About Dr. Starfinder Stanley

I was born in northern California, and received my B.S. in Natural Resources and Wildlife Science in 1992 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and my V.M.D. in Mixed Animal Medicine in 1997 at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. I completed the Veterinary Acupuncture coursework at the Chi Institute in Ocala, FL, in 2007. I am currently licensed to practice in California as well as in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. I also practiced for 5 years in Seattle, WA.

I live in Sebastopol, CA, with my wife Audrey, our daughter Juniper and son Falcon, our talented rescue mutt Bodhi, a rescue minilop rabbit named Flopsie, and a 90 pound African Spur Thigh Tortoise named Sherman.

I like to tell my clients,

“Age is not a disease —it’s just a risk factor. After all, pets can’t count; they don’t know how old they are! All they know is how they feel —so my goal is to help them feel as good as they can, for as long as they can. It’s all about maximizing their quality of life, hopefully for a good long time.


The trick,” I say, “is to die young… as late as possible.”