Thomas D. Pfafman DVM,CAC

Dr Tom Pfafman was raised in Hume Virginia on his family cattle and horse farm. He learned to care for and love many different types of animals, dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs chickens, gerbils, rabbits, hamsters and many more. He worked closely with the family veterinarians and knew from an early age he wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary medicine. Dr. Pfafman and his wife graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.

His first love was surgery where he excelled in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, his training at Companion Animal clinic in Gainesville Virginia with Dr. Scott Dove allowed him to learn many advanced surgical procedures. It was there that he was first exposed to animal chiropractic and started to realize the limitations of a strictly traditional practice. In 1994 Dr. Casey and Dr. Pfafman started training with Dr. Sharon Willoughby, DVM, DC, the founder of Animal Chiropractic and he became the 86th person certified in animal chiropractic. Since then he has branched out and developed advanced therapies to help dogs with arthritis, back pain and intervertebral disc disease.

Pursued advanced training in the use of glandular therapy, essential oil therapy, nutrition, stem cell therapy, cold laser therapy and physical rehabilitation.

The culmination of his passion to seek out the best possible therapies was to create the Integrative Vet Med Center that offers the best in Traditional Medicine with powerful complimentary natural treatments.

Education

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1992. Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1988. B.S Animal Science.

  • Options for Animals, Molene, IL 1994. Certified Animal Chiropractor.

  • Certified in Vet-Stem Stem Cell Therapy 2010.

  • Member American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

  • Member American Veterinary Medical Association.

  • Member American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

  • Member Arizona Veterinary Medical Association.

  • College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.

  • University of Florida Surgical Excellence Award Recipient

Angela M. Casey DVM

Dr. Angela Casey was raised in West St. Louis County, Missouri. Her dad is a huge dog lover, so it’s no surprise she had lots of dogs growing up. She enjoyed Dachshunds, Dobermans and Irish Setters before getting her Springer Spaniel puppy, while in Veterinary School. When she was 12 years old, she trained the family’s Doberman, “Sasha”, for show in the Obedience Ring. She is very proud of the awards she and “Sasha” won together. She knew, at age 12, that she would one day be a veterinarian.

Dr. Casey and her husband, Dr. Tom Pfafman, graduated from The University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1992. Dr. Casey did an externship at Rabies Animal Control, in Gainesville, FL, in 1991. Dr.’s Casey and Pfafman were certified in Animal Chiropractic, in 1994. They currently have an Integrative Veterinary Practice, in Phoenix, Arizona. They offer a combination of Western medical services including surgery, stem cell therapy, cold laser, dentistry and companion animal wellness/ illness care, in addition to, nutritional counseling, Chiropractic care, nutraceuticals, Essential Oil therapy, Acupressure, Homeopathy and most recently EFT (Energy Psychology Based); a healing modality for emotional trauma associated with abuse, neglect and abandonment (rescue dog kids, for example). Together they specialize in pain prevention, intervention and management.

Education

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1986.  B.S. Animal Science.

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 1988. B.S. Microbiology.

  • University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, FL 1992.

  • American Veterinary Chiropractic Association Certification, 1994.

  • American Veterinary Medical Association

  • Certified EFT Practitioner, 2014.

  • Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, 2014.  ACEP member

  • College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.

  • Arizona Veterinary Medical Association

Nicole A. Schwinkendorf, DVM

Dr. Nicole Schwinkendorf took a circuitous route to veterinary medicine. She spent decades in the software industry and moonlighted as a bag designer before recognizing a strong calling to serve animals and the people who love them. Dr. Nicole hails from a family of endurance athletes and has a “health nut” Mom, who influenced her views on healthy nutrition.  Just like her late father, she ran her first 10k when she was eight and is still runs for exercise and pleasure. Dr. Nicole struggled with a running ailment for years; acupuncture was a pivotal piece of the healing process. Acupuncture inspired her to explore more non-conventional healing modalities.

Animal welfare has been and continues to be a life long passion, thus, she forged ahead in pursuit of a second career in veterinary medicine. Her experience with hospice and end-of-life-care led her to manage the college’s Pet Loss Hotline.

At the Integrative Vet Med Center, Dr. Nicole is fulfilling her dream of practicing integrative medicine.  She attended the Chi Institute in Florida, where she embraced her passion for acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and food therapy. Dr. Nicole recently relocated from Seattle, Washington, with her feline companion, Kassie.  She loves to run, cook vegan, and spend time with her niece and nephew of the two- and four-legged varieties.

Education

  • Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 2017.

  • Chi Institute, Reddick, FL, December 2017, .

  • Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA 1991.  B.S. Engineering-Physics.

  • Trinity’s Hope Memorial Scholarship, for compassion toward families with oncology patients, 2017.

  • Senior Paper Scholar Award, regarding the implementation of a willed body program at WSU, 2017.

  • International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management Student Award, 2017.

  • Pet Memorial Program Scholarship, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Meet Our Friendly & Helpful Team

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    Carli

    Office Manager - Veterinary Technician, she answers your questions and keeps the practice running smoothly
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    Amanda

    Head Surgery Tech, Specializing in anesthesia recovery and patient care.
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    Jessica D.

    Veterinary Technician – Certified in healing touch and your patient advocate making sure your pet is relaxed and pampered while here.
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    Jeralyn

    Certified Veterinary Technician specializing in dentistry and essential oil therapy.
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    Patti

    Receptionist- Her strengths are a warm smile , sunny personality and great people skills
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    Taylor

    Veterinary Technician – Specializing in dental therapy, anesthesia monitoring and patient care.
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    Jessica W.

    Veterinary Technician who loves our furry friends and specializes in low restraint handling.
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    Curly

    Assistant Office Manager - Specializing in therapy for pet owners and Master Treat Tester.
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