Dr Vargas received her DVM from Tuskegee University in 1994. In 1996 she established her AAHA accredited Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. In 2009 she started her studies at Chi Institute, eventually garnering certifications in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food therapy and Tui Na. She is an assistant teacher at Chi Institute in both Florida and Costa Rica campuses and has worked as a consultant for Disney Animal Kingdom.
Dr. Vargas is also a sought out speaker and has presented at the Ferret International Congress in 2008, AVMA convention in 2011, the World TCVM Congress in 2015 & 2016. And the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture Congress 2017. She is a certified veterinary journalist and has published hundreds of articles including her Monthly Lakeland Ledger newspaper pet care column. Dr Vargas is a prolific author of both scientific and motivational articles. She was a guest blogger for www. Allthingshealing.com and a writer for Woman to Woman Magazine. She also wrote a chapter on Jack Canfield’s Amazon Best seller book “The Soul of Success”. She served as an AVMA Spokesperson for Hispanic market and has recorded many PSA’s and radio interviews promoting responsible pet ownership. Her love for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is evidenced in her forthcoming book Alt-Vet: the revolutionary pet care and longevity solution,
Her passion for helping animals and her voluntarism has awarded her state and national recognition. Among her awards are the Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Award, Bright house Regional Business Finalist, Girls Inc “She knows where she is going award” and the FVMA Gold award. She was honored by the American Veterinary Foundation as “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” in 2015.
Dr. Vargas loves incorporating Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine into her care through a variety of mediums. She has earned the following certifications in Eastern treatment:
- Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
- Certified Veterinary Food Therapist
- Certified Tui-Na practitioner
- Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist
- Certified Reconnective Healer Practitioner
- Certified TCVM practitioner
- Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
- Currently completing a Master’s Degree in TCVM
She lives in sunny Winter Haven, Florida with her husband, two teenage daughters and a menagerie of pets!