Dr. Amy Roberts
Dr. Amy Roberts was raised on a family farm near Trenton, Missouri. Her parents raised livestock and taught Amy the business of farming. She was in both 4-H and FFA and did chores on the farm. At the county fair she showed the family’s livestock. During her childhood Amy’s family pets were a Siamese cat named Cindy and a Dalmatian named Lady.
In high school and college, Dr. Roberts was a gifted student. She attended college in Maryville, at North West Missouri State University and then went to Veterinary School at University of Missouri where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000. After receiving her DVM she completed a yearlong internship at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She worked in private practice for several years and her favorite job was working as an emergency veterinarian at Blue Pearl Veterinary and Specialty Hospital in Overland Park for three years. During these years she became interested in owning her own practice.
The Northland is her favorite part of Kansas City and she says it “has a small town feel with all the amenities of a big city.” In 2013 Dr. Roberts bought Animal Clinic of Boardwalk Square and to better serve her clients and patients a new building was soon needed. Northland Veterinary Hospital was built. The practice moved to the south side of Barry Road in April of 2018. The new clinic is beautiful. It is clean, bright, and well-appointed with all the best equipment and fixtures and it is a place where Dr. Roberts is proud to provide high quality veterinary services.
Always learning, Dr. Roberts has studied acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Chi Institute in Riddick, Florida. She believes clients should have choices including holistic services. Her goal for her own practice is to provide the very best conventional medicine and a full menu of complementary services for her patients. She employs Dr. Stephanie Winter, a Veterinary Chiropractor and Dr. Linda Faris an Integrative Veterinarian. A PT facility is in the works and will be open soon for our animal patients to receive physical therapy.
Linda Faris, DVM, CVA, Integrative Veterinarian
Dr. Faris grew up on a dairy farm north of Kansas City near Weston, Missouri where she loved taking care of the farm animals and family pets. From an early age she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended college at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She completed an Agricultural Economics Bachelor of Science in 1982 and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Over more than three decades of practice, her career has evolved to include many holistic modalities.
After several years in private practice Dr. Faris found in spite of the miracles of modern medicine, many medical problems could not be cured. The limitations of surgery and conventional medicine were exasperating when a patient didn’t respond treatments and she began to investigate alternative medicine. She soon realized many useful medical options were not taught in veterinary school. In 2000 she had a patient named Maximillian Caesar. He was a paralyzed Dachshund who had had back surgery but sadly did not regain the use of his back legs. Euthanasia was recommended for Max. Not willing to give up on Max without trying, Dr. Faris treated him with acupuncture and he recovered completely! Max was chasing squirrels again within a few months. After this experience, Dr. Faris began studying holistic medicine with a passion and now specializes in integrative veterinary medicine.
According to Dr. Faris, “there is always more to learn.” Things have changed in the world and doctors need to change as well. Pollution of the environment and our food supply has adversely affected the health of both animal and human populations. As a result, cancer is now one of the most common diseases we see in veterinary practice. Dr. Faris continues to pursue medical knowledge and treatment options. In September of 2018 she completed the PIVH Certification Course in Veterinary Homeopathy.
“We need holistic options more now than ever before and I am excited to offer these services at Northland Animal Hospital. My goal is always to cure a patient if possible. I select treatments from conventional medicine and my holistic toolbox. A unique protocol is created for each patient.”
Dr. Faris offers acupuncture, gold bead implants, herbal medicine, classical homeopathy, detoxification, antioxidants and nutraceuticals, natural diets and food therapy. She is especially passionate about using holistic methods to manage cancer patients and to treat chronic joint and back pain without surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. Faris also loves to travel and enjoys exploring dog parks with her two dogs, Juno, an Australian Shepherd and Pearl, a Panamanian Street Dog. She brought Pearl back from her travels in Central America.
Dr. Stephanie J. Winter, DC, MSW, IVCA, ESMT, CMT
Dr. Stephanie Winter is a Doctor of Chiropractic, certified in Animal Chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
She obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, GA and graduated from Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, KS. She also has her Mastes from the University of Kansas and Bachelors of Science from the Univeristy of Minnesota. She is Certified in Equine Sports Massage Therapy and Canine Massage Therapy, as well as a certified Reiki Level I and II Provider.
She frequently take Continuing Education to remain educated in the most current information regarding animal chiropractic. Some of her completed coursework is as follows:
· ESE1: Equine EcoSomatics 1: CranioSacral Technique and Myofascial Release
· Equine Foot and Ankle: Biomechanics, Balancing, Radiology, Trimming and Shoeing
· Complete Extremity Technique Review: Canine Functional Neurology with Forelimb and Hindlimb Injuries
· CMRT: Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique
· Practical Rehabilitation Techniques for the Animal Chiropractic Patient
· Cervical and Thoracolumbar Vertebral Column’s Influence on Biomechanics and Neurology with Clinical Correlates
· Structural Analysis, Gait Evaluation, and Chiropractic Correction Using Advanced Techniques
Dr. Winter devotes 100% of her practice and expertise to animal chiropractic. Her main goal is to help your animal achieve its optimum level of health and wellness. Animal chiropractic benefits not only the canine athlete, but also the household pet! Patients from both ends of the spectrum seek chiropractic care, from the ageing arthritic pet to the show dog who wants a smoother topline and more fluid movement. Most commonly, people request chiropractic care for their pets to help with neck and back pain, limping, bowel incontinence, seizures, hip dysplasia, and overall health and wellness.
Dr. Winter is a small town farm girl who combines her two passions – animals and chiropractic! She currently resides in Lees Summit with her husband and Golden Retrievers! She loves spending time with the dogs, riding horses, reading, and playing at the pool.