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Your Pet's Physical Examination

The physical examination used in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine focuses on the tongue and pulse of the animal to obtain a pattern. There is one normal pulse and 15 abnormal pulses commonly seen in animals. The tongue shape, color and moisture is also assessed. The animal is then palpated for sensitivities along the meridians and for temperature of the body, ears and limbs. From this information a pattern diagnosis is obtained. The animal is then treated based on its' pattern. This means that two animals with the same western diagnosis will be treated differently with Eastern Medicine if they have different patterns. Western medicine tends to treat all animals with the same protocol, which is why it doesn't always work for all animals or people. The aim of Chinese medicine is to restore balance to the animals with acupuncture, food therapy, herbal medicine and exercise. If we can restore balance we can restore health.

Meet our Experienced Team

Dr. Scerba

Dr. Pamela Scerba


Dr. Pamela Scerba received her BS in Biology at SUNY Binghamton in 1985 and her veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool, England in 1991. After graduating from veterinary school she began the first three years of her career in veterinary medicine at a small animal hospital in Rochester, NY. She then worked for two years doing emergency medicine.


Dr. Nancy Ying


Becoming a veterinarian seemed both wonderful and scary when Dr. Nancy was a high school student, so she never considered it seriously. Her grandfather’s passing on was a turning point in her life because his life was rich with accomplishments and adventure. She thought about her life and realized that she always made the sensible, safe choices, and felt that her own life seemed small compared to his.


Emily DeWein

Office Manager

Emily DeWein was born and raised in Clifton Park, NY and currently resides there with her loving boyfriend and their three dogs, Lacey, Axle and Annie. She has always had a passion for animals and grew up surrounded by cats and dogs, many of which she rescued herself. She was always leaving plates of food out for the local strays and sneaking the animals into the house...

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Hannah Smith

Practice Manager

Hannah grew up in a small town minutes outside of Syracuse, moving to Albany in March of 2016. She fell in love with the Capital District and all it has to offer, being much closer to the beautiful nearby New England states and the Adirondacks. She and her husband Lou got married in October of 2018. They have a passion for traveling to new places, trying new food and seeing live music together...


Andrea Maciejczak

Vet Assistant

Andrea, a country girl from Wisconsin, has loved animals all her life and realized early on that she wanted to be surrounded by them and devote her life to helping them as much as she could. After studying Conservation Biology, Agricultural Science, and Spanish as an undergrad at the University of WI -Green Bay and as a graduate student at the University of WI - Madison, she moved to New York...