Meet Your Team

Fun-focused and science-driven

Hi there! We’re the only team on Whidbey Island specializing in pet rehabilitation and conditioning, and we do this work because we really care. We’re committed to cultivating a positive environment and are certified Fear Free, which goes for both you and your pet. Sessions are structured so clients have space to relax and ask questions, and animals are genuinely happy to work with us once they learn we’re helping them play and live pain-free. In fact, clients are routinely amazed at how happy their pets are to the idea of using their limbs, stretching and working out.

Whidbey Canine Conditioning & Rehabilitation Stephanie Garlichs with Dogs
Whidbey Canine Conditioning & Rehabilitation Luna Dog
“Luna holds the honor of being the very first patient of WCCR. She has angular limb deformities in both of her front legs. She has gone from needing a donut on to keep from nipping, to now knowing we are going to see Stephanie and can’t wait to get inside to show how strong she is!”
— Pamela

Meet Stephanie Garlichs, MS, DVM, CCRP

Stephanie draws on her 25 years of veterinary experience, her Master’s degree in Animal Behavior, her training in rehabilitation and massage, to gently guide your dog or cat to a healthier life and improved well-being.


After many years of seeing dogs and cats suffer from incredible injuries and slowly heal from surgery, Stephanie is now focusing on Conditioning and Rehabilitation of companion animals. This is the science and art of returning animals to healthier lives, helping them recover more quickly from surgery, preparing them for sporting events, and making their aging go as smoothly as possible for both pet and owner.


Stephanie is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP, University of Tennessee) and a Small Animal Massage Practitioner (SAMP,  Northwest School of Animal Massage). She treats each animal individually bringing all her knowledge and compassion to each case.

Stephanie and her husband Jeff enjoy spending time with family and friends while traveling.  They started a non-profit organization The Ethiopian Education Fund to support students in a small Ethiopian village in which they lived for two years. they share their home with Kip, an Australian Shepherd, and Katie, a shelter-special dog.

Whidbey Canine Conditioning & Rehabilitation Stephanie Garlichs, MS, DVM, CCRP
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Michelle Kordupel, DVM, CVA

To fill an elective requirement in veterinary school, Michelle took an introduction to veterinary acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) course. What she thought would be an interesting one-time class turned out to set the foundation for her future in integrative veterinary medicine (which she describes as “utilizing holistic practices to complement traditional veterinary medicine”). She began studying veterinary acupuncture while she was in veterinary school, even traveling to China to train under some of the world’s most influential and respected veterinary acupuncturists and TCVM theorists. She has used acupuncture to help manage patients with a variety of behavioral and medical conditions. Michelle has performed acupuncture on many different species of animals - including dogs, cats, small mammals (guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits), reptiles (lizards, tortoises, turtles), birds (chickens, parrots), and even a tiger!


Michelle is a licensed veterinarian, certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA), and certified Fear Free professional. She is member of the American Veterinary Acupuncture Society and World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in geriatric patients, exotic animals, and pain management, and is currently working towards certification in other TCVM modalities and as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner.


Michelle shares her home on the island with her husband, their water-loving dog, Zulu, and their mischievous cat, Cheech.

Sarah Wheeler, SAMT

Sarah has always enjoyed the company of animals and learning more about them. She believes there is something especially meaningful that passes between humans and other animals through touch. 

Certified by the Northwest School of Animal Massage to practice small animal massage, as well as rehabilitation massage, she is also a member of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage, and licensed with the Washington State Health Department.

Sarah lives in Langley with her husband, son, and two Chihuahua mixes. She loves to get outside with her family and enjoys creative writing when she gets a chance.

Sarah Wheeler, SAMT Whidbey Canine Conditioning & Rehabilitation

We look forward to meeting you and your pet!

Meet our pets!

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