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About Dr. Robinson

Dr. Narda Robinson

Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA, is a leading authority on scientific integrative medicine. With more than 20 years of experience in practicing, teaching, and writing about integrative medical approaches in both veterinary and human osteopathic medicine, Dr. Robinson helps healthcare professionals sort fact from fiction.

In 1998, she launched the first integrative medicine service at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Dr. Robinson held the only professorship at a veterinary college designed specifically to investigate the merits of integrative medicine.

As an accomplished author and teacher, Dr. Robinson teaches a variety of popular, scientific-based continuing-education courses, ranging from medical acupuncture and massage to botanical approaches and photomedicine.


Dr. Robinson founded the CuraCore Integrative Medicine & Education Centers through which to teach human and veterinary healthcare providers the foundational knowledge and skills to practice scientific integrative medicine.

Dr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree from Harvard/Radcliffe, a doctorate in osteopathic medicine (DO) from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM), and a master’s degree (MS) in biomedical sciences  from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. After achieving the status of Fellow within the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, she began serving on the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.


CuraCore Faculty and Staff

Sharon Sherwood – Education & Event Director

Originally from Michigan and a graphic communications grad, Sharon moved to Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs, two cockatoos and a tank full of lizards over twenty years ago. Sharon’s previous employment includes ten years with a Colorado Chamber of...

Nancy Howard – Media Director

Nancy has a lifelong love of animals and nature which began on her grandmother’s dairy farm in the Catskill Region of New York State.  Her parents were both high school teachers, and her dad was a professional photographer.  Being raised on “school schedule” meant...

LeeAnn Sterling – Alumni Coordinator

A thirty-year career in marketing, sales, advertising, event planning and coordinating leadership programs has given LeeAnn the background that is needed to work with the ever growing, professional CuraCore team!  The core message that “Together We Can Change...

David Fanning – Videographer

CuraCore has a new media studio and will utilize David’s knowledge and creative talents. As a former American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow, David produced science feature stories for KUNC radio in Colorado. He is the author of several...

Kimberly Brewster, DVM, cVMA – Veterinary Student Liaison

Dr. Brewster always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, and received her doctorate from Colorado State University in 2007. During her senior year in vet school she had the opportunity to take Dr. Robinson’s Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course. Kimberly’s...

Dave Mishlove – Tai Ji Instructor

Dave Mishlove established the Tai Chi Academy in Fort Collins, CO in 1980 and has been training students in Tai Chi Chuan an Internal Chinese Martial Art, for over thirty years.  David has studied Tai Chi for forty-three years, training in Yang & Chen Style.  Before...

CuraCore Faculty: Meet our 2017 DOCs (Doctor Observer Coach)

Nancy Bureau, DVM, cVMA

Dr. Bureau (CSU, 2000) owns and thrives at Left Hand Animal Hospital in Niwot, Colorado with her business partner.  She mixes small animal Western medicine with alternative medicine and acupuncture and physical therapy to create an integrated practice.  She...

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Joyce Clark, DVM, cVMA

Dr. Joyce Clark practices small animal general medicine at Care Animal Hospital in Arvada, CO and also sees acupuncture cases as a mobile service in the Denver area.  She shares her life with her partner, Brad, and an exuberant Labrador, a feisty toy poodle, and a...

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Shawn Dixon, DVM, cVMA

As a former skeptic in 2008, Dr. Dixon had no plans to pursue veterinary acupuncture after receiving her DVM from Colorado State University. An internship in equine medicine and surgery challenged her skepticism, and she “got the point”! During her time as an equine...

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Tara Edwards, DVM, cVMA

Dr. Tara Edwards graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.  She obtained her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2006 from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.  In 2012, she obtained her certification as a Veterinary Pain...

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Mischa Fincher, DVM, cVMA

Mischa received her DVM degree from CSU in 2000 and completed the MAV course in 2006.  She currently works at a small animal and exotic animal hospital in Broomfield, CO.  Mischa loves being able to offer acupuncture and other scientifically proven integrative medical...

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Wendy Harley, DVM, CCRT, cVMA

Dr Harley graduated from CSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  Her career has been spent practicing general medicine, and educating veterinary students at CSU about communicating with their clients. Inspired by her patients and her own three-legged dog, she...

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Timothy Holt, DVM, cVMA

Dr. Holt graduated from CSU in 1988.  He worked in a mixed practice in Gunnison, CO for 15 years.  Dr. Holt began incorporating complementary care into the practice in 1998.  In 2004, he started working in large animal livestock at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at...

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Allen Landes, DVM, cVMA

Dr. Allen Landes, a native to Colorado, received his degree in veterinary medicine from CSU in 1996.  After graduating with his doctorate, he moved to Illinois and worked in a multi-practitioner equine practices.  Through this practice environment, he was able to...

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Jessica Rychel, DVM, cVMA, CCRP

Dr. Jessica Rychel is the Rehab Director at the Veterinary Emergency & Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Collins, CO, where she practices acupuncture, rehabilitation, manual therapy and more.  Jessica has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports...

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Melinda Story, DVM, DACVS, cVMA, CIVCA

Dr. Melinda Story is a native of Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University. Following a year at Texas A&M University doing biomedical research, Dr. Story returned to Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary...

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Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVA, cVMA, CVPP, CCRP

Dr. Wright graduated from Colorado State University in 1995.  She completed her residence in Anesthesia and Critical Patient Care at the University of California, Davis and became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA)...

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Steve Chiasson, DVM, cVMA

Steve is originally from Sydney, a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. After completing pre-vet studies at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, he received his DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1995 and completed the MAV program in 2016.  Steve has been...

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Beth Bicknese, DVM, MPVM, cVMA

Dr. Beth Bicknese was in practice a couple years before changing to zoological medicine in 1988.  Beth has worked at three different zoos and enjoys any kind of animal from poison dart frogs to elephants.  She has been at the San Diego Zoo since 1996.  Beth took the...

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“Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.”
- Hippocrates (460-370 BC)
“Thank God for acupuncture. It’s been around for 2000 years.
It's not going any place, and people use it all of the time for a variety of cures and to avoid illnesses.” - Tim Daly, Actor
“Word began to spread about the doctor who treated patients
with his hands and not with drugs.” - A.T. Still (19th Century) 
“Still’s dream of an alternative to traditional…
medicine had come true. (Regarding American School of Osteopathy)” - (early 1900s)
“Today, there are thousands of osteopaths…
practicing around the world...evidence that pursuing one's beliefs can change countless lives.”
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”
-  Hippocrates (460-370 BC)
“Make a habit of two things: to help or at least to do no harm.”
- Hippocrates (460-370 BC)
“Often the remedy is deemed the highest good…
because it helps so many." - Parcelsus (16th Century)
“What sense would it make or what would it benefit…
a physician if he discovered the origin of the diseases but could not cure or alleviate them?” - Paracelsus (16th Century)
“To find health should be the object of the doctor.
Anyone can find disease.” - A.T. Still (19th Century)
If you’re frustrated with “in-the-box” solutions and you’re ready to enhance your skillset as a medical professional or veterinarian, we welcome you to join us.

Together, we can change medicine.