Dr. Kristol Stenstrom received her DVM in 1994 from Kansas State University. She spent a decade as a Research Scientist specializing in the design of phase III and IV companion animal clinical trials at Deprenyl Animal Health, Pfizer, and Intervet. She continues to operate a research consulting business in the KC Animal Health Corridor. She received her certification in veterinary medical acupuncture from Colorado State University in 2003 after which she served as an instructor for 15 years. She is currently on staff at Canine Rehabilitation Institute serving as an instructor in their veterinary acupuncture therapist program. She serves as a committee member for the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management. She is a member of the American Veterinary Association, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, Northeast Kansas Beekeepers Association, American Beekeeping Federation, was a La Leche League leader for over a decade helping nursing mothers navigate breastfeeding, and is currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Environmental management of residential bee hives and the accurate diagnosis of bee diseases and parasites are her areas of interest as she works toward her Master Beekeeper certification. Dr. Stenstrom specializes in the treatment of pain in large, small, & exotic species with a secondary emphasis in palliative/hospice care for companion animals. She adores working with senior animals and her number one desire in caring for these old souls is to make the time they have left with us as pain-free and enjoyable as possible. Her hobbies include everything to do with the outdoors - especially gardening, fishing, and hiking. She also enjoys escaping into a book, drawing animals and dragons, and experiencing the joy in the world around her. She resides in Shawnee, with her husband, Michael, 3 children, Sofia, Arik, and Kjell, 2 Wire-haired Pointing Griffons, Thatch & Rocha, Saffron the cat, 3 chickens, 3 geckos (leopard, crested, & gargoyle), an interesting assortment of beef cattle of the Simbrah and Scottish Belted Galloway varieties, who knows how many koi & goldfish, and of course, a small 2 colony honey bee apiary.