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Dr Heather Corbin- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Heather Corbin- Accepting New Clients!

School:  University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2018

Special Interests:  Internal Medicine and Emergency & Critical Care

Pets:  A sweet old red nosed terrier mix named Jane

Born and raised in southern California with a short stint back east, I am happy
to be back on the best coast, calling California home once again! I grew up in
Santa Monica and completed both my undergraduate and doctoral work at the
University of California Davis.  While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I
competed on the UC Davis women’s rowing team and studied abroad in
Sienna, Italy. While in Sienna, I developed a true love for Italian culture and
wine! I graduated with a degree in sociology and worked in customer service
and sales. Unfulfilled with this career path and a lifetime of passion for
animals and science, I followed my dream of becoming a veterinarian.  After
graduating from veterinary school, I traveled to the east coast and completed
an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. After learning
that Jane (my sweet old dog) would not walk in sub 15-degree weather, we
decided it was time to return to sunny CA.

I could not be more thankful to be a part of the strong team at Adobe Animal
Hospital, where I can practice high quality medicine in a collegial
environment. I have a strong interest in internal medicine and emergency and
critical care. My daily intention is to the enhance the lives of our patients and
their parents by delivering quality medicine and sound communication as we
navigate through the diagnostic and treatment options that best fit your family.

Outside of the hospital, I can be found in the mountains; hiking in the summer
and snowboarding in the winter!

Dr Victoria Kartashova- Joining Adobe In Late Sept!
Dr Victoria Kartashova- Joining Adobe In Late Sept!

School: Voronezh State Agriculture University with a Doctorate of Veterinary
Medicine,2006

Special Interests: Surgery, Internal Medicine and Feline Medicine

Pets: Marusya

Dr. Kartashova was born and raised in Voronezh, Russia. She has always been charmed by
animals and intrigued to learn about them. She would surround herself with animals at her own
home, her grandparents’ house and on the streets of her home town. Eventually her love of
animals led her to pursue a veterinary career.
She graduated from Voronezh State Agriculture University with a Doctorate of Veterinary
Medicine in 2006. Being young and looking for adventure, Dr. Victoria moved to San Francisco,
CA shortly after graduation. After successfully obtaining her Foreign Veterinary Graduate
Certification, she started practicing at Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital.
Dr.Kartashova is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional
interests include surgery, internal medicine and feline medicine.
At home, Dr. Victoria has a cat Marusya. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, riding horses,
photography, reading and going to the theater or rock concerts.

Dr Rozalyn Donner- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Rozalyn Donner- Accepting New Clients!

School: Midwestern University, Glendale Arizona

Special Interests: Emergency and critical care medicine as well as the One Health concept

Pets: A three-legged black cat named Bogart is the head of my household. Bogart’s subjects include Igore, a goofy and lovable Great Pyrenees mix, and Ripley, a sweetly neurotic Great Dane.

I am a Bay Area native, hailing from Santa Rosa. I grew up with as many pets as I could persuade my parents into getting, including: dogs, cats, rabbits, iguanas, tortoises, hermit crabs, and a myriad of fishes, although I could never quite get them to agree to a hamster.

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and came to work for Adobe in the Summer of 2011 as an ICU technician to gain experience in the veterinary field. What I found in myself was a passion for emergency and critical care medicine that led me to enroll in Foothill Community College’s Veterinary Technology program in 2012 for my RVT license. During this two year program, I discovered that I wanted to pursue a doctorate in veterinary medicine for emergency medicine as well as One Health, which examines the cross-section of health and wellness of animals, humans, and the environment.

I left Adobe for veterinary school in 2015 and received excellent clinical training as well as working with the CDC on tick-borne disease prevention on tribal lands and private wildlife medicine that included work with birds, reptiles, pronghorn, and marine mammals. I am extremely lucky to have had these varied experiences, and I plan to maintain my involvement in the One Health approach while I practice clinical medicine.

