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     The American Veterinary Medical Board considers many holistic modalities to be unconventional forms of veterinary practice. They recommend these treatments be used only by veterinarians who are highly skilled in these modalities. The veterinarians at Animal Health & Healing are highly trained in their specialties and are certified or working toward certification by the accrediting boards within their specialties.

Client Relations Manager, Karen Smith has been an integral and instrumental part of our practice since 1986 when it was known as Riegel Animal Hospital. Karen, a graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program of Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO., is a certified licensed animal technologist. Her knowledge and experience in holistic veterinary medicine dates to 1994 when Animal Health & Healing was formed to better reflect our integrative approach. Karen can speak with you to determine how our veterinarians and their various holistic modalities may best serve you and your pets.


Business Manager, Heather Barbee has been working in veterinary medicine since 1995. She joined Animal Health & Healing in 2001. Heather graduated from Southwestern University in Austin, Texas in 1995 with a B. S. in Biology. She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Keller Graduate School of Management. Her area of emphasis is accounting and she looks forward to obtaining her CPA degree. Heather has been training to be our business manager at Animal Health & Healing since 2006 and officially took the reigns effective 2007.


Clinic and Surgery Assistant, Deborah Woods has been a loyal, dedicated and valuable part-time member of Animal Health & Healing since 1985. We are pleased to announce that Deborah is now a full-time team member effective October 2008. Deborah brings with her 27 years of clinical, dental, and surgical experience she garnered while working full-time for the Humane Society of Missouri from 1980 to 2007.