Dr. Jody Bearman, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVSMT graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Bacteriology and from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM in 1992. She worked in small town mixed practice (horses, farm animals, small animals) then small animal and exotic practice using Western medicine for 16 years.
Wanting to help animals that couldn’t be diagnosed or treated with Western medicine and those that developed severe side effects from Western medicine, she took the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine mixed animal course and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2005. She is also a certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist and practices tui-na (Chinese massage and physical therapy) and food therapy and is now an instructor at the Chi Institute-the first of it’s kind outside of China. She became certified in veterinary spinal manipulation therapy at The Healing Oasis Wellness Center in May 2014, and is a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors. Dr. Jody completed the Pitcairn Institute for Veterinary Homeopathy course in 2016 and published papers on homeopathic cases in both the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal and the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Journal. She is excited every day to help animals heal and stay healthy. She works with many animals – horses, dogs, cats, goats, birds, sheep, cows, rodents, reptiles, rabbits and more.
Dr. Bearman spent 2 years on the Big Island of Hawaii practicing Chinese and western medicine, homeopathy and T-Touch with large and small animals alike. She learned applied kinesiology (muscle testing) on her return to the mainland, and is happy to be back in Madison with her family including dogs Howie and Linus, cats Jimmie and Theo, horse Buddy, and many fish.
Dr. Andrea Lanphear, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVSMT graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Zoology in 1989. After graduation she returned to her hometown, Chicago, and worked in pharmaceutical sales. She moved back to Madison to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She received her veterinary acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and has been studying under Dr. Jody Bearman ever since. She is also certified veterinary food therapist by the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She lives in Madison with her husband and three dogs; a chihuahua-corgi mix, Tenzin, and a mini rat terrier named Kiko, and a small mixed-breed dog named Porter. She and her family enjoy spending time up north in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin where they built their own cabin with the help of many family and friends. She is very excited to assist in the healing of animals.
Dr. Kitt Schaller, DVM, cVMA is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine where she focused on large animal and production animal medicine. Since graduating, Kitt has worked primarily with dairy cattle. She quickly learned there were some fundamental limitations to what conventional medicine could do to heal her patients. It was discouraging to discover that sometimes potent drugs could cause unforeseen consequences, or that by concentrating treatment exclusively on one area of an animal’s body, different problems could emerge elsewhere. Sometimes, despite using an entire arsenal of drugs and invasive treatments, animals just didn’t get any better. Kitt turned to the world of holistic medicine which takes a much broader look at what elements are needed to facilitate healing from the inside out.
Kitt completed her acupuncture training through the CuraCore Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians program in Colorado which focuses on teaching acupuncture from a scientific perspective. Kitt also obtained her Reiki II certification through Integrative Healing Therapies. Her work combines a solid foundation in hard science and conventional medicine with treatment that is rooted in notions about the phenomenal healing power of the body’s energy, and gentle, intuitive methods for communication and understanding what will help an animal effectively recover from injury or illness. As a holistic veterinarian, Kitt’s primary focus is on promoting and maintaining balance within the body to keep animals healthy and strong.
Kitt grew up on a farm in Verona, WI where she spent her days among horses, cows, llamas, and chickens. Kitt and her husband Paul live in Verona with their young son, and one on the way in August. Paul milks 48 cows on his family’s dairy farm where Kitt’s role is to take care of the vet work and assist with milking and fieldwork as needed. Acupuncture is regularly used on their cows, and she has seen many positive results since incorporating it into treatment protocols. Kitt is also an equine enthusiast, enjoying riding in her spare time and doing equitarian work on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Hope Rutten joined the AnShen team in the Spring of 2013 as patient coordinator. Since graduating from UW-Madison in 1999 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism she’s worked as a TV news producer, university event planner and as an assistant dog trainer. Her passion for dogs eventually led her to start her own dog sitting business focusing on dogs with special behavioral and medical needs.
Hope shares her life with two Old English Sheepdogs, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.