Dr. Butchko believes in a holistic approach to veterinary medicine. As the science of veterinary medicine progresses, clinics are able to offer more and more diagnostics, supportive care, and curative therapies to pets. Sometimes, however, we can do more to promote our animal companion’s overall comfort and well being. This is never more apparent than when a pet is living with a chronic condition or nearing the end of life. Dr. Butchko believes that Eastern medical therapies, such as acupuncture and herbs, support the patient as a whole and can greatly enhance the efficacy of more traditional therapies. She also believes that, when we have reached the limit of what veterinary medicine can do to sustain a pet’s quality of life, it is important to honor that time and to support the pet and it’s family through the transition.
Dr. Butchko graduated from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She practiced general small animal medicine in Central Illinois before moving to North Carolina for a more active and balanced way of life. She began work at Atrium Animal Hospital where she was exposed to acupuncture and herbal therapies for the first time. It was there that she realized the limitations of conventional veterinary medicine and the value of a more holistic approach. She received her acupuncture certification from The Chi Institute in 2013. Dr. Butchko has always had a passion for senior pets and for providing comprehensive end-of-life care. She has a certificate in pet loss and grief companioning through the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance. She is also a member of The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
When Dr. Butchko is not making house calls, she is spending time with her husband and her adorable rescue dog, Madeleine. Dr. Butchko takes every opportunity to hike and backpack. In the fall of 2015, she was able to give a little back to one of the trails she loves; she joined The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Rocky Top Trail Crew to do maintenance on a remote part of the trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She hopes to make this an annual trip. Her other interests include reading and vegan cooking.
Dr. Butchko is excited to be a part of Charlotte’s veterinary community. She looks forward to working with you and your regular veterinarian to provide your pet with the very best of holistic medicine.