Dr. Kate Carlson and her husband Mike live on a small farm near Abrams with their dogs, cats, and sheep. It is their love and compassion for animals and the human-animal bond that lead to the creation of this special service. Beyond professional experience, they have also gone through the difficult process of losing several beloved pets, and have many times worked through end of life decisions, grief, and the healing process.
Dr. Kate attended veterinary medical school at the University of Minnesota. She has been working in private companion animal practice in Oconto County and the Green Bay area for over 15 years. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute, veterinary spinal manipulative therapy through the Healing Oasis Wellness Center (similar to human "chiropractic" therapy), and recently completed a 16-month certification course in animal hospice and palliative care through the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). She continues to be active in this organization throughout the year in order to stay on the cutting edge of end of life care. She also has received specialized training through the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA). Her professional interests include nurturing the human-animal bond and whole patient minded therapies that take the pet, family, and environment into account.
Mike has had an affinity for animals his whole life, and especially enjoys tending to his sheep and dogs. He is a wonderful supportive partner and contributes greatly to Circle of Life's mission.