Darby Affeldt, DVM, RICP®

Financial Advisor, Associate Partner

Your long-term financial advocate and ally

I am only a phone call away from all of life’s financial questions.

I help transform the financial well-being of my clients by organizing, streamlining, and guiding them to reach their financial goals.

I stand for empowering my clients by imparting them with knowledge and clarity, built upon a trustworthy relationship, unwavering care, and fierce ethical transparency.

Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

Darby Affeldt, DVM, RICP®

Financial Advisor, Associate Partner

Your long-term financial advocate and ally

I am only a phone call away from all of life’s financial questions.


I don’t have the typical financial advisor backstory:

I graduated from vet school and enjoyed a 19-year relief veterinary career and along the way, I began to fix and flip homes. I then founded and built a successful construction company, building new homes for 12 years. After the 2008 financial crisis, I owned, then sold, an 8-doctor mixed animal practice with my DVM husband.

In 2014, I became a financial advisor, helping protect and build wealth through a comprehensive and educational approach.

Each of these experiences has made me the advisor I am today, proud to support veterinarians in all career phases on the path toward financial literacy, independence, and security.

As a DVM and former practice owner, I understand the veterinary industry profoundly, with all the complexity that comes with the profession. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I am deeply passionate about helping others to pursue their financial goals and to succeed.

That’s me, on the right, back in vet school with my big hair and fanny pack! >

Specializing in financial planning, investments, and insurance and backed by many experienced specialists of North Star Resource Group, I can provide the insight and tools needed to help you take control of your financial life.  I serve clients who are not vets too!

I would love to get to know you!  Connect with me today for a complimentary, never-any-obligation initial call.

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A little more about me:

  • I grew up in Colorado and received my bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Colorado State University.
  • Education matters to me—for my clients and beyond. I publish regular articles for industry publications, and I even co-authored the book Real Life Financial Planning for Veterinarians to support DVMs I may never meet.
  • I’m an outdoor enthusiast. I live in Seattle and Olympia, Wash., and love cycling, swimming, snow and water skiing, diving, and traveling.
  • Much of my free time goes to my family. I married another veterinarian—Dr. Christian Affeldt—adopted his kids who had lost their mother. They are now grown—Emme and Truman.


I manage a national financial practice, licensed to serve clients in throughout the U.S. You can check my licensures, registrations, and qualifications at FINRA’s Broker Check,

  • SEI, Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 licensed
  • Life, health, and disability insurance licenses
  • Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

My family


  • Asset protection*
  • Business/Practice owner solutions
  • Comprehensive financial planning
  • Debt management
  • Education funding strategies
  • Income protection strategies
  • Investments
  • Life insurance
  • Mutual funds
  • Retirement strategies
  • Risk management
  • Tax-efficient investment strategies*
  • Wealth accumulation
  • Wealth management


Cyndi Simons
Cyndi Simons

Administrative Assistant

North Star resource team

Carrie Hancock
Carrie Hancock

Vice President, Financial Planning Resource Center

Jeff Landt, CFA, CFP®
Jeff Landt, CFA, CFP®

Vice President and Director of Investments

Chase Brakke, DIA, DIF, CEPA®
Chase Brakke, DIA, DIF, CEPA®

Vice President of Business Owner Solutions

Max Miller
Max Miller

Disability Insurance Consultant

Chris Sitek, CLTC®, CASL®, CLU®, ChFC®, RHU®, REBC®
Chris Sitek, CLTC®, CASL®, CLU®, ChFC®, RHU®, REBC®

Vice President Life and Long-Term Care

Christina Church
Christina Church

Insurance Consultant


Connect with Darby

    Darby is based out of Seattle, but she works virtually with clients throughout the United States.

    North Star - Olympia


    I regularly speak at veterinary schools, industry groups, and veterinary conventions. You can often catch me at the Fetch DVM 360 conferences!

    Fetch DVM

    3540857/DOFU 4-2021

    Darby is a registered representative and investment advisor representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc.

    Separate from the financial plan and an advisors’ role as financial planner, an advisor may recommend the purchase of specific investment or insurance products or accounts. These product recommendations are not part of the financial plan and clients are under no obligation to follow them.