Since 2013 Kittel Family Veterinary Practice has offered Acupuncture and other Eastern Medicine services for our patients. Dr. Mary Biesiadecki, commonly referred to as "Dr. B", is a local small animal veterinarian specializing in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Her biography below will give you an idea of what a dedicated veterinarian she is and also illustrate why we feel she is a welcomed asset to our practice. Dr. B practices acupuncture regularly in surrounding cities, offering her independent services in Elk Grove at our hospital.
Acupuncture is the process of inserting needles at specific points in the body to create a desired healing effect. Traditional Chinese medicine has utilized this technique for over 2000 years and practiced in North America for decades. In Chinese medicine, disease is the result of an imbalance in the body that may result from factors such as trauma, environmental conditions, nutrition, emotional stress, and other factors that can weaken the body. Acupuncture works by rebalancing the energy forces within the body, allowing healing to occur. Chinese medicine, and acupuncture, is meant to compliment veterinary care, not replace it.
Dr. Mary Biesiadecki grew up in San Francisco and her first pet was a beloved rat named ìMunchy.ì Mary started volunteering at the San Francisco Zoo, the Junior Museum, and her local veterinary hospital to gain experience with exotics and small animal species. She went on to riding, driving and training horses in California, Maine, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Biesiadecki received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science (1989) and her Master of Agriculture and Management (1995) degrees from UC Davis. Dr. Biesiadecki graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 with the intent to work with large animals. Mary did several internships and externships during her UC Davis years including at the U.C. Range Field Station in Brownís Valley, Harris Ranch Thoroughbred Farm and a mixed animal practice in England. To help pay for school, she drove big rigs moving tomatoes, rice, walnuts, pumpkins and other agricultural products around the Sacramento Valley.
Dr. B now really enjoys small animal medicine, particularly internal medicine, dermatology and behavior cases. Over five years ago, Dr B completed an intensive veterinary acupuncture course at the Chi Institute of Veterinary Acupuncture in Florida so that she could offer additional opportunities to provide health care to pets. Acupuncture integrates nicely with western medicine, particularly with pain management and neurological issues. Dr. B shares her life and Rancho Cordova home with three dogs and enjoys gardening, traveling and dog sports such as agility, tracking and obedience trials. Dr. Biesiadecki works part-time at a few Sacramento area hospitals providing relief services, and is also a part time instructor at Cosumnes River College in the Veterinary Technology program. For many years, she was a SVVMA board member like Dr. Dan is now. She was also the President of the same SVVMA as well as a CVMA delegate over the last decade or so. She, like Dr. Dan, is currently a board member of the SVVMA Charitable Foundation. Since integrating acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine into her assessment and treatment of her patients, Dr. Biesiadecki has been immensely impressed with the results that many of her patients experience. Dr. B participates in continuing education on a regular basis in order to broaden and deepen her ability to help clients maintain the health and wellness of their beloved pets.
If you are interested in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, and how these practices might help your pet(s),
please call our office to schedule a consult with Dr. B. All scheduling is handled through our office.