A trailblazer in the field of alternative medicine for animals, Dr. Heather Noemi, DACM, L.Ac. founded Wags & Wellness in 2008.
A career in neurology and oncology at UCSF, Genentech & BioMarin provided her with a strong foundation in western medicine and also revealed some of its limitations. When her dog developed cancer, she followed her passion for animals and embarked on a new direction of study under the nation’s leading alternative medicine educators.
Dr. Noemi holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health & Science. In addition, she is a small animal massage therapist and acupressurist and holds a Certificate in Canine Nutrition, encompassing over 1000 hours of training in canine massage techniques, anatomy, physiology, and conformation assessment. She helped develop the national exam for the National Board Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM).
Her extensive knowledge of and respect for western medicine informs her approach to care and facilitates her collaboration with veterinarians in the development of strategies for care and treatment.
Dr. Noemi also treats humans at her practice, Marin Integrative Recovery, where she specializes in the treatment of chronic and refractory pain and psychological disorders. Dr. Noemi’s hobbies include hiking, paddleboarding, communing with nature, and rescuing and rehabilitating dogs.
Education & Credentials
- NCCAOM Diplomat of Oriental Medicine
- Licensed Acupuncturist, State of California
- Doctorate Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Health & Science
- Master of Science Traditional Oriental Medicine, Pacific College of Health & Science
- Post-baccalaureate studies in neuroscience, University of California Berkeley
- Bachelor of Business Administration, James Madison University
- Small Animal Massage Practitioner (SAMP), Northwest School of Animal Massage
- Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner (SAAP), Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
- Certified Canine Nutritionist (Cert. CN), Companion Animal Sciences Institute
*Note: Dr Noemi is not a veterinarian and services are not a substitute for veterinary care.
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