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.

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Dr Jessica Holliday

Veterinarian

Dr. Jessica Holliday grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She then practiced for four years at a small animal and emergency clinic in Las Vegas, NV before moving to the Bay Area in 2011. Dr. Holliday has worked at several San Francisco clinics and most recently Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital before coming to Creature Comfort. She is certified in acupuncture through the Chi Institute and is currently taking food therapy coursework. Being Fear Free Certified, her calm approach to healing blends seamlessly with the heart of our clinic.

Dr. Holliday’s focus in veterinary medicine is to partner with you and your animal family by providing the healing and support your fur family needs to live the healthiest most vibrant life possible. Although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, she has a particular soft spot for senior animals.

In her spare time, Dr. Holliday enjoys living an active and healthy life with her friends and family. She shares her life with Nelly, a Shepherd mix, and Elliot, a Terrier-Dachshund mix.

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Dr Rene Gandolfi

Veterinarian

Dr. Gandolfi has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 40 years, with interests and experience in companion animals of all sorts, including ferrets and fish, along with caring for wildlife at the Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward and helping to create Fix our Ferals, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to TNR (trap, neuter, return) feral cat population control in the East Bay.

 

Not satisfied with limiting practice to Western veterinary medicine, Dr. Gandolfi became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Chi University in 2014. Followed by certification in Chinese Veterinary Herbal Therapy in 2019 and completion of the Chi University Food Therapy course the next year.

 

Beyond his efforts to our animal friends, Dr. Gandolfi’s career has included teaching veterinary critical care to veterinary technician students and presenting at veterinary conferences worldwide on topics ranging from ferret medicine to disaster preparedness, along with presentations at Chi University on select Chinese medicine cases and Integrative Feline Medicine.

 

Dr. Gandolfi lives in Castro Valley with two rescue cats—sweet, smart, and patient Tygra and a little spotted hellion, Oce who loves to torment her housemates, human and feline alike.

Meet Our Chiropractor

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Chesica Jones, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Chesica Jones, D.C. is a licensed and board certified doctor of chiropractic, specializing in animal chiropractic. She grew up on a small farm in Washington state and studied psychology and animal behavior before going on to become a chiropractor and completed her veterinary chiropractic studies in Germany.

 

In her spare time, Chesica enjoys teaching gentle methods of horsemanship, spending time with her family and all kinds of animals - especially her dog, Leo. 

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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Osadhi

Practice Manager

Hi! My name is Osadhi and I am the Practice Manager here at Creature Comfort. My life has woven in and out of the veterinary field for about 30 years. Along my veterinary journey, I have been fortunate to gain experience as a kennel assistant, nurse, receptionist, organizational and team development consultant, and more.. And threaded through each step in this adventure is a rich history in and an abiding passion for holistic medicine. I am a Shamanic Healer with certifications in large and small animal acupressure and shiatsu massage, Reiki, and western plant medicine. I strongly believe that holistic medicine is not just a practice -- it is a way of living and this is what I bring to each facet of my work with Creature Comfort. 

I share my life with an extraordinary being named Desi (shihpoo x unicorn) and a sweet maven of marvelous named Eartha (a sexy chat noir) – and I am co-guardian to Niles and Edward (two magical felines). When not scampering through the healing pastures of Creature Comfort, I am obsessed with anything French, horses, music, world travel, murder mysteries, art, typewriters, wine, goth/punk, my record collection, and life. 

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Desi

Hall Monitor

Hey there .. I’m Desi and I’m the Hall Monitor for Creature Comfort. I have been monitoring halls pretty much since puppyhood. It’s hard work but I love it! When I am not directing the clinic, I enjoy salon days -- having my hair + nails done, frolicking off leash on the beach, snuggling with my human and keeping tabs on the neighborhood (barking is my favorite!).

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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.