Dr. Neal Sivula

PhD, DVM, CCRP, AVCA Animal Chiropractor 

Dr. Sivula graduated from The Ohio State University in 1988 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He subsequently completed an internship and residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of Minnesota. Concurrently, he earned his PhD in veterinary medicine and epidemiology.


Dr. Neal Sivula

After eight years in large animal practice, an interest in holistic health prompted Dr. Sivula to start Dancing Paws in 2001. Since its inception, the practice has grown to include five technical staff members and a variety of natural treatment options! Dr. Sivula has many advanced certifications, including:

  • Certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association

  • Dr. Sivula was the eighth veterinarian nationwide to achieve advanced certification in acupuncture by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

  • Certified Veterinary Food Therapist through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine

  • Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine

  • Past board member and certified by the College of Animal Chiropractors

  • Executive Editor of the American Journal of Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine

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Additionally, Dr. Sivula is a former board member with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He was elected President of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture in 2010 and remains active within the group as a past President. He chairs the Holistic and Integrative Medicine Committee for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, developing continuing education lecture series for veterinarians and technicians. Dr. Sivula was elected to a three-year term for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association's Board of Directors in 2015. In 2018, Dr. Sivula was elected as President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association for a term in 2019-2020.

Dr. Sivula has earned academic recognition teaching in Canada, Germany and throughout the United States at conferences and through affiliations with the Healing Oasis Wellness Center and the Backbone Academy for Veterinary Acupuncture and the Healing Arts.

Dr. Sivula is a member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, which works to raise awareness for animal rights and educate the public on welfare issues. He is an affiliate member of Alley Cat Allies, an organization dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of feral cats. He is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, a group of veterinarians dedicated to advancing the field of feline medicine and surgery by setting the standards of feline care through the publication of practice guidelines, position statements, and by providing continuing education.

Dr. Sivula lives in Akron. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, cooking and walking his two pit bulls! Dr. Sivula is an avid reader and bicycling enthusiast!


Our Philosophy

 Dancing Paws has been serving NE Ohio since 2001, providing fantastic integrative care for your dogs and cats!

We are a bond-centered practice, nurturing the important relationship between you and your pets as a vital aspect of their care.

We strive to give each pet the in-depth time and personalized care they deserve. We love our pets like family, and want to treat your dogs and cats just as we would our own! We schedule our appointments to accommodate the time needed to provide attentive care and address your questions and needs. We want you to know that we genuinely care about your pets!


Our Hospital Policies 

 At Dancing Paws, we work by appointment only to ensure our patients receive our full attention. Because we run on a precise schedule, we ask that all clients arrive on time for their scheduled appointments. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, it is up to the discretion of the doctor whether or not you will be seen. We want to make sure each patient receives the time and attention they deserve, and respect the schedules of our clients - and this means running on time!

We ask your consideration in allowing no less than 24 hours notice on cancellations. We understand that emergencies happen and some cancellations occur with extenuating circumstances; however if cancellations become chronic, your account will be charged per each missed visit. No-show appointments will be billed the full cost of the scheduled treatment without exception.

We require payment at the time services are rendered. For your convenience, we accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, CareCredit, cash and personal checks. We do not have payment plans in place and the balance for your appointment must be paid in full at that time. We cannot accept post-dated checks, in accordance with HIPAA regulations to protect against identity theft.

For your safety and the safety of all our patients, all dogs and cats must be on a leash or in a carrier whenever they're outside of an exam room. Retractable leashes (like Flexi-Leads) must be locked at four to six feet, to ensure control over your dog.