Meet Your Team
Fun-focused and science-driven
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.
Meet Stephanie Garlichs, MS, DVM, CCRP
Dr Stephanie is retired.