Our Philosophy

Our goals for our patients are to eliminate pain and maximize mobility, function, and quality of life. We use a multi-modal approach, individualized for each patient’s needs and abilities. We strive to provide a comfortable and happy experience for our patients with hands-on attention, positive reinforcement, and a mentally and physically stimulating environment. 

Heal. Hug. Help.

Meet The Team


Lauryn Harker, CCRP, RVT

Practice Owner & Rehab Practitioner

After years of experience in management, emergency medicine, and small animal care in pet hospitals throughout Orange County, Lauryn has found her niche in Canine Rehabilitation. A graduate of the University Of Tennessee School Of Veterinary Medicine Canine Rehabilitation Program, Lauryn has received her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner's License (CCRP). Lauryn has a special place in her heart for older pets and enjoys giving impromptu massages to many of Canine Rehabilitation of Orange County's elderly patients.

When Lauryn is not at Canine Rehabilitation of Orange County, she is an instructor at Orange County Veterinary Assitant School in Garden Grove. In her spare time, she likes to "rehabilitate" her mid-century ranch home with her husband and daughter.


Amy Wurbel

Rehab Assistant

Amy is a student at Orange County Veterinary Assistant School to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Amy is also an in-home care giver for seniors and has a special place in her heart for our senior pets. In her spare time, Amy likes to cook, color and crochet. Amy shares her home with "Zoey" the cockapoo. 

Tiffany Downing, RVT

Vet Tech & Admin

Tiffany has been in the industry for almost 10 years. She graduated from Heritage College and earned her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2017. Tiffany has a soft spot for XL and Molosser breeds and is currently "mom" to 3 mutts, Crash, Kratos, & Goober, along with a menagerie of snakes, lizards, cats and a tarantula. She is a strong believer in keeping pups fit and active to extend their quality and length of life. She is pictured here with her 9 year old mega mutt, Crash, who is still running and wrestling with the youngsters! Her favorite part of rehab is getting to see her favorite patients improve each week as they recover from their injuries/surgeries.


Sam Venable

Rehab Assistant & Social Media

Sam is a student at Orange County Veterinary Assistant School to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She plans to continue her education and become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, just like Lauryn. When she’s not at CROC, she is a freelance makeup artist or coming up with yummy vegetarian dishes. Her favorite part about working at CROC is the positive and uplifting atmosphere and the love they have for all the fur patients. She enjoys giving extra love to new patients to make sure they feel safe and happy at CROC.

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Katie Ellis, DVM, CCRP, CVMA


Dr. Katie Ellis is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences. She was inspired to join the field of rehabilitation after her own dog, Kaiah, had TPLO surgery. She pursued certification in Canine Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee as well as Medical Acupuncture through CuraCore. Her favorite part of being at CROC is forming close bonds with all of her patients and pet parents. In her spare time, she can be found spoiling her Golden Retriever/Chow mix, Kaiah, and Golden Retriever, Keegan, or at the barn with her beloved horse, Sorcerer. 

Tara Haddad, DVM


Dr. Tara Haddad graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She completed an Oncology Residency at University of Illinois. Her passion for special needs animals led her to open the first Daycare/Boarding Facility specialized for special needs pets in Orange County. Owning 7 special needs pets at the same time, Dr. Haddad has also been a loyal client to CROC as well as a valued team member. She now shares her home with a young Labrador, "Flint", who does not have special needs.... YET!

Our Facility

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