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New acupuncture therapy by Dr. Newquist at Dove Valley Animal Hospital

CAVE CREEK - Acupuncture, it's not just for people.

Dr. NewquistLast November at Dove Valley Animal Hospital, Jennifer Newquist, DVM joined Dr. Mike Kiedrowski, bringing with her her training and experience in acupuncture. "It's a remarkable tool in pain management," Newquist explained, "especially in cases of neck and back pain, even hip dysplasia."

Remarkable, indeed. Newquist has seen results in a single session. She shared the story of a German shepherd with muscle strain. The dog, a senior at eight or so years old, was limping for quite some time. "After one treatment, there was notable improvement," she recalled. And after three sessions, the canine no longer needed acupuncture.

Why not give it a try? Acupuncture is effective for dermatological issues such as chronic hotspots. It often goes hand-in-hand with other therapies, but it may be used in lieu of medications, thereby lessening the chances of drug-related reactions and side effects. If you have a pet with pain issues or skin problems, make an appointment with Newquist and she can assess if acupuncture will help. If not, she is well educated in traditional veterinary medicine and can advise accordingly.

A Colorado State University graduate, Newquist has a background much like her former veterinary science classmates: a longtime lover of animals. Her first pet was a mouse when she was 10. Currently, she shares her home with horses, dogs, chickens, a cat and a box turtle. Her compassion is not limited to the pets she treats but extends to their caretakers as well. It's evident not only that she enjoys her work but that she truly cares.

To meet Dr. Jennifer Newquist, call Dove Valley Animal Hospital at 480-595-5731. Open seven days a week at 4815 E. Carefree Hwy. #116 or visit

Bio: Dr. Newquist grew up in Phoenix and graduated from Arizona State University in 2001. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, she completed a one year internship at an equine medical and surgical facility in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dr. Newquist worked with horses, cats, dogs, a few alpacas and goats, and the occasional llama in eastern Washington State upon completion of her internship. Although she enjoyed working with different species, Dr. Newquist learned she is most passionate about caring for companion animals. Dr. Newquist and her family missed the Sonoran desert, decided to return to Arizona in 2011, and made their home in Cave Creek. Dr. Newquist joined the team at Dove Valley Animal Hospital in November of 2012. Dr. Newquist enjoys all areas of small animal medicine, but has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and acupuncture.

Dr. Newquist and her husband, Jack, spend their free time tending to their chickens and horses, in addition to a retired barn cat named Melvin and their 3 dogs (Dixie, an aging German shorthair pointer, a noisy Dachshund/ Basset Hound cross named Mabel and the reliable brindle mutt Seamus). They also enjoy foreign and domestic travel, hiking, camping, biking, horseback riding and recreational Ping-Pong.