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Dr Caroline Sanoner
Dr Caroline Sanoner

School: France

Special interests: Emergency and Critical Care

Pets: Fetia (Australian Shepherd)

I’m a French veterinarian who graduated 6 years ago in France. After having worked in GP/ER for 4 years I decided to move with my husband to California in June 2016 to pursue an Emergency and Critical Care internship at UC Davis. I love ER! I have just recently finally obtained my US vet credentials and am ready to get back to work, as an ER practitioner. Aside from work, I love hiking with my adorable and playful 9 year-old Aussie Fetia, traveling the world and drinking wine. I’m very excited to be joining your team at the end of November and can’t wait to meet all of you! 😀

My Personal Voicemail: TBD

Dr Breanna Hillman
Dr Breanna Hillman

School: UC Davis

Special interests: General medicine, soft-tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and behavior

Pets: Kal (also known as Kalabunga, a calm sweet Shepherd mix) and Samantha (also known as Sammy girl, an energetic lovable Labrador Retriever).

I grew up in Southern California where at the age of 7 knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I attended Cal Poly Pomona for my undergraduate, studying the Pre-Veterinary tract. I worked in Emergency Medicine during my undergraduate where I fell in love with emergency medicine and strengthened my desire to become a veterinarian. I then attended UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. I am very excited to join the Adobe team and continue offering high quality veterinary care. I currently have 2 dogs that I frequently take hiking or to the lake in my free time. I also enjoy running, mountain biking, reading, and spending times with friends and family. I look forward to getting to know you and your pet(s)!

My Personal Voicemail: TBD

Dr Sierra Friedman
Dr Sierra Friedman

School: UC Davis

Special Interests: nutrition, small mammal and exotic medicine, and low-stress handling

Pets: A Shepherd mix (Ansel), two cats (Foxtrot and Brilliant), four parakeets (Lima, Sapphire, Argent, and Pan), and a husband (Kit).

I grew up in NorCal, and was often at my grandparents’ horse ranch in the Napa foothills. I attended UC Davis for my BS in Animal Science, and along the way picked up minors in English and Psychology. After graduating, I worked as a tech assistant and inventory manager at a small animal hospital while taking night classes towards a Master’s in Biotechnology – once I’d started working in the veterinary field I couldn’t resist the lure, and decided to apply to vet school. After graduating I completed a rotating small animal internship at Pet Specialists of Monterey, where I then stayed as an emergency clinician. I am looking forward to building those long-term relationships with patients and clients (and of course the Adobe team!) as I move into practice at Adobe. I am excited to be part of a team with such diverse strengths and interests! My professional interests include nutrition, small mammal and exotic medicine, and low-stress handling – though I am interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine! In my free time, I’ll do pretty much anything that takes me outdoors but I particularly enjoy hiking, kayaking, and gardening.

My personal voicemail: TBD

Dr Amanda Fiser
Dr Amanda Fiser

School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2009

Special Interests: Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation

Pets: Scarlett (a scruffy terrier mix) and Evander (an oddly energetic senior cat). My dog, Saba, and cat, Wyatt, are waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.

When I was five, we got a golden retriever puppy and I accompanied my mom to his first vet visit. While the doctor was examining him, I asked if this is what the doctor did for a living. He replied that yes, he was a veterinarian, which is a doctor that cares for animals. I then turned to my mom and told her I was going to be a vet when I grow up. I never wavered from that decision. I was born in Tyler, Texas but moved to Atlanta, Georgia when I was 12. I attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts and completed my clinical year at Auburn University in Alabama. While at Auburn, I met my husband in the emergency room at the local (human) hospital. After graduating from vet school I followed my husband to Houston, Texas which is where I lived and practiced for nine years. It was in Houston that I developed an appreciation for the fast-paced world of emergency medicine as well as slower-paced, methodical work of rehab. In the beginning of 2018, I followed my husband again to the South Bay Area of California. I was drawn to Adobe because of their team approach to medicine and how dedicated everyone was, not only to the patients and clients, but also to each other. When I’m not at work, I’m probably training for my next marathon, hiking, or camping. I also enjoy reading, painting, traveling, and pretending like I know what I’m doing when wine tasting.

Dr Charisse Ongie
Dr Charisse Ongie

School: Colorado State University, Professional Veterinary Medicine Class of 2017

Special Interests: Surgery, Preventative Medicine, Veterinary Forensic Sciences

Pets: A silly chihuahua/terrier mix named Doctor Whooves (aka the Whoovesmon), a most loyal lab mix named Severus, and a sassy guinea pig named Butters

Hello! My name is Charisse Ongie, and I am very excited to be at Adobe!

