Dr. Mara grew up in the Rogue Valley where she played soccer, explored the orchards on horseback, took art lessons and began developing her skills caring for animals. She graduated with a BS in Biology from Pacific University in 2007. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Oregon State University in 2011. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Mara was involved with the Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club. This is where she initially explored alternative therapies including veterinary acupuncture. Since she began practicing small animal medicine and surgery, several clients showed an interest in veterinary acupuncture. Curious about exploring current alternative treatment approaches to pain management, Dr. Mara investigated options for learning veterinary acupuncture. In 2016, Dr. Mara completed her coursework for veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute (www.tcvm.com). As a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, she is trained to treat birds, cats, cows, dogs, horses, and more. Dr. Mara completed her Food Therapy training in the fall of 2019. She recently submitted her Food Therapy case study for review to be a Certified Food Therapist. Her furry family includes two orange cats, Avogadro and Wyatt, as well as her black English lab, Dash. Dr. Mara looks forward to meeting you and your furry family.
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Dr. Mara practices her “everyday hero” work through her volunteering projects. She has been a part of the Kiwanis family since she participated in Key Club in high school. She started as a volunteer with SMART through her Circle K Club at Pacific University. Her favorite projects with Kiwanis include SMART, advising high school Key Clubs, knitting hats for new borns, making dinosaur fossils at the Children’s Learning Fair, and connecting with the community at the See’s candy booth during the winter holidays. Anyone interested in a community service club should talk to Dr. Mara!