Veterinary Advisory Board


Diana D. Drumm, DVM 

  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (IVAS)
  • Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner – VOM
  • Certified in Chinese Veterinary Herbology
  • Certified Veterinary Ozone Therapist

Additional training in:

  • Nutritional Response Testing / NRT
  • Traditional Chinese Food Therapy
  • Homotoxicology / Bioregulatory Medicine
  • Animal Essential Oil Therapy

Dr. Diana Drumm grew up in Nashville Tennessee before attending the University of Montana where she received a bachelor of science in molecular biology with honors. She then returned to Tennessee to attend The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After graduation, she went on to a residency in comparative medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego before entering private practice. In 2002 she left San Diego to join a mixed animal practice in Bishop California. The lack of access to specialists in this rural setting, and providing services to animals for 100 miles around gave her the opportunity to strongly develop all her medical and surgical skills in a variety of species.

In 2005 after reluctantly trying acupuncture treatment for of her own lifelong migraine headaches and finally finding relief, Diana began rethinking her staunch adherence to conventional medical disease treatment. Experiencing first hand the success of alternative treatment for a condition that was poorly addressed by Western medicine, she decided that she wanted to be able to provide her patients with the same additional treatment options for the conditions that previously had disappointing results or no treatment available at all.

Dr. Drumm received her acupuncture certification from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2006. Finding success with this new treatment and desiring even more options for her patients she studied Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine finishing all her course work in 2007. Later that year, armed with new tools and a desire to truly integrate holistic and conventional medicine she started her own practice in Reno Nevada to promote an atmosphere of lifelong health and healing for her animal patients.

Dr. Drumm has continued to train in additional holistic methods: Homeopathy, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, Traditional Chinese Food therapy, and Western Herbal Medicine among them. She taught at Truckee Meadows Community Collage in the department of herbal studies. Her practice’s continued success is a testament to the nurturing healthful environment that integrative holistic medicine provides for our pets.

After 10 years in the Eastern Sierra, shoveling snow in the winter and battling drought in the summer, Dr. Drumm and her family returned to the beloved Pacific in Southern California where her journey as a veterinarian began.

California Holistic Animal Institute was born from Dr. Drumm’s desire to continue providing compassionate holistic care for individuals’ and families’ four legged companions to enhance the well being at both ends of the leash.



Dr. Pamela Fisher, DVM

Pamela Fisher, DVM has a unique and direct perspective on how alternative healing choices can address physical and emotional imbalances to dramatically benefit the vitality of our pets. She comments: “Most of my patient challenges turn into miracles every day, and by providing proper nutrition and balance, our animals can use their innate ability to self-heal.” Her Holistic Pet Therapy Center and Natural Pet Store provide holistic health care, educational classes and public awareness of holistic options for pets and their owners.

In 2011, Dr. Fisher founded the non-profit Rescue Animal MP3 Project with her passion to improve the quality of life of shelter animals across the United States. Her organization donates free MP3 players filled with 30 hours pre-recorded music that is specifically formulated to provide a calmer environment for animals. Shelter Follow Up Evaluations show up to 95% less barking (an average of 54%) and the animals are an average of 58% more relaxed! Her non-profit project continues to donate calming music to over 1150 shelters across the United States.

Now, her dream of providing calming therapeutic music and innovative emotional support products to help balance all the animals has become a reality with the creation of her new company CALM MY PET. A portion of Calm My Pet purchases helps support the Rescue Animal Mp3 Project. This is her way of reaching out and helping as many animals as she can worldwide.



Dr. Jodie Gruenstern, DVM, CVA

Jodie Gruenstern, DVM, CVA is a UW-Madison graduate and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Muskego, Wisconsin since 1987. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and food therapist by the Chi Institute. She is a member of the AVMA, AHVMA, WVMA and MVMA.

Dr. Jodie is the owner of the Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex, an integrated full service small animal practice. Her facility was awarded Muskego Business of the year in 2013. She is a nationally renowned speaker. She has been an advocate for natural pet care through presenting, radio and television. She has written for Dogs Naturally Magazine, Integrative Veterinary Care, Animal Wellness, Nature’s Pathways and Natural Awakenings. Dr. Jodie is an avid supporter of raw diets for dogs and cats.  She uses multiple modalities in her integrative practice including acupuncture, laser therapy, whole food supplements, essential oils, western and Chinese herbals.

Dr. Jodie is founder of the non-profit iPAW: Integrating People for Animal Wellness, which supports the needs of pets who might have otherwise been euthanized. Learn more at

Dr. Jodie is the owner of Dr. Jodie’s Natural Pets which manufactures unique natural dog and cat treats and products. Learn more or order her educational DVD, “How to Integrate Natural Medicine into Pet Health Care” by visiting  or  



Dr. Robert Ness, DVM

Robert Ness DVM graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 with a strong interest and determination in avian and exotic pet medicine. His first employment as a new graduate was as an associate veterinarian for the only all avian and exotic pet practice in the Midwest at the time. He spent 9 of the next 12 years at that practice, with the other 3 years serving as head exotics veterinarian for a prominent group of veterinary practices, also in the Chicago area. During his tenure at these practices, Dr. Ness continued to expand his knowledge and training, but kept believing that there was more to being an animal healer than just mainstream medicine. As frustrations grew over the limitations of standard conventional care for chronic diseases and common problems encountered in his patients, Dr. Ness began exploring the realm of holistic medicine and ultimately founded an integrative avian and exotic pet practice.

In June 2002, Dr. Ness started Ness Exotic Wellness Center as an alternative to the typical veterinary hospital. This practice serves as an integration of various holistic modalities with a strong foundation of diagnostic and medical knowledge in birds and exotic pets.  In addition to being a full service avian and exotic practice, Ness Exotic also serves as a holistic care center for dogs and cats constituting about 10% of the practice.  Dr. Ness continues to practice full-time at Ness Exotic Wellness Center, while managing the practice as well.  He continues to develop his wealth of knowledge by adding new and innovative treatments to his practice, becoming widely respected and regarded in the field of Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine, especially in the field of Holistic Therapy. Dr. Ness became certified by AVCA for Chiropractic in 1998 and Chi-Institute for Acupuncture in 2002. He is presently one of the very few practitioners in the country practicing Holistic Therapy in an Avian and Exotic Pet practice.

Dr Ness continues to be spread his knowledge through presentations, consultation and writing. He is currently a regular speaker at both exotic veterinary conferences (ExoticsCon) and holistic vet meetings (AVCA & AIMLA). He also serves as consultant at various levels for veterinary related companies, including Animal Essentials, Oxbow Animal Health, Companion Therapy Laser, and Assisi Animal Health.