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School: University of California at Davis, 1991
Special Interests: reptile medicine; chinchillas; internal medicine
Pets: Steve, Rocky, L.S.
Prior to becoming a veterinarian, I worked at Adobe Animal Hospital as a technician from 1985 to 1987. I received my Bachelors degree in chemistry from Princeton University. In 1991 I graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and was accepted into an internship program at Animal Medical Center in New York City. After a year of intense medicine and surgery,I moved back to California, and began working at Adobe as a Veterinarian. At work I am especially interested in: exotic animals, reptiles, small mammals, and internal medicine. My outside interests include: ballet, literature, theater, Bruce Springsteen, dinosaurs, and gargoyles.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9354
School: University of California at Davis, 1993
Special Interests: general medicine - cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, ferrets
Pets: 3 cats: Carl Todd, Lippy and Muggins; 2 dogs: Tyler and Smokey
When I graduated from high school and decided that I wanted to become a veterinarian, I got a lot of negative input from everyone. My school counselor told me I would never get into Vet School because there were ten applicants for every open spot. Our family vet complained to me that even his own son could not gain admission. I ended up going to college and getting a degree in chemistry instead. I worked as a chemist in the oil industry for many years, but I realized that what I really wanted to do was be a veterinarian.
It was scary at the time, but I quit my well-paying job as a chemist and went to work at an animal hospital in Whitter, California cleaning cages and restraining animals. I did not know one end of a dog from the other, but I learned and everyone was eager to help me along. After picking up biology courses at Cal Poly Pomona, I applied to UC Davis and was accepted. I met my husband, Ken in our class, and we married two years after graduating.
We now live in San Jose with three cats; two that are each missing a leg and one that is missing part of her brain (she actually has an underdeveloped cerebellum, which makes her a little uncoordinated, but she can still outrun me.) Our two dogs are both rescues; one is a goofy Boxer named Tyler, who’s dimwitted but lovable, and a happy young Pit Bull whom our cat Carl rules with an iron paw. In our downtime, we enjoy camping, hiking, reading, and antiquing.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9361
School: University of California at Davis, 2008
Special Interests: diagnostic imaging, emergency and internal medicine, and exotics
Pets: Lizzi (cat)
Originally from Maine, I fell in love with California while visiting my brother while on break during my undergraduate studies at Cornell. After Cornell, I lived in several other cities including Boston and Seattle pursuing interests ranging from biomedical research to wildlife rehabilitation but found myself returning to California to pursue my lifelong goal of becoming a veterinarian. I attended veterinary school at UC Davis where I learned from some of the greatest minds in veterinary medicine and was fortunate to receive amazing opportunities including an externship at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park.
Following veterinary school, I spent a year back east for my internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. I am thrilled to be back in California and practicing at Adobe Animal Hospital, where I am enjoying the pursuit of my interests in diagnostic imaging, emergency and internal medicine, and exotics while working with the incredible staff and clientele of the hospital. Outside of work I enjoy travelling, fitness, birdwatching, and taking in all the bay has to offer including outdoor activies, restaurants, and live music.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9377
School: Cornell University, 1988.
Special Interests: general medicine, soft tissue surgery, ultrasonography
Pets: 2 dogs , 2 cats, 1 turtle, 6 koi, 5 chickens, 3 parakeets
I attended undergraduate and veterinary school in Ithaca, a lovely college town in upstate New York. After graduating from veterinary school, I lived and worked in San Francisco for four years, then came to Adobe Animal Hospital in 1992. All aspects of small animal medicine interest me, and I have a particular interest in ultrasonograpy.
I love working at Adobe Animal Hospital. The people with whom I work are dedicated and gifted people. I truly appreciate being able to follow all my patients through the many stages of their lives. When not at work I cherish my time with my family (Sam, Helen, and Alexis).
