Dr. Hilary Wheeler
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Wheeler is The Whole Pet Vet's leading veterinarian and clinic owner. It has long been her dream to open her own practice. After many years of practicing in busy hospitals and clinics, she realized there was a greater need for a more personalized, family-practice approach to veterinary health care. With the goal of focusing on wellness and disease prevention, as well as providing comprehensive veterinary care for all stages of a pet's life, Dr. Wheeler's vision became a reality. She opened the clinic in October 2009 and offers a full range of traditional and integrative veterinary services.

Practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998, Dr. Wheeler's focus is on improving animal healthcare options, with an emphasis on wellness, preventative healthcare and strengthening the human-animal bond. Dr. Wheeler received a B.A. in Biology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University school of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her IVAS certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2006. She is an active member of AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), CVMA (California Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), AAVA (American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists) and IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society). Dr. Wheeler also has a full house. She is married with two children, two rescued dogs, two rescued cats and enjoys yoga, pilates, dog walks and children chasing (hers of course)!

Dr. Kirsten Krick
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Kirsten Krick is a Bay Area native and after graduating cum laude from Smith College, she worked and traveled all over the United States. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine cum laude from Colorado State University (CSU) in 2004, and received her acupuncture certification through CSU and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association that same year. She has worked in both private practice and emergency clinics in the San Jose area. Her associations include the Santa Clara VMA, California VMA and American VMA, and she regularly attends continuing education seminars to stay at the forefront of veterinary medicine and surgery. Dr. Krick has a special interest in small mammals and pocket pets, as well as small animal pain management. Outside of work, Dr. Krick enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and their rescued terrier mix and two cats. We are thrilled that their family will be welcoming a new baby boy early December, 2012.

Dr. Stephanie Sur
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Stephanie Sur grew up in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. She is a Pioneer High School alumni who then attended the University of California Davis for her undergraduate studies. She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Medical Microbiology, the other in Neuropsychology. Dr. Sur went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She then returned to California to practice small animal medicine, and completed her IVAS certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2010. Dr. Sur enjoys all aspects of veterinary internal medicine, and has a special interest in integrative and holistic approaches to healthcare, including acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional therapy.  She is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, AAVA, AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Assoc.), and HSVMA (Humane Society Veterinary Medical Assoc.). Dr. Sur and her husband and daughter live in San Jose, where they enjoy spending outdoor time with their beloved Husky mix, Nukkah.

Dr. Karen Lee

Dr. Karen Lee is a Bay Area native and completed her undergraduate studies with a B.S. in Biology at San Francisco State University. She has been practicing veterinary medicine and surgery in California since 2009, after receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lee has a strong interest in small animal preventative medicine, behavior, dentistry and surgery, and also enjoys working with pocket pets and exotic animal species. She appreciates an integrative approach to veterinary medicine, and works closely with our other doctors in offering individualized healthcare for our patients. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Lee enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures- one of her favorite destinations is Hawaii. Dr. Lee and her husband share their home with their dog "Ipo," a dachshund mix, and their cockatiel, "Ashton." Her favorite extracurricular activities include yoga, running, crafting and baking. Dr. Lee is an active member of the veterinary community, including memberships with CVMA and the local chapter, SCVVMA.

Jo Ann Cordes Brown
Office Manager

Jo Ann is our office manager and works in the reception area of the hospital. She has over 15 years of experience working in the veterinary field, and is actively involved in many feline organizations. She and her husband, Ken, live in Morgan Hill with their 2 Bernese Mountain Dogs and household of happy cats. Look for Jo to greet you with a warm cup of coffee or tea and a pocket full of treats for your pet.

Delia Angulo
Office Assistant

Delia comes from many years of experience in the veterinary reception field, and we are pleased to have her working with our top notch office staff to provide you with personalized and friendly customer service. "Dee" works in the front office, ready to help answer questions and be sure your appointment experience goes as smoothly as possible. Dee currently lives in San Jose with her three cats and leopard gecko.

Mallory Dilbeck
Registered Veterinary Technician

Mallory completed the Veterinary Technology program at Foothill College in 2007, and has worked as our lead registered veterinary technician since our opening in 2009. With a special interest in patient nursing care and small mammal medicine, Mallory works closely with our highly skilled team of technicians to ensure your pet will be treated with kindness and respect while in our care. Mallory lives in the San Jose area and enjoys spending time with her husband when she is not at work.

Jeanette Dupes
Registered Veterinary Technician

Jeanette Dupes started working with us as a veterinary technician in 2011. She completed her Veterinary Technology degree in 1997 at Hartnell College, and has worked in the animal care industry since that time. Jeanette is a self-proclaimed true animal lover, with a special interest in patient nursing care and feline medicine. When she is not working, Jeanette enjoys spoiling her 7 cats and spending time outdoors with her beloved Chihuahua mix dog in the Santa Cruz area where she lives.

Amy Back
Registered Veterinary Technician

Amy is one of our registered veterinary technicians, and previously worked with The Humane Society of Silicon Valley prior to joining our team. Amy has a special interest in anesthetic monitoring and pain management, and she enjoys working with all species of animals. As a mother of two teenagers and a multitude of "furry" children, Amy has a calm, patient manner with both our patients and their "parents!" Amy and her family live in Sunnyvale.

Dr. Deb Sell, DC
Chiropractor (Certified through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association)
Dr. Sell began her work with animals as a young adult working at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital where she was involved with every facet of the practice from kennel help to assistant surgical nurse. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Zoology, she went on to receive a doctorate degree in Chiropractic care from Palmer College of Chiropractic-West. After spending 18 years of juggling time to both human and animal chiropractic care she retired from human practice and devotes 100% of her time to animal chiropractic. Over the years of experiencing the reward and benefits of chiropractic care in animals, she went on to receive her AVCA certification for animal chiropractic care. She is one of the few certified in California.

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