Sixteen years ago Dr. Diane Levitan first learned about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and its uses in both human and veterinary medicine. She spent a week with veterinarian who used HBOT and saw its amazing healing power. "I became an instant advocate," she recalled, "and the rest is history."
As a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Levitan has ascended to the top ranks of the veterinary field. Now she is thrilled to be joining the Board of Directors of Hyperbaric Medicine International where she can contribute to educating the public, the veterinary, and the human community about the incredible benefits of HBOT.
"I am passionate about promoting responsible use and putting good data together so we can scientifically show its value," she told us. "HBOT has so many benefits that we can offer and through HMI we can promote, create, and share ideas and credible research. We can provide education and licensing to all who pledge to practice responsibly without setting other limitations. We can lobby to increase the types of cases paid for by insurance and improve medicine in the US and internationally. We are the international voice of hyperbaric medicine and we will make a difference."
Dr. Levitan is a veterinary internal medicine specialist who has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1991. She has built 4 veterinary practices, including Peace Love Pets Veterinary Care, and she is always pursuing more challenges. She is a ground breaking entrepreneur and has introduced many new concepts into the field of veterinary medicine, such as creating the first hospital in the world where families could stay overnight with their pets, pioneering the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for animals, and creating a traveling CT scan company.
She has many interests in her field, but making a lasting difference in veterinary medicine is key. She loves to teach, mentor and promote excellent veterinary care. In 2009, she started a non-for-profit as a means to give back to the community. Helping-Promote Animal Welfare, Inc (Helping-PAW) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to ending pet overpopulation through education of the public and by providing high volume, high quality, targeted, affordable sterilization services of unowned and companion animals and to subsidize care for animals whose owners are on government assistance. This non-profit has helped many hundreds of animals and pet owners throughout Long Island.
Some of her many skills are medical diagnoses of the most difficult medical problems in pets using reasoning, deduction, radiography, ultrasonography and diagnostic laboratory testing. She is a consultant for many local veterinarians, veterinary businesses as well as for television and radio and print. She has 2 dogs, a cat, a patient husband and 3 great children.