Dr. Sandy Bushmich grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts. She received her BS degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1977 (with a junior year at Reading University in England), her MS degree in Physiology of Reproduction from Texas A&M University in 1979, and her DVM degree from Cornell University in 1984. She worked in mixed animal veterinary practice until 1988 when she joined the faculty of the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science at the University of Connecticut (UConn), rising through the academic ranks to full professor. Beginning in 1997, Dr. Bushmich served as Section Head of the Diagnostic Testing Services Laboratory unit of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) at the University of Connecticut. She served as CVMDL Director from 2009- early 2014, then happily returned to Section Head duties. Her primary research interests include zoonotic diseases (specifically Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, West Nile Encephalitis and Avian Influenza) and diagnostic testing. She teaches courses in Biomedical Issues and Animal Diseases at UConn, and has served as faculty advisor for many undergraduate students. Dr. Bushmich received advanced training in foreign animal diseases both as a visiting scientist at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory and at Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and completed “Lead 21” Land Grant System Leadership training. She enjoys strong collaborative relationships with federal and state government colleagues. In March, 2017, Dr Bushmich was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs in UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR). In this role, she provides leadership and support for undergraduate education in CAHNR, including development and support of programs to enhance teaching, advising, student leadership and faculty development. Dr Bushmich is a strong advocate of the “One Health” approach, recognizing and enhancing the interrelationships among human health, animal health and environmental health.
Dr. Katelyn Zachau, a Tennessee native, knew that she wanted to go into medicine from a very early age. After a school project on the brain sparked her interest in psychiatry, she started on a path to merge physical and mental health before middle school. She studied psychology and biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill obtaining a degree in both. She then received her doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University -DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee. During her training there she became interested in functional medicine and pursued it independently. Prior to the completion of her medical training she found a residency combining family medicine and integrative medicine training, the first of its kind in the country. She then completed her residency in family medicine with a concentration in functional medicine at Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester Memorial Hospital. Through this training she was exposed to multiple integrative modalities, including nutrition therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement, regenerative medicine, acupuncture, Reiki and herbal medicine. She was also privileged to learn directly from renowned physicians in the integrative medicine field including Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. Richard Horowitz.
During her residency she served as chief resident, advocating for residents and promoting the residency and the integrative component that sets it apart. Dr. Zachau is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Connecticut Osteopathic Medical Society and American Osteopathic Association. She is board certified in Family Medicine. She is also a clinical faculty instructor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, teaching primary care to medical students.
Dr. Zachau works with patients to determine the root cause of their disease in alignment with naturopathic and osteopathic philosophie. Her passion for integrative medicine is most notable in the modalities of mind-body medicine, nutrition and osteopathic manipulation. She is passionate about supporting the body's ability to heal itself through these modalities and more, and ultimately seeks to restore the body to its natural state of healing. Outside of medicine, Dr. Zachau enjoys skiing and traveling.
Jasmine Wolf is a retired Massage Therapist and teacher. She taught Jin Shin Do Acupressure and a course for Massage Therapists called Ethics as a Path to Joy. The ethics class covered moral concepts that are common to all religions and her insights from her journey with Chronic Fatigue and later numerous bouts of Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis. She later studied a class on Totem Pole Animals, changed the method for her specific work with students and people she massaged. The results were dramatic. Inner guides brought forth the person’s inner wisdom and seemed to know exactly what the person needed to be comforted, to work through a problem, etc. Answering an important question using one’s non-dominant hand also helps find answers to problems that seemed unsurmountable. It is exciting and enlightening to watch people discover wisdom they didn’t know they had, and solutions neither of us would have thought of.