Our Staff and Partners

AWAP Owner and Director of Animal Rehabilitation and Veterinary Care

Ilana Strubel, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT
A Well Adjusted Pet

My pets: Pinky, Ziggy, Cherry, LadyBird Viola, – my goofy pups
What I do for fun: (Work and volunteering -just kidding!) Walking my dogs, Sea Kayaking, SCUBA diving, Snorkeling
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AWAP Medical Team

Dr. Laurie Pearlstein, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Dr. Pearlstein was born in Washington D.C. but has lived all over the country since then. Most recently she lived in Boston/Cambridge until moving out here to the 'left' coast a few years ago. While it's true that she misses going to the open lectures at MIT, the abundance of fresh produce and outdoor beauty here have her delighted.

Her extra training is in emergency medicine, physical rehabilitation and acupuncture/TCVM (traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) from Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Canine Rehabilitation Institute and Chi Institute. She is very pleased to offer so many aspects of training and experience, and a practical but creative nature to care for and treat patients. "Our animal friends give us so much, it is a pleasure to be able to help them to feel and function their best."

Ella Woods, DAOM, Dipl. OM, LaC

My pets: 3 kittens as of early 2018 - Marilyn, Isabella, Ivy
What I do for the team: Acupuncture; including aquapuncture and electrical-acupuncture when appropriate, and Traditional Oriental/Chinese Medicine, including prescription herbs
What I do for fun: bike riding all over the place and especially through the City, walking/hiking, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Ji and Qi Gong

Valerie Starr

My pets: Riley - originally just a "foster" pup after Hurricane Katrina, she stole my heart and we have over 12 years together now
What I do for the team: Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant
What I do for fun: Pick up shifts at A Well-Adjusted Pet :), Walk/hiking, reading, kayaking and planting flowers

AWAP Client Services Team

Julie Stiefel

My pets: Kenny & Navarro (energetic! boy cats) and Arnold (my Muttville rescue)
What I do for the team: Client Services Manager
What I do for fun: take pictures, volunteer at Muttville, play poker, ride my bike, travel to Hawaii

Beth Crittenden (nickname:Critter)

What I do for the team: Money lady! Tracking how we’re doing in order to keep the focus on the business being fun, sustainable, and successful
What I do for fun: Hike around my home in the redwoods of Marin, play tennis, listen to or watch the comedy of Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, Russell Peters, geek out on my YNAB (You Need A Budget) and Google Docs

Chris Anderson, DVM

My pets: My rescue Dachshund Vinnie
What I do for the team: Relief Veterinarian assisting at the Rex Center when Dr. Ilana is away – with treatments both in the Underwater Treadmill and in Laser Therapy
What I do for fun: Walking my goofy dogs, knitting, reading, and traveling!


A Well Adjusted Pet would like to express its gratitude to the amazing support from our team and partners. Most of all, we want to thank YOU, our clients, who inspire us every day and provide great reviews and referrals.

AWAP Partners

The Rex Center

The Rex Center staff provides great resources for therapeutic swims, swim coaching, and canine massage. Meet their great staff here: www.therexcenter.com

Bay Woof

Dr. Ilana is a regular contributor to Bay Woof’s “Ask Dr. Dog” feature section, providing useful advice for dog care and health. To see past contributions, check out our “Ask Dr. Ilana” page or visit www.baywoof.com.

OrthoPets San Francisco

Dr. Ilana will head up OrthoPets San Francisco, offering new and innovative solutions for patients’ mobility problems in the San Francisco Bay Area where she currently owns and operates A Well Adjusted Pet – an Integrative Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatic Fitness Center, in Pacifica, CA, just 10 minutes south of San Francisco. www.awelladjustedpet.com/OrthoPetsSF/orthotics