Dr. Heather Mack was born and raised in Pennsylvania surrounded by nature and animals. She always wanted to become a veterinarian and to move out West. She began riding horses at 9 years old, and they are still her number one passion.
When she is not busy with her Equine Sports Medicine practice, you will find her playing with her own horses, exploring the wilderness, or refining her riding and horsemanship skills. Where most recent graduates buy into a practice to secure a future, she convinced her parents to help her buy a horse ranch in Idaho. For 20 years, she bred, raised, trained, and spent countless hours observing herd dynamics and healed horses at the Mystic Canyon Ranch. Heather often says it was a University of education about horses on that ranch; she sold it in 2014.
Heather was one of the first women accepted at Columbia University in NYC and received her B. S. there. She spent one year in Great Britain studying Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol in Langford, U. K. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. In the early 90’s she received certification from both the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). She began her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in 1985 with Dr. Kenny Gong, while attending Columbia College. Heather has been on a continual path of studying alternative medicine since then. She has apprenticed with Native American Elders, studied with South American Shamans as well as many other healers/teachers and has dedicated her life to the conscious practice of holistic medicine, and lifestyle. Heather believes that in our increasingly fast-paced world that horses are an important link to keep us connected to Mother Earth and her natural rhythms.
Recently, she has designed her new Balanced Equine Wellness Centre in Priddis, Alberta with the help of her significant other, Ron Hill. It is adjacent to IronHill Equestrian Centre; therefore it can truly suit the needs of most any horse that shows up, for the Team approach to wellness. Heather is beyond delighted to have such a world-class facility to welcome her patients to. She always says she is a “late bloomer”, and believes this will be the highlight of her career!
“The best part is the wealth of excellent and dedicated horse care professionals in Alberta that are willing to help me care for the horses”, Heather says. “I’ve been the lone ranger for too long!”
Dr. Mack still maintains a small group of elite clients in Southern California, to which she travels to four times a year, offering the horses’ seasonal wellness tune ups. She also owns and runs a small farm in Wellington, Fla, where she treats horses during the winter show season, as well as has some fun showing her jumpers.