A native of Southern Michigan, Dr. Christine Miller proves that, with initiative and passion, dreams can become reality. This self-described, fun-loving doctor graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a path encouraged by her family. But after six years of working long hours only to feel she wasn’t making a difference, Dr. Chris traded CAD software for a stethoscope, and pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.
She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, and spent two years practicing at a low-income hospital near Flint, MI before chasing another dream: that of relocating to Colorado where a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities called to her. In doing so, she joined Harmony Veterinary Center in May of 2020, and found a practice she truly believes in.
“What drew me to Harmony was their integrative approach,” says Dr. Chris. “I saw it as a unique opportunity to practice Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). I love how open they are to my ideas, and I appreciate the amount of time I get to spend with each patient.”
While designing roadways and underground sewers didn’t fill her soul, the experience continues to serve both her and her patients well. “Because of my engineering background, I’m very thorough. I like taking my time to gather all the information I need to make decisions and design a solid treatment plan,” she explains.
Dr. Chris’ approach utilizes a blend of Eastern and Western medicine as appropriate. “I haven’t had a therapeutic failure yet,” she notes. “I examine patients from a Chinese medicine standpoint which involves looking at patterns and trying to reverse what is happening to get to the root cause of a pet’s issue.”
Dr. Chris is expected to earn her acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute by the end of 2020. She will continue her TCVM education, working towards a master’s degree over the next few years. When she’s not seeing patients, Dr. Chris and her boyfriend, Ryan, enjoy hiking, skiing and camping. They share their home with four cats – Timo, Tucker, Neil and Geddy – and try to enjoy life as much as possible.
Developing relationships with people, as well as pets, makes me feel good,” says Dr. Chris. “Finding imbalances in my patients and correcting them, increasing their quality of life, that’s my ultimate goal.”