Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Hilary Wheeler
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Hilary Wheeler

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, three rescued dogs, two rescued cats and their latest addition, two rats!

Dr. Kirsten Krick
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Kirsten   Krick

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, two children and their rescued terrier mix and two cats.

Dr. Karen Lee
Veterinarian

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. Dr. Lee is in the process of completing her certification in Veterinary Herbal Medicine through the renowned Chi institute, allowing her to use an integrative approach in the diagnosis and treatment of her 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.

 

Dr. Stephanie Sur
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Stephanie  Sur

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 lives in San Jose with her husband and two children.

Dr. Brian Zude
Veterinarian

Brian  Zude

Dr. Brian Zude grew up in the Bay Area and completed his undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology. After working as a veterinary technician on The Whole Pet Vet Team, he went on to receive his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis in 2014. During his time there Dr. Zude was involved with a National Institute of Health research project, looking at early detection and prevention of veterinary and human diseases. He also helped develop and teach training programs for first responders on how to safely interact with injured animals. Dr. Zude enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, and has special interests in radiology and surgery. Having been a part of The Whole Pet Vet team since our opening, he has an appreciation for integrative veterinary medicine. He currently lives in the East Bay, with his two cats Charles and Sophia.    

Dr. Ashley Baron
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Ashley  Baron

Dr. Ashley Baron is a Nebraska native and second generation small animal veterinarian. Before settling in the Bay Area, Dr. Baron practiced in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Biology at The University of Nebraska at Kearney and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2011. She studied Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine with the Chi Institute and completed her acupuncture training in 2011. Dr. Baron enjoys incorporating holistic therapies in to her general practice and her special interests include acupuncture, herbal medicine, feline medicine, pain management and nutrition. She resides on the Peninsula and enjoys hiking, yoga, traveling and spending time with her husband, two young daughters, German Shepherd mix, and two cats.

Staff

Jo Cordes Brown
Practice Manager

Jo  Cordes Brown

Jo is our Practice Manager and has worked with The Whole Pet Vet since our opening in 2009. She has over 20 years of experience working in the veterinary field, and is actively involved in many feline organizations. She has a passion for high quality, compassionate veterinary care, and helps to keep our practice running smoothly. Jo and her husband 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.

RVTs

Mallory Anacker
Registered Veterinary Technician

Mallory  Anacker

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 and young daughter when she is not at work.

 

Amy Back
Registered Veterinary Technician

Amy  Back

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 young adults 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.

Jeanette Dupes
Registered Veterinary Technician

Jeanette  Dupes

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.

Client Service Representatives (CSRs)

Delia (Dee) Angulo
Lead CSR

Delia (Dee) Angulo

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 household of dogs and cats.

Veterinary Assistants

Julie Ackerson
Lead Veterinary Assistant

Julie  Ackerson

Julie has always been an avid animal lover, and joined our team in 2013 after several years of animal-related experience, including marine mammal rehabilitation, a pet sitting business and working in a veterinary clinic. Julie is now the head of our veterinary assistant team, working closely with our doctors and RVTs to help ensure that our patients receive the best care during their time with us. She is currently enrolled in the CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistant program, the only program of its kind in veterinary medicine. 

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