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; and recieved her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from the University of Florida.
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 is 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 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, skin problems, allergies, behavioral issues, as well as cancer therapy.
Dr. Carson has lectured both locally and internationally on TCVM techniques, and has published articles on the subject. She is on the advisory committee for the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Her future plans include completing a Masters in TCVM and continuing acupuncture research.