Welcome to Synergy Integrative Specialty Veterinary Clinic, a new and unique specialty practice in New Bern, NC.  Synergy Integrative Specialty Veterinary Clinic is the collaborative vision of Dr. Joyce Gerardi and Dr. Alexis Vidaurri, with the goal of providing quality holistic, regenerative, pain management and rehabilitative care.  As the name Synergy implies, our goal is to work together, with the primary care veterinarian and the pet owner, to provide the greatest opportunity for a successful treatment outcome.  So many of the conditions we treat in veterinary medicine benefit from a multi-modal treatment approach, and we aim to provide alternative, minimally invasive therapies not previously available in our area.

After an initial evaluation, our rehabilitation, pain management and holistic wellness plans are carefully tailored to meet your pet’s specific needs.  We offer Digatherm thermal imaging as an additional diagnostic tool for localizing and diagnosing sources of pain and lameness.  From acupuncture and herbal medicine, to laser and an underwater treadmill, we have a wide variety of therapy options to help restore and maintain your pet’s comfort and mobility.  Our vision is big, and we hope in the future to provide additional therapeutic and diagnostic services to complement the veterinary community of Eastern North Carolina.

Meet the SIVC Team


Joyce Gerardi, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVCH, MS-TCVM

Dr. Joyce Gerardi, is a pioneer in the use of Veterinary Regenerative Medicine and Surgery with a specialized focus on “Serving the Servants”  through Certified Service and Assistance Animals. Dr. Gerardi is currently studying as a Masters Student at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Her goal of study is using Regenerative Medicine therapies combined with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to advance treatment goals in treating and managing animal pain. Dr. Gerardi is currently working with several biotech companies to test new diagnostic equipment devices and offer new treatments options for her patients by conducting approved clinical trials in the new medical facility in New Bern, N.C.

Dr. Gerardi was the recipient of the 2012 Heska Veterinary Inspiration in Action Award.  Joyce Gerardi DVM CVA is CEO-Founder of Kindred-Canines In Motion and is dedicated to helping persons with a disability who depend on a Service/Assistance Animal to stay active and in “motion” with veterinary acupuncture in Eastern NC and Central FL.

Dr. Gerardi began her initial Veterinary education at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada and earned her doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed intern rotations at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland with advanced training in the disciplines of Canine Ophthalmology and Neurologic diseases.

Dr. Gerardi is a member with the following professional organizations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA)
  • Chi University of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)
  • World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (WATCVM)
  • International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM)
  • North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRM)

Dr. Gerardi is Certified by the following organizations:

  • Certified Veterinary Stem Cell Practitioner
  • Certified handler of a Hearing Assistance Dog with International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)
  • Mission Service Corp, Missionary with with North American Mission Board
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA)
  • Certified Veterinary Food (Nutrition) Therapist (CVFT)
  • Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH)
  • MS-TCVM at The Chi University of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Alexis Vidaurri, DVM, CCRP

Dr. Alexis Vidaurri received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After 14 years in general, small animal practice, she decided it was time for a change and enrolled in the Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program offered by the University of Tennessee. As a Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner (CCRP), Dr. Vidaurri can focus her care on helping patients, both canine and feline, that are recovering from injury or suffering from chronic arthritis. Dr. Vidaurri is excited to offer many rehab services not previously available in the New Bern area.

Dr. Vidaurri and her husband live in New Bern with their two young children, one dog and three cats. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools, taking classes at the YMCA and cheering on the Wolfpack!


Alice, Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

Alice joined SIVC in April of 2019, prior to that she has been working at Animal Care Center for the last 18 years as a veterinary technician. She is a graduate of NCSU with a BS in Zoology. She has worked with animals in some capacity for over 20 years.

In her free time, she likes to read, play puzzle games and paint. She loves the holidays, especially Christmas! She enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, whom she adores. She is the proud “mother” of seven precocious cats, one very spoiled Chihuahua and an adorable German Shepherd puppy.