Rachel Stephensen, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, CVFT

Rachel Stephensen, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, CVFT

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    Dr. Rachel is amazing, Maddy is at 85% and gaining more each day! Without the additional specialized care, she would never have regained her mobility. Dr. Rachel makes special weekly trips to Granite City Pet Hospital for clients in the St. Cloud area. Don't settle for traditional methods and steroids for an injury, there are much more effective and naturally derived methods to heal your sweet, beloved pets.

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Dr. Rachel adjusts a dog.

Dr. Rachel developed an interest in alternative modalities while attending the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She started acupuncture training not long after graduating and achieved certification in animal acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2004.


Her training and interests naturally progressed to animal chiropractic and she obtained training and certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in 2006 and is also credentialed through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

She became certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Food Therapy through the Chi Institute in 2017. After studying with world-renowned canine sports medicine specialist, Dr. Chris Zink, Dr. Rachel has added intensive training with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to her repertoire, completing courses in Canine Sports Medicine and Introduction to Rehabilitation, while continuing her ongoing study of TCVM herbal therapies.

Dr. Rachel is continuously amazed at the power of modulating energy to affect healing. Veterinary acupuncture and animal chiropractic are the best treatment options she has found to improve the health of the neurologic system, thereby improving the health of the whole animal. Dr. Rachel is well-known for her empathy and rapport with clients and patients, and is occasionally referred to as Magic Hands.”

  • Animal Chiropractic
  • Veterinary Acupuncture:(placement of thin needles into acupoints), aquapuncture (injection of sterile solution, such as vitamin B12, into acupoints), electroacupuncture (adding microcurrent electricity to specific needled points), laser acupoint therapy (use of specific therapeutic wavelength of light to stimulate acupoints)
  • TCVM: acupuncture, herbal, adjunctive food therapy
  • Basic Rehabilitation as adjunct to Acupuncture or Chiropractic, including soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilization, laser, PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field, specifically Assisi loop and Respond PEMF beds), NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation), and therapeutic home exercises. If assessment indicates the need for additional modalities or extensive rehabilitation, assistance with referral will be offered to one of several incredible animal rehabilitation groups in the Twin Cities area.

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