East meets West

With an industry pioneer.

Dog embracing tiny kitten

Evidence-Based Care

Dr. Marilyn Koski is one of the leading authorities on Acupuncture and Cold Laser Therapy to come out of the prestigious U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She provides sound, evidence-based care in both areas of Eastern and Western medicine. MarQueen Emergency & Specialty provides rehabilitation through Dr. Koski. She can provide a full range of rehabilitation techniques that you can practice at home with your dog or cat.

Dr. Marilyn Koski, a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) and certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA), has been in practice for 20 years, treating dogs, cats and exotic species with both Western medicine and acupuncture. For 11 years she taught in the Companion Avian Exotic Pet Medicine Service at UC Davis, a service that treats pet birds, reptiles, fish, rabbits and rodent species. She has used acupuncture in treating dogs, cats, lizards, rabbits, tortoises, birds and exotic species—any pet animal, she says.

“Alternative, holistic, Eastern and complementary medicine are some of the many terms used to describe a wide array of disciplines,” Koski says. “I like to refer to acupuncture as a complementary medicine or integrative medicine, because I like to use it in addition to, or integrating it into a Western therapy.” Holistic generally means treating the whole patient, rather than only a localized problem. Acupuncture, she says, is certainly one way to do that.

A number of years ago, Dr. Koski was actually a skeptic of the efficacy of acupuncture. She worked for a wild animal park in Hong Kong and her colleagues, though educated in England and Australia, were Chinese veterinarians and incorporated acupuncture into their Western treatments. “I would see their patients respond and improve more quickly,” Koski says. “They would be eating sooner after surgery, they would be walking more comfortably, they would be using less pain medication. So it started to pique my interest.” At that time Dr. Koski suffered from severe migraine headaches, and her colleagues suggested she try acupuncture for the problem. “I wanted to be gracious to my colleagues and my hosts, and I went for acupuncture three times,” Koski says. “I never suffered from [a] migraine again, and that’s when I decided I needed to learn more about this.”

Services Provided

  • Acupuncture
  • Cold Laser Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Range of Motion Therapy
  • Joint Mobility
  • Arthritis Management
  • Rehabilitation