My personal voicemail: (408) 357 - 8012
School: University of California at Davis, 1998
Special Interests: general medicine; surgery; orthopedics
Pets: Rigel (dog)
My road to becoming a Veterinarian began at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After growing up in Fremont, I attended Cal Poly originally majoring in Business Administration. After a year or so, I decided that I did not want to wear a suit to work everyday. At the same time, I enrolled in several biology and chemistry classes and enjoyed them immensely. I decided to combine an interest in science with a life long love for animals. After graduating from Cal Poly I attended Veterinary School at UC Davis. I had many interesting jobs along the way such as a spa deliverer, casino security, and tomato truck driver. After graduating from veterinary school I returned to Adobe where I had worked previously as a technician..
I get a great deal of satisfaction from my job as it allows me to help animals and people on a daily basis. I have a special interest in internal medicine and orthopedic surgery. Several years ago, began to move into the management of Adobe. At this point continue to see patients, do orthopedic surgery and oversee the operations at Adobe. My wife and I have two children, a daughter and a son. In my spare time enjoy hiking, golfing, eating, and drinking wine.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9350
School: University of California at Davis, 1999
Special Interests: general medicine and surgery for cats and dogs, abdominal ultrasound, and dentistry
Pets: Piper, Phoebe, Reuben (the dachshund pack), Chester (domestic short hair cat), flock of backyard chickens
I grew up in Alberta, Canada and spent the first 25 years of my life being cold. Despite the bitter, long winters, I really was fortunate to grow up in wide, open spaces with plenty of animal friends. After high school, I detoured veterinary medicine for awhile and worked as a legal secretary for seven years, while pursuing my hobbies of training/showing Arabian horses and German sheperd dogs. Family members gradually migrated south to California, and when it was my turn to trade in the snow drifts for palm trees, it was also the right time to switch gears and head back to school to finish my original intention of studying veterinary medicine. I was really fortunate to have great mentors along my academic road, who not only helped guide me when my goal seemed too far away to be realized, but also stressed the importance of maintaining a balanced life with a good sense of humor.
My love for horses pulled me strongly towards large animal medicine, but ultimately it was the challenge of small animal medicine that became more appealing, and when I met the Adobe group in 1999 I felt like things were a great fit and have enjoyed being part of the team since then. Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors, especially doing things with the dogs. My dachshund pack participates in performance events such as earth dog, dachshund field trials, tracking and nose work. The remainder of my spare time is usually focused on hiking, cooking, and gardening.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9364
School: University of Pennsylvania, 2002
Internship: Animal Medical Center, New York
Special Interests: emergency medicine, shelter medicine
Pets: 2 cats, Oscar and Pumpkin I grew up in New York City. Prior to moving to California in 2005,
I moved up and down the northeast corridor between Philadelphia and Boston. After graduating from veterinary school in 2002, I returned to New York for an incredibly intense year as an intern in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center. Emergency was my favorite rotation because it was so satisfying to see the immediate results of successful intervention in critical cases.
Additionally, interns had more freedom and fewer administrative duties so we could spend our time helping each other work through cases and moving things along efficiently. I’ve been fortunate to work in a variety of clinics, Adobe being an excellent example, with similarly collegial environments, including a full time Emergency and Referral hospital in Waltham, MA, a day practice in South San Jose and the San Jose Animal Shelter. I joined the staff at Adobe in the spring of 2008. I had heard great things about Adobe while living as far away as Boston. It wasn’t until my cat, Oscar, developed a urinary blockage that I experienced the excellent care available at Adobe. Since Oscar was not a terribly cooperative patient, I spent a lot of time visiting and working with him while he was in the hospital. As a result, I became well acquainted with the ICU nurses, the front office staff and all the veterinarians involved his care. Six days, one surgery and one blood transfusion later, Oscar came home and has since made a full recovery – thank you Drs Koga, Clifton and Rogers! When not seeing afternoon and evening urgent care patients, I’m home with our two young sons, Matthew and Owen.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9386
School: University of California at Davis, 2000
Special Interests: General practice medicine and surgery for companion animals. I love working with dogs and cats, and I also have experience with a wide variety of other species, including goats, horses, llamas, sheep and cows.
Pets: Colby, the amazingly patient yellow lab who spends most of his days hanging out at Adobe, a short, rotund grey kitty named The Tick, and Wall-E the Russian tortoise
I am thrilled to have become part of the Adobe team. My route to joining the practice in October 2007 has been a winding road. I was born in Walnut Creek, but only because my mother looked at the naval hospital in Singapore, where my father was stationed, and said “no way”! We returned to Singapore after I was born, and then embarked on a number of reassignments.
