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Veterinary Consultants

- Patrick Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ
- Leilani Alvarez DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM

Patrick Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ


Dr. Patrick Mahaney is Los Angeles’ premier, concierge, house-call veterinarian through his company California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc. He also provides holistic treatment for cancer patients at the Veterinary Cancer Group.

Dr. Mahaney is a highly sought after certified veterinary journalist and shares his expert perspective on animal health and current events via Patrick’s Blog, The Honest Kitchen Blog, PetMD’s The Daily Vet, Pet360’s Pet-Lebrity News, AOL’s Paw Nation, Veterinary Practice News, Animal Wellness, Hamptons Pet, PetSafe, Victoria Stilwell’s, Perez Hilton’s Teddy Hilton, Tracie Hotchner’s Holistic Vets, MSNBC, Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, Veria Network’s Natural Companions, and Bite Size TV’s The Girl Spot.

He also participates in public speaking engagements through BlogPaws, Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, and UCLA Extension.

Dr. Mahaney is a member of many professional advocacy groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and Lesbian Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA).

Dr. Mahaney is proud to partner with The Honest Kitchen to help educate canine and feline owners about the health merits of feeding human-grade, whole-food based diets and treats in replacement of most commercially available, processed pet foods made with feed-grade ingredients.

Leilani Alvarez DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM

Dr Leilani Alvarez, DVM

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM is an independent veterinary consultant for The Honest Kitchen. She is an integrative veterinarian, utilizing both conventional and holistic modalities and is employed at the renowned Animal Medical Center* in New York City. Dr Alvarez’ work with The Honest Kitchen includes contributing content for educational materials and assisting with vet communications.

Dr. Alvarez is the director of The Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service at NYC’s Animal Medical Center. She practices Integrative Medicine, which includes therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and physical rehabilitation, which help to increase the overall health of a patient and can often increase the success of conventional treatments.

Dr. Alvarez worked for many years as an emergency and critical care veterinarian prior to her practice in complementary and alternative medicine. She developed an Integrative Medicine service at a referral and specialty hospital in Westchester, NY prior to arriving at The Animal Medical Center. She was featured in Westchester Magazine's Top Vets of 2011 and was also chosen for Top Vets of 2012. Dr. Alvarez was also featured in a March 2009 article in US News and World Report, “Animals Respond to Acupuncture’s Healing Touch.” She has also been featured on radio talk shows, New York Magazine, Prevention Magazine, and has been interviewed by ABC, CNN and other news agencies regarding her work in integrative medicine. In addition, Dr. Alvarez completed training in Chinese herbal medicine and is one of very few veterinarians certified in this emerging field.

*The views, advice and opinions expressed by Dr. Leilani Alvarez in regard to The Honest Kitchen’s products are her own, and may not be representative of the views and opinions of her employer, The Animal Medical Center or any other affiliated party.