Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian. She grew up in a time where pharmaceutical medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine. All her schooling was in pharmaceutical medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more. In her personal life, she had been a vegetarian for years; she wanted to help animals, not eat them. She began to use organic food and alternative medicine modalities for herself and her family. Her family thrived on this more wholistic lifestyle, and she realized that if these things were better for her family, they would be better for her patients also.
At the same time, more and more research became available which indicated that pharmaceutical-based medicine was not the be-all-end-all that western doctors had always believed. There was even research that vaccines and medicines that had been used and prescribed for years actually do more harm than good. Becoming disillusioned with some areas of pharmaceutical medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.
Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs. She has studied with Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr.Huisheng Xie, Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and many others. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014. She was accepted as a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild in 2020.
In 2013, Dr. Dohmen down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware. She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics. She is published frequently in journals such as the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal.
Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic VMA and AVMA. She is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal. Dr. Dohmen lives on a 72 acre farm with her husband, 2 sons, and many four-legged animals. She has her own organic herb and vegetable gardens. She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.