Meet Our Team

Dr. Deborah Mathis

Deborah Mathis


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, and their newest addition, LC – a Bluetick Coonhound, German Shorthaired Pointer cross. Together they work on training, scent work and agility for LC, surfing, flyfishing and biking whenever possible.

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  • 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
  • 2017-Present: Masters of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (in progress) – Chi Institute


Team member Carol with her cat Puddy

Carol Rohr

Office Manager

Carol Rohr is our office manager as of January 2010. Carol has had extensive experience as an administrative assistant & office manager/bookkeeper, but she prefers to be a cat & dog “mom” to her & her boyfriend Steve’s family of kitties (Puddy pictured with Carol, Boo, Punkie, & Squeek) & one dog (Chelsea). Carol is a moderator on two Yahoo groups (Feline Heart & Feline Hypertension) & participates in several other cat & dog groups that deal with feline & canine health. She has her Bachelor of Music Performance from Eastern Illinois University and when she’s not taking care of the furkids, Carol enjoys gardening & photography.

Feel free to leave Carol a message anytime at 408-499-3647.