Carlyn Montes De Oca – Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse

As a lonely child, Carlyn found comfort and a healing connection in her relationship with her dogs. When she grew older and struggled through a divorce, she was surprised to see it was her cats who became her emotional rescue. But it was in her private acupuncture practice, while listening to her patients’ stories, that she realized this “animal-human health connection” was not just physical or emotional but had a transformative spiritual component as well. Carlyn will share her journey of discovery, the inspiration behind her award-winning book, and how her animal friends, especially her motley crew of six rescue animals, inspired her mission:  to have the greatest pawsitive effect on the lives of animals and the humans who love them. Carlyn is an acupuncturist, speaker, and award-winning author. Learn more about her at