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At Healing Tails, our goal is to help pets live happier and healthier lives. We believe that healing best happens in a calm, relaxed environment and we strive to create a clinic that minimizes stress and promotes optimal health and wellness in our patients. At our clinic, you and your pet will be greeted by soothing sounds, mood lighting, and aromatherapy. There are no cold exam tables, but plenty of healthy treats! We want your visit to Healing Tails to be a welcome pause in the day for both you and your pet.

Dr. Arielle Herndobler


Dr. Arielle Herndobler has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 14 years. In addition to general veterinary practice, she has additional certifications in acupuncture, spinal manipulation (chiropractic) and physical rehabilitation. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a general practitioner, spay/neuter surgeon in a shelter practice and, more recently,  as a practitioner of integrative medicine. She has also had the opportunity to combine her love of travel with animal care by traveling to Belize to care for manatees and primates in a rehabilitation facility, as well spending time at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

From the time she was a little girl she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and even attended high school at the only farm in the City of Chicago! Fun fact – she was an FFA member and cared for farm animals in high school. She loves all creatures big and small, but has decided to focus on dogs and cats and has a special interest in geriatric pets. As an individual, she is very focused on her personal health and wellness and understands how diet, activity, and the stress of everyday living can impact overall health.  Through years of practicing holistic medicine, she has learned the same holds true for animals. Our pets undergo stress; additionally, they are athletes in their own way and deserve the same level of care we expect for ourselves. Dr. Herndobler is excited to teach owners how to help their pets achieve optimal health.


She shares her home with her dogs, a 17 year old bichon named Fendi, a puppy name Ravi and her husband. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her dog and family, travel, run and work out (she has completed 8 half marathons and 2 triathlons). She looks forward to working with your pets.


Dr. Nicole Juarbe

Doctor of Physical Therapy, CCRT (pending)

Dr. Nicole Juarbe is a Physical Therapist from Puerto Rico. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in June of 2022. Her interests in working with dogs began earlier in her PT journey by incorporating animal assisted therapy in pediatric settings. As part of her research project, she studied how dog assisted therapies could help children with Down Syndrome develop motor control. After seeing first hand the amazing benefits that dogs can have in a rehab setting, her interest shifted towards working with dogs directly. Currently, she is enrolled in the Certified Companion Animal Therapist (CCAT) program at North Carolina State University. In the future she wishes to become a Certified Canine Manual Therapist. As a physiotherapist, she also has special interests in pelvic floor rehabilitation. During her free time she enjoys painting, listening to music and learning new recipes. You can reach out to her in English or Spanish.


Alix G. 

Client Services Coordinator

Alix was born and raised in Chicago she has always had a love for animals. Before taking the plunge into veterinary medicine several ago, she would foster kitten litters for a local shelter. She has 3 precious but demanding cats ( Sassy, Lily and Chicago) and a big headed mama’s dog (Mack). She enjoys showering them with love and affection.

Alix is the first person you will likely meet and speak with at Healing Tails. She is extremely knowledgeable regarding orthopedic conditions and injuries that your pet may be facing and can help determine if Healing Tails services are beneficial for your pet. 

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