Director, Acupuncture ServicesRobert Woods
Dr. Woods has had an interest in Alternative Veterinary Medicine dating back to his
undergraduate studies. While working on his Bachelor of Science in honors Biology at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Woods was employed part time with the Food and Drug Administration. Here he was introduced to a colleague who had been very pleased with the results her dogs had received using veterinary acupuncture.
During his education at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Woods continued his interest in veterinary acupuncture and became familiar with additional alternative, or so called "holistic" modalities. He helped develop
the college branch or the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and served as its president, providing the students with a showcase to learn about complimentary modalities in veterinary medicine.
Upon graduation, Dr. Woods completed a one year surgical/internal medicine internship at the Animal Specialty Group in Glendale, California.
Shortly after completing his internship, he became Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. He has been in general practice since 1998, and continues to
provide clients and their animals with allopathic and complimentary therapies.
Dr. Woods is currently working on a Masters Degree in Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine at the Chi Institute in Gainesville, Florida.
Director, Chiropractic ServicesSteven Wasserman
Dr. Steven Wasserman, Chiropractor, completed his undergraduate in 1979 with honors at Cypress College in Cypress, California and graduated with a Registered Nursing degree. After graduating, he worked for two years at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in emergency and critical care.
Dr. Wasserman was accepted to Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1981 where he studied for four years and received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic Degrees. Having achieved high scholastic standing, he graduated Cum Laude, Dean's List, and Delta Sigma Honorary Scholastic Society of the Healing Arts. While attending chiropractic college, he worked at Doctor's Hospital of Lakewood where he specialized in emergency room trauma care and worked there part time from 1981 to 1995.
Dr. Wasserman has always had a special place in his heart for animals. He realized that animals can greatly benefit from chirpractic care just as much as humans can. He pursued his certification in Veterinary Chiropractic.
Dr. Wasserman has been in practice in Los Alamitos since 1985. He commonly treats acute and chronic chiropractic conditions and injuries. He is California State Board Licensed, Diplomat of National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Certified X-ray Supervisor and Operator, and Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner (C.V.C.P.)
Dr. Wasserman is an active member of his community as he is a member of the Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamitos and Long Beach Police Officers Association, and certifed Aikido Instructor. He continuously attends many post-graduate courses in neuromuscularskeletal conditons and in Veterinary Orthopedic
Director, Physical Therapy ServicesBridget Holden
Dr. Bridget Holden earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine from UC Davis in 2008. She joined the VCA family and completed a 1-year internship in emergency, internal medicine and surgery at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego. It was during her internship that she discovered her passion for alternative medicine. After completion of her internship, Dr. Holden joined the staff at VCA Arroyo, where her interest in veterinary physical rehabilitation continued to flourish. She pursued her certification in veterinary physical rehabilitation in 2010.
In addition to caring for her patients at VCA Arroyo, Dr. Holden is heading the Physical Rehabiliation Center at VCA All Care Animal Referral Center. She is excited that she is able to offer many different rehabilitation services to her patients. She enjoys working closely with her patient's family to incorporate rehabilitation in their daily home routine by creating individualized rehab programs. Dr. Holden strongly believes in the family's involvement to reach optimal recovery.
Dr. Holden enjoys hiking, jogging, and traveling with her husband, Robert. You can often find her training and playing with her two dogs, Dax and Molly. Their 3 cats,Q, Tank and Frankie, complete their family.
Physical RehabilitationTanya Doman, PT, CSCS
Tanya’s background in the field of veterinary rehabilitation began as a pursuit of technology to marry her physiotherapy educational background in order to assist her horses, dogs and other stable mates back in the late 1990’s. Tanya has been a licensed physical therapist for 20 years (CA, CO, TN) and is currently a doctoral candidate (’12) at the University of Tennessee with an emphasis on veterinary rehabilitation. She completed her post-graduate canine rehabilitation course work in 2003 and will sit for her CCRP this year in conjunction with her doctoral studies. She has participated in a number of veterinary conferences and continuing education seminars on animal rehabilitation since 2001 and has lectured on the topic of veterinary rehabilitation. She presently serves as this state’s liaison for the Animal Special Interest Group within the American Physical Therapy Association; a role she has held since 2002. Since 2001, Tanya has been an Expert Consultant, Practice Monitor, and Subject Matter Expert for the Physical Therapy Board of California. She is a member of the SCVMA, CCPTA and APTA, most notably.
As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and Registered Yoga Teacher (YA), her free time is usually spent in the pursuit of any type of physical activity. She regularly frequents the island of Maui for free-diving and has been involved in NOAA’s efforts with marine mammal rehabilitation in Hawaii.