From Singapore to 2 years in the snow in Chicago, then Sydney, Australia, on to San Francisco, Hong Kong, Thailand, Connecticut and Los Angeles. Determined not to move again, I enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles with my sights set on law school. One year of political science courses and an overpriced studio apartment quickly convinced me this was not what I wanted. The one constant throughout my life had been animals.
I had been riding horses since second grade, and I had always had a deep love for the animal members of our family. Suddenly a light bulb went on – vet school! Why not work with the animals that I love? So I transferred to U.C. Davis in the spring of 1992, and I was home. I was ecstatic to have a dorm room facing the dairy cows (all my roommates hated it, especially on hot days).
I worked as a technician in the equine ICU and joined the U.C. Davis Equestrian Team. I obtained my undergraduate degree in biology in 1995, with a minor in medieval European history. I spent the next year working in a virology lab researching infectious disease in horses and cows, and started veterinary school in 1996.
My primary focus in veterinary school was equine medicine and after graduation I joined a mixed large animal practice in Elk Grove. My patients included horses, sheep, goats, cows, pigs and even ostriches. In 2001 I transitioned to companion animal medicine in Sacramento, and I have really enjoyed keeping my clients furry family members happy and healthy.
My son Benjamin was born in 2003, and my daughter Isabelle in 2007. I relocated to the bay area just before Isabelle was born, and I love the foggy mornings and the much cooler summers. Adobe has become my family away from home. When I’m not here, Ben, Isabelle and I are gardening, building lego projects, having picnics and taking day trips to the beach, and given the opportunity, I practice yoga and indulge in an unfortunate addiction to reality TV.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9372
School: University of Pennsylvania, 2001
Special Interests: soft-tissue surgery, evidence-based medicine, emergency and critical care
Pets-Brodie (a smart, scruffy fireball of a terrier mix), Max (a gentlemanly middle-aged Boston Terrier), Tess (an elderly corn snake who keeps her thoughts to herself)
Prior to becoming a veterinarian, I worked teaching English composition, in numerous clerical jobs, on a fishing boat in Alaska, running a pet food store, in a baseball card factory, and as a waiter. I’m not one of the folks who read James Herriott and decided to be a vet as a child. I loved science and literature, but I chose science as the more satisfying lifestyle. First, I tried to be Jane Goodall and did a Master’s Degree in primate behavior at CSU San Francisco, doing my thesis research with the chimpanzees at the San Francisco Zoo. After several years trying to make a living in primate behavior, including running a breeding colony of rhesus monkeys on an island in South Carolina and doing behavior therapy and enrichment work for captive primates in a research facility in Texas, I stumbled into veterinary medicine after about ten years later than most of my classmates. It has proven to be the ideal choice because it provides work that is interesting and has, I think, some real moral or social value, and yet it is an established profession in which I can make a living.
In continuing to learn and grow as a vet, I have had the good fortune to join, and eventually serve as president of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association and to speak on the subject of evidence-based medicine at numerous continuing education meetings. I have also been able to publish a number of articles on this and other veterinary topics. In 2015, I completed my Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Outside of the veterinary world, I’m a voracious reader with particular fondness for science fiction and philosophy. I love to travel, and have had the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, run with the bulls in Pamplona, and travel in Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Australia, Argentina, and parts of Europe. I love hiking and playing my mandolin and Irish Pennywhistle, and continuing my training in Shaolin Kempo Karate. Being the father of a teenager is, of course, my favorite and most time consuming non-work activity. My wife has put up with me for 20 years now, for which I am grateful every day.
My personal website can be found at http://www.skeptvet.com *
*The views on it are mine, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adobe Animal Hospital.
McKenzie, BA. Evidence-based veterinary medicine: What is it and why does it matter? Equine Vet Edu. 2014;26(9):451-452
McKenzie, BA. Veterinary clinical decision-making: cognitive biases, external constraints,and strategies for improvement. J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 2014;244(3):271-276
McKenzie, BA. Is complementary and alternative medicine compatible with evidence-based medicine? J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 2012;241(4):421-6.
