Earned his B.S. from Cornell University and then a degree in Veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 1997.
He graduated from the International Veterinary Acupuncture course in 2004, becoming certified as a veterinary acupuncturist.
Since then he has studied Chinese veterinary herbal medicine intensively under the most qualified veterinary herbalists in North America.
Dr. Heilman, his wife Therese and their two children make their home in New Haven,VT.
Dr. Valarie and our Scottish Highlander Bull Woolly befriend one another. Rory, Dr. Valarie's Rottweiler (in abstentia) tried to herd Woolly last summer, much to his chagrin.
Valarie earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering (in 1991) and had a long career in the medical device field prior to pursuing her passion: Veterinary Medicine. She is a 2012 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She has a long-held interest in Holistic Medicine, studying Western Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (which is where she met Nate!). She recently earned her acupuncture certification.
Chris wears many hats at the practice: Head of Office Operations, Technician, and Receptionist.
She has been a veterinary technician for eleven years, and has managed her own business in the past.
Choosing integrated medicine for herself and her dogs made working for "Qi" a natural fit. Chris is an invaluable asset to Qi Veterinary Clinic; she keeps the office running smoothly.
Eugenie is a lifetime animal lover and previously a volunteer at Qi. She is now a part-time receptionist and all-round helper.
Eugenie lives in N. Ferrisburgh, VT with her husband Michael, daughter, Maddie, along with her mini horse Cabot, rescue dog Allie, newcomer pup Lexi, and Bea the cat who rules as Queen.
Amanda is a technician with over six years experience. She is our “head” surgical technician but (willingly) shares this duty with Karena and Chris, who also happens to be her mom!
As fun-loving as she is, Amanda is serious about the care she gives to all the patients that walk through Qi’s door. She resides in Middlebury with her husband, David and son, Gage and troublesome pup Ruger.
Jess is the first face you see when you walk into Qi, she is our knowledgeable receptionist. Like everyone else at Qi she also tries on different hats in the practice and helps out as a technician.
She has been an avid dog-lover and dog walker-sitter-all around caretaker for Pet Fairies and co-owner of Noshers (a tasty doggie shmear) for 5 years.
She resides with her partner Sheri and two heart-warming pooches Petunia and Oliver.
Karena is our more bubbly technician and vivacious animal lover. She has been in the field for fifteen years and was certified back in 2005.
She resides with her rescue dog Piper and two cats Ziggy and Zappa. Besides her love for animals, she enjoys the outdoors; hiking, kayaking, camping and skiing.
Therese M. Fafard, Co-Owner received her B.A. from Amherst College in 1984.
She worked for twenty years in the Boston High-Tech Internet scene before starting her own consulting practice in 2000.
Therese oversaw the build-out of Qi Veterinary Clinic and currently manages the Marketing and Back Office.
Our Family: Nate and Giles, Emmaline and Mineau, Shoogs and Therese
Can you spot the "stowaway" in this picture? (Hint: look to the left of Nate's arm. It also helps to know that we have a herd of Scottish Highlander cows that we rotationally graze around our property. They double as our lawnmowers or "grounds crew" as the UPS man has dubbed them.)