Meet Our Staff
Dr. Hilary Wheeler
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Dr. Wheeler is the founder of The Whole Pet Vet. 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 continues to offer 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, pain management 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 also successfully completed the Canine Rehabilitation Institute course to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2016. She is a 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 (now teens!), two rescued dogs and two rescued cats. Despite her busy schedule, Dr. Wheeler enjoys volunteering in the community and working closely with rescue groups such as The Dancing Cat and Humane Society Silicon Valley. She is proud to be the bay area team lead for The Street Dog Coalition, offering free basic veterinary services to pets of people living with homelessness.
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. Dr. Lee has completed The Chi Institute Veterinary Herbal Medicine certification course, 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, her husband and two young children share their home with their rescue dog and cockatiel. Her favorite extracurricular activities include crafting and baking. Dr. Lee is an active member of the veterinary community, including memberships with CVMA and AVMA.
Dr. Debbie Krimsley
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified by IVCA in Animal Chiropractic
Dr. Krimsley is a Monterey Bay native who earned a B.S in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 2019. Dr. Krimsley became certified in veterinary medical acupuncture from CuraCore in 2020 and has been an Equine Craniosacral practitioner since 2010. She also completed the Options for Animals Chiropractic course in 2022 and is Certified by IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association) in Animal Chiropractic. Dr. Krimsley has a strong interest in all aspects of integrative medicine, chronic pain management, and feline medicine. She is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), CVMA (California Veterinary Medical Association), AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association), and AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners). When not working, Dr. Krimsley enjoys spending time with her Scottish Fold cat, horseback riding, and whale watching.
Dr. Samantha Gonzalez
Dr. Gonzalez is a San Jose native with a life-long passion to help animals. Even as a young child, she knew she wanted to one day become a veterinarian. She graduated from University of California, Davis with a degree in Animal Biology. After working in the San Jose area as a veterinary technician, Dr. Gonzalez continued her academic pursuits and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University, completing her clinical year at Colorado State University. Dr. Gonzalez is passionate about developing relationships with animals and educating owners to enhance the health and wellness of their animal companions. She enjoys working closely with our clients to provide them with hope and resolution, even when they are faced with uncertainty about the welfare of their beloved pets. Dr. Gonzalez is married and shares her home with three rescue dogs and three cats. When she is not spending her time with animals, she enjoys gardening, art, music and food.
Dr. Christina Waller
Dr. Waller completed her undergraduate degree at U.C. Davis, earning a B.S in Genetics. She continued her studies at U.C. Davis, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in the Bay Area since that time. Dr. Waller's special interests include Internal Medicine and Behavior, with an emphasis on supporting the Human-Animal Bond. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and recognizes the importance of client education when it comes to patient care. She appreciates the close relationships she forms with the clients, working together to focus on lifelong wellness for their pets. Dr. Waller looks forward to learning more about integrative medicine and animal rehabilitation at The Whole Pet Vet. She is a member of the AVMA, CVMA and SVVMA. Outside of work, Dr. Waller is actively involved in volunteering at her daughters' schools and as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her family includes two dogs and two cats.
Certified Rehabilitation Therapist
Jill Kuhl, DPT, OCS, CCRT
Physical Rehabilitation Therapist
Dr. Jill Kuhl is a graduate of UC San Diego, where she majored in physiology and neuroscience. She went on to earn a Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the San Francisco State University-UC San Francisco joint program. In 2012, Dr. Kuhl obtained her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). She became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2018. She has a wide variety of experience working in both the human and veterinary rehabilitation field, including over 8 years with SAGE Specialty Centers, participating in non-profit work with Los Medicos Voladores (Flying Doctors) and as a Senior Physical Therapist at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Kuhl continues to balance a diverse caseload of animal, pediatric and orthopedic patients in the Bay Area.
Jo Cordes Brown
Jo is our Practice Manager and has worked with The Whole Pet Vet since our opening in 2009. She has over 30 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 is an active member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Jo works closely with our entire team and enjoys interacting with our clients, helping to ensure the practice runs smoothly. Jo and her husband live in Morgan Hill with their Bernese Mountain Dog and household of happy cats.
Client Service Representatives (CSRs)
Dee has an extensive background in customer service and has been a key member of The Whole Pet Vet team since 2010. Dee works in the front office, ready to help answer questions and be sure your appointment experience goes as smoothly as possible. She also consults with clients on questions regarding their pet's health insurance and enjoys acting as a client service liason, always finding new ways to engage with TWPV community. Dee has a strong interest in practice management and regularly assists with the training of new team members. In addition to spending time with her own pets, Dee enjoys volunteering with The Street Dog Coalition, providing free essential veterinary care to the pets of people living with homelessness.
Client Service Representative
Alyssa began her journey in the veterinary field in 2018 after several years working as an archaeologist following her graduation from UC Santa Cruz. She has been with The Whole Pet Vet since 2021 providing quality customer service as part of our front office team. Alyssa is passionate about helping pet parents navigate their pets' healthcare needs and has a particular interest in client education and effective communication. With two crazy dogs of her own, she knows just how much our fuzzy friends mean to everyone and is determined to help keep them all happy and healthy! Alyssa lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and two dogs. In her free time, she loves hiking, roller skating, reading, and baking.
Lead Veterinary Assistant
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 has also successfully completed the CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistant program, the only program of its kind in veterinary medicine. In her free time, Julie enjoys volunteering with The Street Dog Coalition, providing free essential veterinary care to the pets of people living with homelessness.