~Our practice philosophy~
While you will hear the term “holistic” used often, there is a misconception about what it actually means. Holistic literally means “all, whole, or entire.” In medical terms, holistic health has come to mean treating a patient as a whole entity, rather than as a sum of their parts. It upholds that all aspects of a patient’s needs – psychological, physical, and social – should be taken into account when addressing a health concern. A true holistic practitioner assesses their patient from all of these angles, and chooses treatment methods that best help them to achieve a state of health. Some of these treatments may be traditional, such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories. Others may involve the use of herbs, food therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, or behavioral therapy.
Here at the Wellness Center, we do not limit our treatments to either strictly traditional or strictly “alternative” methods. Dr. Hoffer prefers to use an integrated approach, melding Eastern and Western medicine to arrive at a truly holistic treatment plan for her patients. Your pet has access to a full range of health care options, therefore optimizing our ability to effectively treat their health concerns.
It is important to understand that while the body naturally tends towards balance and health, many health conditions, especially in older animals, are the result of many years of gradual decline. While we have become accustomed to a “quick fix” from modern-day medicines, realigning the body’s balance naturally takes time. Just like you cannot expect to gain 25 pounds over 5 years, and lose it all (safely) in 2 months, most holistic approaches take more than just a few days before results are noticed. However, unlike the “band-aid” effect that many modern medicines provide, treating the root of the problem allows for a complete and lasting cure. When the underlying imbalance is resolved and the body is allowed to heal itself, patients feel better and are subjected to minimal risk of side effects from prescription medications. Believe it or not, the body and mind possess an inherent power to heal, and naturally tend towards health rather than disease. By knowing when to help, and when to get out of the way and allow the body to do what it does best, we can help our pets live long, happy, healthy lives!
~Meet our Staff~
Seychelle Hoffer, DVM, CVA
Dr. Seychelle Hoffer is a native of Massachusetts, and a 2001 graduate of Tufts Veterinary School. She is certified in acupuncture through the Chi Institute, and has received training in the use of Chinese and Western herbs as well as Chinese food therapy. Dr. Hoffer is a member of the AVMA, AAVA, AHVMA, and AATCVM.
Dr. Hoffer has been with Atlantic Animal Hospital since 2008. She bought the practice in 2010, and has made holistic care the focus of the new Wellness Center. The hospital is highly involved in the southern RI community, sponsoring local events and working closely with nearby shelters and rescue groups. Annual events include the Nail-Trim-A-Thon fundraiser for the RI Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the holiday food/supplies drive for local animal shelters.
Aside from her passion for keeping animals healthy, Dr. Hoffer enjoys yoga and aerial arts, horseback riding, hiking, reading, ocean swimming, and cooking yummy vegetarian meals. She hangs her stethoscope in Hopkinton, RI with her husband Dave, daughters Rowan and Chloe, dogs Tess and Lenny, cats Rupert and Magic Minx, a small flock of chickens, a Swedish Warmblood named Sabina, and two goats – Bonnie and Bubbles!
Dr. Toffoli is a native of Hartford, CT, and a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has divided her career between clinical medicine, and pharmaceutical research and development – she has conducted more than 100 clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of drugs and biologics.
In addition to her passion for veterinary medicine, Dr. Toffoli is a Colonel in the US Army Reserve Veterinary Corps, and an Iraqi War veteran. While in command of a Combat Support Hospital, she developed a trauma training program for the Military Working Dogs, and also published a journal article on the challenges associated with Military Working Dog care in a combat theater. In addition, she spent two years at The Pentagon developing medical countermeasures and diagnostics for biodefense.
When not distinguishing herself in her field, Dr. T enjoys relaxing in front of her coral reef aquarium. She also loves scuba diving, bike riding, swimming at the beach, and cooking.
She shares a home in Westerly with her partner, two Mini-Dachshunds: Oscar and Penny, and two cats; Ginger and Chubbs.
Jeff Corey, DVM, cVMA
Dr. Jeff Corey sees appointments at the hospital on Wednesdays. He also owns a physical rehabilitation practice in Providence (Healing Paws), and makes barn calls for equine acupuncture (Equine Performance Acupuncture). Dr. Corey is a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and has extensive experience practicing in both emergency and small animal day clinic settings.
Dr. Corey earned his certification for acupuncture (cVMA) from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also one of only about 350 people to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
A mixed breed dog named Tucker is Dr. Corey’s most recent adoptee. He joins a buzzing household in Providence that also includes Dr. Corey’s wife Siobhan, their young sons Liam and Hayden, and five cats.
