Dr. Jennifer Martin
Senior Veterinarian, Co-Owner
- Pronouns: She, Her -
Dr. Jennifer Martin grew up surrounded by dogs and cats, and never forgot the deep comfort and love she felt from those childhood pets. As she grew a bit older, she started to develop an aptitude for math and biology. Working in veterinary medicine simply made sense—Dr. Martin has never wanted to do anything else! Now, she’s owned three veterinary clinics and has enjoyed many wonderful years helping pets and their families live happier, healthier lives. She’s the co-owner and senior veterinarian here at Wise and Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center.
Dr. Martin grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California-Davis to study biology, spending a year as an exchange student in Bordeaux, France during her undergraduate career. After graduating from veterinary school in 1991, she returned to Southern California and worked with a wonderful mentor there for five years. Next, Dr. Martin relocated to Oregon and bought a clinic near Portland—she would serve pets and their owners there for the next seven years before selling the practice and taking a sabbatical in France.
Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Martin settled in the San Francisco Bay Area and launched her own house call practice from scratch. Along the way, she pursued advanced studies in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine at the Chi Institute in Florida. Dr. Martin then got the opportunity to use her integrative medicine skills at a large specialty practice, deepening her experience with acupuncture and herbal medicine. It wasn’t long, though, before she started to miss the independence of owning her own practice. That’s when she moved to Santa Rosa and purchased Wise and Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center with her husband.
Aside from her interest in alternative modalities like acupuncture and herbal prescriptions, Dr. Martin enjoys geriatric care, and she’s also passionate about using Fear-Free techniques to help fearful or anxious pets have a better experience here at the clinic. Above all, she likes to know that she’s making a lasting difference in the lives of the area’s pets and their families!
Dr. Martin has two children, Marlena and Mick, as well as three wonderful step-children named Claire, Guillaume, and Julien. She and her husband—Francis, the hospital’s co-owner and manager—also share their home with several pets: Bella, a Black Lab who will eat anything and everything; a neurotic Terrier mix named Felix; an aging cat who goes by Joey; and Bun Bun the rescued rabbit. When she has a spare moment between her duties here at the clinic and her busy family life, Dr. Martin enjoys cooking, relaxing with a good book, swimming, and practicing yoga.