Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the body to reduce pain or induce anesthesia. More broadly, acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. Dr. Ellis incorporates the Chinese traditional methods with stimulation of acupuncture points with needles and electrical stimulation.

Acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to conventional medicine or with Chinese herbs to enhance relief from arthritic pain, seizures and symptoms of any number of major medical conditions.

Herbal Remedies


In addition to acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) incorporates exercise, bodywork,nutrition and herbal therapies. Having received her certification from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in not only acupuncture but also Chinese Veterinary Herbology, Food Therapy and specialized bodywork called Tui No; Dr. Ellis is well equipped to help your pet benefit from herbal and nutritional therapies.

Chiropractic Care Manipulative Therapies

Chiropractic is a health care approach that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system. Dr. Ellis uses myofascial release in the form of Tui Na as well as gentle chiropractic techniques to make your pet feel better. She also incorporates these gentle techniques when indicated.


bees-ferry-veterianrian-doctor-karen-ellisDr. Karen Ellis, DVM

Dr. Ellis graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Pursuing her interests in alternative healing methods, she achieved certification in Massage Therapy from the Atlanta School of Massage in 1994, and certification in neuromuscular therapy from the Heartwood Institute in 1995. Karen became a Reiki Master in 1997. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Dr. Ellis completed training in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1997. She is working on a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese veterinary herbal medicine at the Chi Institute, after completing an initial course of training in 1999.

On a personal note, Karen Ellis is an avid organic gardener. She enjoys hiking, flat water kayaking, reading mystery novels, and playing with her own pets. In the 1990s, Karen did extensive volunteer work with Altercare, the HIV/AIDS organization.

  • Conventional and Traditional Chinese medical diagnostics
  • Conventional medicine and surgery
  • Acupuncture, Chinese herbal, and nutritional therapies
  • Western herbal medicine
  • Flower essences
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Massage and energy therapy
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
  • American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Veterinary Behavioral Medicine Association