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Who We Are

Kitten in handWest End Animal Center is the culmination of 20 years of thought and hard work, brought to you by Dr. Frederick Frye. The goal and vision is to provide a country veterinary feel in an urban environment. This setting enables the comfortable environment for both you as a client and your pet. Although we cannot completely alleviate the stress your pet may feel or display, being in a veterinary hospital, the atmosphere is one of comfort, quiet and relaxed.

We take our Mission Statement, “ Nurture”, to heart and work enthusiastically to stay true to the proper meaning and all its derivatives. Focusing on you, our clientele, we provide state-of-the-art healthcare with all that is available in high tech medicine, keeping it small and real, thus offering veterinary medicine with a concierge quality.

Our new location is a most special and welcoming site, that is centrally located in San Rafael, easily accessible from every direction off of Second and Fourth Streets, has ample parking and, of course, convenient hours.

Dr. Frederick A. Frye Jr., DVM MS MBADr. Frederick A. Frye Jr., DVM MS MBA

Dr. Frederick Frye grew up in San Diego. He attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1982. After college, Dr. Frye returned to San Diego to join the San Diego Zoo Research Facility working with reptiles and birds to determine protocal to help propagate endangered species. While doing research at the San Diego Zoo, Dr. Frye attended San Diego State obtaining a Masters of Science in Reproductive Endocrinology in 1985 and published numerous journal articles regarding his research at the zoo. He then journeyed to the mid-west to attend Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989.

Upon returning to California, Dr. Frye started working for a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon and quickly acquired skills for advanced surgery in veterinary medicine. In 1994, Dr. Frye purchased Miracle Mile Veterinary Hospital, continuing to grow the practice. In the fall of 2001, he embarked on the next leg of his formal education graduated in 2003 from Dominican University with a Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership. His thesis for graduation was the merging of a veterinary hospital with a pet store to give his clients a “one stop shop” for their pet. In 2005, Miracle Mile Veterinary Hospital and Pet Agree Pet Store and Grooming were launched. He then continued on his sojourn and in June of 2012, West End Animal Center was launched. His vision to bring personalized healthcare back into the veterinary world is his main goal and to help to grow and develop his relationships with his clients and patients.

Dr. Frye is a life long Rotarian, an aspiring chef,  and an avid sailor and enjoys getting out in the beautiful environs of the Bay Area.


Dr. Yuki Okada, DVM

Dr. Yuki Okada was born in Japan and raised here in Marin County. She graduated from University California Berkeley in 2000 with a Bachelor Degree in Integrated Biology. She moved to Lansing, Michigan where she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Upon returning to California, Dr. Okada fulfilled a desire to become certified in eastern medicine and a certified veterinary acupuncturist (Chi Institute). After practicing both eastern and western medicine in Marin for a decade, she became interested in nutrition and research, and returned to her home country to and to obtain PhD in veterinary biochemistry from Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in Tokyo, while holding a faculty position as an assistant professor. Her research interests revolve around companion animal obesity, energy metabolism, and novel biomarkers for metabolic disorders and renal failure. She is published in many peer reviewed journals including, “Comparison of Visceral Fat Accumulation and Metabolome Markers among Cats of Varying BCS and Novel Classification of Feline Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome” (Front.Vet. Sci.) and co-authored the Textbook of Practical Small Animal Nutrition (Pharm press, Tokyo). She continues to further her understanding of companion animal nutrition and to be boarded in Veterinary Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Okada has lectured around the world and loves to travel. She has two rescue cats and one rescue dog.


Graham Quigley, MS, L.Ac

Acupuncturist

Graham practices Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Acupressure on animals in a very relaxing environment at “Holistic Animal Clinic”, which sits within West End Animal Center. For over a decade, Graham has been patiently working with animals, earning trust with a present and grounded approach. Graham also enjoys teaching people how to give acupressure massage to their animals, which has amazing effects on the animals wellbeing, empowering the animals best friend to become an active member of the healing team.

From Graham, “The needles are powerful tools and it’s remarkable how well the animals receive them, but in order for acupuncture not to be another procedure, I have to create real connection with the animals so they trust me. And when they do trust me, I can’t help but feel honored. I love my work!”

Graham has been studying Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine since 2000 and received his Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACCHS in Oakland. For 8 years, Graham taught “Acupressure for Animals” classes at the oldest school in the country for Asian bodywork, the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA. He holds his Bachelors degree in psychology from Colby College and teaches Tui Na massage at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley.