Meet Dr Ilana

Dr. Ilana Strubel earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois and has been in small animal veterinary practice since 1995, always with a special interest in Integrative Medicine – treating her patients’ entire well-being: body, mind, and quality of life – especially tackling behavior problems, pain management, and mobility issues. She completed the Donald G. Low-CVMA Practitioner Fellowship with the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Behavior Service in 2005, and became a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).

In 2011, Dr. Ilana completed training in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT/Chiropractic), at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center focusing on both functional neurology and chiropractic adjustments, and became a certified member of the College of Animal Chiropractors; she was also certified in Animal Acupressure through the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in 2012.

In 2014 she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) through Canine Rehabilitation Institute, with additional training in Sports Medicine and Conditioning, Geriatric Patient Rehabilitation, Nutrition, and Veterinary Orthotics and Prosthetics. Dr. Ilana is a member of the Association of Animal Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV).

In addition to an unshakable commitment to her own patients and practice, Dr. Ilana is passionate about volunteering with and supporting a number of important local community organizations. She currently serves on the board of Paw Fund - assisting with free vaccination, spay/neuter, and animal rescue and adoption for low-income pet owners in the East San Francisco Bay Area, and is credited for being the founder of Veterinary Street Outreach Services (VET SOS) where she volunteered as Project Coordinator for 12 years providing high quality, free veterinary care to the pets of San Francisco’s homeless community. Dr. Ilana has also served on the board of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS-SF), San Francisco Aid for Animals (SFAFA), and Rocket Dog Rescue. Out of love and adoration for disabled, senior pups, Dr. Ilana currently volunteers with the veterinary department of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, offering unique support to geriatric dogs with pain and mobility deficits.

Dr. Ilana wins 2016 Beast of the Bay awards in San Francisco style!
Photo credit to Julie Stiefel.

Awards & Accolades

2017
BAYWOOF's Beast of the Bay Awards voted

  • "Best Veterinarian-South Bay"
  • "Best Chiropractor-South Bay"

2016
BAYWOOF's Beast of the Bay Awards voted

  • "Best Veterinarian-Peninsula"
  • "Best Mobile Veterinarian Practice"
  • "Best Alternative Medicine Veterinarian"
  • Runner-Up "Best Veterinarian"
From BayWoof: "Dr. Ilana's ability to nurture animals as they strive to build strength and work toward physical rehabilitation makes her a trusted doctor with many happy clients."

2015
BAYWOOF's Beast of the Bay Awards voted

  • Runner-Up "Best Veterinarian"

2014
BAYWOOF's Beast of the Bay Awards voted

  • “Best Canine Chiropractor”
  • “Best Housecall Veterinarian”

2013
BAYWOOF's Beast of the Bay Awards voted

  • “Best Canine Chiropractor”

2012
BAYWOOF's Beast of the Bay Awards voted

  • “Best Veterinarian”

2010
Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross honors VET SOS with an “Organizational Community Service Award”. This award is given annually to “organizations whose extraordinary acts of kindness and courage make them heroes.”

On behalf of San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, VET SOS Project Coordinator, Dr. Ilana Strubel, DVM accepted the award on Sept. 29, 2010. In informing VET SOS of this award, San Francisco Leadership Council Chair Stasha Wyskiel wrote, “Your organization’s story and work truly inspired our nominating committee”.

2006
Dr. Ilana receives a Jefferson Award for Public Services as Founder of Veterinary Street Outreach Services (VET SOS)

Memberships