About Karlene

Karlene Stange attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado,
graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981.
She graduated from Colorado State University in 1985 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. 

For employment during these college years, Karlene worked in advertising, producing television, radio, newspaper and direct mail promotions. She has practiced large, small and exotic animal veterinary medicine in Durango, Colorado for 27 years.

Dr. Stange lived in Australia from 1988-1990 where she marketed a chain of car and truck washes. In addition, she completed the Australian overseas qualification examination for veterinarians.

Dr. Stange studied with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and became certified as a veterinary acupuncturist in 1997. She traveled to China in 2000 for advanced training and studied Chinese herbal medicine with Dr. Husheng Xie of the Chi-Institute in Reddick, Florida.

Dr. Stange is the author of a text book chapter in Dr. Xie's Practical Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and has written articles for the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Llama Life and Alpacas magazine.

Dr. Heather Perkins

Dr. Heather Perkins earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

After graduation she practiced in Northern California treating horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, and exotic animals. At a practice in the rural city of Big Bear she continued serving clients with small and large animals until 2011.

Dr. Perkins expanded her training at the
Chi-institute of Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and became certified as a veterinary acupuncturist in 2010. She learned advanced pulse technique, homotoxicology, food therapy, tuina, and the use of essential oils working with Dr. Karlene Stange in Durango, Colorado.

Dr. Perkins also studied Bowen therapy with Carol Bennett of Durango. Bowen uses as series of gentle movements made by the practitioner's fingers on muscles. A soft tissue release sends neurological impulses to the brain through the nervous system to stimulate healing. Heather enjoys the outdoor activities in Durango, including:rock climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking with her family as well as yoga and pilates.