Veterinary Consultants

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

Patrick Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ


Dr. Patrick Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ is a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist providing services to Los Angeles-based clients both on a house call and in-clinic basis. Dr. Mahaney’s unique approach integrating eastern and western medical perspectives has evolved into a concierge house call practice, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc. Additionally, Dr. Mahaney offers holistic treatment for canine and feline cancer patients at the Veterinary Cancer Group (Culver City, CA). Dr. Mahaney is very enthused about his partnership 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.

As a veterinarian providing on-the-go-care for his patients, Dr. Mahaney’s has partnered with Blue Star Jets and New York/Hamptons celebrity veterinarian, Dr. Cindy Bressler, as the west coast director of JetSetVets, the first private jet service capable of providing in-flight medical treatment for pets.

Dr. Mahaney is affiliated with Amazon CARES, which provides pro-bono veterinary services in Iquitos, Peru and remote villages on the Amazon River. He traveled to Peru in 2011 and was inspired to create a television “dream project” involving veterinary volunteerism and public health education through partnerships with rescue organizations on a worldwide basis.

As a well recognized voice of veterinary medicine, 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).

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.

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