Nashville Area Veterinarians Receive Distinguished Alumni Award at UT College of Veterinary Medicine
On February 4, 2013, UT College of Veterinary Medicine (Knoxville) awarded Dr. Marc Smith of Natchez Trace Veterinary Services and Dr. Casey Damron of White Oak Animal Hospital the “2012 Distinguished Alumni” Award.
The achieved the honor for the creation of PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products and their service in the field of Alternative Veterinary Medicine.
Their Journey to Eastern Medicine
Dr. Marc Smith and Dr. Casey Damron had both been practicing veterinarians for approximately eight years. Then, they began noticing Western veterinary medicine left some of their patients with no treatments for their ailments.
The dilemma led them to look for alternative therapies to fill the void. After hearing of the success a colleague had with acupuncture, they enrolled at the Chi Institute to learn about acupuncture themselves.
Later on, they began to study Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2006. It was here they learned Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Tui-Na, Qi Gong, and Food Therapy.
Dr. Smith and Dr. Damron initially applied the Food Therapy principles by prescribing diet formulas for clients to feed their pets.
While they were enthusiastic about the results in just the first few weeks, the clients found it difficult. They had a hard time getting the proper ingredients. And, it was a lot of work preparing the food themselves. Because doctors so strongly believe in the principle of Food Therapy, they just had to find a way to provide it to their patients.
Thus, the idea for PET | TAO was born. Soon, they began creating different diet formulas according to the principles of Eastern Medicine.
Meet Dr. Marc Smith
Dr. Marc Smith has been a practicing veterinarian serving Middle Tennessee since 1998.
He is the founder of Natchez Trace Veterinary Services (NTVS) in Franklin, Tennessee, a full service equine and small animal hospital.
In June of 2012, he opened an alternative veterinary medicine clinic under the same name, in Belle Meade, Tennessee, which exclusively provides Eastern and alternative treatments for pets.
Dr. Smith received his DVM degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Since 2005, he has studied Eastern veterinary medicine at the renowned Chi Institute in Florida.
In 2012, he earned his place in the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Smith is dedicated to the veterinary profession and to the health and welfare of pets and livestock.
Meet Dr. Casey Damron
Dr. Casey Damron is the owner of White Oak Animal Hospital, a full-service small animal hospital located in Fairview, Tennessee.
Dr. Damron has been in veterinary practice since 1998.
Trained in both Western and Eastern Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Damron’s primary focus is on treating small animals.
Dr. Damron studied and received his Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1998.
He also obtained additional training from 2006-2009 in The Principles of Eastern Medicine at The Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, where he studied under Eastern veterinary medicine expert Dr. Huisheng Xie.
His studies included Chinese Acupuncture, Herbology, Food Therapy, and Tui-Na.
His experience, training, and research led Dr. Damron and his longtime friend and colleague Dr. Marc Smith to develop a product that offered pets a better way to health.
Their work and collaboration resulted in PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products, providing pets a way to better health through proper diet and nutrition.