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Dr. Diane Gabriel VMD,CVA Holistic Pet Healer

Diane Gabriel


Kintnersville, PA 18930
United States
T: 610.955.6076


Diane Gabriel VMD,CVA is a Veterinarian who provides holistic and integrative health care for your pet. She offers a multimodal approach to your pet's care, whether it be preventative, maintenance or enhancing the quality of life of geriatric and/or sick individuals. Her repertoire includes Acupuncture, Homeopathy/Homotoxicology, Chinese and Western herbs, Nutraceuticals and Vitamins.

Dr. Gabriel offers consultation services by appointment at several facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For complete information about locations and hours see this page

House calls are available on a limited basis depending on your location.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 610.955.6076 or send an email

Profile and Credentials        

My process is different in that it is individualized, not a cookie cutter approach. Therapy sessions are effectively designed for your pets' specific needs. After meeting you and your pet - I will develop a protocol from my extensive repertoire.

Together we will come up with a plan to best suit your pet.

I have always had a special interest and place in my heart for geriatics and animals with long standing illnesses including cancer. This is what led me to pursue holistic and integrative therapies, giving me the ability to further extend my patients' options and effectively improve their quality of life.

Degree in Veterinary Medicine, 2001
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine [VMD]
Master's Program in Biology, 1997
Temple University
Bachelor of Science Degree, 1992
Magna Cum Laude
Temple University

Course Completion in Essentials of Western Veterinary Herbology, 2015
College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies
Course Completion in Veterinary Herbal Medicine Immersion Workshop, 2015
College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies
Nutrigenomics and Disease, 2015
College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies
Course Completion in Homotoxicology, 2011
College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies
Certification in Kinesiology, 2009
Jaffe-Mellor Technique [JMT]
Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, 2007
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society [IVAS]

Continuing Education:
Comprehensive study of Chinese and Western Herbs via lectures & course work by acclaimed practitioners including but not limited to:
Dr. Shen Xie, Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr. Mona Boudreaux, Dr. Barbara Fougere, Dr. Susan Wynn, Dr. Jean Dodds.
Current and up to date on latest research relating to: Nutrition, Vitamins, and Nutraceuticals

Philosophy and Comments        

My mission: To provide the best quality care for your pet with a truly unique and individualized approach-no two patients are the same, nor are their treatments!

A Holistic and Integrative approach gives me exponential options for helping a pet. Whether it be preventative care, an aid to healing acute or long standing illnesses, or improving quality of life, this approach is safe and offers innumerable choices and opportunities. All modalities can be used effectively and safely with conventional practices, taking the strengths of both, which allows for the best of both worlds! ...

... I am as passionate about this method as I am with healing and helping animals.

Work Hours and Fee Schedule        

Please feel free to contact Dr. Diane Gabriel, VMD, CVA with any questions or to schedule a home visit appointment. All consultations are by appointment only.

House calls are beneficial when it is stressful, difficult or even painful to transport your pet. House calls are available on a limited basis depending on your location. There is often an additional travel/mileage fee. It certainly is a nice option for many of my older patients, as well as my feline friends!

Phone: 610.955.6076
Email: diane.gabriel@holisticpethealer.com

For complete information about locations and hours see this page

Acupuncture, Homeopathy/Homotoxicology, Herbs, Kinesiology, Vitamins & Nutraceuticals        

For complete information about services please see this page

Veterinary Acupuncture

Simply put, Acupuncture is stimulation of special points on the body in order to evoke a desired healing effect. Techniques employed can involve dry needle technique, Aquapuncture and/or Electro-Acupuncture. Also, lacer and laser devices can be used. Like most holistic modalities, Acupuncture can be used on its own or in conjunction with conventional medicine and surgery. It can benefit any disease process including liver and kidney disease, osteoarthritis and chronic pain, hip and/or elbow dysplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, respiratory issues, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)-to name a few. Acupuncture brings forth a noticeable improvement, if not recovery, from many disease processes.

Chinese and Western Herbs

Western and Chinese herbs can be safely and effectively used in many disease states or conditions. Herbs offer a gentle approach that aid the body in healing itself. They can be used on their own or with other holistic modalities, as well as conventional medicine when necessary.

Homotoxicology / Homeopathy

Based on the theory that “like cures like”. In keeping with holistic practices, homeopathy/homotoxicology believe the body has the ability to heal itself. The remedies may be single or combinations of diluted substances most derived from plants and minerals. Unlike conventional medicine, the more diluted the form of the substance, the stronger it becomes. In other words, the “energy” and strength of the substance is magnified as the concentration of the original is diluted. I often use as an adjutant to conventional medicine with pleasing results.


Kinesiology, or Applied Kinesiology, is the use of muscle testing and therapy. It is another “tool in the toolbox”, so to speak, that I sometimes use to help choose patients treatment and individualize protocols. I have to be honest…although I am certified in this technique, my analytical mind can get in the way.. However, “muscle testing” has proved to be successful for me in choosing appropriate remedies. It is based on the body’s inherent ability via the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to aid in healing.

Nutrition & Diet

An appropriate nutritional plan and diet regimen may help the immune system function at its peak while decreasing inflammation. For example, as current research suggests, diets rich in carbohydrates (specifically those high on the glycemic index) may not be the best choices for an animal with cancer. A whole food diet with high quality protein and lots of leafy green vegetables may be more appropriate for these animals. Moreover, diets rich in omega 3 fatty acids can help decrease inflammation in the body overall, thus can benefit many, if not all disease states from osteoarthritis, kidney and liver disease to cognitive function. Therefore, a discussion of your pet’s current diet and a well thought plan, can greatly influence health and well being.

