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.
“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!”
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 their two dogs, a shelter-special Chica and Australian Shepherd Kip.
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.
Meet Tawnya Williams, LVT
Tawnya has been a licensed veterinary technician for two years with an associates degree in veterinary nursing. She has always felt a strong connection with animals and has a special place in her heart for the older ones. She is always curious to learn more ways to help her patients all become as healthy and happy as they can be. When she's not at work you can usually find her spending time with her three dogs, Jax, Zelda and Mickey.