McKenzie, BA. Evaluating the benefits and risks of neutering dogs and cats. CAB Reviews: Persp in Agricul, Vet Sci, Nutr, Nat Res. 2010;5(45).
McKenzie, BA. What’s the Evidence? Glucosamine and chondroitin for canine osteoarthritis. J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 2010;237(12):1382-3.
My personal website can be found at http://www.skeptvet.com The views on it are mine, and do not neccessarily reflect the views of Adobe Animal Hospital.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9366
School: University of California at Davis, 2000
Special Interests: internal medicine; infectious diseases; surgery; cats, dogs
Pets: Rosco and Gus (cats)
I graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and I attended veterinary school at UC Davis from 1996 to 2000. I completed a Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley, focusing on zoonotic infectious diseases.
This program was a great opportunity to use my background in veterinary medicine to look at diseases shared by animals and people.
I have been practicing at Adobe since the fall of 2000 and started working part-time this past September when I went back to school. Adobe provides its doctors with a fast-paced, intensive work environment that rarely slows down. I feel fortunate to be here for many reasons, including the wonderful clientele and their great animals. Moreover, the staff and my fellow doctors have created a strong sense of community and excellent standard of care.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9358
School: University of Pennsylvania, 2007
Special Interests: exotics
Pets: Violet, an adorable dog from a shelter. Mango, a cat we found under a car. Both moved with us from Philadelphia.
Veterinary medicine is a second career for me. I studied Industrial Design and met my husband at the Rhode Island School of Design. We lived in Manhattan for several years after college. While there I worked as an Exhibit Designer for the American Museum of Natural History but it was curious that I spent much of my free time hanging out with the Post Docs. I was fascinated by their research and of the far away places it took them.
After a lovely and indulgent month in Western France on our honeymoon, I suggested to my husband that it might be the perfect time for a career change and when I said to veterinary medicine I think he tried to say something akin to “go for it”in pigeon French…I think he knew from years of discussions that the time and the choice were right.
I entered the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine with two small children and some trepidation about attending graduate school with people nearly half my age. After eight years on the East Coast our family ventured home to the Bay Area where I landed here at Adobe.
I am really proud of our hospital and the level of medicine we provide our patients. I work with caring, talented and motivated colleagues. We collaborate and sharpen each others skills and lend one another tremendous support. Our nursing staff is among the best in the field and allow us to work at our best through their unending dedication.
My interest is in surgery although I would say I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine…I do chemotherapy, see exotics and can accommodate at home euthanasia when requested. I think my favorite part of being a vet is the relationships I develop with clients. I love getting to know families, hearing about their experiences. My goal, above all, is excellent communication to ensure my clients feel they are well informed and a part of medical decisions for their animal companion. Together we will make a great team.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9375
School: Cornell University, 1986
Special Interests: general medicine, internal medicine, abdominal ultrasound
I grew up in New York and went to school in the Northeast at the University of Pennsylvania for under graduate study, and Cornell University for veterinary school. They were both cold, but the food was good. From Cornell I secured an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, where it was still cold, but the food was even better, and there were fewer cows. I had multiple pets, mostly German Shepherds and cats, and one duck that was particularly sweet, and provided fresh eggs.
I have worked all over the U.S., but by far my favorite job is at Adobe. It is such a diverse hospital, with so many talented people working at such a high level of expertise, that every day I enjoy the feeling of dispensing the best medicine available. I like to concentrate on internal medicine patients and on performing abdominal ultrasounds. At this time, I prefer to see dogs, cats, and rodents.
When not working, I look forward to sleeping. Sometimes, I run or hike, attend the ballet, bake or garden. Occasionally I remember how happy and lucky I am to be in such a beautiful place as California with such terrific colleagues, coworkers and friends. And now that my daughter, Jolie and I live in the Bay Area, the food is the best ever.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9360
School: University of California at Davis, 1996
Special Interests: general medicine; soft tissue surgery; cats and dogs
Pets: GrayBoy, Chelsea, Homer, and Tigger
At age four, I told my mom I wanted to be a garbage collector because it looked fun. At age thirteen, I told my mom I wanted to be a veterinarian because I like animals she was relieved. At age fifteen, I started volunteering at Adobe and found that I truly enjoy working with animals. By sixteen, I had a job cleaning cages. In 1986, I moved to Davis and spent five years getting a B.S. degree. During this time I met my wife Dawn. In 1992 I started vet school at UC Davis. Vet school was much more intense than undergraduate studies, but the memories and experiences were well worth it.
