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 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.
Graham is a licensed Acupuncturist who has been studying Chinese medicine and Asian bodywork since 2000. Graham’s calm and gentle approach allows him to quickly build trust with animals. He enjoys integrating gentle massage as a way of preparing animals for their acupuncture treatments. Graham has always been amazed how receptive animals are to this medicine.
Graham received his Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACCHS in Oakland and is a faculty member at two of the local acupuncture schools. He has offered Acupressure for Animals classes since 2006 and has brought his hands on healing skills into many animal shelters with great success. When not treating animals or people, Graham can be found planning a backpacking trip, doing yoga, meditating, and walking his dog, Angel.
Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Whitlock was a physical therapist for humans, receiving one of two Masters degrees from Duke University. As a physical therapist, she was a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists. She began working with dogs in the realm of physical rehabilitation in 2001 and completed her canine rehabilitation certification at the University of Tennessee. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2007.
Following veterinary school, she completed an internship at the University of Georgia and a surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. She spent a year running the canine gait lab at the University of Tennessee prior to surgical residency training at the University of Missouri. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Chi Institute in Florida. She returned to Oakland in 2012 and enjoys helping animals achieve optimal function and quality of life as well as empowering clients through education on the physical conditions their pets are experiencing.