14942 Ventura Blvd. 

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Email: info@pawrehab.com
Tel:  818-847-7299

Fax:  818-860-7672


8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday - Friday by appointment


Drop-offs and day boarding available


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REFERRAL FORMS for referring veterinarians 




Rehabilitation Therapist, Veterinarian

Medical Director/Practice Owner

The PAW REHAB team is led by founder Dr. Joanne Bak, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist with over ten years of experience in the fields of physical rehabilitation, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She is the proud founder of PAW REHAB, the Pacific Animal Wellness Rehabilitation Center, a veterinary center which is dedicated to animal physical rehabilitation therapy. Dr. Bak took great pleasure in designing her "dream come true" and is happy to be offering and expanding this service in the veterinary community.


Graduating with honors, Dr. Bak earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1996. She has been awarded with memberships in the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. A native of Chicago, Dr. Bak moved to Los Angeles to complete a rotating internship in surgery and medicine with the Animal Specialty Group. She had also attended an externship program in the fields of surgery and neurology with the Animal Medical Center in New York. She then spent over ten years with the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, a multi-specialty and emergency center where she developed interests in orthopedics, neurology, geriatric medicine, rehabilitation therapy and acupuncture. These interests led her to further post-graduate study with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and advanced coursework performed in China with the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Bak previously introduced and implemented rehabilitation therapy services for two veterinary specialty hospitals and has worked with a number of other rehabilitation centers thereby bringing a vast array of knowledge and skills to her practice.  Her special interests include neurological, geriatric and feline rehabilitation as well as pain management. 

Dr. Bak is also a proud mother to her daughter Grayce, who takes care of all of our Paw Rehab "demo dogs" and her dog Apple, who was her model and inspiration for our logo. When not being a busy doctor, mother or wife, Dr. Bak enjoys quiet walks with Apple, cooking (and eating), listening to music including Hollywood Bowl nights or catching up on episodes of her favorite shows.


Rehabilitation Therapist, Veterinarian

Born and raised in Palos Verdes, California,  Dr. Deanna O’Neil earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Fordham University in New York City.
Dr. O’Neil then went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2010. After obtaining her veterinary degree, she completed a rotating internship at VCA All Care. 

Dr. O’Neil achieved her Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist training from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). She is certified in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through IVAS and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies and Veterinary Food Therapy through the Chi Institute.  She received her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) and went on to do an internship at the prestigious Animal Rehabilitation Center in Velm, Belgium.  She has spent the past five years practicing at California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) where she specialized in animal rehabilitation and acupuncture.  She has a strong interest in geriatric, neurological and canine sports medicine. 


Dr. O’Neil resides in the South Bay with her spouse and her celebrity dachshund, Lady Bug.  Abandoned by her previous owners, Lady Bug (a.k.a. “Bug”) was introduced to Dr. O’Neil through a rescue.  Lady Bug had suddenly become paralyzed and no longer had a home.  She luckily found the right veterinarian, as Dr. O’Neil not only got her walking (and chasing squirrels!), but also found a forever home with her.  Lady Bug has since raced in the 2017 Wiener Nationals and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, KTLA Morning News, CNN, People Magazine and countless other news stations due to her triumphant run!!  In Dr. O’Neil’s spare time, she enjoys traveling (especially to the Hawaiian Islands), gardening (a self proclaimed succulent specialist), and going to Disneyland (an avid Jungle Cruise fan). 


Registered Veterinary Technician 

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

Nancy is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner who has been in the field since 2003.  She graduated from the Pierce College veterinary technician program and received her rehabilitation certification from the University of Tennessee.  Nancy started her career in general practice but fell in love with holistic medicine and rehabilitation work over 10 years ago. Helping animals recover and feel better while developing a bond with them are the reasons she plans on staying in veterinary medicine for her lifetime! Nancy brings a world of talent, experience and energetic, positive energy to our team!

Nancy, our resident "Mother of Dragons", has a bearded dragon and a cockatiel that she considers her childeren.  In her spare time, she practices yoga, hikes, enjoys the beach, and drinks too much coffee.  

Laura Kirschbaum RVT, CCRP

Registered Veterinary Technician 

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

Laura began working with animals in 2006, volunteering at animal shelters and assisting with medical procedures.  From there she was hooked and went on to earn her associates degree in animal science through Pierce College and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. The first animal hospital she worked at concentrated on orthopedic surgeries and internal medicine.  Laura found her way into rehabilitation in 2014 and has never looked back!  She continued her education though the University of Tennessee, becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, and hopes to further better herself in light of healing animals. Behind Laura's quiet demeanor is a genuine compassion for animals, a desire to be helpful and an innate healing energy. 

Laura currently has three fur babies of her own, two pitbulls: Murphy and Echo as well as a Carolina Dog mix, Myer.  She enjoys spending her time painting, hiking, and meditating but mostly loves lying on her couch in a dog pile. 

EV Gonzales Technician, CVA

Veterinary Technician

Certified Veterinary Assistant

EV Gonzales is a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She has been in the veterinary field for almost 10 years. She has gained most of her experience at a general practice and has volunteered at numerous emergency clinics. She is currently back in school to continue her education in order to receive her RVT License and will continue to pursue her dreams in becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant thereafter. Her gentle and calm nature gives EV a "dog whisperer" quality. EV is outgoing and passionate about her work and is an awesome team player that Paw Rehab is proud to call one of their own :)

EV has two small fur babies, Prince the Maltese/Pomeranian and Mumble the Shih Tzu. In her spare time you will find her on the basketball court shooting hoops or in the kitchen cooking up a storm for her roommates.