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.
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.
“I have always been passionate about animals, and I wanted to create a wellness center where humans can bring their family members of the four-legged kind for holistic animal care and wellness.”
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.
“I was certain that knowing how much people love their pets, I would find a rehabilitation facility with a pool. Fortunately, a good friend offered Stella the use of their pool. I searched and couldn’t believe this place I had created in my mind did not exist yet in Orange County.”
Dr. T-na (pronounced “Tina”) Tran is the sole practitioner at The Family Vet and 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 and purchased The Family Vet in 2003. Her vision is to provide a quality practice for the community that uniquely blends family friendliness, honesty, and excellent patient care.
“We strive to provide the best possible client care and service. Only by limiting the number of patients that we see can we ensure that every family member that visits us gets the time, care, and attention they deserve.”
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!