Stephanie Sheen is pleased to join Sage Veterinary Alternatives as an associate veterinarian. 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 studying 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.
She looks forward to meeting all of the current and new clients and patients at Sage!
Sage Veterinary Alternatives
2330 NE Division St., Suite 4
Bend, OR 97701