Vitamins and Nutraceuticals

Vitamin supplements and different nutraceuticals can be very helpful and aid in many disease processes. Depending on the condition, an individualized protocol may include glucosamine, chondroitin and fatty acid supplementation to B vitamins and/or supplements containing stategic amino acids.

What to expect ...        

For our first meeting, expect a 45-60 minute visit. During this time I will become acquainted with you and your companion, and will ask many questions. For instance, what is a typical day in the life of your pet? What is their daily exercise regimen, diet, nutrition, medications and supplements? All other medical and/or surgical history is pertinent.

I will then examine your pet based on a conventional and TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical) approach. This will help me establish a treatment plan. At the end of the first session, your pet will typically receive an Acupuncture treatment, a holistic regimen that may include Western or Chinese herbs, nutraceutical and/or homotox remedy. In addition, I will send you home with an individualized instruction sheet and protocol for your pet... If we did Acupuncture, we typically meet again in one week for initial treatments. Otherwise, a follow up in two weeks is recommended so we can assess how our protocol is working. After our meetings, I will send a referral letter to your regular veterinarian to let him/her know about our visit and integrative plan.

You are an integral part of our success. As a team, we will watch for positive changes and tweak protocols as necessary. I will ask for your input at subsequent visits as to how you think your pet is doing, and may give you acupressure/massage exercises to administer on your pet in between appointments to help sustain and enhance acupuncture treatments.

Special Therapies - Cancer Patients, Geriatric Patients, Long Term Illnesses / Chronic Conditions        

Therapy Benefits for Cancer Patients

When a pet is diagnosed with cancer it can be devastating. Thankfully, integrative modalities can improve appetite, comfort and therefore, quality of life. Acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbs as well as good nutrition, can keep these delicate animals healthy and happy oftentimes, for longer periods of time. Whether receiving chemotherapy or not, animals’ with cancer benefit from an integrative approach.

Geriatric Patients

There are innumerable options a holistic approach can offer our aging pets. Whether it be osteoarthritis and pain, to heart, liver and kidney disease to cognitive difficulties – I can help! I love addressing these issues in our older pet community. A holistic approach can help our pets’ sustain a more comfortable and healthy life during their senior years.

Long Term Illnesses / Chronic Conditions

Where conventional medicine may be damaging or harmful to an animal long term, chronic conditions like osteoarthritis, kidney and liver disease, for instance benefit from Acupuncture and other holistic modalities. They offer a safe and gentle approach for the long haul. Happily, many patients’ that have relied on conventional medicines most of their lives, can reduce doses of medications after integrating holistic modalities.


More Testimonials: See this page

"When our Chihuahua "Cya" AKA: "The lil' Bop" suddenly was having trouble walking without falling we were so worried. After 5 weeks of treatment from Dr.Gabriel including acupuncture and herbs our Cya is herself again! She can walk and even go up and down stairs! We are so grateful for the patience and integrative medical knowledge of Dr. Gabriel. Lil'Bop sure is thankful too!" - Christina Drugatz

"Toby is our 11 yr old Lab who has arthritis and was suffering from a luxating patella, a kneecap which would not stay in proper place on his right rear knee. As this was greatly limiting his movement his activity was getting limited and his weight was increasing. I searched for pet acupuncture therapy, having found it to be very therapeutic with a former Lab some years back. We began our sessions with Dr Gabriel last March in addition to hydrotherapy and cold laser treatment at the Animal Therapy Center. Dr. Diane immediately bonded with Toby and put him at ease (he is very skittish and shy). The acupuncture sessions greatly eased his arthritic pain, and coupled with the pool therapy have taken him from an old looking, heavy dog to one with much less pain, more ease of movement and increased activity, a kneecap which has stayed in place for about 2-3 months now, and a young personality again! He loves his acupuncture sessions which relax him. In addition, as Dr. Diane has gotten to know Toby, she has also given us advice on weight loss and holistic remedies for him. Toby is a happy boy now with a maintenance routine of hydrotherapy and acupuncture, and he has dropped to his original weight of 86 (when we adopted him in 2009) from a high of 102 in 2012! Toby's picture was taken in the car on the way to his recent therapy session!" - Eileen Lewis, Frenchtown, NJ

"My pet Palmer has been seeing Dr Gabriel for about a year now. The acupuncture and laser therapy are truly beneficial that she is receiving. There was a time when she couldn't lift herself up after laying for a time. Now she can walk and get up after these treatments. She is not taking ANY prescription arthritis medication anymore after it made her sick. Palmer is a different dog and people who meet her cannot believe the difference Dr Gabriel and her care (plus concern) have made. I highly recommend you contact Dr Gabriel if your pet is in need of alternative treatment." - Chris Foulsham

"Two and half years ago, when Wylie was just shy of 8 years old, he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis in both hips. He limped and looked sad. Wylie wouldn't run or play and struggled to go up and down our stairs. We were referred by our veterinarian to The Animal Therapy Center where we met Dr. Diane Gabriel. "Dr. Aunt Diane", as she quickly became known to us, began her magic. It was amazing to see the immediate change! The acupuncture therapy that she began has truly been a life saver for Wylie. She has used the acupuncture and homeopathic remedies to address his Addison's Disease, arthritis/dysplasia as well as his most recent issues with a significant UTI and depressed appetite. Wylie absolutely loves "Dr. Aunt Diane" and wags his tail when he is done as if to say, "Thanks, I needed that!". We are forever grateful to Dr. Gabriel and her skills!" - Sue Miller, East Allen Township, PA

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