Westfield’s newest pet care clinic offers alternative therapies

Dr. Steven W. Nichols and his wife, Katie, reside in Sheridan with their three dogs, four horses and three cats. (Submitted photo)

Dr. Steven W. Nichols and his wife, Katie, reside in Sheridan with their three dogs, four horses and three cats. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Robinson

Westfield’s newest pet care clinic offers something it claims few others can for animal clients: alternative therapies based on centuries-old Eastern practices.

Springmill Pet Wellness Clinic opened Jan. 22 at 224 W. 161st St., a second location for the group following its first office at 71st Street and Binford Blvd. in Indianapolis. Dr. Steve Nichols, the primary veterinarian at the new location along with partner Dr. Mike Graves, chose Westfield for its burgeoning growth and proximity to his own home.

“It’s an up-and-coming area with a lot of residential surrounding it,” said Corry Lampe, the veterinary technician running the new clinic, “(and) not a lot of choices for veterinary practices, so it is very convenient for a lot of people.”

The clinic provides traditional medical, surgical and dental care for cats and dogs such as wellness check-ups, vaccinations, spaying and neutering and routine surgeries. But Nichols is one of few vets who also specializes in alternative therapies like acupuncture, aqua-therapy, oxygenation therapy, laser therapy, the use of Chinese herbs, vitamin supplements and more.

“Our veterinary team is proud to offer the best of conventional veterinary medicine and complementary and alternative therapies,” said Nichols, a Sheridan resident. “We find that this integrated approach to veterinary care offers the best treatment options for pets and their owners, especially when pets are in pain from chronic illnesses.”

Owners with pets suffering from cancer, skin diseases, arthritis and other afflictions come to Nichols seeking therapies other than the traditional Western route that often prescribes medicines, radiation, chemotherapy and the like.

“Depending on what disease process the animal has going on, there are different alternative ways to treat them or to help them feel better,” Lampe said. “That is our goal, to prolong their life in a quality way. You don’t find a lot of veterinarians that practice Eastern medicine, so it becomes a really nice niche that we offer to our clients.”

To learn more about Springmill Pet Wellness Clinic, call 399-1832 or visit springmillpet.com.