I value Adobe Animal Hospital for their open-hospital policy, standard of medicine, and teamwork between doctors and staff. I feel so fortunate that I am able to be part of the Adobe family again, and to be back in the Bay Area with my husband, Casey. When we aren’t at the beach, we’re likely at a comedy club or sporting event, unless we’re at home, singing along to Queen, critiquing movies, playing with the dogs, and catering the cat’s every whim.

Dr Hannah Lau – Online Chat & Video Visits!
Dr Hannah Lau – Online Chat & Video Visits!

You will see Dr Lau on our new online chat system and helping our doctors remotely.  Dr Lau worked for us for about a year before moving to the East Coast.  Now she is back and helping us set up video visits so you can avoid traffic, figure out if you need to come in right now or have rechecks done from the comfort of your home!   Stay tuned for more about video visits.

School: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, 2017

Special Interests: Telemedicine, soft tissue surgery, veterinary outreach and teaching

Pets: Four very silly cats: Dusty (17 years), Scout (4 years), and brothers Rocket and Fats (10 months)

I am an east coast native who grew up in a small town in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley while showing Angus beef cattle on the county fair circuit. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s in Animal and Poultry Sciences before studying veterinary medicine at the same campus (go Hokies!) and focusing in companion animal medicine.  I started my veterinary career with Adobe in our Los Altos location from 2017-2018 and spent a wonderful year falling in love with the beautiful Bay Area and its awesome residents.

In summer 2018 my husband was offered his dream job back in my home state of Virginia, where we now happily reside. For about a year I enjoyed teaching veterinary students at my alma mater and performing soft tissue surgery at my local humane society. However, I found myself missing Adobe and in 2019 was lucky enough to rejoin the team as a remote veterinarian. Together with you, our Adobe clients, we are hoping to expand our telemedicine capabilities in order to bring you the highest quality and most convenient patient care possible.

Dr Sasha Hazelton- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Sasha Hazelton- Accepting New Clients!

Meet Sasha Hazelton, newest addition to the doctor team!

School: University of California, Davis

Special Interests: General medicine, soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and nutrition

Pets:  2 cats, Queen Priscilla Anne III and Potato. One lounges royally on my lap, the other sprawls on the ground licking the carpet. Can you guess who is who?

Born and raised in California I grew up in Napa and spent my undergraduate years in La Jolla at UC San Diego. Between classes and surfing I worked for local vaccination clinics and volunteered at wildlife rehabilitation centers in Peru and Thailand before attending veterinary school at UC Davis. During my veterinary journey I fell in love with nearly every specialty and species I worked with. I hated the idea of choosing only one focus and realized that general practice was my calling .

I am incredibly fortunate to be a part of the team at Adobe Animal Hospital. As someone who enjoys all aspects of  medicine it is a blessing to work at a practice that encourages its staff to pursue their interests and collaborate with one another to achieve the best quality of care.

When I am not at work I enjoy exploring nearby hiking trails with my partner Max, rock climbing, reading, cooking, attempting to garden, and singing to my cats when I think no one else is around.

I look forward to meeting you and your beloved pets!

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: 650-209-9355

Dr Sierra Friedman- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Sierra Friedman- Accepting New Clients!

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: 650-209-9360

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- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Charisse Ongie- Accepting New Clients!

School: Colorado State University

Special Interests: Soft Tissue Surgery, Dentistry, Exotic Companion Animal Medicine

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

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 hundreds of spays and neuters, dental procedures (many requiring full mouth extractions), and other soft tissue surgeries. With the case load I had, my love of surgery and dentistry 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!

My personal voicemail: 650-209-9369

Dr Sarah Bonnar- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Sarah Bonnar- Accepting New Clients!

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- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Hart Ling Cheung- Accepting New Clients!
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-Accepting New Clients With Pugs
Dr Jennifer Koga-Accepting New Clients With Pugs

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- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Alexandra Philippine- Accepting New Clients!

School: University of California at Davis, 2014

Special Interests: Orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and abdominal ultrasound

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.

