Dr. Lisa J. Donato is a holistic veterinarian who was born and raised on Long Island and decided at age seven that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She received both her BS in Biology and DVM degrees from Cornell University.
In 1998, when her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she began to research "alternative therapies" and found that some of these were indeed helpful to him. She then realized that the same therapies could be used to help her own patients, and so began an exciting path into the world of holistic veterinary medicine.
Dr. Donato received her Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida in 2001. She subsequently became Certified in Veterinary Tui Na (CVT), a Chinese medical massage, and as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Practitioner and Herbologist (CVH) from The Chi Institute. Additionally, she attended Tufts University for advanced studies in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine.
In 2003, Dr. Donato became the Chief of Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine at The Center for Specialized Veterinary Care located in Westbury, New York. She later pursued advanced studies in homotoxicology and was awarded a Certificate of Completion by The Society of Homotoxicology of North America for their Homotoxicology Correspondence Course. She often combines this modality with acupuncture (aquapuncture) thus integrating two healing therapies.
In 2007, Dr. Donato was honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAAVA). She was the ninth veterinarian in the United States bestowed with this honor. Moreover, she attended The Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic located in Kansas and became Certified in Animal Chiropractic (CAC) by The International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). In 2008, Dr. Donato founded a holistic housecall company, Veterinary Acupuncture and Healing Arts.
Dr. Donato has had two clinical papers published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine describing the successful treatment of her patients using acupuncture, herbal medicine and conventional medicine. Dr. Donato's philosophy is to incorporate the best of Western and Eastern Veterinary Medicine in order to provide the finest healthcare possible to her patients.
In her spare time, she enjoys travel and fine dining and loves greyhounds, both large and small.