Local veterinarian’s practice blends Eastern, Western medicines
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Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Local veterinarian’s practice blends Eastern, Western medicines

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- KAREN SCIOSCIA
Dr. Kim Hombs blends Eastern and Western medicine in her veterinary practice.

Kim Hombs is a knowledgeable, compassionate and extremely talented veterinarian.

She works at Atrium Animal Hospital.

“At Atrium, we approach each pet as an individual, and assess needs using an integration of conventional and holistic approaches,” she said.

Hombs grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1986 with a degree in veterinary medicine.

“I had family in the Charlotte area, so I decided to move here and start practicing veterinary medicine. Twenty-six years later, I’m still here,” Hombs said.

“I love being close to both the mountains and the ocean. There are great places for hiking, too.”

While working in a large animal hospital in Charlotte for seven years, Hombs learned about acupuncture and holistic medicine. In 1994, after a year of training, she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncturist Society (IVAS).

“I had always wanted to open my own animal hospital where we could offer a blend of Eastern and Western medicines, and, in 1996, I was able to do so,” she said. “For example, if a pet is brought in with a broken leg, we will use Western medicine to set the fracture, and then the Chinese approach for pain management. It works very well, and our clients are quite happy with it.

“Nutritional counseling is also important, because we feel that taking everything into consideration is important in both diagnosing and maintaining good health.”

Hombs, 53, stays abreast of the latest teachings and techniques, taking at least 60 hours of continuing education every year. She has certificates in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na, food therapy, and the use of therapeutic Class IV laser.

She’s also a past president of the Greater Charlotte Veterinary Medical Association.

“Some people might be hesitant in the use of holistic medicine, but the studies are there. Holistic really means looking at the whole picture, food, lifestyle, and disease.

“Traditional Chinese medicine with the use of food energetics, acupressure and acupuncture are very helpful in treating the patient, and coupled with Western medicine, we are able to get the best results,” Hombs said.

She lives with her beloved dog and cats in south Charlotte. “My furry children” she calls them.

Karen Scioscia is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karen? Email her at kapril12@hotmail.com.

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