VETERINARIAN: MICHEL A. SELMER, DVM, CTCVMP
Meet The Caring Vet: Integrative Veterinarian. One of only 32 Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioners in the United States. Long Island Native. Published author. Cyclist. Dad. Husband. Pet Parent. Holistic health enthusiast.
Dr. Michel Selmer attended Long Island University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Following his undergraduate studies, he was admitted to Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Following his Traditional Veterinary studies, he was admitted to the Chi Institute where he graduated with the top honor of being a Certified Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioner (CTCVMP). As a CTCVMP, Dr. Selmer also holds certifications in Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Tui-na. After practicing as an associate veterinarian at an animal hospital on Long Island, Dr. Selmer opened Advanced Animal Care Center. Known as "The Caring Vet," Selmer is a published author and consults with other veterinarians as well as pet parents around the globe.
Emphasizing Holistic or Integrative Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Selmer focuses on the examination and diagnosis of an animal, considering all aspects of the animal’s life and employing all of his senses, as well as the combination of conventional and alternative (or complementary) modalities of treatment. When Dr. Selmer sees a pet, besides giving it a comprehensive physical examination, he wants to find out all about its behaviors, distant medical and dietary history, and its environment including diet, emotional stresses, and other factors.
Holistic medicine, by its very nature, is humane at the core. The wholeness of its scope will set up a lifestyle for the animal that is most appropriate. Dr. Selmer's approach is gentle and minimally invasive, incorporating the patient's well-being and striving for stress reduction. His thinking centers on love, empathy, and respect.
This mixture of healing arts and skill is as natural as life itself. At the core of this issue lies the very essence of the word “(w)holistic.” It means taking in the whole picture of the patient—the environment, the disease pattern, the relationship of pet with owner—and developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies for healing.
A holistic practitioner, Dr. Selmer is interested in genetics, nutrition, family relationships, hygiene, and stress factors. Many patients present in a state of “disease.” At this point the holistic challenge lies in the question “why?” By a series of analytic observations and appropriate testing the goal becomes finding the true root source of the pathology. A simple-appearing symptom may have several layers of causation. Only when the true cause of the ailment has been found is there the possibility for a lasting recovery.
It is at this point that the most efficacious, least invasive, least expensive, and least harmful path to cure is selected by Dr. Selmer.
In many acute situations, treatment may involve aspects of surgery and drug therapy from conventional western technology, along with alternative techniques to provide a complementary whole. This form of treatment has great value for severe trauma and certain infections, often outperforming other methodologies. Once the symptoms have been treated, his task is not complete until the underlying disease patterns have been redirected. The patient, as well as the client, will be guided to a new level of health.
Dr. Selmer is an accredited member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and a former vice-president of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Selmer taught full time as an Associate Professor in the Veterinary Science program at Suffolk Community College where he taught Comparative Anatomy, Comparative Physiology, Radiology, Imaging, Cardiology, Surgical Nursing, and Clinical Laboratory Techniques and Pathology until 2016. The passion Dr. Selmer has for his profession -- and his love for all animals-- has attributed to the high quality medicine that he practices. In 2010 and 2011 he was awarded Long Island's Best Veterinarian by The Long Island Press. He was also cited as one of America's top veterinarians by Consumer's Research Council of America for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN: HELEN TUZIO, DVM, Dip. ABVP (Feline), CVA
Dr. Tuzio is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and is an active member and former Chairperson of their Feline Practice Guidelines Committee. She is a contributing author of several Feline Medicine and Shelter Medicine textbooks, and has coauthored the Senior Care Guidelines of both the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the AAFP, as well as the Guidelines for the Judicious Use of Antimicrobials published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). She has contributed to the development of licensing examinations for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and Feline Practice specialists. In 2007, Dr. Tuzio was appointed to the Examination Development Advisory Board of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) – a position open to only 2 people in North America to oversee the development of the Feline section of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). She served as the Advisory Board Chairperson in 2016.
Dr. Tuzio is a Associate member and former President of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). She is also a member of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture, the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
In 2015 she was voted one of “Queens’ Best Veterinarians” by the Queens Tribune; and was nominated as a ‘Healer’ in Yahoo’s Women Who Shine Contest in 2012. She has earned the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association’s Certificate of Excellence in Education each year while in practice.
LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN & OFFICE MANAGER: EILEEN
Eileen joined our team in 2013 as a licensed veterinary technician, after having worked as clinic supervisor and later executive director of a not-for profit wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center after attaining her degree and becoming licensed in 2002. She is passionate about protecting our environment and looking for new ways to reduce human impact on our natural world. It was through this interest that she found Advanced Animal Care Center and is excited to become part of such a cutting-edge practice.
Having achieved a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in the Veterinary Technology Management program at the SUNY College of Technology—Delhi, Eileen now has the time to enjoy reading, movies and volunteering. She spent time donating her technician services at the temporary companion animal shelter on the campus of Nassau Community College established in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. She continues to donate her time as a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and shares her home with her husband, two cats, a rabbit, a turtle, and some saltwater fish.
RECEPTIONIST/ASSISTANT : MICHELLE
I was born and raised in the state of Indiana where from my earliest childhood memories animals were always a part of my life. In an area rich with farmland whether it was dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, cattle, horses, you name it I was around it.
I started to go down the path of animals when I was in high school. Taking classes in agriculture, animal science, advanced animal science, and a year in vocational school for animal assisting. I was a part of my high school’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) Horse Judging Team and 4H Hippology (study of horses) Team.
I moved to Long Island NY in 2010 looking for better opportunities. I’m currently attending college online in working towards getting my vet tech degree and license. Right now I have a fur baby named Rocky. He is a schnauzer and I’ve had him since 2013. He is truly a blessing in disguise.
I do encompass holistic medicine and believe that the combination between both eastern and western medicines is a more natural approach to treating all animals. I’m very excited to be advancing my knowledge in the veterinary field and especially with the opportunity to be a part of the Advanced Animal Care Center team.
RECEPTIONIST/ASSISTANT : EMILY
We take pride in keeping your pet happy and healthy! We thank you for trusting us with the care of your pet. As a member of the Advanced Animal Care Center family, we promise to provide loving, compassionate care to every pet through our professional care and extraordinary service.