Fabulous People: Dr. Kelly Patriquin

Dr. Kelly Patriquin, DVM, of Dr. Kelly’s Surgical Unit, is on a mission to bring affordable veterinary surgical care to pets and their parents. Dr. Patriquin has five clinics in Phoenix and Tucson, providing specialized and convenient pet care. Learn about Dr. Kelly Patriquin…

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

First job: Working for my dad, Dr. Gary Brennan, in his dental office.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ: These days it is relatively low-impact fun that can make me sweat. Hot yoga, Pilates and trail running are favorites right now.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: Growing a business comes with so many challenges. I think getting to where we are and being able to help as many people and pets as we have has been tremendously rewarding.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Running a half marathon a couple years ago. It had been on my bucket list for a while. I wanted to just finish and be able to walk the next day, and it was a great sense of accomplishment.

Someone who inspires you and why: My two sons (Ash and Cole). We worked hard to give them a sense of adventure and curiosity and now that they are teenagers, it is glorious to see them try new things and thrive.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Veterinary medicine can be SO rewarding. A passion for helping animals can run deep in many of us. Education debt can be a big issue with veterinary medical students as they graduate. There are many programs for relief and grants related to working in rural areas and with nonprofits for a bit. Worth looking into.

Favorite quote: “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” –Seneca 

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I cannot get enough murder mystery-type shows or podcasts.

What makes someone fabulous: Being your true self. Seems that so much of what we see these days is a small veneer, and I really respect those that walk in their own light.

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