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Our beloved Irish, Golden Retriever who is 9 years old had about 9 weeks of water treadmill therapy following TPLO surgery on his knee. Not knowing much about his background due to being a rescue, we had only observed at the beach that he did not like getting in water. We didn’t know what his reaction would be to water treadmill therapy. From the first day with water at his knees to the 2d, 3d & beyond days reaching his tummy & beyond he loved it. Dr. Mandi is a caring, skillful & focused doctor willing to do anything to help getting our furry friend strong. Her staff is amazing at working with him in the water, playing ball, giving little treats & keeping him focused on walking. Irish is back to his old self – running, jumping & being a love. Thank you so much to Healing Arts Animal Care.
Our puppy Maggie was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at less than 6 months old. After a surgical consult, they recommended physical therapy in an attempt to delay (or avoid) surgery. We chose Healing Arts Animal Care and it has been an awesome experience for us. The care was holistic – appointments with joint manipulation, physical therapy exercises, laser therapy and underwater treadmill. Exercises to take home along with instructions (many with videos) and check ins to make sure we were doing ok. They recommended medication / supplement options and they also check in with our vet regularly. Maggie is SO MUCH stronger and she is no longer lame / in pain. With continued routine exercises at home and the occasional underwater treadmill session we have delayed surgery (so far).
Our experience was only during COVID-19 times and their safety protocols are excellent.
The entire staff at Healing Arts has truly been a gift in the healing process of Brownie. Brownie, a Maltese mix who is a rescue and about 7-8 years old has intervertebral disk disease. While out of town he had to get a surgery because one of his disks slipped paralyzing him in both hind legs, the tail and his bladder. With much therapy, patience and love Brownie can once again walk, pee on his own and live a quality of life I was afraid we had lost. Healing Arts provides the services he needs for his continued care and Dr. Mandi and her staff are extremely attentive to his needs. I completely trust in the care and services they provide and Brownie has had it all from the under water treadmill, massage, acupuncture and laser therapy. I am truly grateful to have found a place where Brownie feels comfortable and I know he is getting quality care.
This place is amazing. I have been looking for a place like this for years and I have seen a huge improvement in my dog. The whole staff are so friendly and helpful. I cannot say enough about all the incredible options they offer to help your pet.
Update: My dog unfortunately passed away recently but Healing Arts was able to give him such a better quality of life his past 2 years. I truly believe that their hard work and determination to help him, allowed Porter to have less pain and more movement. This gave him life and happiness. For this I am eternally grateful. The staff at Healing Arts truly care for your pet and are there for you as well. They know difficult it is to see your best friend struggle and they have the knowledge and tools to help. If you are needing help, please try this place because the results will give your pet a better and happier life. Thank you Mandi and Healing Arts team, you are all angels.
Dr. Blackwelder and her team are extraordinary. We bring our two old Berners (Summit and Duke) for the trifecta (underwater treadmill, acupuncture, & laser therapy) each week. The therapies have helped tremendously in mitigating pain and, for Duke, who is especially messed up orthopedically, in building muscle mass. But beyond the therapies, when Duke’s back leg function declined precipitously and he had an MRI several months back, Dr. Blackwelder helped us through some difficult post-anesthesia recovery –even checking in on the weekend to see how he was doing. This reflects the rare depth of love for patients possessed by Dr. Blackwelder and the rest of her team as well.
We were referred to Healing Arts by a good friend when we were looking for ways to help our 13-year-old Doberman, Pepper, age gracefully. To say we’ve been happy with Pepper’s experience is an understatement. Dr. Mandi and the team are the most caring, wonderful humans we’ve ever met.
Here’s the key – they don’t just treat symptoms; they treat the underlying problem. After the first consultation, Dr. Mandi sent Pepper (and us) home with exercises. We finally felt empowered with Pepper’s health. Also, the acupuncture and laser therapy was making a noticeable difference in Pepper’s mobility.
I could go on for days about all the great things they’ve done for Pepper. You’ll have to experience it for yourself. Give your pup the attention they deserve and take them to Dr. Mandi at Healing Arts!
I can’t begin to express my family’s gratitude. When our girl developed a spinal condition that resulted in a loss of function in her rear legs- we were told to get ready to put her down. Then we found Healing Arts.
With the care and teamwork of the staff our girl has adapted to a cart ( dog wheelchair), is bright eyed and eager to be active. While we know we’ll eventually have to say goodbye- she is living with a tremendous of quality life – including an active play schedule that is joy to behold.
Even more importantly- we truly believe Dr Mandy and the team sincerely care for our unique and glorious mutt like family.
