Mandi Blackwelder, DVM, CCRP
In her senior year, she spent a semester as the only American student at L’Universite de Sherbrooke, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Back in Colorado, she interned at the Denver Zoo and then started veterinary school. After earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1998, she moved to Wisconsin….to the classic nightmare first job. She still loves dairy medicine and lives vicariously through dairy-vet friends, but found her niche in small animal medicine in Grants Pass, Oregon for the next 14 years. In 2002 Dr. Mandi took the acupuncture certification course through Colorado State University. In 2013 she became certified in physical therapy and rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee and now runs the successful Healing Arts Animal Clinic in Beaverton, Oregon. A sweet elderly neighbor played match-maker and introduced her to a fellow rock climber, Don Alarie, who became her husband in 2002. They now have two sons, Porter and Jackson. Porter thrives in BMX and Jackson is a delight. Jackson has also brought out the advocate in his mom, as he has Fragile X syndrome, a genetic form of autism. Mandi can be found during much of her down-time (what little there is) researching, advocating, visiting our law makers and learning every tidbit of therapy that will help Jackson live a rich life.
Mandi’s life experiences and love for her work have given her a rich enjoyment of people and have bonded her to her clients and the veterinary community.
“The move to Portland and opening Healing Arts Animal Care has been a highlight of my life – to shape and mold a clinic that is ALL about comfort – for the pets, for the owners and for myself and my employees, fills me with total satisfaction. I joke that I get to spend my day in my p.j.’s (scrubs), barefoot (from the underwater treadmill), working with dogs and doing science. It doesn’t get much better than that!”
Dr. Kelly Maxwell, DVM, CVA
Kelly Maxwell was raised in upstate New York and attended Boston University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2002. Her decision to become a veterinarian developed out of her love and compassion for animals as well as an interest in the biological sciences. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 2009 and was inducted into the Society of Phi Zeta for high academic achievement.
Following her graduation from veterinary school she completed a one year internship in emergency medicine that focused on both companion and exotic animal medicine. She then entered daytime private practice and practiced for several years in Florida, Oregon, and most recently in Maine. Initially her main interests included emergency medicine, dermatology, endocrinology, and exotic animal medicine. Her love of nature and desire to help all creatures also led her to volunteer in her free time with wildlife and rehabilitation groups.
Over the years, Dr. Maxwell has developed a special focus on healing the whole patient while also recognizing the uniqueness of each individual dog and cat. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and has started working with food therapy using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She is in the process of her certification in rehabilitation as well. She is so excited to combine these skills with allopathic medicine to improve quality of life and promote the well-being of all her patients!
She couldn’t be happier to join the team at Healing Arts Animal Care! She is also excited to return to Oregon and enjoy all that Portland has to offer. When not at work she can be found running, kayaking, camping, learning new vegan recipes, and hiking with her dog, Mouth.