Welcome to Beach Animal Rehabilitation Center (BARC)

Giving Your Pet A New Leash On Life

Beach Animal Rehabilitation Center (BARC) is a one of a kind veterinary clinic serving the South Bay, Los Angeles, and Orange County, specializing in rehabilitation for dogs, cats and horses.  BARC is specifically aimed at helping pets live longer, healthier lives by treating them using a holistic approach combining both Eastern and Western medicine.  We are proud to provide treatment by both Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Doctors of Physical Therapy, which in combination give your pet the best possible outcomes.  Our caring, compassionate and experienced staff allow you and your pet to have an improved quality of life.

Pet rehabilitation is beneficial in treating many conditions and providing pain relief, aiding in recovery and providing overall improved functional mobility.  Conditions that can be helped include: Arthritis, pre and post-surgical treatment, accidents or trauma, gait abnormalities, hip or elbow dysplasia, knee injuries, disc disease, un-diagnosed lameness and pain, age related issues, weight loss/gain.

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Our Team

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PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

These are doctoral educated, California licensed and rehabilitation certified professionals that have taken their knowledge and experience treating humans and applied the same healing techniques to animals with amazing outcomes.

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VETERINARIANS

These are all California licensed doctors of veterinary medicine. They each are certified in veterinary acupuncture and rehabilitation as well as having other specialized certifications in areas such as thermography, nutrition and herbal medicine.

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SUPPORT STAFF

Every staff member from the front office to the rehabilitation assistants have had previous experience working with animals. Each one of them has been handpicked by the owners of BARC for their compassionate love for animals and the field of rehabilitation.

Meet Our Team

Debra Voulgaris DVM

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Masters of Arts degree from the City University of New York at Hunter College, Dr. Voulgaris went on to earn her Doctorate

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Debra Voulgaris
DVM, CVA, CCRP - Medical Director

Dr Nicole Schiff DVM

Dr. Schiff received her Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from UC Davis in 1997, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2002. She has worked at several veterinary hospitals in Los Angeles and here in the South

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Dr Stephanie Checel

Dr Checel received her Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1997, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the School of Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin in 2003. After

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Dr. Kramer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Recreation from Whittier College in 1990. Following graduation, Dr. Kramer continued her education Cerritos College where she graduated with honors

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Amy Kramer
PT, DPT, CCRT – Therapy Director

Dr. Bukofsky received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College in 2007. She gained a variety of experience working with animals after her undergraduate program, including studying koala husbandry in

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Erin Bukofsky
PT, DPT, CCRT

Josh Arellano

Dr. Joshua Arellano earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in 2008 after earning his BS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2003.  His

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Josh Arellano
PT, DPT, CCRT

Candy Bramley

Dr. Candy Bramley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology/Physical Education from the University of California at Davis in 1993. Following graduation, she received a Master of Science degree in Physical

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Candy Bramley
PT, DPT, CCRT

Nicole Miller

Dr. Nicole Miller began her academic career at California State University, Fullerton, achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Exercise Science.  Upon her graduation from CSU, Fullerton,

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David has been working with animals in the rehabilitation setting for almost 10 years. He worked with animals in general practice before venturing into the rehab world. He is a master at working with animals in the underwater

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David Cardena
Rehab Assistant

Andrea has always been a dog lover growing up with a cocker spaniel and a Saint Bernard. She has been working with dogs for over 4 years and is excited to be working now to improve their lives through rehabilitation. She

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Andrea La Firenza
Rehab Assistant

Gerson has worked with animals in the field of rehabilitation for over 6 years. He is specifically fond of helping animals recover from traumatic injury and has a way with clients. His cares for every pet as if it were his

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Gerson Rodriguez
Rehab Assistant

Mariah joins our team with enthusiasm for helping animals. She has always had dogs from the time she was a little girl. She is extremely personable and always available to help where needed. In her spare time she enjoys

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Mariah Montes
Rehab Assistant

Ashia was born and raised in Southern California. She’s loved animals her whole life and has worked with them for about three years. She’s excited to be on the team at BARC and have hands on experience helping dogs and cats

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Ashia Hilliard
Rehab Assistant

Kimberly Minami

Kim’s career with animals began as a teen volunteering at various animals shelters throughout LA. From pet hotel caregiver to pet bather to pet trainer, she is excited to share her skills as a member of the BARC team.

