A SPECIAL TEAM
for a special type of veterinary care
We have five specialized veterinarians and therapists in our practice now who see patients for acupuncture and wellness therapies; acupuncture, nutrition, herbal therapy, chiropractic, laser therapy, rehabilitation, tissue manipulation, and massage. Our technicians and client specialist staff are dedicated to ensuring you and your pet have the very best experience with us every communication and visit.
Natural healing is what we do!
Owner of Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness
Dr. Jenna Castner Hauck is certified in veterinary acupuncture by the Chi Institute and the China Society of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has studied chinese herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, and homeopathy.
Dr Jenna earned her veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 2003 and elected to continue her training by completing an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, CO. After certification and training at the Chi Institute, she practiced both acupuncture and conventional veterinary medicine for several years in the Jacksonville area at Coastal Veterinary Hospital before opening a specialty practice, Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness in Jacksonville Beach in 2011 with her good friend and colleague, Dr. Courtney Cone.
I grew up in the Midwest and graduated from Michigan State University, first with a degree in Medical Technology, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in1981.
Like many new graduates, I spent the first part of my career in conventional veterinary clinical practice. That was followed by a stint with the Federal government for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services. At some point, I knew that that I wanted to come back to clinical medicine, but it wasn't until I took my first acupuncture course that I knew I'd finally "come home". I simply felt a deep connection to this beautiful and ancient form of medicine, and, quite suddenly, the world seen through this lens made sense to me.
The rest, as they say, is history. I became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and my acupuncture training became the springboard to extensive study in Chinese herbal medicine at the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, followed by coursework in both veterinary chiropractic care and craniosacral therapy. And many, many hours of study in all of these modalities thereafter - my husband calls me his professional student!
After owning a busy integrative veterinary practice in Maryland for numerous years, my husband and I made the decision upon his retirement to relocate to Ponte Vedra in late 2014. I have family here, and both of us were worn out by Maryland winters - we are not cold weather people!
When asked if I was retired I always said, yes, at least for now, but I think I knew
that I wasn't yet done. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to keep my hands, heart, and mind in this form of veterinary practice, with Dr. Jenna, and look forward to knowing you and caring for your beloved companions.
DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dr. Jessie Burgess recently joined Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness, and is very excited to be home in the coastal Jacksonville area. She attended the University of Florida, earning her Bachelors in Animal Sciences and Zoology in 2008, as well as Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and International Veterinary Medicine Certificate in 2012. After graduation, Dr. Burgess remained at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to complete a one-year specialty internship in Integrative Medicine, including rehabilitation, acupuncture, nutrition and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Throughout her internship, she received her certification in veterinary acupuncture and further training in herbal medicines at the Chi Institute, completed in the fall of 2012. She then continued post-graduate training at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT), completed in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Burgess is excited to provide service through acupuncture and canine rehabilitation to the animals of the Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach areas. Her professional interests include post-operative cruciate rehabilitation and improving quality of life for geriatric and neurologic patients. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Burgess’ other passions include being on the water, spending time with her tripod puppy Penelope Grace, running and Orange Theory fitness, college football (Go Gators!!), and international travel, with previous veterinary trips to Belize, Zambia, Honduras, Ecuador and Nicaragua..
I grew up in a stunningly beautiful, remote farm in the Andes Mountains in Chile. Ever since I was a little girl I was fascinated by nature and felt such a deep connection to all the animals that surrounded me, specially the horses doggies and kitties. I spent countless hours befriending shy horses and playing and walking in the forest with my animals. I always knew that I wanted to help them.
I studied veterinary medicine at Universidad Austral de Chile and graduated in 2005. Shortly after that I spent several months in Germany learning a form of acupuncture massage for horses. Subsequently, I moved to Kentucky and worked at a rehabilitation center for horses for two years and completed an equine internship following that. After I completed my internship I spent several years working in general practice at a mixed animal clinic in KY.
In 2015, my husband and I decided to relocate to Florida. That is when I transitioned fully in to small animal medicine and I decided to pursue my passion for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. It has been an incredible journey of discovering such a vast world of possibilities and tools to help animals in their path to healing.
I completed acupuncture, herbal and food therapy courses at the Chi University in Reddick, Florida.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family: my husband, two children and two kitties. We love to spend time outdoors and on the water. We enjoy and appreciate the sunny, warm weather after spending most of our lives in cold weather. I also love reading books and spending time with my kitties. They bring me joy and make me laugh every day. Hearts, my fluffy kitty (named by my daughter), will sit right alongside me through countless hours of studying.
Retired, Former Co-Owner of Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness
Dr. Courtney Cone practiced for many years in the Jacksonville area at the same practice as Dr. Jenna Hauck before they started the Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness office together in 2012. She was a mentor to Dr. Hauck and was an incredible partner and provider of Acupuncture and Chiropractic therapy. After a successful Veterinary career, in 2015, she decided to retire and is pursuing her passion of equestrian dressage, where she has already competed and won on a nationally competitive stage.
Dr. Cone and Dr. Hauck remain very good friends, as are their husbands!