Dr. Wheelbarger enjoys caring for all types of animal companions here in Santa Clarita. A local girl, she graduated from Saugus High School in 1992 and California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1996. Going out of state for veterinary school, she graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine with honors. She has over fourteen years of experience as a small animal veterinarian and has special training in Dentistry, Ultrasound and Endoscopy as well as Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine. She interned at the Minnesota Zoo, volunteered at the world renowned Raptor Center, and treated wildlife cases for four years. For eleven years she bred and hand-raised various species of companion parrots. Dr. Wheelbarger is married and has three children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and hiking and biking with her family. In addition to her human children she shares her home with a 26 year old Amazon parrot, Max and fourteen year old Maine coon, Ernie.