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 veterinary acupuncture 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 (CVA) from The Chi Institute in 2013. She is also a certified veterinary food therapist (CVFT) and is working toward her certification in Chinese herbal medicine. Dr. Butchko has always had a passion for senior pets and for providing comprehensive end-of-life care. She is a certified traditional Chinese veterinary medicine palliative care and end-of life practitioner (CTPEP) and has a certificate in pet loss and grief companioning through the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance. She is 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. Her other interests include meditation practice 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.