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 completed the Canine Rehabilitation Institute course in 2016 and is actively working on the completion of her case reports to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). 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 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, her husband and young daughter 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. 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.
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 helps to keep our practice running smoothly. Jo and her husband live in Morgan Hill with their Bernese Mountain Dog and a 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.
Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Jessica joined The Whole Pet Vet in 2018 and is our lead registered veterinary technician (RVT). She came to us with over 10 years of veterinary experience working with exotics and small animals, with experience in emergency medicine as well. Jessica has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and has pursued continuing educational opportunities to strengthen her skills in this field. One reason for this interest is the improved quality of life she sees in our patients following anesthetic dental procedures. Jessica lives with her family in downtown San Jose where they care for their cat, dog and gecko.
Client Service Representatives (CSRs)
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. She also consults with clients on questions regarding their pet's health insurance and enjoys acting as a client service liason. Dee currently lives in San Jose with her household of dogs and cats.
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.