About Dr. Donna Kelleher
Donna Kelleher, DVM is the only holistic veterinarian in the Pacific Northwest skilled at a wide set of modalities, including NAET, chiropractic, acupuncture, as well as Western and local plant medicine for animals. She has practiced holistic veterinary medicine since 1994, after graduating from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU). During her senior year at WSU, and following an internship with Dr. Allen Schoen, she received the Grady Young Scholarship for the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) course. In the mid-1990s, she worked nights and weekends in small animal emergency hospitals, but spent her days passionately working with her acupuncture patients. During her time working in emergency veterinary medicine, she soon came to see Western medicine as an acute medicine offering often-needed surgery and pharmaceuticals, but found chronic disease was far better addressed when applying holistic modalities to achieve cures at a core, or root level. Her personal experiences with chronic asthma and allergies, and an early exposure to diverse cultures and their approach to healing with the use of herbal teas and tinctures, would later lead her to pursue herbal training. Soon after beginning her practice she learned and incorporated Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM). In 1997, she was certified in veterinary chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA), and began incorporating the use of chiropractic and acupuncture for many of her cases. In 1998 she began training in herbal medicine through the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) and focused her studies on the use of Western Herbs. She studied with many herbalist pioneers including Rosemary Gladstar, Michael Moore, Michael Tierra and K.P. Khalsa, and was certified as a Master Herbalist in 1999. She considers herbal training an ongoing process and regularly attends many local herbal conferences and workshops. She grows and wild crafts a large portion of herbs for use in her practice on her farm in the Pacific Northwest. Her goal is to transition her use of Chinese herbs to that of local and Native American herbs, and then teach others how to do the same.
Her continued personal health issues with asthma and allergies led her to a chance visit with a practitioner who’d successfully cleared patients’ allergies with use of Nambudiprad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). In 2000 Dr. Donna began receiving NAET twice a week over the course of months to identify and clear countless individual allergens that had been affecting her quality of life for years. She was cured of her allergies and remains allergy-free fourteen years later. The experience led her to taking the NAET course and becoming certified the same year she was cured of her own allergies.
In 2003 she wrote her book, ‘The Last Chance Dog: True Stories of Holistic Animal Healing’, and in 2012 her second book, ‘The Proof Is In The Poodle’ was published.
About Dr. Jeff Blake
Jeff Blake DVM graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Since then, his veterinary practice has been guided by the principle of primum non nocere (“first do no harm”) from the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians, and the strong belief in the innate healing ability of the body.
Over the years, his interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taoism and Tai Chi led him to the study of acupuncture. In 2005 he was certified by IVAS as a veterinary acupuncturist, and also received training in prolotherapy for the treatment of joint ligament damage. He currently practices small animal acupuncture in Bellingham, WA, focusing on disc disease, arthritis and musculo-skeletal disorders.