Dr. Seely’s weekly visits to PAH ensure that all of her patients are well adjusted! That is because Dr. Seely specializes in chiropractic care for animals. Formerly the exotic veterinarian at PAH, practicing chiropractic became so rewarding and busy that she shifted her focus to only chiropractic- making sure that all her patients can align themselves with health.
Her education began in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where she earned her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology in 1986 from Acadia University. Dr. Seely went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Biology in 1991 from the University of Guelph and graduated from Ontario Veterinary College with her DVM in 1995. She studied Animal Chiropractic under the auspices of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in Moline, Illinois.
Dr. Seely was inspired to study chiropractic care after a memorable experience she had with a human chiropractor. She had always gravitated towards working with animals but her allergies wouldn’t allow it. In her 20s she started seeing a chiropractor regularly and soon after her allergies subsided to a very manageable, occasional sneeze. A curious person by nature, she loves anatomy and strives to truly understand how the body works. At the time she was working in marine biology. She decided then to enter veterinary college and even ended up marrying a human chiropractor.
She combined veterinary medicine with chiropractic care for many years working with exotics at PAH before deciding to do chiropractic full time. Although she doesn’t see exotics for veterinary care she does adjust them- she has adjusted rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, llamas, iguanas, and a squirrel! She has even adjusted animals at birth.
Any pet of Dr. Seely’s is lucky because they have unlimited access to being adjusted. Her four year old dog Haka is a mix of Great Dane, Bernese mountain dog and Golden Retriever- she affectionately refers to him as a “Great Mountain Retriever.” He is 140 lb and his puppy like antics resulted in an injury, so since then he gets regular adjustments. Haka will now present himself to Dr. Seely when he needs an adjustment and has become what she calls an “adjustment junkie”!
Dr. Seely is very active, running marathons and usually competing in one Ironman triathlon a year. She enjoys cross country skiing, swimming, kayaking and horseback riding- anything that gets her outside. Most of all she is a passionate mother who loves cheering her son on from the bleachers at his basketball games and participating in triathlons or running races with her daughter and husband.
Her career has taken her many places, working with all kinds of animals. She worked at the Calgary Zoo, at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Florida and when she was a marine biologist she worked with a group of 21 grey seals. She has lived in many places but prefers small towns to the city, part of why she has made the Ottawa Valley her home.
Dr. Seely is proud to be certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. To maintain her certification she must complete continuing education annually, ensuring that she stays current with the advancements in the industry. She does regular lectures to dog groups, stables, and to the equine program at Kemptville College. She has also taught at the International School of Veterinary Chiropractic in Sittensen, Germany. Dr. Seely also provides chiropractic care to other practices in the area and she will visit stables and farms upon request. To see Dr. Seely for chiropractic care in PAH an appointment must be made in advance.
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