Dr. Lantz started volunteering at a veterinary clinic in Salem at the age of 11. She worked as a kennel assistant, receptionist, veterinary assistant and research lab and field worker. She graduated in 2000 from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science and then in 2004 from Oregon State University of Veterinary Medicine. She started working primarily at Eastgate Veterinary Clinic and Ark Animal Hospital in 2008. In 2013, I became Certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, which included attending classes, a two-day written and practical test on dogs, cats and horses, internship (in Salem) and a case study (which was done using acupuncture on a Doberman with allergies). I then earned my certification as a Veterinary Food Therapist and Veterinary Chinese Herbalist through the Chi Institute. I’ve done acupuncture on dogs, cats, rabbits and lizards and enjoy the TCVM side of exotic pet medicine. I’ve also done acupuncture and herbs for horses, and as much they respond amazingly to acupuncture and I respect horses and love riding trail horses, I’ve only worked on horses with an owner I trust. I ran Amllin Holistic Veterinary Care for about 5 years as a mobile veterinary acupuncture side business. Amllin is Collin’s and Amelia’s names combined, because that is about as creative as I get. It was a great opportunity, I enjoy the mobile veterinary side of things, especially when combined with acupuncture, but it’s nice to be able to just focus on my medicine, patients and family. I still enjoy going on housecalls for clients and their pets. I have previously volunteered with local veterinary associations, humane societies, Feral Cat Coalition, OSU VTH interview committee and several years ago even helped treat exotic pets on an episode of Animal Hoarders! I attended the annual AAVA (American Acupuncture Veterinary Association) conference last April and the annual AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association) a couple years ago. I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, reading books (if I ever get a chance), drinking any type of fermented product, I’m currently take karate classes with my kids, enjoy adventures with my family and spending time with my pets. I’ve been married to a very supportive husband (George) of 12 years who is a Project Engineer with Greenberry Industrial Construction and have two active children (Collin – 9; Amelia – 7). We currently have a Border Collie (Viva La Project), a Wire-hair Pointing Griffon (Gus), a Bearded Dragon (Drake Jr.), an Anole (Mr. Dr. Deathtrap) and a Ball Python (Dr. Cuddles) in a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home so that makes for some interesting times. It’s amazing that so many people have to poop at the same time during the day…..
***As a side note on our pets:***
Viva came into Eastgate Veterinary Clinic the night before Thanksgiving in 2009 as a starved, skin-and-bones skeletal, but crazy and loud 6 week old stray puppy and was surrendered to the clinic who couldn’t hold down any food or water. I diagnosed her with a Persistent Right Aortic Arch and megaesophagus. Dr. Lewis and I, placed a feeding tube in her the Saturday after Thanksgiving and then she went to OSU for surgery the next week to remove the PRAA. She still does have megaesophagus, but her spirit is incredible and she’s still going strong at 10 years old!
Gus is a 2 year old 80 goober who thinks he’s 5 pounds and should be in everyone’s personal space, but even though he has a loud bark and a bull-in-a-china shop, he is very loyal to his family.
Drake Jr., is about 4 months old and recently came to live with us. I had a Bearded Dragon for 17 years who passed away a few years ago. My 7- year old daughter recently had two rats (Alaska and Marinette) who passed away earlier this year and was looking for a new friend. She fell in love with Drake Jr. and she takes him pretty much everywhere in the house, including feeding him waxworms in our bed.
Mr. Dr. Deathrap is about 6 months old and a previous classroom pet from my son’s 3rd grade classroom. He is not super friendly, but has amazing color changes and lives in a setup for a chameleon so we call it his anole mansion.
Dr. Cuddles is 2-4 years old and is a Lemon Blast color morph Ball Python. He is super friendly and goes about everywhere in the house with my son. My son recently had a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach that passed away and was hoping for a snake for Christmas this year.