Home

"It does not matter whether medicine is old or new, so long as it brings about a cure. "

--Jen Hsou LIn

What do we offer?

DVMNeedles provides Integrative Veterinary Medical Services, with an emphasis on treatments involving the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine, using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. She routinely incorporates nutraceuticals, diet evaluation, conventional western medications and advanced diagnostic testing. "Alternatives" are not well supported by scientific research; but, this does not negate the fact that many generations in China, India, and our own Native American Indians have used these techniques with success. Dr. Craig acknowledges that many alternative treatment protocols do not work. But, the reality remains, there are many patients where western medical therapies fail. It is my belief that the future of medicine involves the melding and integrating of the best of both Eastern and Western traditions.  They work complementary to each other, not in competition. This blending results in longer, healthier lives for both companion pets and their owners. 

Perspective

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats the body as an integrated whole. Each structure of the body, along with the mind and emotions are integral parts of the whole. As we age, imbalances occur within the body, resulting in disease. The goal is to rebalance the body, to return the body to a healthy state.

TCM Perspective

Chinese Herbs

We will often prescribe Traditional Chinese Herbal formulations to work with the acupuncture sessions. In the majority of situations, Chinese herbs are safe to use with Western medications. We only prescribe products from companies that follow GMP standards.

Chinese Herbs

Pain Control

In many patients suffering from chronic pain, modern medicine does not address the patient's pain. In some cases, the western medications are causing unwanted effects. We offer other pain management modalities such as acupuncture, herbs, and laser therapy.

Pain Management

Supplements

Dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA. The majority that are being sold over the counter have never been evaluated by a third party for the validity of their ingredients, let alone their effects. We offer you supplements that we trust.

Supplements

About Our Doctor

Dr. Craig graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary College in 1983. After graduation, she worked in Fulton, a small town just outside of Columbia, Missouri. In 1985, she moved to “The Land of Enchantment”, and commuted between Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX managing Sun Valley Animal Clinic from 1986 to 1988. In June of 1988, she purchased Solano Animal Clinic. After practicing twenty-one years, she became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically the use of acupuncture for pain management. After researching and a positive personal experience with acupuncture, she enrolled in the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Acupuncture (IVAS) course in 2004 and completed the requirements for certification as a veterinary acupuncturist in 2006. Dr. Craig elected to further her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the field of Chinese Herbs, enrolled in the Chi Institute Herbal course, and fulfilled the requirements for certification as a veterinary Chinese herbalist in 2008. As of December 2016,  she is one of 3500 Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists and one of 180 Certified Veterinary Herbalists in the United States. Her next challenge is to pass the FAAVA exam, an exam similar to board certification. 

In 2006, Dr. Craig started DVMNeedles in nearby El Paso, TX. Unlike Solano Animal Clinic, an integrative practice merging modern western medicine with eastern medicine, DVMNeedles is dedicated to alternative treatment modalities, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. 

In 2008, Dr. Craig elected to give back to the IVAS community, volunteered, and was accepted as one of the teaching assistants for the IVAS Basic Acupuncture course in San Diego. That was only the beginning. She acted as the IVAS Basic Acupuncture Course Teaching Assistant Coordinator from 2011 to 2015 and served as the  IVAS Small Animal Course Coordinator from 2013 to 2105. She has been a course instructor since 2012, currently lecturing on Bi Syndrome and Five Element Theory. Dr. Craig has presented at the IVAS Introductory Acupuncture Technician Course in 2014 and lectured in the Introductory Acupuncture Course at the Oquendo Center in 2015. 

Her professional memberships include the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, IVAS Education Committee, IVAS Point Committee, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Veterinary Medical Association, El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association Integrative Committee, and the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association.

In her free time she enjoys photography, scuba diving and underwater photography, hiking, class five white water rafting, and playing duplicate bridge. She and her husband, Russell, share their home with their pets Maximus, Sparkles, and Sylvester.