After graduating, my wife and I moved back to the peninsula. I began working as a veterinarian at Adobe, and I have been happy ever since. I really enjoy working with people and their pets and do not see myself getting bored with my career choice. My wife and I had our first child in 1998, so most of my free time is spent babysitting. Currently I am trying to teach Brian to enjoy jogging, put up with record shopping, and take long naps.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9367
School: University of California at Davis, 2000
Special Interests: general medicine; abdominal ultrasound; feline medicine
Pets: The cats- Denver (deceased), Maya, Oscar, Wicket & Winky; The dogs- Cricket, Francine & Meka; plus a twenty gallon freshwater aquarium with various occupants)
I was born and raised in Ventura, California. I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. When I graduated high school, I moved on to UC Davis for my undergraduate work in hopes of accomplishing my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I obtained by B.S. in Animal Science at Davis in 1994 and went on to attend veterinary school there. After graduation in 2000, I married my long-time college sweetheart and moved to San Francisco where he was attending graduate school.
Prior to coming to Adobe, I worked at the San Francisco SPCA Animal Hospital for 3 1/2 years. I learned a lot at the SPCA, made many good friends there, as well as acquired two little dogs, who came to us with broken legs and ended up becoming permanent members of our family. I joined the Adobe staff in April 2004. I really enjoy working at Adobe with both the challenges and rewards of working in such a busy hospital. I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, but i am particularly interested in ultrasonography and feline medicine.
In addition to my husband, Steve, we recently added a beautiful baby boy to our family. Timothy was born on December 1st, 2008, and I am really enjoying motherhood. The rest of our family consists of four wonderful cats (3 of which I’ve had since they were less than two weeks old), three great dogs, and a twenty gallon aquarium full of various fish and one aquatic frog. When I am not at work, I enjoy camping, hiking and other outdoor activities, or just spending time with friends and family especially since the birth of my son. I also enjoy taking my two jack russell terriers to agility practice or trials, which is a lot of fun.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9359
School: University of California at Davis, 1992
Special Interests: general and geriatric medicine; soft tissue surgery; abdominal ultrasound; rabbit and rodent medicine
Pets: Logan (Rhodesian ridgeback), Kitkin (little black and white cat), many Koi and gold fish
I began practicing at Adobe Animal Hospital immediately after graduating from UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. At that time Adobe had five veterinarians. They were a group of talented veterinarians who worked together to share their knowledge and skills to help each other with treating patients. They were (and still are) amazing mentors. Since then, Adobe has grown to more than twenty-five veterinarians. The hospital still has the same philosophy of sharing our knowledge and skills with each other to provide exceptional patient care. Prior to veterinary school, I attended undergraduate school at San Francisco State and Michigan State Universities.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband Stan and my two teenage boys Steven and Kevin. We spend a lot of time at the boys sporting events, the beach, traveling, reading and enjoying time at home. I enjoy working in the garden and taking care of my pond.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9355
School: University of California at Davis, 2008
Special Interests: internal and critical care medicine
Pets: 2 dogs (Jelly Bean and Bowe) and 1 fiesty and spirited cats (Gracie)
I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a veterinarian, and have always had a love and respect for all animals. In pursuit of this goal, I graduated from the University of California at Davis in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology.
After graduating from UC Davis veterinary school in 2008, I headed to the East coast to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.
Returning to the idyllic West coast, I worked overnight emergency at both an emergency and specialty hospital and a general practice before joining the phenomenal team at Adobe in 2012. Working at Adobe has allowed me to hone my internal medicine skills and interest in advanced general medicine and critical care. This inspiration led me to complete the required credentials and pass the examination to become certified as a Diplomate in Canine and Feline Practice in 2016.
