Our Team

Dr. Ancier


Dr. Ancier grew up in Southern California where she completed her undergraduate studies at UCSB. She graduated with honors from Western University of Health Sciences where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical training was focused on rehabilitation and sports medicine for both small animals and horses. While in vet school, she was the national student president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, which allowed her to learn about a wide range of emerging holistic modalities from some of the leaders in the field.

Dr. Ancier obtained her veterinary acupuncture certification (CVA) for both companion animals and horses from the Chi Institute in Florida and her canine rehabilitation practitioner certification (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee. She spent a few years as the clinical director of a large rehabilitation facility in the Bay Area before moving back to the San Diego area.  Dr. Ancier emphasizes pain management and preventative care, and utilizes both holistic and traditional medicine modalities as part of an integrative approach towards optimal animal wellness and healing. 

She lives with her husband Kayvon and their small fur family consisting of their dog “Hannah”, horse “Red”, and his miniature companion “Rio Grande”.  In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, riding her horse, and exploring all of the beautiful nature that Southern California has to offer. 

Dr. Varcoe


Gabriella Varcoe, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVA, CVPP, Certified in Animal Chiropractic, CVFT, graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She spent her fourth year of veterinary school at Michigan State University.

In 2010 she studied canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). Following this certification, Dr. Varcoe took on the rigorous process of becoming board certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is currently the only board-certified rehab doctor in San Diego. She attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida – where she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). Dr. Varcoe is also certified as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) through the IVAPM, she also acquired certification in animal chiropractic, through the IVCA. In addition to her list of accomplishments, she also has Food Therapy certification through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr Varcoe has extensive experience working with veterinarians and veterinary specialists. She recently headed the Rehabilitation Department at Veterinary Specialty Hospital Ethos in San Marcos.

Dr. Pate

Dr. Sheradan Pate was raised amidst the lush landscapes of Louisiana and South Carolina, cultivating a profound love for all creatures great and small. Her formative years on a bustling farm, surrounded by horses, cats, and dogs, instilled in her a deep-seated respect for the natural world.

It wasn't until her college years that Dr. Pate decided to channel her passion for animals into a career in veterinary medicine. Opting to pursue her education at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (GO DAWGS!), she graduated with honors in 2002, armed with a commitment to merging her scientific acumen with her unwavering dedication to animal welfare. Seeking new adventures and opportunities, Dr. Pate ventured beyond the confines of her southern upbringing to Oahu, Hawaii. For 14 years, she honed her skills in small animal medicine and surgery, all the while nurturing a burgeoning interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine and integrative veterinary care. Driven by her desire to provide comprehensive and holistic care to her patients, Dr. Pate embarked on a journey of learning and growth, attaining certifications in Veterinary Acupuncture(2006) and Canine Physical Rehabilitation (2012). Through the integration of these alternative modalities, she not only improved the physical well-being of her patients but also deepened the bond between pets and their human companions.

Throughout her career, Dr. Pate has been instrumental in developing rehabilitation services at various small animal hospitals across Hawaii, South Carolina, and California. In her moments of leisure, Dr. Pate finds solace in the beauty of nature, often embarking on hikes to rejuvenate her spirit. A dedicated practitioner of holistic well-being, she also indulges in the restorative practices of Pilates and Yoga. Above all, her heart is most full when surrounded by her two cherished children and four beloved fur-children, who bring boundless joy and laughter to her life.

Natalie Lindberg, RVT

Physical Therapy/Rehab

Jessica Curran

Office Manager

Brooke Kratz

Board & Train

Janelle Mistowski

Board & Train