Jenny Taylor, DVM
Dr. Jenny Taylor has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area her entire life. She graduated from California State University at Hayward in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, and then UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She worked as an ER and housecall veterinarian for 5 years while she continued her training in complementary modalities including acupuncture, homeopathy, and herbal therapies. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has completed Doctor Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy. She is currently working towards certification through the American Veterinary Homeopathic Society. Dr. Taylor founded Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center in Oakland, California - one of the first complementary veterinary clinics in the Bay Area offering a variety of holistic modalities such as acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, and chiropractic care - in addition to traditional Western veterinary medicine. She lectures at local animal shelters and kennel clubs and has presented seminars to students in Veterinary Acupuncture and Homeopathy at UC-Davis and other institutions. She is featured on the "Dogs for Dummies" DVD, hosting a series on basic canine care and information. She lives in Oakland, California with her kitties, Suzie and Pumpkin Spice.
Kirsten Williams, DVM
Dr. Kirsten Williams was born in Oakland and grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated from UC-Davis with a B.S. in Zoology in 1988 and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Veterinary School at UC-Davis in 1992. Dr.Williams works at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon 1 day a week and at Creature Comfort 3 days a week. After 5 years in private practice, Dr. Williams sought training in alternative therapy to augment her traditional veterinary skills. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1998; she took the Chinese herbal course 5 years later. Dr. Williams has also had additional training in prolotherapy for pets. She lives in Oakland with her husband, two children, a cat, a dog and a snake. She also practices Aikido (a Japanese martial art) several times a week.
Christie Johnson, DVM
Dr. Christie Johnson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor’s in Physics in 1992. After spending a year working at the Humane Society of Utah, she entered UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC-Davis in 1997. Since then, she has worked as a veterinarian in the SF Bay Area. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is a certified Veterinary Herbalist through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson loved joining Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center in April of 2007. She lives in Oakland with her shelter poodle, Zelda, and they both enjoy walks at Lake Merritt.
Ashley McCaughan, DVM
Dr. Ashley McCaughan joined Creature Comfort in March of 2015, and will be full-time beginning December 15, 2015. A graduate from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, she enjoys working with all types of animals - dogs, cats, pocket pets, rabbits, and even horses. She practices veterinary acupuncture (trained at the Chi Institute) and is also certified in Veterinary Chiropractic. She is passionate about multi-modal therapy for pain management, using laser, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and/or chiropractic treatments, in addition to conventional medicines. Dr. McCaughan gains great personal satisfaction from helping our companions live longer and often happier lives. Most recently, she completed a course in advanced dental procedures, so please feel free to ask her about how to improve upon your pet’s dental hygiene for fresh, happy mouths!
When not in the office, Dr. McCaughan enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming and competes in a horseback riding discipline called Three Day Eventing.
Bettina Herter, DVM
Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Bettina "Tina" Herter studied and received her veterinary medicine degree in Berlin.
Dr. Herter has worked in small and large animal practices and a small animal emergency hospital in Germany and England prior to obtaining her U.S. veterinary license in 2007. She also gained experience in India at a charity dedicated to improving the lives of injured stray animals and to rehabilitating wildlife.
It was natural to gravitate toward working in a holistic practice, and learning about various holistic healing modalities has become her passion. She has studied homeopathic medicine, is trained in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the Chi Institute and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapy. Nutrition is also a big interest of hers, which she continues to study at Standard Process.
Dr. Herter works at Creature Comfort on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She and her husband and their young daughter live with their two dogs, two one-eyed cats, and ten chickens.
Margaret Holiday, DC
Dr. Holiday graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1976 with a degree in immunology/bacteriology. She went on to obtain a teaching credential and taught high school biology and French for six years before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic. She has had a thriving chiropractic practice for over twenty years, currently in Albany, California. Her lifelong interest in and love of animals led her to become nationally certified in animal chiropractic over four years ago, and she is now employed at three small animal veterinary clinics in the Bay Area that specialize in alternative veterinary care. She also travels to local stables for work with horses. She enjoys collaborating with other practitioners to offer complete holistic care for animals. In addition to traditional chiropractic techniques, she specializes in craniosacral and trigger point therapies which have proven to be extremely effective in treating animals. She is delighted to join the incredible team of doctors Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center and looks forward to meeting one and all.