Dr. Wheeler received her BS in Organismal Biology at Portland State University and went on to receive her DVM at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While working in companion animal general practice for several years, she enjoys internal and geriatric medicine, and has a special interest in integrative medicine. She holds certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, providing safe and effective treatments through neuromodulation. Dr. Wheeler is additionally certified in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy. Rehab therapy utilizes both manual or physical techniques, and therapeutic modalities. Manual techniques include soft tissue mobilizations and stretching applications for the fascia, muscles and joints. Therapeutic modalities entail the use of various electrical and light energies to facilitate a beneficial tissue response. Examples are low level LASERS (photobiomodulation), TENS units and PEMF therapy. Additionally, incorporation of therapeutic exercise plays an important role in maintaining or building muscle strength. A multimodal approach can provide relief for a variety of conditions such as osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal injury, neurologic conditions and chronic pain.
Dr. Wheeler is a Fear Free certified professional, working to minimize your pet’s anxiety during veterinary visits. She finds great pleasure in fostering the human-animal bond. This long enduring bond is well known for it’s profound effects on emotional and physical well-being.
When not at work Dr. Wheeler enjoys travel, gardening and eating out at the many great area restaurants. She loves spending time with her husband and their 2 whippets (Gracie and Henry), who are intimately woven into every aspect of their lives. She also takes great pleasure in looking after her chickens (Pepper and Ginger).