Linda Faris, DVM
Dr. Faris grew up on a dairy farm north of Kansas City near Weston, Missouri where she loved taking care of the farm animals and family pets. From an early age she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended college at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She completed an Agricultural Economics Bachelor of Science in 1982 and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Over more than three decades of practice, her career has evolved to include many holistic modalities.
After several years in private practice Dr. Faris found in spite of the miracles of modern medicine, many medical problems could not be cured. The limitations of surgery and conventional medicine were exasperating when a patient didn’t respond treatments and she began to investigate alternative medicine. She soon realized many useful medical options were not taught in veterinary school. In 2000 she had a patient named Maximillian Caesar. He was a paralyzed Dachshund who had had back surgery but sadly did not regain the use of his back legs. Euthanasia was recommended for Max. Not willing to give up on Max without trying, Dr. Faris treated him with acupuncture and he recovered completely! Max was chasing squirrels again within a few months. After this experience, Dr. Faris began studying holistic medicine with a passion and now specializes in integrative veterinary medicine.
According to Dr. Faris, “there is always more to learn.” Things have changed in the world and doctors need to change as well. Pollution of the environment and our food supply has adversely affected the health of both animal and human populations. As a result, cancer is now one of the most common diseases we see in veterinary practice. Dr. Faris continues to pursue medical knowledge and treatment options. In September of 2018 she completed the PIVH Certification Course in Veterinary Homeopathy.
“We need holistic options more now than ever before and I am excited to offer these services at Northland Animal Hospital. My goal is always to cure a patient if possible. I select treatments from conventional medicine and my holistic toolbox. A unique protocol is created for each patient.”
Dr. Faris offers acupuncture, gold bead implants, herbal medicine, classical homeopathy, detoxification, antioxidants and nutraceuticals, natural diets and food therapy. She is especially passionate about using holistic methods to manage cancer patients and to treat chronic joint and back pain without surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. Faris also loves to travel and enjoys exploring dog parks with her two dogs, Juno, an Australian Shepherd and Pearl, a Panamanian Street Dog. She brought Pearl back from her travels in Central America.