They limit the review rating at five stars- and that’s a pity- because it doesn’t allow acknowledgement of how absolutely outstanding the team at Healing Arts is in every way.
Scout had a slipped disc back in January and the vet recommended looking into physical therapy, that’s when I found the Healing Arts. Before them my boy needed help to just walk around on his own, now he’s back to his good old self enjoying life and running around again! They were very gentle with my pup and gave very clear instructions to help me work with him at home. The price was really good considering all that you get in the package, and they helped me find some great vitamins and products to help with his pain and mobility in the future too! I highly recommend bringing your fur baby here if they aren’t 100% and the team will do their best to get you there.
Everybody at Healing Arts is so caring and committed to helping our animal friends. My Casey always loved to visit with everyone and we both knew that they would always do their best to help him. Dr. Mandi is so exuberant and innovative to try whatever will help, and the whole staff is a wonderful, caring team.
Our maltipom puppy Maple had to undergo FHO surgery for Legg-Perthes disease. After the surgery, she didn’t want to use the leg operated on, which would have caused muscular atrophy and ultimately the loss of the leg. Healing Arts Animal Care gave us the knowledge necessary and gave Maple the help she needed so that now she’s living as if nothing ever happened to that leg! They also gave great dietary advice. Maple is happier than ever.
Huck came from a shelter. He was a stray and thought to be dumped from a backyard breeder. We adopted Huck on 11/4/2016 through Pacific Pug Rescue and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Huck is a wonderful senior pug and we love him to pieces. Huck came to us with a lot of issues. He only has about 5 percent vision in his left eye (he is missing his right eye). His hearing is declining and he gets chronic ear infections. He’s also susceptible to skin and urinary tract infections, and on top of everything else, he can’t walk very well. Even though Huck has all these issues he still has a zest for life, especially when it comes to food and cuddles!
Healing Arts Animal Clinic has made a huge impact on the quality of Huck’s life. Dr. Mandi throughly listened to all of Huck’s issues and created a therapy plan that improved Huck’s overall health. She even communicated with Huck’s primary vet with updates. As a result of his therapy at Animal Arts Healing Clinic, he gets less infections and his walking is improving.
We love Healing Arts Animal Clinic because everyone is so kind and compassionate to Huck and us. One of Huck’s favorite things about going to the clinic is that he gets peanut butter when he’s on the water treadmill. Our favorite thing about Healing Arts Animal Clinic is that we know that Huck is in excellent care, and Dr. Mandi and her team truly care about advocating for their furry patients.
We highly recommend Healing Arts Animal Clinic because they provide excellent care and it’s consistently delivered with so much compassion. We are so blessed someone recommended us to take Huck to Healing Arts Animal Clinic because it significantly improved Huck’s life!
We were at a real low point after our 10-year-old, beloved dog, Toby, became paralyzed and incontinent overnight last November due to a ruptured disc. Because he had no deep pain, the emergency neurologist said his chances of a good result from surgery were quite poor and that without it he would never walk again or control his bladder. Toby couldn’t move his rear half at all and had to wear diapers and have us express his urine for him to pee. We took him to a rehab vet who fitted him for a wheel chair and arranged for different techs to give him laser treatments twice a week. She was very capable but impersonal and often brusque, telling us almost nothing about what she was doing during monthly appointments as she manipulated Toby and dictated numbers to her assistant. When we asked questions, it almost seemed to annoy her and we never really felt we knew what was going on. It wasn’t until our first appointment to get more information from another neurologist that we actually learned and understood there was a kind of ‘walking’—spinal walking—and urination that a dog like Toby had perhaps a 20 percent chance of achieving. When we reported this back to our rehab vet, she said she’d already told us that and so had our vet and the emergency vet!
We sorely needed a rehab vet we could talk to and found that and so much more in the amazing Dr. Mandi. Warm, friendly, insightful, and totally welcoming, Dr. Mandi has made Toby’s rehab experience a place of comfort and of healing instead of uncertainty and stress. A born teacher, she welcomes questions and answers them comprehensively, providing plenty of detail and examples so that what she says makes sense. With an aging, paralyzed dog, you have a lot of other issues to deal with, ranging from skin irritations to possible urinary infections and strained muscles and joints in the front end, and Dr. Mandi helped expertly navigate us through all of that. As she’d exercise Toby in the treadmill and give him laser or acupuncture, she’d explain to us how he was progressing and recommend what to do about other matters that cropped up. She’d problem-solve if Toby wasn’t peeing enough or had a rash or seemed to be stiff in the front or unmotivated. She’d go outside with us and watch him walk and mark, then ultrasound his bladder to see if it was emptying enough. She made adjustments to his cart , ordered protective booties for his back feet, and gave us different exercises to further his progress at home. She communicated regularly with our vet and neurologist and reached out to a former professor to try to help us figure out what was going on with his urination.
