Our new office at  the Carmel Rancho Shopping Center provides easy access with plenty of parking, and is conveniently located right off of Highway 1.


Our comfortable decor and calm atmosphere feels more like a home than a clinic, and most animals feel more relaxed in this environment.

We diffuse pure essential oils into the air. The oils are both therapeutic and make the office smell refreshing.


Local architect -- James Smith, helped create the design and did the architectural drawings of this environmentally friendly office.


Local contractor -- Andy McCoy, oversaw the project and helped with the building.


Local artist -- Kaweh Zolfaghar, initiated the idea of the design, color scheme, and total concept of the office. He did a large portion of the building, including all the artistic design.



Dr. Annette Richmond, DVM, CVA, CCRP

Annette Richmond graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.
She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society which is a world recognized certification program. Dr. Richmond has been integrating acupuncture for dogs and cats into her practice since 1999, and has continued the study of natural medicine, Eastern and Western herbology, homeopathy, flower essences, healthful diets, and nutraceutical support. She incorporates all of these into her natural medicine clinic to treat most common ailments. The clinic also includes a canine and feline physical rehabilitation component helping pets with many disorders, for example before and after orthopedic and neurologic surgery, spinal disorders, arthritis, hip dysplasia and much more. Dr. Richmond completed the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Program through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2009.



Holly Heimer, RVT, CCRA


Holly is a Registered Veterinary Technician and finished her training at the Canine

Rehabilitation Institute in 2009, earning the title of Certified Canine Rehabilitaion Assistant. She helps to strengthen and rehabilitate animals at our clinic with the underwater treadmill, cold laser therapy, neuromuscular stimulation, and BEMER treatments. She also has special knowledge in treating animals with pure essential oils.

Holly is now in charge of the physical rehabilitation department of our clinic.

Jovi Rayas


Jovi graduated from the Central Coast College in Salinas, after studying in the Veterinary Assistant program. Prior to that she volunteered at the S.P.C.A.

She is currently working as a receptionist and assistant to Dr. Richmond.

Her positive and cheerful personality resonates through the office and she has a very gentle and patient approach with both the animals and our clients.

Jessica Zamudo

Jessica has volunteered and worked part-time for us for several years as an assistant. She graduated in 2019 from CSUMB with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Biology.  She has unending enthusiasm to help out whenever she has extra time and her high energy brightens the clinic when she's working.


Dr. Deb Sell, D.C. Certified Veterinary Chiropractor


Dr. Sell practiced chiropractics on humans for 18 years and then became certified for animals. She uses a gentle technique to help realign the skeletal system which can come out of alignment through trauma, sporting events, everyday wear and tear, or chronic injuries. Along with chiropractic adjustments, she also uses cold laser therapy on the animals.

Dani Heimer 

Dani has been working at our clinic for several years, helping both with the physical rehabilitation department as well as our general clinic. Dani is studying at MPC.


Sandy Grasser

Sandy grew up in Toledo, Ohio and as a child the city's award winning zoo was directly across the street from her home. Maybe that's why she loves animals! She has worked in veterinary medicine for 13 years. She loves the natural, holistic work Dr Richmond provides and the way Natural Veterinary Therapy creates an environment of calm and healing for everyone who comes through our door.


TJ Sullinger


TJ graduated from Carmel high school in 2018 and is currently studying at MPC. TJ has been working with Natural Veterinary Therapy since Summer of 2021.

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