Cat has been a veterinary technician since 1985, and has been with Atlantic Animal Hospital since shortly after its opening in 2000. She is a past president of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and is the current president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association. She also acts as the rabies clinic coordinator for Southern RI and CT. Cat was named Rhode Island’s Veterinary Technician of the Year in 2011. She was born, raised, and currently lives in Charlestown with her husband Mike, daughter Lauren, cats Timmy and Tonks, and dog Penny.
Sharro has been a veterinary technician since 1992, and has been with Atlantic since 2013. Sharro earned her RN from the CCRI Nursing program in 2013, but says that being a veterinary technician is her true calling! She is an awesome mother of 4 (3 boys and 1 girl), and happily married to her best friend Warren.
A true animal lover, Sharro shares her home with an ever-growing menagerie of cats and dogs, as well as a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig!
Beth has worked in the veterinary field since 1997. She knew by the age of two that she wanted to work with animals – when she was bitten in the face by a dog, she decided to make it her life’s work to “fix angry doggies.” Born and raised in South Kingstown, Beth graduated from URI in 2001 with a BS in veterinary science, and has attended numerous canine behavior seminars.
Beth is a positive-reinforcement dog trainer, acting as a canine behavior translator. She enjoys helping enrich the relationships between animals and their guardians using gentle, science-based methods. In her spare time, Beth loves working with shelter animals, painting, surfing, and kayaking. She lives at home with her rescued pit bull Wilma .
Diane grew up near New Haven, CT, and has always had a love for animals. She is currently taking the veterinary technician course through Penn Foster. She lives in Charlestown with her husband, two children, two cats, and dogs Simba and Bruin. Her interests include soccer and knitting. She also sells a non-toxic line of personal and household products that she loves to be asked about!
Erik has been involved in veterinary medicine since 2002. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with his bachelors in animal science and biology. At URI he became involved in human medicine when he joined the rescue on campus. A year later, he obtained his EMT license and joined the Hope Valley Ambulance squad. He has been providing 911 emergency services for 8 years. Erik had a hard time deciding which field to choose, so instead does both, dividing his time between the animal hospital and ambulance. Erik has two cats at home, Calli and Brew. He enjoys outdoor activities like canoeing and camping.
Jaqi has been in the veterinary technician field since 2008. She is currently taking classes at CCRI, working towards a BS in Animal Science at URI. She has plans to eventually head to vet school! Jaqi was born and raised in South County, and currently lives in Richmond. She is the proud owner of Donner, a Shiba Inu, and a Pit Bull named Sally. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking and being in the sunshine.
Susan has worked in the veterinary field since 1998. Animals have always been a major part of her life, whether working as a small animal technician, volunteering at horse facilities, or caring for her own pets. She lives in Pawcatuck, CT with her husband and a clowder of cats.
Kaila began working in veterinary medicine in 2007. She attended URI and obtained a BA in Psychology and BS in Sociology. After working with human patients for a few years, she has returned to veterinary medicine to pursue her passion of working with animals. Even though she obtained a degree in a different field, making animals and their human counterparts feel better has always been a passion of hers. Kaila is currently working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Ever since Kelsey was a little girl, she has had a passion for animals. She started working in Veterinary medicine in 2012, and graduated with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from the New England Institute of Technology. Kelsey is currently working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. At home, Kelsey’s little zoo includes Mudge the boxer, Willy the one-eyed kitty, Dyson the laboratory rescued beagle, and Pnina the FIV positive kitty.
Shanti was our first visitor from the Animal Rescue League – we loved her so much that she never left! Her name means “peace” in Sanskrit. She is truly our peaceful ambassador – you will find her climbing in your lap to lick your hands, and sitting patiently on your cat’s carrier while you’re waiting for their appointment. She exudes an aura of calm friendship, no matter if she has never met you before! Completely unfazed by dogs of all sizes and natures, she spends most of her days sleeping on the waiting room benches and waiting for an opportunity to pull thumbtacks from the corkboards (her favorite past time!).
Mabel is a cool customer and always gets a lot of attention, both for her color and her personality! We think that she is a Siamese mix, but some people just call her “tie-dyed”! She once lived with one of our technicians before deciding that she liked it much better as a hospital cat. Mabel is a fan of people and animals of all sizes – she used to live with an Akita and a St. Bernard, so she especially loves big dogs!