Meet Dr. Michelle
Dr. Michelle is a licensed veterinarian, certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA, Chi University), and Fear Free® certified professional (FFCP).
Dr. Michelle will work with you and your pet's veterinarian
to create a lifestyle and treatment plan specific to your pet's needs
Dr. Michelle's Story
To fill an elective requirement in veterinary school, Dr. 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 complement modern 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 holistic modalities to provide routine preventative care as well as help manage patients with a variety of behavioral and medical conditions. Dr. 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!
She is member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Michelle has a special interest in geriatric patients, exotic animals, and pain management. She is currently working towards certification in other TCVM modalities and as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner.
Dr. Michelle moved to Whidbey Island in 2022 and partnered with Dr. Stephanie Garlichs, MS, DVM, CCRP, of Whidbey Canine Conditioning and Rehabilitation to provide integrative medicine to patients undergoing rehabilitation and physical therapy. After Dr. Stephanie retired in mid-2022, Island Holistic Pet Care was created so Dr. Michelle could continue to provide integrative medicine to the pets of Whidbey Island. She has partnered with Sarah Wheeler, SAMT, of Love Bug Pet Massage to increase the range of holistic services offered to pets and pet parents.
Sarah always enjoyed the company of animals and learning about them. She understood there is something especially meaningful that passes between humans and other animals through touch.
She studied small animal massage beginning in 2016 at the Northwest School of Animal Massage, and continued with another certificate in small animal rehabilitation massage.
After moving back to Whidbey Island, where her husband grew up, she met and partnered with Dr. Stephanie Garlichs, MS, DVM, CCRP, of Whidbey Canine Conditioning and Rehabilitation. Sarah was honored to work with Dr. Stephanie until the Dr.'s retirement in mid-2022. Sarah has kept the same location, and shares it with Dr. Michelle Kordupel, DVM, CVA, of Island Holistic Pet Care. Sarah is thrilled to continue sharing her love of animals with the pets of Whidbey Island.