When not at work I enjoy bird watching, hiking and traveling.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9362
School:University of California at Davis, 2008
Special Interests: Emergency and Critical Care, Biomedical Engineering
Pets: Macey, my Boston/Frenchie mix (acquired while working emergency, of course)
My route to veterinary medicine was a bit circuitous, involving a decade in engineering where I helped develop many types of medical diagnostic devices that we use daily here at Adobe (like hematology analyzers and ultrasound). While I enjoyed the technical challenge, there was just something missing from the experience, and I followed my heart to California, and ultimately UC Davis, for training in veterinary medicine.
I’ve found that emergency and critical care is very much a melding of medicine and engineering, as the logical and deterministic thought processes nutured in my first career are very much suited to working up cases in the ICU. While it can be tremendously taxing both physically and emotionally (and I’ve certainly had my share of tear-jerker cases), I wouldn’t want it any other way, and feel that it’s equally important to support both the client and patient during their stay at Adobe.
I love the open hospital format that we maintain at Adobe, and the collegial environment that has been fostered by Dr. Roos since day one. I very much hope you enjoy your experience here, and please do ask questions of us at any time – we’re here to help! Oh, and don’t be offended if I call your sweetie “meatball” or “nugget” – those are just some of my pet names, so to speak, and they’re far too ingrained in my head for me to stop now!
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9393
School:University of California at Davis, 2008
Special Interests: general medicine, surgery, emergency medicine
Pets: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Rory), Golden Retriever (Lilah) and two cats (Joey and Fiona)
As a kid, I always wanted to be a veterinarian (or an astronaut). But at the time I thought everyone else wanted to be a vet, too, so I didn’t take my interest very seriously. Instead I really got into photography. It wasn’t until after my sophomore year in college, during a summer internship in Manhattan where I helped put together an art exhibit on the subject of genetics, that I decided: “Hey this science stuff is really cool!” Meanwhile, I was fostering a litter of kittens and loving it, so I started to think, “Maybe I really DO want to be a veterinarian!”
I transferred to the University of Washington to complete my veterinary prerequisites and then applied to UC Davis for veterinary school. After graduating with my DVM in 2008, I completed a postgraduate emergency, surgery, and medicine internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. I stayed in LA for a couple of years and worked in a general practice and emergency hospital before moving back up to beautiful Northern California.
I love surgery, emergency, and general practice, and I’m very excited to be working with the amazing team of veterinary professionals at Adobe Animal Hospital.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling both locally and abroad, practicing yoga, going to the beach, and hanging out with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Rory, and my two cats, Joey and Fiona. I\\\'ve also recently started showing my Golden Retriever, Lilah.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9397
School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine; 2013
Special Interests: Internal medicine, Emergency medicine
Pets: Nemo and Gatsby, cats
My life has revolved around animals from a very young age, so it was natural that as a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I even opened my own veterinary clinic in our living room at the age of 10.
As I grew up I developed a strong interest in biology and attended UC Santa Cruz with the goal of becoming a marine biologist. I also loved teaching kids about science, and completed a minor in Education & Teaching.
During college, I was lucky enough to work as a marine mammal trainer at UCSC’s Long Marine Lab, where I trained dolphins, sea lions, seals, and sea otters for physiologic research studies. Working closely with these animals rekindled my interest in veterinary medicine, and after college I decided to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. I attended Ross University; an AVMA-accredited veterinary school located on the beautiful island of St. Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean, and completed my clinical rotations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I survived a cold, snowy Wisconsin winter, and after graduation moved to southern California to complete a post-graduate emergency, surgery, and medicine internship at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA.
I absolutely love being a vet, and cannot imagine myself in any other career. I am so excited to be joining the fabulous team of veterinary professionals at Adobe. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with my family and friends. I have two cats: Nemo, a lazy orange tabby cat and a St. Kitts native; and Gatsby, a talkative grey tabby who enjoys knocking breakable objects off counter tops.
