Dr. Eric Witherspoon earned his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation, he founded a private practice in Carlton, Oregon and over the ensuing 30 years has built a large and successful practice. Eric now has four small animal veterinarians and two equine veterinarians working for him at the Carlton Veterinary Hospital which he still owns and manages. During the course of his practice, and tired of dealing with often caustic wound care products and antimicrobials/antifungals that just didn’t work as advertised, Dr. Witherspoon began working with various mixtures of naturopathic ingredients such as tea tree oil, comfrey, and goldenseal for wound care management and topical skin care issues such as fungal rain scald and bacterial dermatitises.
The naturopathics had great merit, but he discovered that when he mixed them with specific amounts of safe pharmaceuticals, such as hydrocortisone and benzathonium chloride, the results were spectacular. The synergy of action was much greater than the sum of the parts! As the demand for these products by his clients increased, Healing Tree Products, Inc. was born. Eric founded Healing Tree Products, Inc. in 1997 and began commercially producing and selling the line in January 2000.
Clients who used the Healing Tree Products began reporting that they worked exceptionally well on ‘human’ ailments, ranging from psoriasis and eczema to toenail fungus and athletes foot to sore muscles and tendons. Feeling compelled to meet these ‘people needs’ as well, Dr. Witherspoon developed the Healing Tree line labeled for human use and introduced them in the spring of 2006, originally under the name Dr. Wacky’s Oweee!® products. In early 2008, a decision was made to begin marketing the human labeled line under the Healing Tree® name and logo.
Dr. Witherspoon is a founding member of the Equine Quality Alliance (EQA), a founding member of the Northwest Equine Practitioners Association, and was the Equine Sessions Chair Person for the Wild West Veterinary Conference in Reno, NV from 1997 to 2004. In addition, he served for 4 years as the Equine liaison between the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, and he lectures at various equine lay seminars on Wound Healing and related topics. Eric resides with his wife, Annie, a stained glass artist, in Yamhill, Oregon, where they raise Sicilian donkeys and English Mastiffs. They have four beautiful grown daughters, Britten, Elliot, Hollis, and Gillian.