Dr. Mandi also gave us all sorts of great ideas to make Toby’s care easier for us and him, such as yoga mats on the flood to help him across the hard wood and regular treats and rewards to pay him for his work. She wants to make things better both for you and your dog and treats your both in a cheerful, caring, and contagiously encouraging way. We went from feeling worried, confused and stressed out about our dog to much more relaxed and well informed, while Toby, a naturally upbeat being even in the midst of all these challenges, became even more playful and full of joy as his mobility grew.
A life-long hater of water, he now trots along in the surf at the beach in his cart and chases cats on our walks. He’s gone from just lying on his bed and needing repositioning from us to being able to move around on his own and traveling from one room to another or outside when he’s motivated enough. The neurologist says he’s carrying 90 percent of his weight in his cart and now has more than just spinal walking and reflexive urination: some actual nerve signals are getting through. She also says Dr. Mandi is her favorite rehab vet, and we couldn’t agree more. She’s a wonderful person and exceptionally skilled and dedicated health care provider. You couldn’t ask for anything more.
Dr Mandi and her staff did EXCELLENT work for our almost 14 year old black lab Otis. He was a fighter and a trooper through 3 major back surgeries, MRSA and vertigo. Never complaining and always coming back stronger and better because of the care that Dr. Mandi at Healing Arts Animal Care gave Otis.
We had to put Otis down recently but I know that taking him to Dr. Mandi the last 6 months, gave him a very good quality of life that he would have not had otherwise. They do excellent work, are fun to be around while the treatment is going on, genuinely care about the patient as well as the family. I also thought that the prices were very reasonable. I would highly recommend Dr. Mandi and her team at Healing Arts Animal Care.
I just can’t thank you enough for making my therapy appointments so much fun and challenging. Every visit is challenging and helps me to get back to my athletic self. There are not enough words to express my gratitude, forever your friend and patient.
Dr. Mandi cares deeply about her patients and their families as she adeptly administers to each patient’s medical needs through traditional and alternative medicines. She compassionately administered her wise placement of acupuncture needles to enhance and increase the “lives” of my cat, sweet Charlotte, Elizabeth and my gentle devoted dog Knanook.
Currently, she “needles” my 29 year old dream horse Catalena, and my six year old cuddle cat, Midnight. Because of her ability to collaborate with other veterinarians, her willingness to search for answers and her well-honed veterinary skills, Dr. Mandi continues to add quality, healthier time to my animal’s lives.
It took me 2 years and going through 3 vets in the area, I FINALLY found Dr. Mandi. I wanted a vet that understood I wanted to know all options for my dogs’ health care, that understood I was interested in preventative health care as well as crisis care, that understood I had an interest in nutrition as an adjunct to health care, that would answer all my questions and give advice; that understood when an issue arises I like the least invasive therapy/treatment first and I don’t like to overmedicate, that understood my dogs are more than companions, they are athletes competing in agility and hiking the woods, that understood my dogs’ well – being was of the utmost importance to me, that understood that when my dog had a life threatening issue, I was willing and eager to try therapies other than allopathic.
Dr. Mandi is all of that and more. If she doesn’t know an answer, she researches it and calls me. She keeps up on current research and lets me know about therapies and treatments that might improve the quality of life of my dogs. And most of all, she is friendly, approachable and interacts with my dogs.
Dr. Mandi has been there for Mollie, Charlie, Starr, Presley, Elvis and Vincent for routine care, preventative care and hospice care; always with attentiveness and compassion. And she’s been there for me to answer my innumerable questions, reads articles I send her and offers her opinion to me and she’s been there for me when my dogs have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I never want to lose her as my dogs primary health care provider.
About Healing Arts Animal Care
Healing Arts Animal Care in Beaverton, Oregon provides veterinary acupuncture, pet rehabilitation therapy, physical therapy and athletic conditioning to the dogs and cats of the Portland Metro Area including Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, and Tualatin. We strive to create a team among you, your pet, your veterinarian and ourselves to create a whole package of care for your pet. Pets come through our door knowing that we’re going to have fun here and this isn’t “another trip to the vet.” Through manual therapies, acupuncture, laser, ultrasound, underwater treadmill and creating a tailored individual home exercises, we strive to bring your injured pet back to speed, keep your elderly pet as an active member of the family, return your obese pet back to a functional friend and keep your athletic pet at the peak of his performance.