Our mission is to provide the most beneficial combination of therapies for each individual pet and family in a friendly, home-like, environmentally responsible setting. We will meet our patient’s needs with respect and compassion. We will provide our clients with information and support, empowering them in their choices for their pet family members.
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Dr. Sheila Dodson DVM, CVA
Dr. Sheila Dodson received her DVM from Kansas State University in 1999, and after a couple years practicing in Montana, she moved to the Kansas City area and has been here ever since. Dr. Sheila has a strong commitment to helping animals in the community. In 2007, she received the KVMA Distinguished Service Award, in part for her efforts in starting the Kansas State Animal Response Team (KSSART). She has also served on numerous boards, including Animal Haven, No More Homeless Pets, the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (of which she was President in 2009-2010). In 2011, she became the owner of Mariposa Veterinary Center and updated the name to Mariposa Veterinary Wellness Center. Her vision for animals and their people at Mariposa is to provide the best in integrated medicine, emphasizing preventative wellness care. Her approach to anesthesia is unconventional, as she uses acupuncture to provide pain relief and reduce the amount of gas anesthesia needed, which reduces the need for injectable drugs. She enjoys seeing patients/owners seeking a second opinion and has a special fondness for helping owners struggling with inappropriate elimination issues with their cat.
Dr. J.C. Burcham DVM
Born and raised in Ames, IA, Dr. J.C. Burcham received her B.S. from the University of Minnesota and her DVM from Iowa State University. Birds and animal behavior have always fascinated her, and she enjoys focusing her attention on these fields in veterinary medicine. She was very fortunate to practice in a progressive small animal practice for 8 years prior to joining Mariposa, which allowed her to hone her skills with all types of exotic pets and foster an open mindset towards alternative therapies.
With a strong sense of commitment to community service, Dr. JC has enjoyed volunteering for No More Homeless Pets KC, the Olathe Noon Rotary Club, and served six years on the board of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association (President in 2011). She also founded the Johnson County Animal Response Team (JoCART) and served as president 2010-2012. She is currently president of the Lenexa Rotary Club and an advisory board member for JoCART.
Dr. Erin Runnels DVM, CVA
Dr. Erin Runnels joined Mariposa in Nov. 2013. An Overland Park native, she received her DVM from Kansas State University in 2011. She spent her first two years of practice in New Jersey at an integrative practice, gaining experience with conventional and alternative medicine. Her passion for alternative medicine began at a young age. During high school and veterinary school, she shadowed holistic veterinarians and she started a chapter of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association at K-State.
In addition to Western medicine, Dr. Runnels has interests in herbal medicine and homeopathy and attended the Chi Institute in the spring of 2014 to complete training in veterinary acupuncture. She shares her home with her wife Lexie, their daughter Finlee, and schnauzer mixes Ollie and Andie. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping and playing guitar.
Dr. Rebecca Lu DVM, CVA
Dr. Rebecca Lu joined Mariposa in July 2014 and is originally from Lawrence, KS. She graduated from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After receiving her DVM, she and her husband moved to Maine, where she took part in a modified internship practicing alongside board-certified internal medicine and surgery specialists. Although she adored the Northeast, she missed the Midwest and returned to practice veterinary medicine and start a family. As a certified veterinary acupuncturist, Dr. Lu is very excited to be part of Mariposa, where she can utilize the strengths of both Eastern and Western philosophies and practice integrative medicine.
She and her husband have three children, 2 dogs, 1 formerly feral cat, and 3 ball pythons.
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