Meet Our Doctors

Kristin Gundersen, DVM, CVA, CCRP, CVPP
Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture – 2008
Certified in Animal Chiropractic – 2010
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner – 2010
Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner - 2011


Dr. Kristin Gundersen grew up in rural New Hampshire and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian as soon as she was old enough to figure out what a vet does. She attended Washington State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Sciences and was admitted to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.

Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Kristin moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and worked in a practice focusing on small animal and exotic medicine and surgery. After two winters in the Frozen Northlands of Edmonton (30 to 40 degrees below zero for 3-4 weeks at a time, no joke!), she and her husband decided to relocate to upstate New York (balmy, by comparison).

Once in the Albany area, Dr. Kristin’s long-standing interest in complementary medicine was rekindled through her work with Dr. Nina Caires at Parkside Veterinary Hospital. In 2007, she attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida and completed extensive training to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. In 2008, she made the decision to focus her practice more exclusively on alternative medicine. In 2009-2010 she attended Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, Kansas to become Certified in Animal Chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In 2010, she also attended the University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. In 2011, she received her certification as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. She has also completed several in-depth courses for Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal and nutritional therapies.

Dr. Kristin is married to Dr. Ryan Penno, an equine veterinarian. They share their home with one dogs, three horses, and a beautiful daughter named Madeleine. Dr. Kristin keeps busy when not at work or being a mom by riding dressage and eventing, gardening, cooking, making glass art, and beekeeping. She also loves to travel.

Stephanie James, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVMM
Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture - 2014
Certified in Veterinary Chinese Herbology - 2015
Certified in Veterinary Food Therapy - 2014
Certified in Veterinary Medical Manipulation - 2017

Dr. James

Dr. Stephanie James started her path to veterinary medicine more than 30 years ago. In 1987, as an intern at the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in Zoo Medicine. As a student at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School, Dr. Stephanie worked  at the Minnesota Zoo. After graduating in 1995, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston then a three year residency in zoological medicine at the Bronx Zoo. In 2001, Dr. Stephanie became board certified in Zoo Medicine. She worked as a staff veterinarian at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium where she was Director of Veterinary Services.

Wanting a closer medical connection with her patients, Dr. Stephanie decided to change her focus to small animal medicine. in 2011, while working in a small animal hospital in northwestern Connecticut, she developed an interest in holistic/integrative therapies. She is now certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Chinese Veterinary Herbology, and Chinese Medicine Nutritional Therapy through the Chi Institute and in Spinal Manipulation through the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute.

Dr. Stephanie became part of the AVT team in Jan 2018, and has a special interest in geriatric patients. She lives in the Berkshires with her partner, two dogs, two cats, two doves, and several chickens.