Hey there, my name is Dr. Magda. I am a holistic veterinarian, writer, free spirit, spiritual seeker and life long explorer.
For 10 years, I worked as a holistic and integrative vet in the United States – in New Jersey, San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles. Each city and clinic brought with it new adventures, learning, and wonderful animals and pet owners.
I am so grateful for everything I’ve learned over the years and am now looking forward to sharing it with you on the Holistika blog and in my facebook group.
I believe that everything can be healed*
But healing is rarely a linear process. I have found it can sometimes takes various twists and turns. Often it is not one treatment that truly heals, but a combination of factors. In the same way, maintaining health can be a delicate process, and many factors go into making sure that an animal lives a healthy life – factors that go beyond just food, water and shelter.
So how do we provide the best, happiest and healthiest possible life for our pets? How do we maintain health? And what are subtle signs of imbalance to look for in our pets that may indicate problems down the road?
In my blog and facebook group, I want to teach you some of what I have learned over the years.
*Notwithstanding, there comes a time when an animal is preparing to pass and healing their body is no longer possible or even desirable. But as long as the life force is present and strong, I do believe that everything can be healed.
Look beyond traditional medicine
I also want to empower you, the pet guardian, to know that there are other options available beyond traditional medicine.
Veterinarians are by and large incredible souls who chose to dedicate their lives to helping animals. They are compassionate and big-hearted by nature and will always choose the path that they believe would be the best option for your animals.
However, veterinarians are limited by the limitations of modern medicine itself.
Anyone who has ever experienced an unknown illness of their own quickly runs up against these limitations.
Chronic disease is often managed with a daily pill or injection, but rarely fully cured. Or, as happens quite often in veterinary medicine, the tests give you no good answers, or the answers have no specific treatment, and so you are left being told to “monitor.” This can be a stressful experience both for you and the veterinarian.
It was these limitations that led me into holistic medicine in the first place.
Holistic medicine gives you more options. More tools in your tool kit. Sometimes, the body just needs more support. More nutrition. Some detoxification. Less stress. The right combination of supplements. Acupuncture.
The body is a self-healing mechanism. And finding the keys that unlocked this mechanism, became the goal of my career.
Build a supportive and loving community
In my practice, I try to maintain a grounded and practical approach.
In this blog and in the facebook community, I want to share my experiences with you. What treatments have worked for my patients. What supplements animals respond to. What hasn’t worked.
I want to create a supporting and loving community where we can learn from each other. I am always open to evolving and changing my concepts and ideas in order to help more animals.
To join our group, click on the link at the bottom of this page here: FACEBOOK COMMUNITY.
I was born in Warsaw, Poland (hence, the somewhat unusual spelling of my full name (Magdalena Szyrmer). My parents emigrated to the United States when I was 5 months old, and I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Animals were always the center of my world.
When my parents wouldn’t allow me to get a pet, I would collect and care for anything that allowed me to get closer to animals. And so, my first pet was a waterbug named Kristin, who I “rescued” at our summer campground. Sadly, Kristin only lived for 3 days, but let me assure you that she received the best care and attention that I, and the local 6 year olds, could provide.
As I grew older, my parents finally acquiesced, and allowed us to have pets. We had everything from rabbits, fish, cats, dogs, birds, and squirrels. There was nothing that brought me more joy than caring for our animals and injured wildlife.
I grew up, without knowing it, in the philosophy of integrative medicine. My parents’ European background, meant that we were often using alternative therapies as well as conventional treatments at home.
My mother would give my siblings and I homeopathic treatments for calming when we were rowdy and wouldn’t sleep at night. We took Polish herbal treatments for upset stomachs. When I had pneumonia as a child, I took antibiotics. I never realized that there was a difference between these treatments. Medicine was medicine. If it worked, it worked, no matter what the philosophy behind it.
As I grew older, I developed many different interests, from music, international travel, learning new languages, and an insatiable curiosity about the world.
I attended Princeton University for my undergraduate education, and later The University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school.
During veterinary school, I developed some health challenges of my own (likely due to stress), that showed me the limitations of conventional medicine. However, this experience also opened my whole world by allowing me to explore natural, holistic and alternative medicine. It made a big difference in my health. And I have never looked back.
Over the years, I have taken coursework in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, Chinese and Western herbs, nutrition, flower essences and many more. I am constantly learning and improving what I have to offer my patients, and it is unlikely that this learning process will ever stop. Animals are always surprising me and teaching me about the deeper mysteries that lie beneath the surface of things.
I invite you to join me on this journey as we learn and explore the world of animal health, holistic health, and natural healing.
Why the name Holistika?
When I was choosing a name for this blog, I wanted something that conveyed the idea of holistic or natural and also had to do with animals.
I also wanted something original.
I am originally from Poland. In Polish, there are many words that have the ending “ka” in order to denote the feminine. And so, I decided to create my own word: Holistika. It still has the word “holistic” in it, but also adds a bit of foreign and feminine flair to it.
And so, the name Holistika Pet, was born.