My Personal Voicemail: (650)209-9365
School: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, 2013
Special Interests: Emergency & critical care, ultrasonography
Pets: A scruffy terrier mix named Rhubarb and two polydactyl cats named Lobster Bisque and Toeblerone
Having spent time in various areas of the United States, I am happy to finally call California my home! I grew up near Fort Worth, Texas and traveled to New Jersey for my undergraduate education at Princeton University. I spent four years competing on the varsity diving team and I graduated with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I then traveled to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where I obtained my DVM. After graduating from veterinary school, I completed an internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency in Walnut Creek, California.
Through the collective experiences in my veterinary career, I have developed a strong interest in emergency medicine as well as the application of advanced ultrasonography. I am extremely devoted to client education and my priority is to ensure that every owner is thoroughly informed about their pet\'s health and treatment options. I truly enjoy getting to know my clients and their talented companion animals and I hope that we can work together to reach our goals for a happy healthy life.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking, and teaching my dog Rhubarb silly party tricks. I also love spending time with husband Ryan and going out with friends and family.
My Personal Voicemail: (650) 209 - 9376
School: Cornell University
Pets: 3 kitty-monsters (Tiger, Dragon and Calico)
I grew up in Vermont and went all the way to Oklahoma for undergraduate studies. I graduated Oklahoma State University in 2006 and spent a year working at an equine referral hospital in Oklahoma. I left Oklahoma for veterinary school in cold and snowy Ithaca, NY.
After graduation from Cornell, I completed a 1 year intensive rotating internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Virginia. During my internship, I decided that although I enjoy riding horses, I preferred the challenge and diagnostic capabilities available in small animal medicine as well as helping dogs and cats as family members.
Since my internship, I have worked in northern New York as a small animal vet and as an adjunct professor of anatomy at Elmira College. While teaching at Elmira, I learned that I have a true love for teaching, which I find fulfilled in my daily job of educating clients and mentoring students. I strive to provide the best care possible for every patient and work with owners to decide the best options for their companions. What I love about my job is there is always room to grow and evolve into a better veterinarian.
I have been searching far and wide for a new job that would be the right fit and fulfill my needs. Adobe is a one-of-a-kind practice where highly trained doctors and staff work together to provide exceptional care for their patients and clientele. I am so excited to call Adobe Animal Hospital my practice home.
After several visits to San Francisco, my husband and I recently moved across the country and reside in Fremont, CA. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our three kitty-monsters, traveling (anywhere!), running and almost any outdoor adventure.
My Personal Voicemail: (650) 209-9374
School: University of California at Davis, 2014
Special Interests: Small animal surgery, internal medicine, ultrasound imaging, and cardiology
Pets: 2 cats (Aria and B.B.)
I grew up in a small town in Romania, Europe. I always wanted to be a veterinarian and when I moved to the United States with my family in 2001, I was able to pursue this dream. Since then, I have been living in California and enjoying the beautiful weather. I graduated from the University of California at Davis in 2010 with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Animal Science. During my undergraduate studies, I was fortunate to take part in a few research projects involving feline genetics and endocrine disease in juvenile rats.
After graduating from veterinary school in 2014, I completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine, Emergency, and Surgery in Walnut Creek, at East Bay Veterinary Specialty and Emergency.
I love working with cats and dogs and getting to know the unique personalities from kitten and puppyhood all to way to adulthood and old age. I also enjoy the rewards and challenges associated with working closely with pet owners to achieve the best possible outcomes. My particular interests are surgery and abdominal ultrasound. I also enjoy cardiac cases and internal medicine. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, running, reading, cooking, playing with my two kitties, and of course watching TV with my family.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 - 9371
School: University of California at Davis, 2012
Special Interests: Surgery, emergency medicine, feline medicine, dentistry
Pets: Three cats - Billy, Dolly, Angel and Opal
I am thrilled to be back with the Adobe family! I was an ICU technician before attending veterinary school at UC Davis. I graduated in 2012 and have been in general practice and emergency medicine in the Bay Area since that time.
Veterinary medicine is actually my second career. My undergraduate degree is in engineering and I worked in the tech industry for many years. During that time I volunteered at a local shelter in the medical department and realized that I really want to do what the doctors were doing! I still spend time at the shelter, albeit a different one, performing surgeries and fostering pets with special medical needs. I find helping people and their pets to be extremely rewarding.
