The Making of an Acupuncturist

Did you know that your animal’s acupuncture treatment is enhanced by the experience of the Acupuncturist? Acupuncture is an energy medicine and the personal energy of the therapist affects the treatment and the outcome of the acupuncture.

For this reason, we would like to share with you our Dr. Pema Choepel Mallu’s personal training and life experience that affects her energy being when she treats your animals.

Dr. Pema knew she wanted to be a vet as early as 5 years of age and began working at veterinary clinics at 14 years of age. After only three years in undergraduate school, she started veterinary school. After four years at the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Pema worked as a small animal practitioner in Ohio for a few years then moved to a practice in Gaithersburg, MD. In 1985, she opened Little Seneca Animal Hospital in Germantown, MD. While there, she became disheartened with the limitations of conventional veterinary medicine and was introduced to veterinary acupuncture. This opened her eyes and heart to the world of holistic veterinary medicine. In 1988, Dr. Pema became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and spent several years with IVAS as a teacher and board member.

In her pursuit of becoming a knowledgeable holistic practitioner, Dr Pema studied homeopathy with world renowned veterinary homeopath Dr. Richard Pitcairn. She studied veterinary Chinese herbology with IVAS and world renowned Oriental Medical Doctor and Veterinarian Dr. Marsden. She became certified as a Natural Health Professional. Dr. Pema knew that personal healing was the essence of being an excellent holistic practitioner and to do this she spent three years in Barbara Brennan’s Energy Healing School and one year in Dr. Michael Mama’s School of Enlightenment and Healing. Each of these schools required her to do personal energy healing and psychological healing of great intensity throughout the program. The training also included energy healing techniques for people and animals.

Dr. Pema made the decision to sell her Germantown clinic in 1993 and pursue a spiritual life in Sedona, AZ. She moved to a property on two acres on the creek below one of the spiritual energy vortexes, Cathedral Rock, in Sedona – a very special place. Dr. Pema opened an in-home small animal holistic clinic and healing clinic for people. This included acupuncture, Chinese herbology, homeopathy, energy healing, and animal communication sessions. While in Sedona, Dr. Pema found her spiritual practice of Buddhism and her community of Kunzang Palyul Choling. This community is led by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, who, amazingly enough, is from Poolesville, MD and who had herself only recently moved to Sedona. In 2002, Dr. Pema took ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist nun with Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo. While living in Sedona, she grew spiritually through connecting with the land and attending many interfaith and energy workshops.

In 2006, Dr Pema along with her Buddhist community moved back to the temple in Poolesville. Dr. Pema designed and oversaw the building of Garuda Aviary, the temple’s parrot sanctuary for abused and abandoned parrots.

Dr. Pema trained at Tai Sophia for a Master’s degree in human Acupuncture, she graduated and became licensed in February 2011. She also worked as a veterinarian at Veterinary Holistic Care in Bethesda from 2008 to 2013 where she met her business partner Dr. Kitty Raichura. She and Dr. Raichura opened Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown in December 2013.

As an ordained Buddhist nun, Dr. Pema practices prayers every day to remove obstacles, do purification, and protect and promote compassion for all sentient beings. She also helps uphold her temple’s 24-hour prayer vigil that has been going non-stop for 32 consecutive years.

Dr. Pema has been practicing medicine for 41+ years and performing acupuncture and energy work for three decades. She brings her many years of experience as a veterinarian and spiritual being to each appointment and this grounding enhances her understanding of the causes of disease so that she is not merely reacting to the symptoms.

To schedule an appointment for your pet with Dr. Pema at Holistic Veterinary Healing, please call 240-715-6570.