Karmen Couret
Dr. Karmen Couret was born in New York City in 1966. She grew up in midtown Manhattan and graduated from Hunter College High School in 1984. She stayed in New York to do her undergraduate work at Columbia College of Columbia University, majoring in biology and German literature, graduating in 1988. She earned her Veterinary degree in 1992 from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Couret’s interest in alternative medicine began in 1999 after a battle against cancer with her own dog. She took the IVAS acupuncture course and was certified in 2002. She took the Healing Oasis chiropractic course and was certified in 2002 as well. She is a member of IVAS, AAVA and the AVCA. In addition she has completed over 500 hours of training in Chinese herbal medicine. Her interests include many different complementary medical modalities including Homeopathy and Physical Therapy. Dr. Couret currently resides in Litchfield Connecticut with her husband Michael and son Pierce. Her furry family includes their English Pointers Cole and Tristan and orange tiger cat Harry. She enjoys Aikido, horse back riding and scuba diving.

Services for small animals



Recommended link for info on this treatment:

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association www.ahvma.org

Common Indications:

  • Arthritis (joint, spinal)
  • Soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains)
  • Spinal cord disorders including disc disease
  • Chronic digestive disorders
  • Seizures
  • Pain and nausea related to cancer



Recommended link for info on this treatment:

The International Veterinary Chiropractic Association ivca.de

Common Indications:

  • Arthritis
  • Pain (neck, back, leg)
  • Disc disease
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Improved conformation

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Recommended link for info on this treatment:

College of Integrated Veterinary Therapies www.civtedu.org

Common Indications:

  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Allergic skin disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Cancer


  • I met Dr. Couret in June 2013 after spending hours in an emergency hospital, and consulting our previous veterinarian with no answers as to why my Mastiff suddenly refused to eat, drink, and couldn’t stop trembling. Suggestions after clean x-rays, perfect blood work, and observation were that she had acquired a sudden severe anxiety issue and medication was the only recommended treatment. Unsatisfied, terrified, frustrated something was legitimately wrong, and running out of options, I chose to look into a chiropractic consultation. I had never been to a chiropractor with my, then, 5-year-old. Bella, while a genuine sweetheart, came to my husband and I two years prior, without any history. She suffered from a general lack of trust in the vet’s office. At our first appointment, Dr. Couret listened to Bella’s history in length and acknowledged that I felt strongly there was a sincere issue. Upon exam, that she did very slowly so as not to stress Bella, she determined that Bella had suffered an atlanto-axial subluxation (injury to her neck). The injury is remarkably painful often resulting in headaches and nausea (as seen in people). Dr. Couret was then able to adjust Bella’s spine back into its correct alignment. Almost instantly her symptoms disappeared and the fear that I might lose my dog vanished.

    Since then, Bella has been adjusted every eight weeks, religiously. At each visit, Dr. Couret is able to do something new with her, pushing the boundaries of her trust. My dog is not a ball of worry in the office, and has allowed Dr. Couret to do things that she’s only allowed me to do. Bella adores Karmen.

    I cannot say enough about the care that is provided. I always feel like Bella is a priority during her appointments, and I always feel like Dr. Couret truly listens to my concerns and does her best to address them. I respect that Dr. Couret trusts owners to know their pets the best and always presents options in testing and treatment rather than pushing me into a decision. I have owned animals my entire life and while I have always ensured they receive top-notch vet care, there hasn’t been anyone quite like Karmen.

    Elyse Manyak
  • I am delighted to write a testimonial for Dr. Karmen Couret. She is a remarkable veterinarian and wonderful person. I don’t know where to begin to describe how grateful I am to Dr. Couret.

    Last spring my Tess was experiencing lameness in her right leg. She was treated with acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments for several sessions by Dr. Couret and was doing very well. Then in late July she needed a cruciate ligament repair on her left leg. All this time Tess was having issues with eating. We tried everything – cooking food for her, feeding her critical care food off of a tongue depressor, even force feeding her. She was continuing to lose weight. She was skin and bones. Dr. Couret felt her abdomen and said she thought there was something there. We consulted with her regular vet. The next day she had an ultrasound which indicated an enlarged spleen. She had a splenectomy the very next day. Five months later she is doing remarkably well. She has gained weight and is a happy dog again. I truly believe that Dr. Couret saved Tess’ life.

    We still see Dr. Couret for adjustments on her right leg and Tess has limitations, but is doing so much better compared to last year.

    Karen Napolitano
  • When the  foremost  Orthopedic  surgeon in N.H. (he had done my Pittbull) told me my  12 year old, 51/2 lb Chihuahua had also torn her A.C.L. and would need surgery I was desperate! As a last alternative Dr Couret  was recommended to me. Within 8 treatments my Doll was walking as if nothing had been TORN! THIS WAS NOT A LUCKY ONE SHOT! Since then, after a near death illness which once again left her exhausted and unable to walk, Dr Couret discovered  that Doll had a Disc problem in her neck. After 2 treatments she is running instead of walking…and…the BEST is the” DIVA DOLL” gladly lets Dr Couret give her needles and adjust her!

    Judi and Doll Nielsen
  • Our family feels blessed everyday knowing Dr. Karmen Couret. We have 3 dogs, 2 of which had some debilitating issues. Our 150lb italian mastiff, Isabella, was nearly immobile in her hind quarters and our 80lb german shorthaired pointer Duncan could not hold his head up. Even with medication, their problems never seemed to lessen. We felt like their quality of life was diminishing.

    Skeptically following the suggestion of close friend, we sought out the chiropractic and acupuncture services of Dr Karmen as a last resort. In one session, years were given back to our dogs.  Our mastiff bounded around like a puppy and our pointer walked and stood with a confidence that hadn’t been seen in years.

    For anyone whom has canine kids in need of specialty care, we enthusiastically recommend Dr. Karmen.  We’re forever indebted to her for the miracles she’s worked on Isabella and Duncan.

    Aaron and Dawn Bethlenfalvy



Dr. Couret is available at three different locations in Connecticut. To schedule an appointment please call the desired location and they can book one for you.

Mon. 9am – 3pm
Maple Ridge Animal Clinic
Southbury, CT
203-262-0595 www.mapleridgeanimalclinic.com

Wed. & Thurs. 9am – 3pm
Stone Veterinary Hospital
Watertown, CT

1 Sat. per month
Canine Sports Center
Goshen, CT

Every other Friday
Litchfield Pet Supply
Bantam, CT


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