Doctor of Veterinary Medicine- Cornell University (1995)
Certified in Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy- Chi Institute (2010)
Certified in Chinese Veterinary Acupuncture – Chi Institute (2011)
Certified as Chinese Veterinary Herbalist – Chi Institute (2013)
Dr. Nicole Kayser knew from the time she was 8 years old that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She shadowed local vets after school and rode along with large animal vets on weekends. There was never any doubt in her mind that this was her calling in life.
She grew up outside Rochester, NY and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where she graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science. Dr. Kayser was accepted to the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and after four blissful years studying in Ithaca, NY, she graduated with her DVM in 1995. Her first job was in a small animal practice where she worked for 6 years. By this time, Dr. Kayser had 2 beautiful children and she wanted to spend more time with her family. She radically altered her life by leaving this practice and starting Veterinary Relief Services of Central New York in 2002. Doing Veterinary Relief Service allowed her the flexibility to raise her children and work in over 35 practices in the Central New York area. Dr. Kayser learned so much from so many people working in their practices and she developed many wonderful friendships over that 11 year span.
After her children were grown, Dr. Kayser finally felt ready to pursue her interest in alternative healing modalities. Having acquired Lyme disease herself working at a Boy Scout Camp in the Hudson Valley back in 1989, she knew there was much that western medicine could not effectively treat. She herself was using complementary medicine with good results and she wanted that for her animal patients as well. Research was starting to prove that good nutrition and herbs played a far greater role in good health than previously believed. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Her first TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) class was a Food Therapy course at the Chi Institute in Gainesville, Florida and that immediately sparked her love for this ancient modality of healing.
Dr. Kayser opened her own practice in Cortland, NY after completing her acupuncture certification in 2011. She was told a 100% holistic practice would never work but she believed otherwise and HeartFire Veterinary Acupuncture and Holistic Health Care was born. People came from far and wide to learn alternative ways to heal and care for their beloved pets. She also mentored many new Chi graduates and was invited to speak at Cornell University on several occasions. It was a service that was needed and desperately wanted and Dr. Kayser likes to think she helped make a difference by introducing the idea that there are other ways to accomplish good health than taking pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Kayser moved to Portland in June 2017 and is hoping to continue learning new modalities and ways to care for pets and their families. She is very excited to work with Dr. Weingardt at Animal Healing Arts and hopes she can help make a difference in her new community. Dr. Kayser uses acupuncture, whole food supplements, nutrition, essential oils, cold laser therapy and herbs to help achieve optimal health for her patients.
Dr. Kayser would like to thank her own animal family for all they have taught her … Benjamin Bunny, her beloved rabbit, who went boating and hiking and was in her wedding. Annie, her Pitbull, who came to her after being in four homes and taught her about love and patience and Gypsy, her shelter rescue, who was her heart dog and will always be her angel guide. Bobber and Sassy, her cats, a brother and sister who are completely opposite in temperament, but are full of love and trust.