“Healer heal thyself”
“As above, so below. As within, so without”
As I reflect back on my travels and adventures through life, the common thread weaving through them is a quest for a deeper understanding of our relationship, as human beings, to other species on this planet we call Earth.
Nestled within that journey is a personal search for healing, healing of not just the Body, but the Mind and the Spirit. The healing paradigms, schools, modalities and techniques I crossed paths with all came to inhabit a place within my healing toolbox that I bring to every patient I encounter. I have been incredibly honored to have received teachings directly from medicine people spanning a broad range of cultures, belief systems, and perspectives. My experience encompasses ancient indigenous knowledge from 4 different continents: North America, South America, China/Tibet and Europe. It includes several medical systems: western allopathic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, quantum energetics to name a few. It does not leave out spiritual healing methods that many would exclude, being “too woo woo”, but I have found are an integral, inseparable part of the great circle of life. I personally know of too many examples of healing that cannot be explained any other way and I refuse to discount it because of a prevailing majority belief system. It would be too great of a betrayal to those individuals, human and animal, that I know and love who have experienced these healings.
When I first heard of the Five Element theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, something stirred within my heart. I recognized it and was deeply familiar with it, like meeting up with a long lost friend. I named my very first veterinary practice after it, “Five Element Animal Wellness”, and when I rebranded 15 years later, I could not leave it behind. When I first had the idea of creating an on-line program as a way of sharing my diverse knowledge to interested pet parents, the 5 Elements appeared as the perfect container to organize all of the parts and pieces.
I welcome you into my world, to share a part of this journey with me. Hopefully you will find a few pieces of knowledge and wisdom that will help you and your animal friends find some measure of healing, happiness and peace.
My wish is for us, as human beings, to learn how to live once again in partnership with this beautiful planet Gaia and her children, the plants and animals. Somewhere along the way we have become separated from Her. For many people, the animals they share their lives with are their only link to the natural world, the bridge back to Gaia!
May we do our best to repay these Bodhisattvas-in-fur-coats some portion of the love, compassion and teachings they give to us so freely. It is with this intention that I have created these offerings.
“May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all beings rejoice in the well-being of others.
May all beings live in peace, free from greed and hatred.”
The Four Immeasurables (a traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayer)
Dr. Josie Beug
"Our animals give us so much unconditional Love. It’s my passion in life to give them a voice so we can practice being in Right Relationship to them."
1989 B.A. BIOLOGY University of Colorado at Boulder emphasis in neurobiology, animal behavior, animal consciousness
1990-94 Adoption counselor/kennel technician nonprofit animal shelters
1994-98 Lab technician Clinical Pathology Laboratory UW School of Veterinary Medicine
1994-97 President student chapter of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
1996 Usui Reiki level I and II
1997 Navajo Nation Veterinary externship
1998 D.V.M. University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
1998 Veterinarian - Community Medicine Rotation at UW School of Veterinary Medicine
1999 Shelter Veterinarian Espanola, New Mexico
2001 Veterinary Acupuncture Certification, The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, followed by Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui-na
2017 Ingraham Applied Zoopharmacognosy
2016-present Lab Instructor The Chi Institute of TCVM
Member of AVMA, AHVMA, AATCVM