Words don't do justice to my gratitude for Dr. Christiansen and the team at Aloha. Hercules is truly my best friend and this team of veterinary experts saved his life. It's hard to explain the level of bond I have with this dog, but it all started when we were both at a tough point in life. I was a soldier recently back from my second combat tour in Iraq and struggling to cope with life at home. Hercules was a puppy who was abused and abandoned on the side of a highway. We saved each other and for the past 8 years he has been my sidekick, confidant, and my best friend.
Recently, we found out (rather suddenly) that Hercules had a condition that required immediate surgery or he would die. I felt like I was facing an impossible decision. My primary care vet got us in touch with Dr. C and told us he's the best. She was right. I knew at our first meeting that he was not only an expert, but one who truly understood us and cared about finding a good outcome to our situation. He gave me all the facts and the hard truth about Herc's condition and cost of treatment, but encouraged me not to give up without fully considering all my options. When I thought surgery was out of reach for us and hope was lost, Dr. C and his staff bent over backwards to help us find options to afford it. He knew that with our case, Herc and I were likely to have several more years together and I could tell he truly wanted to see that happen. This is a doctor who honestly cares about his patients.
As I write this, Herc is sleeping by my chair at home where he belongs and he wouldn't be here today without the efforts of Dr. Christiansen and the Aloha team. Herc's recovery is excellent so far. Dr. C has been there for us through the recovery process, patiently addressing every question and worry I've had. I know I'll have to say goodbye to Hercules someday, but thanks to the first class care he received, that day is now likely a long way off. He is happy and healthy again. He still has plenty of time left to continue to enhance my life and each day matters to me. I am grateful beyond words that Dr. Christiansen and the team at Aloha were there when we needed them most and for encouraging me to fully consider all the options before giving up. They have earned my trust for the care of my best friend and the highest recommendation I could offer to anyone in need of specialty animal care.
Joe Dillon - Port St. John, FL
Tammy Burley - Melbourne, FL
Years later, arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Irritable Bowel Syndrome set in, and Sage started going downhill. So, it was a no-brainer to contact Dr. Christiansen again for Stem Cell Therapy / regenerative medicine for both Sage and her brother, Hero, who had also developed severe arthritis. Since the Stem Cell Therapy, both dogs are back to being active, happy, and healthy kids again. I can not thank him enough. Sage is 11, and Hero is 14.
Dr. Christiansen is the very best veterinarian I have met in my 70 years on Earth. It is a pleasure to know him; I wish he was a doctor for people, as he could set an example of how to care for patients.
Lynne and Ron DiMenna - Cocoa Beach, FL
Despite the complexity of the surgery, he was able to remove all of the tumor as well as the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. I feel extremely fortunate to have had Dr. Christiansen as our surgeon, as he performed this operation with exceptional confidence and skill. His determination and dexterity has given me more time with my favorite "person", the love of my life, and my baby, Lucy. For this, I will be forever grateful.
Elizabeth Schifano - Melbourne, FL
Jesse was born with a congenital hernia in the diaphragm that caused some of his intestines and his liver to be trapped in the sac around his heart.
The additional pressure on his heart made it harder for his heart to expand normally, so he had trouble maintaining his oxygen. I repaired the hernia and restored normal anatomy when he was 8 months old. Just wanted to send you a picture of Jesse. He's doing great. Unbelievably active and very affectionate. Eating well. He's 10 months old now and weighs 10 pound. Getting to be a big fella. Thanks again for saving his sweet life.
Overall, they don't come any better than this, and we highly recommend his services.
Fin and Jennifer Bonset - Melbourne Beach, Florida
Miracles happen and Patrick is proof. Our 8 year old yellow Lab sustained a ruptured disc in his neck. The compression on his spinal cord resulted in paralysis in all four of his legs. Devastated, we were faced with a tough decision, since an 85 pound dog would have little quality of life. Dr Christiansen felt that surgery could give Patrick an 80% chance of recovering, so we put our trust in his hands. Two agonizing weeks of home rest went by with no change and then the miracle happened. He walked!
Call it skill, talent or divine intervention, there is no better surgeon.
Marlee & George Puskar - Rockledge, Florida
A great surgeon who cares about the pet's family, as well, and is always available to answer questions. Thanks, Dr. Christiansen! We are eternally grateful!
Marietta Restivo - Satellite Beach, Florida
My Labradoodle, LuLu, needed knee surgery. Her health is my top priority, so I researched Veterinary Surgeons, and Dr. Christiansen was highly recommended to me. My experience with him has been wonderful, and Lulu loves him. His demeanor with her was so compassionate, you could really see how much he cares about animals.
Lulu is fully recovered from her surgery, yet I still look to Dr. Christiansen as a source of advice and expertise regarding Lulu's well being.
Debbie Arluck - Palm Bay, Florida
Many THANKS and ACCOLADES for a job well done.
Jere Spurlin - Indialantic, Florida
Just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with my (our) decision to give Jack a vasectomy instead of castration. He is extremely fit, full of energy, lean, fast healthy etc... His coat looks great, breath clean, well muscled and all around a very healthy looking animal. He exhibits no signs of misbehavior that might be attributed to being intact. He does not run off, does not mark in anyone's house and absolutely no signs of humping anything. We have had no aggression issues with any other dogs male nor female. He comes promptly when called and has been successfully trained in all basic obedience. He is a delight to have around and to take out in public. Due to his strength I have put a choker collar on him for walks. One mild correction at the beginning of each walk and he quickly ceases any pulling.
I would advise anyone considering vasectomy versus castration to go the vasectomy route with the caveat that you WILL need to work on the animal in the obedience area and you WILL need to work on burning off extra energy by long walks or runs, dog park visits etc... I cannot wait to enroll Jack in the upcoming agility class as I do believe he is the most agile Boston that I have ever seen.
I am also happy to field questions from anyone considering the option. Thank you again.
Best, Kurt Belsten