Our Holistic Clinicians
Gary Richter, MS, DVM
Gary Richter is certified in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic. As the owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care, Dr. Richter understands the benefits of both conventional and holistic treatment methods. His professional goal is to provide a center where pets can receive effective holistic therapies integrated with the treatment and care from their general practice veterinarian. He also places great emphasis on the well-being of the pet owner, knowing that a sick pet can cause great strain and strong emotions.
Lisa Koenig, DC Applied Kinesiology
Lisa Koenig is board certified in Applied Kinesiology and practices chiropractic medicine and applied kinesiology on human and animal patients. Applied Kinesiology is a specific form of diagnosis using muscle testing as the primary feedback mechanism. Muscle testing facilitates communication between the animal’s brain and body and helps evaluate their structural, nutritional, and mental health needs. Lisa utilizes Applied Kinesiology, nutritional counseling, chiropractic care and food sensitivity testing to diagnose and treat her patients. Her goal is to provide, educate, and advocate health and wellness for families and their animals.
Kaylah Sterling, M.Ed., MTOM, L.Ac., Acupuncture
Kaylah is a licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) practitioner. Kaylah previously served as Clinic Dean of American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Director of Integrative Medicine at The Jewish Home for the Aged. She presently works at the college (ACTCM) as Professor, Clinic Supervisor, and has a private practice as well. Kaylah graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1995 and has been practicing acupuncture on human and animal patients for twenty years. Kaylah, a trained educator, will offer nutritional, behavioral, life style suggestions to maximize your animal’s health, well being and happiness.
Kaylah uses gentle relaxation techniques to comfort you and your animal before and during acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture, herbs, and medical massage is highly successful for a host of medical conditions for animals including: emotional issues (fear, anxiety, behavioral afflictions), seizures, immune support, musculo-skeletal pains, upper respiratory/gastro-intestinal/uro-genital medical disorders, side affects from necessary medications, and is also used to maintain health to keep your animal feeling energetic as they age. Agility dogs gain great benefit from acupuncture to nourish muscles, and relieve tight connective tissue, sprains and tightness from sports competition. Kaylah’s extensive years of service using acupuncture in hospice will afford you and your pet the smoothest transition possible during this most difficult end of life passage.
Dr. Jennifer DiMascio
Dr. Jennifer DiMascio graduated from Ross University after completing her clinical year at The Ohio State University in 2010. Following graduation she went on to receive further training in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, one of the largest private practice specialty hospitals in the country. Following her internship she worked as an emergency clinician at Cornell Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT and as a general practitioner in a busy small animal hospital in New York City. Throughout these experiences Dr. DiMascio was repeatedly drawn to alternative methods for treating her patients when conventional methods either failed or did not provide long-term results. This passion brought her back to the Animal Medical Center where she worked most recently as a staff doctor in the Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. Dr. DiMascio is certified in physical rehabilitation through The Canine Rehabilitation Institute and a certified veterinary acupuncturist through the Chi Institute. Dr. DiMascio's special interests include neurorehabilitation, regenerative medicine, geriatric care and the use of orthotics and prosthetics to help patients regain function and mobility. Her greatest joy is improving her patient’s mobility and quality of life with a combination of acupuncture and rehabilitation therapies. Dr. DiMascio grew up in Columbus, OH but spent most of her adult life in New York City. She recently relocated to the Bay Area and is enjoying exploring all that it has to offer with her husband, young daughter and lab/hound mix Ottley.
Dr. Noel Crymble, BVSc, BSc, BA, LLB – Veterinary Homeopathy
Dr. Noel Crymble comes from New Zealand where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from Massey University’s school of veterinary medicine in 2013.
A former legal officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, Dr. Crymble decided to change careers from lawyer to veterinarian to satisfy his love of animals and to make an impact on their health and welfare. It was during his time as a veterinary student, that Dr. Crymble saw the limitations of conventional medicine, and so developed an interest in holistic veterinary care.
Dr. Crymble’s specialty is veterinary homeopathy, and he has completed the year-long Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy (the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy’s qualifying course in the United States) taught by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, DVM. Dr. Crymble strongly believes that homeopathy, combined with nutritional support, can restore animals to health and vitality in acute and chronic cases.
Dr. Crymble is a member of:
- The California Veterinary Medical Association
- The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
- The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
- The International Association of Veterinary Homeopaths
To make an appointment with Dr. Crymble, please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 510-560- 5494.
Dr. Liz Devitt earned her veterinary degree at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and her credential in canine physical therapy and rehabilitation (CCRP) from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2010. Long before joining HVC, she practiced “mixed animal” medicine and surgery in New England, working with horses, cows –even llamas– in addition to companion animals. When she moved to the “left coast,” Dr. Devitt also worked with wildlife rescued from oil spills, taught pet first aid for the American Red Cross and “extreme first aid” for K9 Patrol Unit teams.
As a CCRP, she draws on years of clinical experience and endurance racing expertise to help pets stay as active as possible and to empower pet owners to create healthy lifestyles for their four-legged friends. In addition to typical rehabilitative therapy, Dr. Devitt also specializes in conditioning and fitness training.
Uniquely, in addition to dogs and cats, Dr. Devitt works with avians, exotics, pocket pets, and small farm animals.
A native of Boston, she has enjoyed an outdoorsy lifestyle on the California coast for more than two decades. Dr. Devitt takes full advantage of the recreational opportunities in Santa Cruz County where she resides with her partner and their pets: a good-to-go Aussie named Jax and two cats, Noodle and Bug, who believe napping is always a valid activity.