Dr. Leslie McIntyre has been involved in equine internal medicine and ultrasound for the since 1995. She received her DVM from Oregon State in 1995, summa cum laude. She went on to do an equine internal medicine residency at Colorado State University (CSU) that finished in 1999. Following her residency, she became a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She also completed the CSU veterinary acupuncture course and was certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (cIVAS) in 1999. She has returned to CSU to help teach their acupuncture course on several occasions.
In 1999, she returned home to Bend, Oregon. She practiced referral equine internal medicine, equine neonatal intensive care, acupuncture, and general equine ambulatory work at Bend Equine Medical Center. She did small animal acupuncture and diagnostic ultrasound/echocardiography for many of our local veterinary clinics and clients.
After six rewarding years, she decided to focus her practice on acupuncture, chinese herbs, homotoxicology, and diagnostic ultrasound/echocardiography. This led to the creation of Sage Veterinary Alternatives (SVA) in September 2005.
In 2005, she completed the -Heel Homotoxicology course and certification through Westbrook University. By 2006, she attained her advanced Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal and Food Therapy Certification from the Chi Institute in Florida.
In 2008, she completed Canine Osteopathy and Craniosacral Therapy studies with Patricia Kortekaas, P.T. She also won a scholarship to China with the Chi Institute. She lectured for the Chi Institute; then, she traveled and learned invaluable traditional Chinese medical skills.
To further her manipulative skills, she completed Options for Animals Animal Chiropractic Certification. She also attained International Veterinary Chiropractic Association Certification in 2010.
Dr. McIntyre added Laser therapy to their practice. She completed the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications for small animal and equine course in 2011.
In 2014, Dr. McIntyre completed Canine Rehabilitation Institute certification course work. This course focuses on physical therapy for geriatric and performance related musculoskeletal as well as neurologic issues. Physical therapy is an amazing complement to acupuncture and chiropractic. She received her certification, CCRT, from Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2015.
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2330 NE Division St., Suite 4
Bend, OR 97701
About Dr. Leslie McIntyre
About Dr. Stephanie Sheen
Stephanie Sheen joined Sage Veterinary Alternatives as an associate veterinarian in 2020. Dr. Sheen grew up in Texas and received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in journalism. She worked in newspapers as an editor while taking additional classes to apply to veterinary school and was honored to be accepted to Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her DVM - as well as an MBA - in 2013.
After graduation, Dr. Sheen moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, to be close to her family. She was a small animal general practitioner there for 6 years before moving here to Bend in early 2019.
Dr. Sheen has completed hundreds of hours of additional education to further her practice. While in general practice, she became passionate about senior and geriatric care, looking for more comprehensive ways of caring for these well-loved older pets than conventional medicine could provide. She became certified through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care in hospice and end-of-life care and became fascinated with advanced pain management techniques. This led her to pursue additional certifications in rehabilitation therapy (similar to physical therapy in humans), acupuncture and spinal manipulative therapy (equivalent to chiropractic care in humans) over the following two years. Seeing such positive results from these modalities, Dr. Sheen is also currently honing her skills in traditional Chinese herbal medicine to bring this time-tested medical approach to caring for her patients.
Dr. Sheen has particular interest in geriatric/senior pets (particularly arthritis and end-of-life care) as well as the specific needs of canine athletes. She believes strongly in the importance of looking at the pet as an individual, trusting in the body's innate ability to heal, and in using the best of what Eastern and Western medicine can provide to achieve the best possible outcome for each patient.
Dr. Sheen and her husband, Ryan, live in Sunriver and have four dogs - two miniature dachshunds, a Shetland Sheepdog and a Golden Retriever. In her free time, she enjoys reading and training her dogs.
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