Dr. Erin Bannink, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (oncology)
Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine
Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture
Integrative Oncology Teleconsults
TeleConsultations for Veterinarians
Dr. Bannink is now offering Integrative Oncology TeleConsultations for Veterinarians. These consultations are for licensed veterinarians trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) who are requesting a Consultation with Dr. Bannink for assistance in Integrative or TCM Oncology treatments for one of their current patients who has been diagnosed with cancer. Veterinarians must be located outside of Michigan.
The purpose of these consultations is to provide assistance and support to veterinarians managing patients with cancer and/ or for pet parents who are interested in utilizing Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine as part of the treatment protocol and would like Dr. Bannink's assistance integrating these treatments with conventional cancer therapies.
If you are a veterinarian inquiring about an Integrative Oncology TeleConsultation and are not trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, please email me to inquire about options.
(Pet Parents who would like an integrative oncology consultation with Dr. Bannink and who are both unable to travel to Michigan and live outside the state of Michigan, can elect a TeleConsultation with Dr. Bannink through their local veterinarian, who will be primarily managing their pet's care. Pet parents interested in a TeleConsultation are required to be working through a local veterinarian trained in TCM in order to provide optimal and legal patient care. Dr. Bannink will consult directly with your local TCM veterinarian in support of your pet's local care team.)
What is included in an Integrative Oncology TeleConsultation with Dr. Bannink
A patient specific Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine treatment protocol that you can prescribe.
Upon request, Dr. Bannink can provide scientific literature references on available biomedical research regarding prescribed treatments and mechanisms of action, for use in client education or in communicating with your local oncologist.
Advice on Conventional medicine treatment options, prognosis and integrative options based on Dr. Bannink's 12 years of experience managing patients with integrative Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) and conventional therapies.
A frank and honest discussion about what we do and don't know yet about integrating CHM with conventional treatments and recommendations based on Dr. Bannink's personal experience regarding response rates, methods to integrate CHM with conventional therapies and what to generally expect with treatment of specific oncological diagnoses.
Up to 2 hours of follow-up communications within 6 months of the initial consultation for assistance in ongoing management and follow-up questions.
Scheduling an Integrative Oncology TeleConsultation
TeleConsultations are requested through the OVRS Website at this link. Payment will be taken at the time the consultation request form is submitted and Dr. Bannink will contact you regarding scheduling.
Dr. Bannink performs these consultations on Fridays and is able to accommodate a maximum of two consultations each Friday (with the exception of conferences, vacations and holidays). These consultation must be scheduled in advance, as she works up these cases on her personal time outside of clinic hours. Most communication will take place via email, although phone and video conferencing is an option when necessary.
The cost of a Telemedicine Integrative Oncology consult with Dr. Bannink is $500. This fee includes up to 2 hours of follow-up communication within the first 6 months after consultation.
Additional follow-up communications are happily provided for an additional hourly rate of $100/hour.
About Dr. Erin Bannink
In addition to her board certification in veterinary oncology, Dr. Bannink holds a graduate diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through CIVT and is certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). She began integrating Classical Chinese Medicine with conventional cancer therapies during her oncology residency and has been offering these therapies as part of an integrative approach to cancer care in a multi-specialist hospital setting since 2007. Dr. Bannink is a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Integrative Therapies (CIVT) and lectures to worldwide audiences about Integrative Cancer therapy using Traditional Chinese Medicine.