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 10 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 two dogs:   a Maltese mix named Louie and a Bichon named Fendi. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her dogs and family, travel, run and work out (she has completed 8 half marathons and 2 triathlons).   She is recently engaged and has discovered the new past-time of wedding planning. She looks forward to working with your pets.



Denise K. 

Denise has been working with animals her entire career, but 6 years ago she decided to focus specifically on rehabilitation and hasn't looked back. Her gentle and calm demeanor has the ability to calm even our most nervous patients. Denise is no stranger to pets with all capabilities as she loves and cares for her two special needs cats, Patsy and Edina (they even have their very own Instagram account @patsyandedinagotorehab). 

We couldn't be more grateful to have Denise as part of our wonderful team at Healing Tails!

Certified Veterinary Rehabilitation Assistant

Alix G. 

Bio coming soon....

Client Services Coordinator