Becca Seitz, MAcOM, LAc, Dipl. OM, FABAA

Becca Seitz graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Organismal Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She continued on to the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, graduating with a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Becca is the current Secretary for the American Board of Animal Acupuncture. Becca has a private acupuncture and Chinese herbal practice in Portland, Oregon, where she treats both people and pets.  She is especially interested in treating dermatological conditions, injuries and pain, and allergies.  She is the author of Small Animal Acupoint Location.

Barbara Ota, MSOM, DAc, FABAA

Barbara Ota received her Bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 1983, Barbara co-founded the Kona Coast Veterinary Hospital and facilitated healing and services through the nineties. In 1997 she attended the Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii to earn her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine. Barbara is the Vice President of the American Board of Animal Acupuncture, Medical Director at Kohala Clinic, on consulting staff at North Hawaii Community Hospital, as well as Medical Director of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Kamuela Veterinary Clinic. Barbara has been involved in numerous research projects pertaining to weight loss in companion animals and is co-author of Happy, Healthy Dogs and other research publications. To date, Barbara maintains an active practice treating both humans and companion animals.

Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc, FABAA

Gene Bruno attended UCLA and became a staff acupuncturist for the National Acupuncture Association (NAA). As an NAA acupuncturist he participated in the Acupuncture Pain Clinic at UCLA medical school in 1972. In 1971, Gene accepted an appointment as one of the Directors of the NAA’s Veterinary Acupuncture Research Project, which introduced Animal Acupuncture to the United States for the first time.  This lead to the establishment of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association (IVAS) in 1974. Gene was the co-founder of the Massachusetts Acupuncture Association in 1974, and the co-founder of the Oregon Acupuncture Association in 1978. From 2007 until 2011, Gene was a member of the Executive Counsel of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. In 2007, he founded the Trudy McAlister Foundation, a non-profit, charitable, scholarship foundation. Gene has done research at Harvard Medical School and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, looking into the practical applications of acupuncture in the treatment of pain.

Angie Steagall, Animal Handling Instructor & Veterinary Assistant

Angie has over 16 years experience as an animal care technician and instructor in animal care and behavior.  She has trained 4th year veterinary students and Oregon Humane Society employess in safe and advanced animal handling skills. Through years of experience in a variety of settings, Angie has mastered animal care and behavior, and a unique ability to pass these skills on to others.  She is currently working as a veterinary assistant.

Claire Peterson, DVM


Claire graduated from Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Before that she received her bachelor of science from the University of Redlands with honors in biology. In college she specifically attended the Johnston Center of Integrative Studies, graduating with the major entitled “Foundations for Avian Veterinary Medicine and Artistic License in Martial and Expressive Arts” in 2008. She has done research in both New Zealand and Ethiopia, and even interned for several months at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital in the United Arab Emirates. She grew up in the Portland area and currently lives there with two cats and her falconry red-tailed hawk, Atticus. She volunteers with the Portland Audubon Society, is a volunteer surgeon for the Pixie Project, helps give educational programs to children and adults about raptors with Close Encounters, and also supports the American Wildlife Foundation in Mollala. She is currently practicing veterinary medicine at Frontier Veterinary Hospital in Hillsboro with special interest in surgery and avian medicine. Her photo was taken while she was living in Corvallis where she spent much of her time caring for several education birds at the Chintimini Wildlife Center, including “Morgan” the sparred owl (a naturally occuring barred and spotted owl hybrid), as shown.