I am originally from Hawaii, where I grew up with pretty much all the animals you could imagine: dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, cockatiels, chameleons, turtles, and even the occasional newt. With my love for animals, I decided early on in life to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

I went to Colorado State University both for undergraduate and DVM degrees (go Rams!). I then completed an internship at Denver Animal Shelter, where I was able to provide much needed veterinary care for the Denver community and its stray animals. I treated thousands of animals, and I performed over 650 spays and neuters, 75 dental procedures (many requiring full mouth extractions), and 35 other soft tissue surgeries. With the case load I had, my love of surgery began.

I am a huge foodie! Outside of work, you can find me trying out the newest restaurants.

I am passionate for helping the community, and I am excited to continue doing so through my position at Adobe Animal Hospital!

Dr Sarah Bonnar
Dr Sarah Bonnar

School: UC Davis

Special Interest: Dentistry

Pets: Shera

I grew up in the Oakland Bay area, on the outskirts of the Augustin Bernal park, so am familiar with some of the wonderful parts of the bay – and also, unfortunately, with the traffic. Like most of us, my life has been shaped by an early love of animals and connection with the pets I grew up with. My introduction to veterinary medicine, though, was actually as a volunteer at the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to stay involved with wildlife projects (despite occasional concerns about the proximity of my sleeping bag to hyenas) while pursuing my passion for small animal medicine.

I focused during my clinical year on building surgical and medical skills, but particularly enjoyed emergency medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. I love the fast-paced environment and interesting cases that we see on emergency, but also find it deeply satisfying to build partnerships with owners struggling with chronic conditions like atopic dermatitis, to address the lurking pain and distress caused by periodontal disease, and to see the remarkable impact that we can have on quality of life for those patients.

Personally, I think that the most exciting thing about my life is my dog, a husky-mix “foster fail” named Shera. (She has her own instagram account as Shera_The_Dog.) When not showing people as many pet photos as they’ll hold still for, I enjoy reading science fiction, trying new things with friends, hiking, and backpacking. I’d love tips about the local trails and company while exploring the area!

A huge part of what drew me to Adobe was the level of teamwork I saw during my interview; I was so impressed with how people worked together to solve cases, support owners, and provide outstanding patient care. I feel that the culture and the quality of a practice shine through in how we treat each other, and I’m so, so thrilled to be starting my career with such an awesome group!

My personal voicemail: (650) 209-9356

Dr Hart Ling Cheung
Dr Hart Ling Cheung
School: China Agricultural University 2006, University of Edinburgh 2007 
Special interest: soft tissue surgery, exotics medicine, ultrasonography
Pets: Merlin, 2.5 year old malamute shepherd mix and Niu Nai,  20 year old ancient cat 
Growing up in the concrete forest of Hong Kong and living in high rises, I have always dreamed about having a farm one day which would give me the space of raising all kinds of animals, all pasture raised, naturally. I knew at a very young age that I would be working with animal and while most kids were playing with barbies or watching power ranges, I have always preferred going to petting zoos and binge watch national geographic. My favourite book at the time was All creatures great and small by James Herriot.
 It has not been an easy ride for me to pursue this dream and my journey to become a veterinarian spanned across 3 countries, through many twists and turns. I started at Iowa State University studying international business in 2001 and by the second semester I knew that was not a career path for me. I promptly switched to a pre-vet program, eventually moving back to China to complete my veterinary degree in 2006. I then attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to complete a Master degree in equine science. A job opportunity brought me to London for 6 months before I returned to Hong Kong and completed a one year rotating internship at a referral practice, where i mainly worked with cats and dogs. My husband and I moved to the Bay area 4 years ago and I worked in San Francisco for 3 years before recently joining the the Adobe team. I am very excited for this opportunity and look forward to pursuing my passion in both surgeries and exotics animals medicine amongst this wonderful team of talented doctors.  When not at work you will find me, my husband Ben and our gentle giant malamute  mix Merlin, exploring one of the many scenic hiking trails on the peninsula. I also enjoy traveling, photography, sampling good local grown foods and leisure horse back riding.
Dr Jennifer Koga
Dr Jennifer Koga

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

Dr Alexandra Philippine
Dr Alexandra Philippine

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

Dr Amy Nichelason
Dr Amy Nichelason

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

Dr Brennen McKenzie
Dr Brennen McKenzie

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 *

*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 The views on it are mine, and do not neccessarily reflect the views of Adobe Animal Hospital.

My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9366

Dr Brian Maxwell
Dr Brian Maxwell

School: University of California at Davis, 1998

Special Interests: general medicine; surgery; orthopedics

Pets: GiGi & Gus, both French Bulldogs

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.  In my spare time enjoy hiking, golfing, eating, and drinking wine.