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 their unique personalities, from kitten and puppyhood all to way through to adulthood and older 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 orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and abdominal ultrasound. Over the last few years I have pursued further training in orthopedic surgery, specifically in surgical repairs of knee joint injuries of dogs, fracture repairs of both cats and dogs, and dentistry. 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 (an elderly gentleman Boston Terrier), Tess (a corn snake who keeps her thoughts to herself)

Prior to becoming a veterinarian, I worked as an English teacher, 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 always loved both science and writing and have tried to keep both part of my personal and professional lives. Following college, I tried to be Jane Goodall and completed 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 Texas, I stumbled into veterinary medicine about ten years later than most of my classmates. It has given me tremendous opportunities to learn and grow as a person and to help my patients and clients.

I have had the good fortune to serve as president of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association and to speak on a variety of topics at numerous continuing veterinary education meetings. In 2015, I completed my Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I have also been able to find a niche as a writer and a teacher. In addition to publishing in several veterinary journals, I have released a book for pet owners and veterinarians—Placebos for Pets? The Truth about Alternative Medicine in Animals. I also train veterinary students at Adobe, and have taught writing at San Jose State University.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I love to read and to travel, to hike and to play my mandolin and guitar, and to keep fit running and training in Shaolin Kempo Karate.

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.

Publications

McKenzie, B. Placebos for Pets: The Truth about Alternative Medicine in Animals. London, UK. Ockham Publishing. 2019.

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.

Dr Brian Maxwell- Accepting Orthopedic Clients
Dr Brian Maxwell- Accepting Orthopedic Clients

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-Accepting New Avian Clients
Dr Christine Metzger-Accepting New Avian Clients

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

Title: Head of the Veterinary Team

Pets: A Shih-tzu name Abel, a rebellious black rabbit named Honey Bunny and 6 chickens

I grew up in New York City. 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. After completing the internship,  I spent two years working in an Emergency practice near Boston. I moved to California in 2005 and worked in a variety of day practices and for the San Jose shelter before finding Adobe when my own cat needed urgent medical attention.

I was hired at Adobe in 2008 as a relief veterinarian to help with the increasing numbers of urgent care cases and came on full time in 2010. Ten years ago, the caseload at Adobe was just starting to get busy enough that the staff veterinarians were having trouble fitting in urgent cases around their scheduled appointments.  Since 2008, Adobe has grown from a 10-15 doctor practice crammed into a converted house to a 25-30 doctor modern hospital with a satellite day practice in Los Gatos. We now have 2 urgent care doctors scheduled throughout the day to accommodate the more than 1000 urgent care cases we see every month during our busiest season.

Half my time is now spent on administrative duties but I am thrilled to still have the opportunity to take care of my patients and see emergencies.  When not on duty, I like to read, travel and explore local trails.

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- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Kendall Younger- Accepting New Clients!

School: University of California at Davis, 2008

Special Interests: general medicine, surgery, reproductive health

Pets: Golden Retriever (Lilah), Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Leopold), 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. 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 have been at Adobe since 2012.

I love building relationships with clients and their pets from puppy or kitten-hood to the golden years. I enjoy surgery, general practice, and reproduction. I feel incredibly lucky to work with all the incredible doctors, staff, clients and pets at Adobe Animal Hospital. It is a very collaborative practice where doctors and staff all work together to provide the best care and I love the open hospital policy that allows owners and pets to stay together as much as possible during their time with us.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling both locally and abroad, practicing yoga, showing my dogs, and spending time with my family.

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

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

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- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Lindsay Connors- Accepting New Clients!

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 Nathan Cote- Accepting Clients With Non-Avian Exotics*
Dr Nathan Cote- Accepting Clients With Non-Avian Exotics*

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 Cote is accepting all small mammal exotics and reptiles.  Unfortunately he is not accepting new avian clients at this time, but Dr Metzger is!

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- Accepting New Clients!
Dr Renee Dippon- Accepting New Clients!

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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