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gold1shdDr Durkes began his research in the gold bead implant in 1975. Initially his research was for the treatment of hip dysplasia and epileptic seizures. Over the next 5 years he also started research on arthritis of the back, knee, elbow, and shoulder plus the treatment of wobbler disease. In all conditions except epileptic seizures, Dr Durkes is helping the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joint to tighten up. This prevents the excessive movement of the joint which helps to stop pain and weakness of the joint. Dr Durkes is able to achieve this goal in 1 to 3 weeks post gold bead implant.

Long term Dr Durkes gets a gradual remodeling of the joint. In spondylosis of the back, he has had complete remodeling of the back within 2 years post implant. In all other joints he has 30- 40% remodeling.

In epileptic seizures Dr Durkes is correcting electrical blockages in the nervous system. These electrical blockages will eventually cause seizures if the body is unable to correct them.

sue2shdI started doing kennel work in high school. Then in 1988 Dr.Terry Durkes trained me as his technician. I also have worked with the DNR to rehabilitate wild animals.

Dr. Durkes has shown me the proper way to care for wild life and it has been rewarding to see them released back into the wild.

I have two children.

I love working with animals to make sure they get the best care possible. Working at Western Avenue Animal Hospital has been very rewarding for me.

I am also a 4-H leader with Wranglers Horse and Pony Club and Liberty – Green 4-H. Club. It is all about loving to work with the animals.


Dr. Durkes implanted additional beads into Preston on October 12, 1998, in Marion and on March 21, 1999, when he presented a gold bead implant seminar in the Atlanta area. Preston seized during the March procedure, enabling Dr. Durkes to locate blocked points that he would not otherwise have found. In addition to beads in new points, Dr. Durkes added up to 12 beads in previously implanted points. Despite some setbacks and the need for continued medication, Preston looks and feels fantastic. The life-threatening pulmonary edema that accompanied each seizure has never returned. He’s bouncy and playful. During 1999, he even earned his Companion Dog title and his working certificate. There's no question the gold bead implants have immeasurably enhanced Preston’s overall health. And two years after the initial implants, it’s probably safe to say the procedure saved his life.



The gold bead implants dramatically reduced Casper’s anxiety, and helped reduce the severity of Casper’s seizures, making this a very helpful treatment for Casper. With the combination of gold bead implants and cooked Chinese herbs, Casper became completely free of his anxiety. His last seizure was in June, 2009. Casper did not need any medication for his epilepsy, and lived a full, happy, healthy life until he passed away at an elderly age in 2015.


After posting on Facebook our fears about Chance, we were contacted by a Dane breeder in Canada who turned us on to Dr. Terry Durkes in Indiana, who had been successfully treating Wobblers Disease by doing gold bead implants since 1969. He also has given seminars to other Veterinarians on this procedure. He has treated dogs from 46 states and 2 other countries. We contacted Dr. Durkes and he asked us to send him a dorsal-ventral x-ray of Chance's neck. He immediately responded to us, that Chance did indeed have Wobblers Disease. He explained that Chance's cervical vertebrae showed rounding of the ends where it should have been square.