Our Team

Meet the veterinarians & team of Integrative Pet Wellness Center below! We are driven by our collective passion to create a healing space for you and your pets.

We are a different kind of veterinary practice.

Transparency is important to us, so instead of having a “back area” like a traditional practice, we offer an open space meant to feel like you’re coming to a home away from home. We look forward to providing high-quality care that is personalized to you and your pet!

Our Doctor

Dr. Lily Chen

Dr. Lily Chen

Veterinarian

Dr. Chen followed her passion and obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then went on to the world-renowned University of California, Davis, to finish her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, graduating in 2007. Dr. Chen completed an internship at an emergency and specialty animal hospital, and she has been in general practice caring for dogs and cats ever since. She practiced for many years in the West Hollywood area before moving to the Palos Verdes Peninsula with her family.

Dr. Chen completed additional training and became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2013. Amazed by the miraculous results in many of her patients in response to acupuncture, she continued her training in veterinary food therapy and veterinary Chinese herbal therapy. In more than a decade of clinical experience, Dr. Chen has found that traditional Chinese medicine complements and balances conventional medicine. Many chronic conditions and diseases can be successfully treated and managed with a more gentle and holistic approach. Treating the body as a whole promotes natural healing and better health.

Our Lovely Team

Gabriela

Veterinary Intern

About Gabriela

Gabriela is an honors graduate from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s prestigious veterinary school. Her specialization is in equine medicine, and she graduated in 2019.

Her passion for horses prompted Gabriela to focus on her studies and work experience on equines. For four years, she was a senior technician at the Equine Hospital of her Alma Mater. Gabriela was also the personal assistant of the world-renowned equine surgeon and equine sports medicine specialist, Dr. Hugo Forchinitti, for two years.

Currently, she is working on her master’s degree in equine veterinary medicine and surgery from the University Tech of Tenerife, Spain.

Her interest in holistic veterinary medicine brought her back to working with our smaller furry friends. Not only is Gabriela passionate about horses, but she also loves dogs and cats. She is looking into continuing her knowledge in this field as soon as she finishes her master’s degree.

Gabriela moved from her home country of Argentina to Redondo Beach with her husband in 2020. They are the proud parents of Uma, the sweet cat, and Ciro, the loving Terranova dog.

She looks forward to seeing Henry, her thoroughbred horse, soon. Henry is a retired horse that is spending his golden years being happy in Argentina.

Maria

Registered Veterinary Technician
About Maria

Maria, a California native, is a registered veterinary technician with many years of experience in multi-specialty and critical care. She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of California, Davis. Maria also attended the University of Tennesse’s Canine Rehabilitation Program as well as Ojai’s School of Canine Massage.

She enjoys working with all types of animals and seeing the results of integrative medicine. In her eyes, all animals can benefit from manual therapy, including massage, stretching, and range of motion exercises. Maria enjoys working hands-on with pets and supporting their individual needs. Her passion is to support the wellness path of our furry friends and their caretakers.

Maria also has a keen interest in animal behavior. There is so much welcome and, at times, unwelcome behavior from our furry friends. She likes to smooth out any wrinkles for a stress-free life for both pets and their caretakers.

In her time away from work, she likes to be out in nature. Maria loves hiking, yoga, photography, and restoring furniture. She lives with her two beloved dogs, Toochi and Lili, and her cat Eliza.

Amanda

Registered Veterinary Technician
About Amanda
Amanda is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has worked professionally with animals since 2008. Amanda joined the veterinary field in 2015 and went on to receive her Technician license in 2020. She has been a shift lead at two general practices and has developed a vast amount of technical and leadership skills over the years. She has a passion for quality care and expanding the human-animal bond. Amanda has a strong interest in holistic medicine and life-long care for creatures of all kinds, which brought her to Integrative Pet Wellness Center.

Amanda’s deep connection with animals was apparent at an early age as her very first word was “dog.” In her time off, Amanda enjoys spending time with her animals: Zero and Sunday, her two rescue mutts, Arthur the Bearded Dragon, and Shelly, her 25-year old Red Eared Slider turtle. Her other hobbies include hiking, being anywhere in nature, caring for her plethora of plants, and cooking tasty vegan meals.

Dianne

Registered Veterinary Technician

About Dianne
Dianne was born in the Philippines and moved to California when she was nine years old. She grew up with large dogs, which led to her passion for animals, and she decided to fulfill a career in Veterinary Medicine. Dianne finished her RVT license from Mt. San Antonio College in 2015. She has worked in a Cat Specialty for six years and is also known as the cat whisperer because of her calm energy around stressed cats in a hospital setting. Throughout the years of working in the field, she found enjoyment in doing pet dentistry. Since she started working here at Integrative Pet Wellness Center, she also learned about Pet Reiki Energy Healing and practiced this healing modality.

Dianne is a busy mom of three and has three small dogs, two cats, and a husband. During the pandemic, Dianne started doodling on her iPad and decided to open a small business that makes custom pet items (like stickers, mugs, and phone cases). You can find her Etsy shop here. Dianne is a Palos Verdes local, and you might see her cruising the area with her electric bike. In her spare time, she tries to learn French, going to boba shops and hiking trails with her friends & family.

Dianne’s food for thought: animals are only in our lives for a short amount of time. Let’s cherish it and give them hugs and kisses every day.

Ashley

Veterinary Technician
About Ashley

Ashley was born and raised in Indiana, where she graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology in 2016. After graduating, Ashley held positions at private veterinary practices in Indiana, Colorado, and California. Since working as a veterinary technician, she is no stranger to touch-and-go situations and tough decisions. The skills she developed throughout her years in the veterinary field make her an invaluable piece of the team here at Integrative Pet Wellness Center.

Ashley brings her passion, experience, consideration, and insightfulness to our team. Above all is the level of compassion she feels for each patient she works with. Her primary affinity towards a more holistic approach led her to join the Integrative Pet Wellness Center team. Working previously at Point Vicente Animal Hospital with Dr. Chen, Ashley has familiarized herself with the advantages of holistic healing and the importance of treating (what looks like an individual problem in) the body as a whole for optimal healing.

“I care about those who don’t have a voice and want to assist in the healing and knowledge between patient and pet parent as efficiently as possible.”

Ashley married her college sweetheart, and they now live in San Pedro with their two fur babies, Pappy, a black cat, and Rigby, an English Cream Retriever. When she is not working, you’ll find Ashley enjoying the outdoors, cooking, paddle boarding, running 10ks, and spending time with her little growing family.

Karina

Veterinary Technician

About Karina
Karina is originally from Southern California but grew up in a small town in Northern California. Ever since she was a little girl, she was always drawn to animals. She was the little girl who would try and bring every pet home with her.

Karina comes to us with over 12 years of experience, as well as ten years of working with exotic pets such as rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, birds, and reptiles. Her favorite exotic pet to work with were rats.

Karina lives a very active and holistic lifestyle. The more she has educated herself on health in her own personal life, the more her mindset has shifted in how she feels about western medicine approaches. She knew there were other ways that weren’t being talked about to help the body heal in a more holistic style approach. She feels passionate that when we give our bodies the right things it needs, such as proper hydration, an unprocessed, healthy whole food balanced diet, and supplementation, the body can thrive in an optimal state.

Karina resides in Costa Mesa with her pit bull Sage. In her free time, you can find her at her favorite CrossFit or UFC gym. She loves live music, trying out new restaurants, and anything to do with water, whether that’s at the beach, boating at the lake or lying by a pool. Meditation, journaling, sound baths, and daily personal development also play a big role in her life.