Dr. Carson grew up in New Jersey and moved to south Florida in 1980. She completed her undergraduate education at Florida Atlantic University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She continued her education at the University of Florida and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon completion of veterinary school, Dr. Carson continued her education by completing an internship in acupuncture at the University of Florida. This internship was started in 2005 at the University of Florida, and was the first American Veterinary Medical Association recognized acupuncture internship in the world. She is proud to be the third student to complete this innovative and renowned program. During the internship program, Dr. Carson was guided by the distinguished acupuncture expert Dr. Huisheng Xie. Throughout this time, she treated a wide variety of clinical cases, conducted research, and taught veterinary students at the University of Florida Medical Center.
Dr. Carson has had extensive training in all areas of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and is certified in both acupuncture and tui-na (Chinese medical manipulation). She has completed both small animal and equine acupuncture training in basic and advanced therapeutic techniques. She has also completed training in tui-na, food therapy, and Chinese herbal medicine therapies. Dr. Carson teaches these techniques to other veterinarians from all over the country and the world at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. Dr. Carson has lectured both locally and internationally on TCVM techniques, and has published on the subject.
After a severe leg injury, Dr. Carson discovered the immense value of physical therapy in recovery and mobility. This sparked an interest in bringing these techniques to our animal patients. Dr. Carson completed postgraduate training at the University of Tennessee in Canine Rehabilitation. She is thrilled to have the ability to help our patients recover from injury or surgery. Her goal is to help all patients maintain mobility for as long as possible with a high quality of life and minimal discomfort.
Dr. Carson truly enjoys practicing integrative medicine, combining the best of both Western and Eastern medical modalities to benefit the patient. Her areas of interest include arthritis and chronic pain management in geriatric patients, post- surgical rehabilitation, as well as cancer therapy.