My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9350

Dr Charlotte Corces
Dr Charlotte Corces

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

Dr Christine Metzger
Dr Christine Metzger

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

Dr Denise Johnsen
Dr Denise Johnsen

School: University of California at Davis, 2000

Special Interests: general medicine; abdominal ultrasound; feline medicine

Pets: Buttercup (Chihuahua), Kodiak (Austrailian Shepherd mix), 5 cats (Maya, Westley, Colby Jack, Diamond, & Tiffany), 2 guinea pigs, and a freshwater aquarium.

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.

When I am not at Adobe, I can generally be found spending time with my family which consists of my husband, our young son, and our menagerie of pets. In our spare time we enjoy going to sporting events, hiking, camping, and being with friends and family. I have also enjoyed participating in the canine sport of Agility, both with my old dogs who have passed away (RIP Cricket & Meka) and with our Aussie mix, Kodiak.

My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9359

Dr Elizabeth Ellis
Dr Elizabeth Ellis

School: University of Pennsylvania, 2002

Internship: Animal Medical Center, New York

Special Interests: emergency medicine, shelter medicin

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

Dr Jane Johnson
Dr Jane Johnson

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

Dr Kendall Younger
Dr Kendall Younger

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

Dr Kerri Shandro
Dr Kerri Shandro

School: University of California at Davis, 1999

Special Interests: general medicine and surgery for cats and dogs, abdominal ultrasound, and dentistry

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

Dr Kim Delkener
Dr Kim Delkener

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

Dr Lindsay Connors
Dr Lindsay Connors

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

Dr Monica Clare
Dr Monica Clare

School: University of Pennsylvania, 2000

Special Interests: Board Certified in Emergency and Critical Care

Pets: My cute rescue dogs Chauncy 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 intermediate 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

Dr Nancy Clifton
Dr Nancy Clifton

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

Dr Nancy O’Day – Has Retired!
Dr Nancy O’Day – Has Retired!

After 26 years at Adobe, Dr. Nancy O’Day retired in Sept.  Over the years she has helped countless numbers of pets from puppy hood to their last days.  She has a very loyal clientele that I know will miss her greatly!

Feel free to drop by with a card to say goodbye, thank her for her help or share a memory you have of her.  She is requesting no gifts, but if you really want to do something, you are welcome to make a donation to in her name either to the Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue (one of her favorite breeds of dog) or to the Adobe Fund (where she can continue to help take care of Adobe patients even after retirement).  While she is no longer working here, we can still get cards to her.

Thank you Dr. O’Day for everything you have done for our patients and clients.  We will miss you!

If you would like help finding another Adobe doctor, please feel free to contact Cindy Biby, RVT, our Hospital Experience Manager at (650) 209-9382 or E-mail:
Dr Nicolette Zarday
Dr Nicolette Zarday

School: University of California at Davis, 2000

Special Interests: internal medicine; infectious diseases; surgery; cats, dogs

Pets: Rosco and Gus (cats)

I started at Adobe Animal Hospital in 2000 straight out of vet school at UC Davis, after having grown up on the east coast and attended Brown University. After four years of practice, I decided to pursue a Masters in Public Health degree at UC Berkeley as I was interested in the connection between human and animal health. During this time, I had the opportunity to conduct a study on leptospirosis in dogs living in the slums of Brazil. After finishing that program, I returned to Adobe  worked as an associate veterinarian until 2016, when I was promoted to Head of the Veterinary Team.

While I enjoy all aspects of patient care, I especially love emergency and critical care medicine, ultrasound, endoscopy, and infectious disease. I see primarily dogs and cats but also birds, reptiles with legs, and goats. I love working with the stellar team of doctors and staff that we have assembled at Adobe, where we are always teaching and learning from each other, striving to provide ever better patient care for the amazing creatures we see.

My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9358

Dr Nathan Cote
Dr Nathan Cote

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

Dr Peter Hill
Dr Peter Hill

School: University of California at Davis, 1996

Special Interests: general medicine; soft tissue surgery; cats and dogs

 Pets: Fergus, WallE, Duncan, Conor (the Pugs) and Tiger (the Cat)

I grew up in Palo Alto and started volunteering at Adobe when I was 15 years old and found that I enjoyed working with animals. I got a job cleaning cages during high school and also worked at Adobe as a technician over the summers while I was in undergrad at UC Davis. I graduated from UC Davis in 1991 with a B.S. in Biology and subsequently started Veterinary school at UC Davis a year later.

I joined Adobe as a full-time veterinarian in 1996 and moved back to Palo Alto. I spent 2006 thru 2017 working the emergency overnight shifts and learned a lot from the challenges of urgent care cases. I am now glad to be back to seeing appointments during more normal business hours and am rebuilding my clientele. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, jogging, and am an avid Chelsea FC and Clemson football fan. My wife and I are almost empty nesters and love to spoil our pugs.

My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9367

Dr Renee Dippon
Dr Renee Dippon

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

Dr Sarah Thompson
Dr Sarah Thompson

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


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