What We Do
At the Animal Wellness Center of OC, we are passionate believers in improving and restoring the quality of life for our four-legged family members.
Our integrative and holistic therapies complement Western medicine, with a gentle, alternative approach to treatment. AWCOC offers pet parents a wide range of wellness options, educational opportunities, and resources to help you make an informed decision about caring for your pet. Our treatments are designed to bring comfort and tranquility to your pet, calming their anxiety, and giving you peace of mind. All pets go through a thorough evaluation by one of our seasoned veterinarians before any treatment program can begin.
Meet Our Team
Barb brings over 35 years’ experience with and knowledge of creative leadership to AWCOC. She has run successful global technology support and client service departments and senior projects in the financial services sector. Combined with her love for animals and proven track record in client services, opening a wellness center fulfills a lifelong dream of hers.
Barb’s journey to holistic therapies began when her chocolate lab Kona was diagnosed with Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome. Though Barb was distraught to learn the news, she credits Kona with leading her to the world of holistic therapies. Kona received chiropractic care and acupuncture, living for another 5 years before passing from natural causes.
Lourdes brings a lifelong love for dogs and more than 25 years’ sales experience in the health care industry with her to AWCOC. Her commitment to the central tenets of good business led her to partner with long-time friend Barb West to build the Animal Wellness Center of OC, providing services and a facility that the Orange County community had long needed.
While her love for animals started as a very young girl, Lourdes’ desire to work with animals and provide comfort to their parents came about as a result of her beloved Stella, a Dogue De Bordeaux having to have TPLO surgery that later led to a diagnosis of bone cancer.
Through the Animal Wellness Center, she could bring the same kind of healing, inner peace, and calm that she had experienced to other pet parents.
Dr. T-na (pronounced “Tina”) Tran is the primary veterinarian at AWCOC. Dr. Tran received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Class of 1997. Before that, Dr. Tran studied animal science and agricultural development at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.
After graduating from Wisconsin, Dr. Tran returned to her home community (as a student Dr. Tran worked at the Family Vet) and acquired the practice in 2003. Her vision is to provide a quality practice for the community that uniquely blends family friendliness, honesty, and excellent patient care. Dr Tran’s family as of now is her 3 year old cat Quin. Dr.Tran enjoys reading and studying about medicine- especially acupuncture.
Dr Tanya Doman has been a licensed Physical Therapist for over 25 years — the majority of those years include animal education & experience!
After graduating at the very top of her class, she became skilled in all aspects of therapy. As a season clinician, Dr Doman has vast experience with wellness programs, post-injury rehabilitation and the use of modalities as well as their purpose. She has successfully “rehabbed” many pets with various dysfunctions (including severe neurologic injuries) get “back on all paws,” as well as many top competitors return to their sport!
Dr. Aldridge is a Certified Veterinarian Acupuncturist (IVAS) and is certified in Animal Chiropractic (AVCA). Since acquiring her certifications, Dr. Aldridge has spent most of her time as a natural and integrative veterinarian, providing acupuncture and chiropractic treatments along with nutritional counseling, western supplements, Chinese herbal remedies and physical therapy recommendations along with traditional medicine. The goal of her treatments is to provide natural options to improve the health and quality of life of dogs and cats without harmful side effects. Her typical patients include the older arthritic, weak pets, agility and show dogs, pets with chronic allergies or intestinal problems, pets with lameness and back pain, pets with cancer and of course healthy pets that want to lead a well balanced life.
Dr. Panza received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, Ca. Dr. Panza also completed her certification in Acupuncture (IVAS) at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in Portland, Oregon. Early in her career she developed a strong interest in education and holistic medicine which set in motion a desire to expand her knowledge in Integrative Medicine. This desire led to a position as Clinical Director of Veterinary Technology at Platt College. Being a lifelong learner she continues to pursue and expand her knowledge in holistic therapies allowing her to continue providing quality integrative medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Block began his career as a chiropractor working on people over 35 years ago. In 2002, he became certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and began his passion for working with animals. Dr. Block is a gifted animal chiropractor who has the ability of sensory touch and has worked many years with animals and understands how they communicate. He has been providing holistic animal chiropractic care for more than 23 years and serves as a chiropractic consultant to Cal Poly Pomona. Holistic chiropractic takes the whole being into account, including posture and relationship to the environment. It is about the ability to feel the flow of energy and finding the flow of obstacles that is hampering it. Once the trigger point is found Dr. Block uses a cold laser therapy device that clears out the tension causing the pain.
Dr.Block also developed a program called Aquapractic which takes the principles of animal chiropractic and performs them in the heated swimming pool exclusively offered here at the Animal Wellness Center of OC.
Barb & Lourdes remember with love the dogs that inspired them and led to the vision of AWCOC, Kona & Stella.
For 8 years Kona was a healthy chocolate Labrador Retriever. One day while playing ball she began to have difficulty seeing where it was thrown. A vet specialty group in Tustin performed an electroretinogram and determined she had developed Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome.
The diagnosis was blindness. For Barb West, the news was devastating, but this health challenge taught her about the wonderful holistic therapies available to animals. This became, in part, her inspiration to design and develop a place where beloved pets can receive treatment.
Kona adapted to her blindness and enjoyed another 5 years before leaving this earth in July 2016.
Stella, a Dogue de Bordeaux was also part of the inspiration for the Animal Wellness Center. She enriched the life of co-founder Lourdes Biancardi for 7 years.
Unfortunately, as happens to many pets, Stella became ill and had to have Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery. Shortly after she was diagnosed with bone cancer.
During this difficult experience, Lourdes learned about alternative treatments and water therapy—this combination helped Stella battle the disease while continuing to provide a good quality of life in Stella’s remaining time on earth.
Stella passed away peacefully in February 2016, but she will be looking on as other pets receive alternative care to keep them well!