Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. After attending the University of Georgia as an undergraduate, I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in 1990.
I practiced conventional Western medicine and surgery, specializing in small animals and exotics, for nearly 10 years. After the birth of our second child, I put my career on temporary hold to raise our amazing boys, Zack and Noah.
During this hiatus, I taught music at Temple Kol Emeth, our synagogue’s preschool, coached many teams, gave lots of “how to be a vet” talks at career days, volunteered much of my time at the boys’ schools, worked at their summer camps, raised lots of money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society via Team in Training as well as for breast cancer via the Atlanta 2-Day Walk, and organized and ran many events for our synagogue. I also spent many volunteer hours as a band parent of the Lassiter High School Marching Band.
In addition to our children, I share my life with my wonderful husband, Ed, our sweet terrier mutt rescues, Mordechai and Keppie, and our fancy dumbo rats, Riley and Snitker. In addition to healing animals, my passions include: spending time with my family and friends, mountain biking, hiking, camping, playing guitar and performing in our synagogue’s Puirm skits.
So, how did Wellness Waggin’ come to be? Several years ago, I was introduced to acupuncture and the comfort of house calls when my 14-year-old dog, Teva, couldn’t walk due to severe arthritis in her hips. After the third treatment, she was not only walking, but prancing throughout the house. She received acupuncture regularly and lived a good, quality life for three more years. I saw first hand how well this ancient modality worked, and it left a huge impression on me, as well as how comfortable and stress-free it was for Teva to get treated at home.
The story continues with me being at the right place at the right time. During the fall of 2012, I attended a veterinary continuing education seminar that was the inspiration for me to re-launch my career. It was a lecture on Canine
Dr. Schepps’ very first patient, Lily White
Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, and the material reenergized me! I knew that I had once again found a passion to pour myself into. Immediately, I started working at a veterinary rehabilitation and fitness clinic and started taking classes at The Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Coral Springs, Florida in the subjects of rehabilitation, physical therapy, neurology and canine sports medicine. After many hours of hands-on course work, exams and an internship, I became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) in the Spring of 2013.
Wasting no time, I started my intensive studies in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) at Chi University in Reddick, Florida in the Summer of 2013. Finally, in January of 2014, after completing 130 hours of course work, passing two final exams (oral and written), submitting a detailed case report and completing a 30 hour internship, I earned my Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA).
Chinese medicine is all about balance — the yin and the yang. An integrative approach to healthcare offers a wonderful blend of both Western (conventional) and Eastern (TCVM) philosophies. Wellness Waggin’ emerged out of my desire to offer my patients the best of both worlds, in the comfort and convenience of their own home. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and love what I do!
Wishing you and your pets balance, health and wellness,
Mitzi L. Schepps, DVM, CVA, CCRT