~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 south county with her husband Dave, daughter Rowan, and an ever-expanding family of animals including two dogs, two cats, three horses, and two Saanen goats!
Sheila Tucker, DVM
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!
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.
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.
Symone grew up in Pompano Beach, FL, and has always had a passion to work with animals. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2016 with a BS in Animal Science and Technologies – while at URI, she excelled on their Division 1 basketball team. Symone is currently working on becoming a certified veterinary technician. In her free time she loves to play basketball, work out, read, and take photographs. Symone does not have any pets currently, but plans on getting a dog someday!
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!
Sir Samuel joined our practice in 2018. Originally a shy guy when he first moved in, he has proven to be a tiny panther demanding attention and to be put on the counter when it suits him. He has been known to steal pizza from staff if not supervised during lunch. Despite swats to get petted and food theft, Sam is a perfect gentleman and would hold the door open for you if he only had thumbs.