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Kimberly Minami
Rehab Assistant

Aicha Majdoub

Aicha first started working with animals at 18 years old, volunteering for various dog rescues in the South Bay. After spending a few years working at an animal hospital, she is excited to join the BARC team and enter the

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Aicha Majdoub
Rehab Assistant

Lynn was born and raised in Southern California and has been working in the veterinary field for many years, starting in general practice, then emergency and now rehabilitation.  In her spare time, Lynn enjoys going to Disneyland.

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Lynn Sakoda
Rehab Assistant

Joey Silva

Joey worked in veterinary emergency medicine for two years before switching over to rehabilitation. He loves animals and wants to help them as much as possible.  In his free time, Joey plays drums for a couple of bands and

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Joey Silva
Rehab Assistant

Christina has been working in animal rehabilitation since she moved to California in 2017. Starting with a genetics research background, she moved on to working with exotics, and then to rehabilitation. She is originally from

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Stephany entered the field of rehabilitation with a background in biology and years of experience in general practice. She takes particular interest in the physical therapy aspect of rehabilitation, and sincerely appreciates

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Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in both office management and customer service and client relations. For the past 27 years Michelle has owned, operated and managed all accounting and office staff in her

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Michelle McCarter
Office Manager

Carolyn brings many years experience in marketing for animal rehabilitation to her position at BARC. She was previously in the catering business in all aspects including event planning, managing, staffing and sales. She is

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Carolyn LaRocca
Marketing Director

Jamie has been an animal lover since before she could remember so working in the veterinary field seemed only fitting. Prior to joining BARC, she has always worked with animals in general practice and surgery. Her passions

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Celeny has had a love for animals since before she could walk. She always had a dog, cat, chicken, bird, frog, you name it. Being a voice for animals has always been a passion of hers. Celeny is currently finishing school to

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Celeny Munoz
Reception

Our Services

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used in humans for years with great success and we use it as well in animals to reduce chronic pain and promote health and healing. The American Veterinary Association has recognized acupuncture as becoming a more mainstream part of veterinary medicine and it is widely used in the field of animal rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation

Modalities This can include the following: LASER therapy which helps decrease inflammation, reduce pain, improve wound healing. Therapeutic Ultrasound which can be used to decrease tightness in muscles, increase blood flow or to drive medicine into an area. Electrical Stimulation which can be used to re-educate muscles that have atrophied, or reduce spasms and pain.

Hydrotherapy/Underwater Treadmill

The healing power of water has been used for years in helping humans recover from injuries. At BARC we use the underwater treadmill to assist with range of motion, strength, endurance and improving your pets ability to weight bear on an injured limb. The underwater treadmill is a great tool but isn’t the answer for

Boarding

BARC offers supervised day and overnight boarding for special needs dogs and their siblings. Whether just boarding or continuing rehabilitation treatments with us, we will treat your dog like one of our own. Each dog will reside in their own kennel with continuous supervision, personalized attention, and numerous walks throughout their stay.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone is formed when oxygen molecules (O2) split and re-combine 3 oxygen atoms (O3) into a single molecule. This is achieved by running pure oxygen through an ozone generator. ‘Ozonotherapy’ is the use of medical grade ozone, which is highly reactive in the body, to create a curative response.

Carts for Pets

Front Wheel/Rear Wheel and Quad Carts. If your pet is in need of “wheels” to prolong or improve their mobility we can help. At BARC we choose to work closely with Eddie’s Wheels to make sure that your cart is properly measured and built specifically for your pet.

Special Needs Grooming

At BARC we understand the needs of injured and ailing pets and therefore are able to offer grooming to pets with special needs and attention. We know that some pets are unable to stand for long periods of time required for grooming, some pets have difficulty standing if able at all.

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is a key element in the healing process. We at BARC want you to know exactly what you are feeding your pet and how it may benefit them during the rehabilitation process. We will take the time to review your current food explaining all the ingredients and if requested