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Dr. Martha Davis: veterinarian in san rafaelDr. Martha M. Davis is a General Practitioner and the owner of Terra Linda Veterinary Hospital. She has been a practicing veterinarian since graduating from veterinary school in 1984 and owner of the Terra Linda Veterinary Hospital since 1998.
Though she was born in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Davis spent her early childhood in Maryland where she was surrounded by animals of all kinds. "We spent a lot of time at our neighbor's farm and to this day I still love the smell of a barn," she says. "There was a horse that I loved who lived across the street and some of my mom's students would bring their pony over for us to ride. We also had chickens, goats, cats, dogs, and even kept a Racer snake in the basement to control the rodents."
Perhaps more than any other experience, she says, it was her time in Maryland that compelled her to become a veterinarian. "I was the kid who was always bringing home the injured animal," she says, "and I have always felt connected with animals and the natural world. I feel a spiritual connection with nature and animals and I feel very blessed to be able to care for animals as my career."
After Dr. Davis turned seven years old the family moved from Maryland to Southern California where her love of animals continued unabated. The sciences called to her and in 1974 she entered the University of California at Irvine where she double-majored in Biology and Chemistry. After graduating with a BS in Biology in 1978, she spent the next couple of years testing the veterinary waters by spending a year as a Veterinary Technician at a specialty practice in Orange County, California. This was followed by a year working in the Radiology Department at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California at Davis.
Then in 1980, Dr. Davis entered the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1984, she graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and spent the next 12 years as an emergency veterinarian.
Throughout her career there have been many reminders of the importance of good veterinary care and how strong the human-animal bond can be. (For example, while working in an emergency clinic in Berkeley, a dog came in that had been shot by a burglar in the face with a spear after the dog had charged the intruder. The dog's owner, a former Army medic who had served in Vietnam, was nearly overcome with grief as the spear was being removed from his dog. The dog survived the incident, but for Dr. Davis it was a very important reminder that no matter how tough we are, our pets can melt our hearts.)
She also has seen firsthand how important state-of-the-art and compassionate care is to the clients she serves after her own dog, a Border Collie named Tora, required spinal surgery. The delicate nature of the surgery required that the dog remain calm and still for a couple of days, which meant Dr. Davis could not visit her beloved pet. Though Tora completely recovered and lived to her senior years, Dr. Davis says, "This episode helped me to know how surgery and separation can deeply affect a pet owner and how strong the bond with a pet can be."
As the owner of Terra Linda Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Davis is free to fully explore her areas of particular veterinary interest, which include dentistry, dermatology (especially complicated ear issues), acupuncture, geriatric medicine, internal medicine, orthopedic and arthritic care. She is also a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Marin County Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Dental Society. Dr. Davis has also completed continuing education in dentistry, a year of acupuncture coursework at the Chi Institute in Florida, and the American Animal Hospital Association's Veterinary Management Institute and Leadership Academy.
Her love of animals does not end at the Hospital's doors. Dr. Davis is a member of the Marin County Veterinary Medical Association, Marin Humane Society Disaster Preparedness Committee and the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps. When not spending time at work, she also enjoys swimming, hiking, yoga, gardening, cooking, bicycling, skiing, botanical drawing, watercolor painting, and remodeling.
Dr. Michelle Rose has more than 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and as a graduate of the University of Tennessee's Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) program, she is a valuable and unique resource in Marin County. Specializing in Canine Rehabilitation, she performs a variety of comprehensive veterinary services, from health examinations and nutritional counseling to dental cleaning and minor surgeries.
What Michelle enjoys most about what she does is knowing that she is helping her canine and feline patients live healthier and higher quality lives. Michelle never knows what her patients may need in any given day - one minute she might be presented with a hurt paw to suture; the next minute, an ill cat to examine.
When working with her canine rehabilitation patients, Michelle easily bonds with the dogs and family members who care for them. She looks forward to seeing her patients improve week after week and assisting their human guardians in supporting their progress.
Why Michelle Became a Veterinarian
Michelle was interested in medicine and science at an early age. While majoring in Biology at the University of California, Riverside, she had the opportunity to volunteer at a veterinary clinic. She was hooked! She went on to earn a DVM in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Later, she became certified in Canine Rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee and interned at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. Currently, Michelle is working to become a member of the newly formed American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Bi-lingual in English and Spanish
Michelle's mother was born in Buenos Aires and, as a teenager, moved to the United States with her parents. From early childhood onward, Michelle spoke English with her parents and friends and Spanish with her Argentinean mother and grandparents. She is fluent in Spanish, which is incredibly helpful to her Spanish-speaking clients.
Born and raised in Southern California, Michelle moved to Marin County in 2004. She lives in San Rafael with her husband, Steve, their dog, Spencer, and two cats, Julius and Xoanon. When she is not taking care of her canine and feline patients, she likes to walk with Spencer, hike, camp and kayak.
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