Adjusting her practiceKathy Seifert’s affinity with animals is mystifying. “You have to see it to believe it, and even when you see it you still don’t believe it,” said the Evansville veterinarian. “Quite frankly, I don’t understand it.” Some may refer to her as an animal whisperer. Some think she has a gift. But to Seifert, it’s a skill everyone has, it’s just a matter of being open to it and letting it through.
By: Jo Colvin, Alexandria Echo Press
Kathy Seifert’s affinity with animals is mystifying.
“You have to see it to believe it, and even when you see it you still don’t believe it,” said the Evansville veterinarian. “Quite frankly, I don’t understand it.”
Some may refer to her as an animal whisperer. Some think she has a gift. But to Seifert, it’s a skill everyone has, it’s just a matter of being open to it and letting it through.
For a couple years after Seifert became a veterinarian, she practiced conventional medicine on the gamut of animals – from house cats to horses. But horses were her favorite.
Because many of the animals she treated were lame, she found that she was enlisting the help of a chiropractor on a regular basis. She was so intrigued by the concept that she decided to go back to school to become an animal chiropractor.
“Once I was exposed to chiropractic, it opened up a whole new world of things I had never been exposed to,” she explained.
A month after chiropractic school, she went to school to learn animal acupuncture. After that, she studied postural rehabilitation, which focuses on the theory that an animal’s posture affects its overall health. Then it was on to pulse-controlled laser acupuncture, which she describes as similar to reflexology.
With her focus now veering from conventional medicine to a more alternative approach, Seifert started her own business, Complete Veterinary Care, in rural Evansville.
In addition to chiropractic care, she does “a mixture of classical acupuncture with needles, electrical acupuncture, herbs, homeopathic medicine and pulse-controlled acupuncture.”
She recently added a new tool, tuning fork vibrational therapy, for which she is earning certification.
With each new method of treating the origin of animals’ injuries and illnesses, Seifert said she could feel more and more things with her hands and became more in tune with the animals she was treating.
“And then one day, boom! It just happened,” she said.
FIXING THE ORIGIN
It was a frustrating day. Seifert was trying to work on a horse and was getting nowhere.
“He wouldn’t let me do anything,” she said. “I was so frustrated that I was ready to lose it.”
In defeated resignation, Seifert laid her hands and head down on the horse’s withers, trying to calm herself. She was dumbfounded by what happened next.
“All of a sudden, I could see what I needed to do,” she marveled. “I could visually see a picture.”
Seifert couldn’t believe what had happened. She put her hands on the horse’s withers again, closed her eyes, and then proceeded to do what she had seen.
“He let me do it,” she said. “It was amazing!”
Seifert kept the revelation to herself for a few weeks, fearing skepticism. Finally, she had to explain to the owner what had happened, and even admit it to herself. As time went on and it happened more frequently, there was no denying it.
“It’s difficult to publicly express what I can do. I can see where their problems are,” she said. “I have been able to tune in to my intuition and I can feel where I need to treat them.”
Although she was startled and worried what others would think, instead of suppressing her newfound skill, she decided to embrace it. She is now studying intuition medicine to add to her growing list of treatment methods.
“I feel like I am in the beginning stages of it, and it’s getting stronger,” she said. “That’s why I’m researching the science behind intuition medicine to better understand how it works and to improve my skills.”
Seifert explained that the science behind her alternative methods of treatment is based on energy. The body is made up of cells, and the cell is a machine driven by energy. She added that in every culture and medical tradition before the current conventional medicine we now practice, healing was accomplished by moving energy.
With her growing understanding of this science, and her acceptance and incorporation of relying on her intuition, ultimately the animals she treats will benefit.
And regardless of the way she determines an animal’s health issues, the bottom line is that Seifert wants to rehabilitate an injured animal by discovering and correcting the origin of the problem.
“Every part of the body is connected either directly or indirectly. If you find and fix the origin, the body naturally wants to go back into alignment and a state of normal function,” she concluded.
“That’s the way I practice. I go for the origin by getting the body to reset to where it needs to be and letting it take care of itself.”