Marie Cargill has been a holistic practitioner, a licensed acupuncturist, a registered herbalist, and a homeopathy proponent for both pets and their people for 30 years. She began learning alternative therapies in 1979 when she changed her career from education to medicine. The decision to turn away from one career and begin another materialized from the coincidences in her life: her parents’ illnesses and subsequent death of her father resulting from bad conventional medicine, her discontent with where education in general was heading, and an epiphany, albeit somewhat late, of who she was.
She began with Traditional Chinese Medicine, studying acupuncture. Six years later, she added Chinese herbal medicine to her practice. Twelve years after that she attended the New School of Homeopathy and started using this discipline. In recent years, she has complemented all those studies with Western herbal medicine, supplements, and nutrition.
Marie is the author of three books:
Acupuncture: A Viable Medical Alternative and
Well Women: Healing the Female Body Through Traditional Chinese Medicine,
both published by Praeger Publishers and
- Cancer and Your Pet: A Guide to Alternative and Integreated Treatment
published by Rowman & Littlefield
She is featured in Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book for her work in using alternative medicine with breast cancer patients. She is also affiliated through a grant with the Floating Hospital, New England Medical Center working with children with cancer.
Twenty-five years ago Marie spearheaded the movement to use alternative medicine with pets. Indeed, she was the only person in New England using such tools as acupuncture and herbs for pets and barnyard animals. Over three decades of practicing in the field, the author has seen these and other non-conventional forms of medicine work successfully with almost all kinds of health problems.
She is a consultant for several veterinary clinics in the greater Boston metropolitan area and many small independent shelter and sanctuaries for pets in New England.
She writes articles for independent newsletters of several New England humane groups, shelters, and dog breed clubs.
Marie worked for years as a practitioner at Windhover Veterinary Center, the first and foremost alternative and complementary veterinary care center for animals in the New England area. With the Windhover staff she developed and started the first rehabilitation center for dogs, coupling the alternative therapies of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathy with hydrotherapy, body work, and physical therapy.
Her work with animals has been highlighted in Time magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and Prevention Magazine. The National Geographic made a video of her work with parrots, and she has been featured on stations ABC, NBC, CBS, and cable television. Boston Magazine chose her as Best In Boston for pet alternative therapy.
At the New England School of Acupuncture, Marie developed and taught the first and only year-long course in holistic health care for animals aimed at training alternative medicine practitioners in using their training and methods on pets. In her classes, workshops, and talks across New England, Marie Cargill offers tools for accomplishing specific goals for pet health and breaks down each goal into small manageable steps.
She has a unique talent, and in harnessing that talent in the pursuit of answers, she has achieved extraordinary results. This site shares the knowledge of her medicine with any human companion who wishes to give a pet a happy, healthy and long life.