Dr. Mitsie Vargas
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
began her studies at Chi Institute, eventually garnering certifications in Acupuncture,
Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, and Tui Na. She is also a fellow of the American
Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. She is one of just two Certified Balance Method
Acupuncture practitioners in the USA. She is a Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulator (aka
chiropractic care for pets). Dr. Vargas obtained her Master's Degree in TCVM at Chi
Institute, where she works as a Teacher Assistant and Lecturer for the Chi USA, Latin
America and Peru. She has also worked as a consultant for the Disney Animal Kingdom.
Dr. Vargas is also a Certified Veterinary Journalist and a prolific author of both scientific and
motivational articles. Dr. Vargas has lectured at the World TCVM Congress (2015, 2016,
2017,2018,2019), AAVA Conference (2017,2020), AVMA (2011), and the CbVMA (2017).
She is a guest blogger for and a writer for Woman to Woman
magazine and a columnist for the Lakeland Ledger newspaper. She also contributed a
chapter for 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 manifested in her 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 including the Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award,
and The FVMA Gold Award. She was honored by the American Veterinary Foundation as
“America’s Favorite Veterinarian” in 2015 and by the FVMA as Veterinarian Of The Year in
She lives in sunny Winter Haven, Florida, with her husband, two daughters and a
menagerie of pets.
Dr. Vargas loves the community of Winter Haven and she is involved in a number of local
● Ridge Veterinary Medical Society where she was the 2008-2009 president
● Junior League of Greater Winter Haven Board
● Humane Society of Polk County Board
● Women’s Resource Center and Girls, Inc.