Dr. Carolyn Justus grew up in the country outside of Houston, Texas on a small ranch. Animals of all kinds became her passion, and she knew from an early age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Life in the country provided many opportunities to rescue dogs and cats and find homes for them. Over the years, Carolyn also rehabilitated injured hawks, possums, geese, and much more! Ranch life also fostered a love of horses. Carolyn owned horses for over 20 years. Summers off from college were spent training and showing horses and teaching riding lessons.
Because of her love of animals and her desire to be able to more effectively heal and care for them, Carolyn attended Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her veterinary medicine degree in 2006. She worked at a mixed equine and small animal practice her first year out. She has been at a small animal (dogs, cats, and the occasional exotic) practice for the last 8 years.
After practicing veterinary medicine for almost 7 years, Carolyn’s desire to improve animal health and offer integrative therapies led her to pursue alternative medicine. She received her veterinary acupuncture certification from the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course through Colorado State University in the spring of 2014. She has enjoyed being able to offer another option to her patients to help manage their pain and other chronic diseases.
In addition to acupuncture, Carolyn has also begun integrating essential oils into her veterinary practice. Through much self-study, she has become proficient in using essential oils as an adjunct to traditional medicine. Shampoos, ear cleaners, wound treatments, and many other therapies made with essential oils have made a huge difference in a wide range of conditions from allergies to behavioral problems.
A recent transplant to the Seattle area, the mild weather has given Carolyn more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family. Carolyn is an avid runner and has completed several marathons. She runs daily with her vizsla mix, Farrah. She also enjoys practicing yoga and has recently earned her 200 hr Teacher Certification.