My special interests include surgery, emergency medicine, and feline medicine (hey, when you have as many cats as we do, you learn out of necessity...) Outside of work I can likely be found skiing, snowboarding, reading, or going to CrossFit.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 - 9363
School: Washington State University, 2012
Special Interests: Dentistry, Nutrition, Preventative Care
Pets: Sir Quigley (Orange Tabby), Kirby (Marble Tabby)
I grew up in Dublin California and I went to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Dairy Science. While in San Luis Obispo I participated in a varied amount of jobs figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, including: dairy calf feeder, community service officer for campus police department, Starbucks barista, abattoir employee, Escuela cow-calf Ranch and Swanton Pacific Stocker cattle ranch participant, to name a few. Instead of staying local for veterinary school, I expanded my horizons and attended Washington State University in Pullman Washington (GO COUGS!).
School: University of Pennsylvania, 2000
Special Interests: Board Certified in Emergency and Critical Care
Pets: My cute rescue dogs Koji and Coda
I grew up in South America with my diplomatic parents and then went to college and veterinary school in Pennsylvania. I was fortunate enough to spend two years in Japan teaching English before vet school and am always excited for a chance to practice my remedial Japanese.
After vet school, I completed a one year internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York before moving to California for a residency in emergency and critical care. I became board certified in 2005 and worked in Los Angeles and San Diego where I trained interns and residents. I am also actively involved in the Emergency and Critical Care College and was most recently on the exam committee. My primary interest is respiratory disease and mechanical ventilation, but I am interest in all aspects of emergency and critical care.
I love working at Adobe because of the amazing teamwork and absolute commitment to the patients and their owners. When not at work, I can usually be found at the beach either scuba diving, swimming, or kayaking.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 - 9349
School: University of California at Davis, 2002
Pets: Pyro, Ari, Wiki and Raad (my border collies)
I grew up in Santa Barbara, California and I am the first person in my family to attend college. As a child, I became focused on becoming a veterinarian and volunteered many hours at the local humane society and animal shelter, often taking care of the sick animals. I earned my bachelor\\\\\\\'s degree, while working full time as a veterinary nurse, from UC Santa Barbara and then attending UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The following year, I completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego where the large emergency and specialty caseload gave me valuable experience in stabilization and treatment of the emergency patient, emergency surgery and critical care.
From there, I continued my dream of practicing high quality emergency and specialty veterinary medicine on the west coast when I moved to Santa Cruz and joined the team of veterinarians at Pacific Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service where I stayed for 11 years! In 2015, I made a brave decision to branch out from my first \\\\\\\'family\\\\\\\' in veterinary medicine to become part of the dedicated team of professionals at Adobe Animal Hospital. I have truly enjoyed getting to know my coworkers and clients and feel grateful to be part of this amazing hospital. I continue to have a special interest in emergency surgery, enjoy challenging critical care cases and have found a recent interest in medical acupuncture for animals. While I am not working hard saving animal lives, I can be found almost every weekend in the mountains pursuing my love of \\\\\\\'enduro\\\\\\\' style mountain biking, hiking or heading to the beach with my dogs for a game of soft bite Frisbee or surfing. I am passionate about the environment from the mountains to the oceans. I also still enjoy training my border collies Pyro, Ari, Wiki and Raad for USDAA and AKC dog agility and have competed on both the local and national level since the time that I was 13 years old.
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 - 9352
School: University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Pets: Moluccan cockatoos, chickens and German Shepherd dogs
As a native of the coast side, I am glad to be back in Northern California! My journey has taken me from UC Berkeley, where I earned a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology to vet school in Scotland. After veterinary school, I moved to Southern California to complete a rigorous small animal medicine, surgery and emergency internship at VCA West Los Angeles.
Throughout high school, college, and beyond, I was a competitive three day event rider and earned an A-level Pony Club rating. I hung up my spurs (temporarily) to move to Edinburgh, Scotland and travel. Being abroad gave me the invaluable opportunity to visit Africa, Australia and Western Europe, but now I am happy to be home with the awesome team that is Adobe Animal Hospital!
My personal voicemail: (650) 209 - 9373
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