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Dr. Martha M. Davis is a General Practitioner and the owner of both Tails of Terra Linda Pet Resort and Terra Linda Veterinary Hospital. She has been a practicing veterinarian since graduating from veterinary school in 1984. 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."
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.
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, arthritis 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 the American Veterinary Dental Society. Dr. Davis has also completed continuing education certification 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.
Dr. Davis is very proud to be part of the Tails of Terra Linda Pet Resort. It is exciting to be a part of this shift in the care of our pets, from keeping them safe and separate to addressing their emotional need for social interactions. Dr. Davis enjoys watching how much the dogs love coming in to play with their buddies at the pet resort.
Her love of animals does not end at the Hospital's doors. At the moment Dr. Davis’s pet household consists only of a very geriatric cat named Tiger who has made it quite clear that she is not willing to share the house with other pets, and a pond filled with Koi and Goldfish. When not spending time at work or caring for her pets, she also enjoys swimming, hiking, yoga, gardening, cooking, bicycling, skiing, botanical drawing and watercolor painting, and remodeling.
Before studying to become a dog trainer, Lisa worked as a Clinical Social Worker for over twenty years with children, adults and families. She helped people improve relationships in difficult situations; parents understand children, couples understand each other and people from diverse backgrounds and cultures work better together. In her clinical practice, she started working with dogs as a way to facilitate work with clients who had difficulties communicating with each other or with whom she had trouble communicating. It worked wonderfully well.
As both a trained psychotherapist and a dog behaviorist, Lisa understands the difference between human’s emotional needs and dog’s emotional needs. Because dogs often exhibit behavioral issues when they are treated like furry humans, Lisa works to help dog owners understand their dogs’ emotional needs and build better relationships between dogs and their humans.
When Lisa decided to change careers, she had an important mission in mind; the goal of keeping dogs in their homes and, most importantly, out of shelters through supporting and training owners. She does this in two ways; by helping dogs who have behavioral issues and by working with owners to prevent behavioral issues. Both types of training focus on building solid relationships that meet the needs of the people and their dogs.
Through effective, solution-based training, we can prevent and solve behavioral problems, the main cause of owner surrender of dogs to shelters.
Putting the time and effort into the relationship with your dog will create a confident and happy dog...and a much more confident and happy owner.
We refer to our wonderful front desk staff this way because they are all about service and coming to know you and your pet(s) in a personal way. They can coordinate your pet's stay, the services and extra activities you request, and arrange whatever special treats you desire for your best friend(s) while you're away.
Who are they?
These are the great individuals that facilitate the play groups and give each guest with us the special care they deserve - in group, or one-on-one. They are specially trained in group dog play behavior and work to both assure safety and determine what makes each individual guest happiest. They also very importantly contribute to maintaining the beautiful Tails facility as clean, safe and sanitary.
Who are they?
Refers to Social Directors or Managers that play the role of coordinating a days activities, from Playgroup compostion, to synchronized flow in and out of play yards, to individual attention with One-on-One time, and much more. They are the conductors of many aspects of a day's operations.