Dr. Mary Mandeville, DC, graduated with honors from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and operated a traditional chiropractic practice – meaning one that treated patients of the two-legged, human variety. Then her black Lab, Molly, suffered the loss of a leg when she was a year old. Observing the distortion in Molly’s three-legged stance, Dr. Mary knew the compensations Molly’s body had to make would take a toll.
Dr. Mary attended the highly regarded Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic where she earned a certificate in animal chiropractic approved by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1999. Her goal was simply to provide a lifetime of care for Molly, but before long the phone started ringing. Snuggles is limping, can you help? My bunny can’t walk, my cat won’t use the litter box, my dog can’t jump in the car. Please, I’ll come after hours. She wanted to say yes, but she practiced in a downtown office building with terrible parking and powder-blue carpets. What would the attorneys next door say when Snuggles (and others) began traipsing in for appointments?
What followed was a move out of the downtown office and more than a decade of dual, human and animal practice. Though Molly has been gone for many years, Dr. Mary is – and will always be – grateful for her soulful tutelage on how to live well, and especially for turning Dr. Mary on to providing chiropractic care for animals. It is a privilege to work with both the animals and the fine people who bring them for care.