well-being, environmental factors and social interactions with pets and people. As I learned new ways of dealing with these factors, I wanted to step outside of the usual clinical setting and become a “Health Coach for the Pet as well as the People.”
What to you enjoy about your work?
I love it when we raise the overall level of happiness in a cat or dog that came from a rescue situation and enable them to bond with their new family. I love it when I work with a person and get that “AHA!” moment and life just got better. I love it when I can help the pet and person in a family understand each other better and strengthen the depth of the Human-Animal Bond. We love our pets! For many of us, they are our family!
What role does networking play in growing and managing your business?
Networking takes me out of my home and gives me a chance to meet new people from all over the Bay Area. Now that I’ve moved to San Jose, I still want involvement with people around the Bay since I can do a lot of my work over the phone or Skype.
What’s your favorite tip for success with networking?
Smile, especially at new people and LISTEN, REALLY LISTEN to them with the attitude of being of service.
How do you think being a woman in your profession has been more or less challenging than a man?
In the clinic, I had to overcome some prejudices and stereotypes about being a woman, especially in the ‘80’s in rural areas. Now that I am out of traditional practice, I think it’s an advantage because people associate a woman with greater empathy – especially with our precious pets.
What is one the most challenging situation you’ve faced in work, and how your did you resolved it?
My first long-distance case was working with a dog on the East Coast. I developed a good rapport with the owner and she was able to give me good feedback to what was happening at her end of the phone with her dog while I was doing “Tapping” and other energy work on my end of the phone. We were able to give her dog a significant reduction in allergy symptoms by clearing traumas from that dog’s puppyhood.
What do you do for fun?
For fun I walk, read science fiction and travel with my husband.
What is something PWN members don’t know about you?
In a previous phase of my life, before I moved to California to complete my education, I worked at a copper smelter-refinery. My favorite job was driving a forklift, loading tons of copper into a furnace to be melted down and formed into copper wire.
What are you reading?
Shark Dialogues – by Kiana Davenport