Deborah Mathis, DVM, CVA, CVCH


Dr. Mathis grew up in Santa Cruz, California.  She received her BS in Animal Science from UC Davis in 1980. After graduation and a summer of breaking horses in Oregon, she began a job in research at the VA in Palo Alto.  When her job at the VA moved to Oregon, she started working for her future mother-in-law, Kathryn Kennedy, managing the winery her husband still runs - Kathryn Kennedy Winery.  A few years later she began dog training and soon started her own dog training business.  In 1995 she started Veterinary School at UC Davis.  There she helped start the first Holistic Medicine Club and taught dog training classes for classmates and the blood donor dogs in the hospital.  After graduating with High Honors, she concentrated on perfecting her Western Medicine skills while working for VCA. She fully integrated into Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine after starting her own housecall practice in 2003.   Her education in the five branches of Chinese Medicine and osteopathy like manipulations is on going.  She supports her profession through many professional associations, including serving as a past director for the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncturists.  Remaining time is spent with her husband, Marty Mathis, Morgan, a German Shorthaired Pointer and three chickens. Both she and her husband enjoy surfing, flyfishing and biking whenever possible.

About Our Doctor . . .


1980 - BS, Animal Science, UC Davis
1981-1985 - Research VA Hospital Palo Alto
1985-1995 - Manager Kathryn Kennedy Winery
1989-1991 - Dog Trainer for TeleVet and Roland Tripp, DVM
1991-1995 Owner/ Trainer Train ‘Em Dog Training
1995-1999 UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
1999 - Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
1999-2002 - VCA Blossom Hill
2001 - Certified in Veterinary Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique
2002 -2003 VCA Johnson, Los Gatos
2002- Tufts Herbal Class
2003 - Certified Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) IVAS
2003 - Started TCVM house call practice
2003-2007 - Chi Institute Herbal Classes
2004- Chi Tuina Class
2008 - Certified Qi Gong Practitioner - Arnold Tayam 
2012 - Animal Normalization Technique - Patricia Kortekaas
2014 - Certified as Veterinary Chinese Herbalist - Chi Institute
2015 - Published Behavior Chapter in Practical Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine - Small Animal Practice  Edited by H. Xie, et al


AAVA  Director 2006-2008
IVAS Certified member

Marty and Morgan

Morgan at rest

Morgan at work