Dr. Craig graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary College in 1983. After graduation, she worked in Fulton, a small town just outside of Columbia, Missouri. In 1985, Dr. Craig moved to “The Land of Enchantment,” and commuted between Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX managing Sun Valley Animal Clinic from 1986 to 1988. In June of 1988, Dr. Craig purchased Solano Animal Clinic. After practicing twenty-one years, she became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically the use of acupuncture for pain management. After researching and a positive personal experience with acupuncture, she enrolled in the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Acupuncture (IVAS) course in 2004 and completed the requirements for certification as a veterinary acupuncturist in 2006. Dr. Craig elected to further her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the field of Chinese Herbs, enrolled in the Chi Institute Herbal course, and completed the requirements for certification as a veterinary herbalist in 2008. As of December 2016, she is one of 3500 Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists and one of 180 Certified Veterinary Herbalists in the United States.
Her next challenge is to pass the FAAVA exam, an exam similar to board certification.
In 2006, Dr. Craig started DVMNeedles in nearby El Paso, TX. Unlike Solano Animal Clinic, an integrative practice merging modern western medicine with eastern medicine, DVMNeedles is dedicated to alternative treatment modalities, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. In 2008, Dr. Craig elected to give back to the IVAS community. She applied for one of the teaching assistant positions for the IVAS Basic Acupuncture course in San Diego. That was only the beginning. She acted as the IVAS Basic Acupuncture Course Teaching Assistant Coordinator from 2011 to 2015 and served as the IVAS Small Animal Course Coordinator from 2013 to 2105. She has been a course instructor since 2012, currently lecturing on Bi Syndrome and Five Element Theory. Dr. Craig has presented at the IVAS Introductory Acupuncture Technician Course in 2014 and the Introductory Acupuncture Course at the Oquendo Center in 2015.
Her professional memberships include the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, IVAS Education Committee, IVAS Point Committee, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Veterinary Medical Association, El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association Integrative Committee, and the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association. In her free time, she enjoys photography, scuba diving, underwater photography, hiking, class five white water rafting, and playing duplicate bridge. She and her husband, Russell, share their home with their pets Maximus, Sparkles, and Sylvester.