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Dr. Jennifer Martin is thrilled to have recently relocated to Santa Rosa from San Mateo and is enjoying getting to know patients and clients at CVC. She attended UC Davis for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. She has previously owned a brick and mortar practice in Portland, Oregon, and more recently, a mobile house call clinic on the peninsula, and has also worked as an integrative medicine practitioner in a large specialty veterinary hospital. Over the last 10 years, she has become more and more interested in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and trained in acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Chi Institute in Florida. Dr. Martin is passionate about holistic care, using elements of TCVM in harmony with the best that Western medicine has to offer. Her special interests include geriatric and hospice care.
On a personal level, Dr. Martin shares her life with her husband Francis and their menagerie: Bella the black lab, Felix the terrier mix, Joey the orange tabby, and Bun Bun, an adorable rabbit of unknown heritage. There are also 5 wonderful young adults in her life: 3 step kids who are in college across the globe, and her 2 children, Mick (15) and Marlena (18), both still in high school. In her free time, she likes cooking, swimming, reading, and attending yoga classes.
Dr. Stanley has been working at Wise & Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center since 2011 and in addition to seeing our furry patients he has added reptiles to our patient family. He has had an extensive array of exotic pets of his own and his experience is a real asset to our clients and our staff. He has many years of experience in both Western and Eastern Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Gail Cutler is a California native who spent twenty years enjoying Michigan winters. She received her DVM degree from Michigan State University in 2004 and returned to her home state in 2005. Dr. Cutler was certified as a veterinary acupuncturist by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2012 and became a Sonoma county resident in 2017.
Veterinary medicine is her first love, but second career. She worked with California winegrape growers as a policy specialist, and then as an economist with the Michigan Senate. Dr. Cutler fell in love with veterinary acupuncture after seeing amazing results with her dog that had hip dysplasia. Her goal in returning to school for a veterinary degree was to become an acupuncturist, and she appreciates the opportunity to do both general medicine and acupuncture at Wise and Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center.
On the personal side, Dr. Cutler enjoys being outdoors in this beautiful area whenever possible, yoga, writing, collage art, and horseback riding. Her rescue fur family includes her dogs Anya and Quinn, and her grumpy but sweet cat Orlando.
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Dr. Whitehead was born and raised in New York but has happily called Northern California home for the last 18 years. After being a farrier and an equine vet, she joined the Army as a veterinarian and served for ten years. She earned a Masters in Public Health during that time which opened her mind to population medicine. This led to spending about 8 years in Shelter Medicine and High Volume Spay Neuter after leaving the military. Always on the lookout for new ways to help and heal animals, she realized the need for prescription-free pain control. So, in 2012 she became certified in Animal Chiropractic and laser therapy. Realizing there was more to learn she began studying Traditional Chinese Veterinary medicine and is now certified by the Chi Institute in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Tui-na Massage, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She is currently enrolled in a Masters Program at the Chi Institute where she is carrying out a study on pet obesity.
Dr. Whitehead has worked in many practices in the Bay Area and has an Integrative house call practice for dogs, cats, and horses based in Davis. Outside of work, she likes to play in the dirt and make yummy food out of what grows from it and just spending time outdoors, walking the Earth as much as possible.
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I have been working with animals since I was 13 and it has brought me some of the greatest joys in my life. So much can be learned through animal education, training, and working within the veterinary community I have dedicated my life to empowering people to help animals and return their love. What I enjoy about working at Wise & Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center FKA Coddingtown Veterinary Clinic is being part of a team that champions life quality and pet-owner bonds.
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I’ve been working here since 2014 and feel like I am the luckiest person to have found this job! It is challenging and interesting and allows me to meet wonderful people and animals while expanding my animal care knowledge. I grew up in Guerneville in a house with 2 dogs, 5 cats, 9 chickens, a rabbit, and a guinea pig – this is where my love of animals and passion for natural remedies is rooted. Some of my background is in socializing dogs and working at a dog rescue and I believe strongly in adopting rescue animals.
A life long love of animals, animal intelligence, animal welfare, and wildlife conservation are what led me to work in the veterinary field. Before coming to Wise & Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center FKA Coddingtown Veterinary Clinic in the Spring of 2018, I was living in South Africa and volunteering at a wild penguin rehabilitation center. Now, I enjoy my time working at the clinic, volunteering at a local wildlife rescue center, studying wildlife conservation and veterinary nursing, and growing my backyard garden. It is truly a joy to be able to wake up every day and come to work to care for the variety of animals that CVC serves.
I’ve loved animals my whole life and now as an Ayurvedic medicine student, yoga practitioner, and weekend dog walker, I have found the perfect place to spend my days! I was welcome to the Wise and Wonderful Team in 2019. To be learning and growing, in an environment providing true integrative care for both clients and their pets, is a blessing. On my free time, I can be found, at the gym, the yoga studio, with a book, or in the kitchen.
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Tara has always had a love for animals and an avid interest in medicine and science. She graduated from the veterinary technician program at Carrington College in San Jose and became a registered veterinary technician (RVT) in 2016 after passing her national and state board exams. She has extensive knowledge in veterinary ophthalmology and has been using her license ever since to save the lives and vision of companion animals. Tara is studying to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at ASU online. She currently has 2 cats, Dahlia and Moosh, as well as 2 dogs, Rhett Muttler and Duke. In her free time, she can be found reading, playing video games, walking trails or relaxing by the Russian River. She is thrilled to be a part of the Wise and Wonderful team where she can combine her passions in a nurturing environment that always has the best interest of the patients and their pet parents in mind.
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Francis, a French Army veteran, an entrepreneur and a former non-profit executive, considers being Dr Martin’s husband his main position in our clinic. His “secondary” role is Practice Manager. As he says: “The team is taking care of our patients and our clients, I am taking care of our team and our business.” In 2007, Dr Martin and he created, Wise and Wonderful Veterinary House Calls in the Peninsula. Today, they are working together again to provide “The Veterinary Best of East and West.” When Francis isn’t working at Wise and Wonderful, he loves to travel (he has visited 18 different countries on 4 different continents, so far!), keep in touch with their 5 children spread around the world (France, China, Montana and California) and hike in Sonoma County.
Dr. Jona Jordan was the owner of Coddingtown Veterinary Clinic from 1992 through 2018, and dedicated over 30 years of her life to tirelessly caring for Sonoma County pets. She set a model for the practice of integrative veterinary medicine and created a veterinary center that is unique in Sonoma County.
Arriving on the scene in early 2018, Dr. Martin hoped to continue working in partnership with Dr. Jordan for many years, but unfortunately, health problems have forced our beloved Dr. Jordan to take an early retirement.
Dr. Martin is honored to carry on Dr. Jordan’s tradition of merging Western medicine with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and incorporating modalities including acupuncture, herbal medicine, laser therapy, and nutritional therapy in order to provide the highest quality holistic care to our patients. Even with a new name, Wise & Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center FKA Coddingtown Veterinary Clinic will always be indebted to Dr. Jordan and what she created at Coddingtown Veterinary Clinic. We will attempt to honor her by continuing on her practices of compassionate caring, continued learning and working for the betterment of our profession.