Dr. Dexter Archer

Dexter Archer, V.M.D. CCRP, graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He spent the first three post-graduate years at both a general practice and a specialty animal hospital. While there, Dr. Archer worked alongside various Board Certified Specialists in different fields of veterinary medicine, including Surgery, Oncology, Internal Medicine, and became the director of the Emergency Critical Care department. He moved to Long Island in 2000 to become the Medical Director for a small animal hospital in Oakdale, NY. After a year in this position, he decided to purchase his first animal hospital, which was located in Riverhead, NY. Dr. Archer successfully practiced there for over six years, building lifelong, compassionate relationships with his clientele. He purchased his second veterinary hospital, Shirley Veterinary Hospital, in February 2007. Dr. Archer has expanded his role as General Practitioner to include special interests in Canine Rehabilitation, Wound Management, Dentistry, and Pain Management. In 2013 he obtained his Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee. With his passion in physical rehabilitation and the benefits seen in his patients, he opened and currently operates a successful physical rehabilitation center, Healing Hands 4 Paws, located in Shirley, NY.

Dr. Archer is the proud father of 3 children and resides with his wife, Tara, in Riverhead, NY. He is an avid golfer but also enjoys fishing, and various outdoor activities. He serves on numerous boards and committees representing the community needs. He attends 3 to 4 continuing education seminars per year and is dedicated to excellence in veterinary medicine and canine physical rehabilitation

Dr. David Chen

Dr. Chen completed a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Chen went on to complete an intensive one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery. To further his education, he attended the CHI institute in Florida to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and is studying herbal medical therapies. Combining Eastern and Western medicine, integrative medicine provides a bridge for synergistic therapies in the treatment of various disease conditions by integrating the best aspects of alternative and traditional treatment options. Dr. Chen’s main focus is on the benefits of Eastern medicine and acupuncture on pets with chronic or uncontrolled pain. When he’s not working, Dr. Chen enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, playing basketball and traveling.

Cortney Gambale

Physical Rehabilitation


Healing Hands 4 Paws is proud to provide physical rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, ultrasound therapies, neuromuscular electric stimulation, laser therapy, electromagnetic field therapy, fitness and conditioning, manual therapy, and splinting and assistive therapy for cats and dogs in the Shirley, Long Island, Huntington, Riverhead, Hampton Bays & East Hampton areas.