As a middle daughter of three in a military family and the perpetual “new kid in the neighborhood”, Dr. Lauren Frank has lived in New York City, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Philippines, Florida, Virginia, and Germany. Dr. Frank’s empathy for others that communicate differently is not only fostered from experiences growing up in many places, but also from having a younger sister with severe developmental disabilities. These experiences --- as well as growing up around many species (especially her beloved German shepherds) --- helped develop her passion for caring for individuals who are not able to fully articulate their needs.
After taking a job as a veterinary assistant, Lauren became interested and began to study alternative and integrative therapies. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BS), cum laude, in Biological Sciences from the California State University of Sacramento, she attended veterinary school at the prestigious University of California, Davis (UC Davis) knowing that she wanted to pursue integrative veterinary medicine. As a student, Dr. Frank was president of the UC Davis Holistic Veterinary Medicine Club and organized two symposiums. After graduation, Dr. Frank completed a specialty internship in physical rehabilitation and acupuncture at the University of Florida and furthered her studies with certification in Chinese herbology (CCVH) and acupuncture (CVA) and in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRT). After her internship, Dr. Frank initiated and led the Integrative and Physical Rehabilitation Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for almost three years prior to moving to New York. Dr. Frank relocated back to the East Coast and has settled in nicely on Long Island.
Dr. Frank has continued being involved in research and teaching throughout the years; she is an adjunct professor at South China University in Guangzhou, China, where she teaches acupuncture and rehabilitation yearly to veterinarians from all over the world. She is also a board member of the World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and she has authored chapters in distinguished herbal and TCVM textbooks edited by Dr. Huisheng Xie, and has published research papers about obesity and exercise physiology in dogs. She is currently undergoing the process to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) and is pursuing a Master’s of Science (MS) degree in TCVM.
Dr. Frank strongly believes in delivering the best care to all her patients, to help alleviate pain and to assist them on the road to recovery through a combination of her knowledge in both Western and Eastern medicine. She believes that the different aspects of veterinary medicine offer their full potential when used in conjunction, rather than separately, and will often prove resourceful when considering all aspects of a pet’s life condition--- from dietary adjustments, to an exercise program. When not working at LIVS, Lauren can be found indulging in a slice of delicious New York pizza, swimming or working-out at the gym, hiking with her dogs, and spending time with her partner, cats, and two noisy Amazon parrots.