Meet Our Doctors

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Dr Jenny Taylor

Veterinarian & Founder

Dr. Jenny Taylor has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area her entire life. She graduated from California State University at Hayward in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, and then UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She worked as an ER and housecall veterinarian for 5 years while she continued her training in complementary modalities including acupuncture, homeopathy, and herbal therapies.

 

She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has completed Doctor Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy.  Dr. Taylor founded Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center in Oakland, California - one of the first complementary veterinary clinics in the Bay Area offering a variety of holistic modalities such as acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, and chiropractic care - in addition to traditional Western veterinary medicine.

 

She has lectured at local animal shelters and kennel clubs and has presented seminars to students in Veterinary Acupuncture and Homeopathy at UC-Davis and other institutions. She is featured on the "Dogs for Dummies" DVD, hosting a series on basic canine care and information. She lives in Oakland, California with her beloved dog Luna (aka "Lunatic). 

Although Dr. Jenny Taylor Is no longer seeing patients at CC, she continues to train and mentor the growing number of veterinarians interested in training in integrative care and currently working at Creature comfort.

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Dr Kirsten Williams

Veterinarian

Dr. Kirsten Williams was born in Oakland and grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated from UC-Davis with a B.S. in Zoology in 1988 and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Veterinary School at UC-Davis in 1992. Dr.Williams works at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon 1 day a week and at Creature Comfort 3 days a week.

 

After 5 years in private practice, Dr. Williams sought training in alternative therapy to augment her traditional veterinary skills. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1998; she took the Chinese herbal course 5 years later. Dr. Williams has also had additional training in prolotherapy for pets.

 

She lives in Oakland with her husband, two children, a dog and a snake. She also practices Aikido (a Japanese martial art) several times a week.

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Dr Christie Johnson

Veterinarian

Dr. Christie Johnson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor’s in Physics in 1992. After spending a year working at the Humane Society of Utah, she entered UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC-Davis in 1997. Since then, she has worked as a veterinarian in the SF Bay Area.

 

She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is a certified Veterinary Herbalist through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

 

Dr. Johnson loved joining Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center in April of 2007. She lives in Oakland with her shelter poodle, Zelda, and they both enjoy walks at Lake Merritt.

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Dr Tina Herter

Veterinarian

Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Bettina "Tina" Herter studied and received her veterinary medicine degree in Berlin. Dr. Herter has worked in small and large animal practices and a small animal emergency hospital in Germany and England prior to obtaining her U.S. veterinary license in 2007. She also gained experience in India at a charity dedicated to improving the lives of injured stray animals and to rehabilitating wildlife.It was natural to gravitate toward working in a holistic practice, and learning about various holistic healing modalities has become her passion.

 

She has studied homeopathic medicine, is trained in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the Chi Institute and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapy. Nutrition is also a big interest of hers, which she continues to study at Standard Process.

 

She and her husband and their young daughter live with their two dogs, two one-eyed cats, and ten chickens.

Meet Our Chiropractor

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Margaret Holiday, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Holiday graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1976 with a degree in immunology/bacteriology. She went on to obtain a teaching credential and taught high school biology and French for six years before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic. She has had a thriving chiropractic practice for over twenty years, currently in Albany, California.

 

Her lifelong interest in and love of animals led her to become nationally certified in animal chiropractic over four years ago, and she is now employed at three small animal veterinary clinics in the Bay Area that specialize in alternative veterinary care. She also travels to local stables for work with horses. She enjoys collaborating with other practitioners to offer complete holistic care for animals.

 

In addition to traditional chiropractic techniques, she specializes in craniosacral and trigger point therapies which have proven to be extremely effective in treating animals. She is delighted to join the incredible team of doctors Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center and looks forward to meeting one and all.

Meet Our Animal Bodyworker

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Vickie Tugwell

Animal Bodyworker

Victoria became a qualified veterinary nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK in 1987. While working in the veterinary field, her roles have included managing the smooth running of hospital teams and surgical teams, training nurses, and starting/growing a satellite veterinary practice. She currently works in various Holistic Veterinary hospitals in the East Bay.

 

She is a Reiki Master, and has studied Bowen Therapy, Canine Rehabilitation at the Canine Rehab Institute and Holistic Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute Florida. Being an active participant in many sporting activities and after different injuries and many frustrations, her focus turned towards injury prevention and functional movement. Victoria’s passion and curiosity for muscle energetics, movement and healing began in 2007 when she participated in a 250- hour Equine Massage training. She continued her studies in various modalities for both people and animals.

 

Victoria has been mentored in energetic intuitive healing with Alice Hiatt and Head Shaman, Maria Haswell. She has studied Bowen Therapy, Canine and Equine Body Work, Animal Acupressure, Five Element Theory of Chinese Medicine, Canine Sports Medicine and Animal Cranio - Sacral Therapy. Her intention is for each healing session be focused, guided by intuitive and intentional touch, to promote a whole body, healing experience unique to your pet. 

Meet Our Staff

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Stormy

Lead Veterinary Nurse

Stormy has over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine, and came to Creature Comfort looking for a change after working at emergency centers. Stormy’s main interests are pain management, wound care, assisting in surgeries, and working with exotic pets. She also loves helping find anything that makes her patients happy and healthy.

 

Stormy’s superpowers include performing blood draws, placing IV catheters, and working with aggressive patients by  creating a safe space for them and finding ways to make them feel more comfortable. Stormy also enjoys building relationships with our clients, and making sure that both the client and their fur kiddo are happy and well.

 

Outside of Creature Comfort, Stormy lives at home with her husband, her boyfriend, their 3 cats, and her Green-Cheeked Conure. Her main hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, and aviation and wildlife rehabilitation.

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Mondia

Veterinary Nurse

Mondia has been a veterinary nurse for the past 10 years at Creature Comfort. She brings a passion for integrative medicine to the clinic, and has dedicated her entire veterinary career as a nurse to Creature Comfort. 

Mondia is especially interested in patient comfort and ensuring that all of our patients have the most positive experience. She is also interested in animal communication, and her superpower is speaking fluent Pit Bull.

 

She lives at home with her husband Sean, and her army of stuffed animals. While outside of the clinic, Mondia enjoys collecting vinyl records, crystals, decorating her spooky Halloween home, and dog photography. 

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Jazmine

Veterinary Nurse

Jazmine volunteered at her local animal shelters, and a marine mammal center while she was in high school, which led her to begin her career in the veterinary field in 2017. While this is her first time working in an integrative hospital, she has enjoyed learning about the many different aspects of veterinary medicine, and what holistic therapies have to offer.

 

Jazmine’s main focus is making sure her patients are comfortable while at Creature Comfort and at home. She also enjoys working with pet allergies and nutrition. Jazmine’s superpower is her kindness towards all living beings.

 

Jazmine lives at home with her 9 year old Shih Tzu Terrier mix named Brownie. She enjoys cooking/baking vegan food, trying new vegan restaurants, bike touring with Brownie, and exploring nature.