Meet The Veterinarians & Veterinary Staff
Leslie Angus, DVM
Dr. Angus was born and raised in New Mexico. She attended New Mexico State University where she played and eventually helped coach the womenís softball team. Dr. Angus obtained her veterinary degree from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and upon graduation she promptly left 8 months of snow for the year-round sun of Los Angeles, California. She joined a 24-hour hospital in L.A. and worked the emergency shift for 7 years before returning to New Mexico to manage the emergency clinic in Albuquerque. She then returned to California to join PetCare Veterinary Hospital, where she has been practicing emergency medicine and critical care.
Jessie Barber, DVM
Dr. Jessie Barber was raised in Sonoma County. She received her Bachelor's Degree from UC Davis. Prior to earning her Veterinary Degree from the University of Minnesota, she was a Veterinary Technician at PetCare. Before escaping the snow and returning to PetCare, she graduated from an Emergency and Critical Care Internship at the Wisconsin Veterinary and Referral Center. Dr. Barber's professional interests include emergency and critical care medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, watching movies, playing videogames, and lounging at home with her cat and two dogs.
Catherine Barich, DVM
Dr. Barich is a Santa Rosa local! She attended the Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Davis to earn her Bachelor's in Animal Science before attending and graduating from UC Davis Veterinary School. While in Vet School, Cathy was President of the Canine Medicine Club and participated in research with the Department of Dentistry and Oral Surgery. She is passionate about all aspects of Veterinary Medicine with a special appreciation of Dentistry. Happily returning to Santa Rosa, Cathy enjoys spending time with her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dexter and Noah. She also enjoys swimming, running, and crafting. If you ask her, she will gladly discuss the current status of her favorite sports team: the San Francisco Giants.
Kristan Bonnett, DVM
Dr. Kristan Bonnett was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in New Mexico and then Humboldt County before graduating from UCDavis with her Biochemistry degree. She also obtained her veterinary degree from UCDavis School of Veterinary Medicine and upon graduation, was one of the original interns at PetCare. After working for a little while at PetCare after her internship, she joined a 24-hour emergency and referral hospital in Sacramento and worked as an emergency veterinarian for 6 years before returning to PetCare, where she also practices emergency medicine.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children, particularly taking them on adventures to the beach, the redwoods and the neighborhood park. She is equally happy at home relaxing and gardening as she is taking the family to the snow or the lake for some boarding. She has two dogs, an Australian Shepard named Rowdy and a lab mix named Carlo.
Kristy Bowles, DVM
Dr. Bowles grew up in Mt. Shasta, CA. She earned a BS in biology from Sonoma State University and her DVM from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bowles started working as a veterinary technician at 16 years of age in a mixed animal practice. Prior to earning her veterinary degree at UC Davis, Dr. Bowles worked at PetCare as a veterinary nurse. She enjoys spending time with her husband (Michael), their two dogs - Jilly Bean and Silus, and cat - Thomas. Dr. Bowles professional interests include emergency medicine, small animal surgery and ophthalmology. Her hobbies include hiking with the dogs, horseback riding, wakeboarding, camping, snowboarding, skiing, golfing and basically anything outdoors.
Roger A. Bradley, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Bradley grew up on a ranch in Kansas and worked at his fatherís veterinary hospital in the nearby town. He graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor of science and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree. After an internship in New York City at the prestigious Animal Medical Center, he moved to Davis, California, where he completed a residency in internal medicine at UC Davis. Dr. Bradley is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He practiced in Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, and San Jose before co-founding PetCare Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Bradley has two children, two big dogs, one calico cat, and two hamsters. He enjoys golf, soccer, mountain biking, and fly fishing,
Elliott Brenner, DVM
Dr. Brenner was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Science. After graduation he worked as a veterinary assistant in a small animal practice and as a wildlife ecology researcher before returning to school to pursue his doctorate in veterinary medicine. He attended the University of California, Davis for his veterinary degree. Dr. Brenner's professional interests include emergency, internal medicine, and medical device design. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and spending time with his family, friends, and girlfriend and their pets.
Elizabeth Brown, BVetMed MRCVS
Dr. Brown was born and raised in England and moved to California with her family when she was 13. She received her bachelor's degree from Sonoma State University and then returned to the UK to earn her veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College, London. After 4 years of gloriously British weather she is excited to be back in sunny California. Dr. Brown has particular professional interests in small animal emergency medicine and pain management. In her spare time she can be found with her fiancé along the Sonoma Coast, doing arts and crafts, baking, and gardening.
Kelly Carlsten, DVM, Diplomate DACVIM
Dr. Carlsten was raised in Bozeman, Montana, and obtained her bachelors degree in biologic sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. She earned her veterinary degree and veterinary acupuncture certification at Colorado State University before heading to The Ohio State University for a small animal medicine and surgery internship. Dr. Carlsten returned to Colorado State University where she completed an oncology clinical trials internship, masters degree, and medical oncology residency.
Dr. Carlsten focuses on quality of life of all her patients and their owners and has special interests in the human-animal-bond and hospice care. Her previous research focused on combination therapy for mast cell tumors, pet hospice, and client education.
Dr. Carlsten lives with her husband, Paul, two dogs, Bridger and Ewin, and cat, chino. She loves the outdoors and in her spare time enjoys hiking, kayaking, and fly-fishing.
Grace Davainis, DVM
Dr. Davainis was born in Tennessee and was raised in Petaluma, California. She received a bachelorís degree with departmental honors from Oklahoma State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Davainis completed an internship at North Carolina State University and was voted Intern of the Year. Dr. Davainis has authored and published several articles and has a special interest in cardiology and critical care.
Dr. Davainis lives with her husband, Nicholas (another PetCare doctor), their three children, one cat, and two black Labs. She enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and sailing.
Nicholas Davainis, DVM
Dr. Davainis grew up in Corte Madera, California. He received his bachelorís degree from UC Davis and his veterinary degree with honors from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Davainis was staff emergency clinician for 4 years at MedVet in Ohio (the largest emergency and specialty care hospital in the Midwest), and then practiced general medicine at a 24-hour practice in North Carolina prior to joining PetCare. Dr. Davainis has a special interest in surgery.
Dr. Davainis lives with his wife, Grace (another PetCare doctor), their three children, one cat, and two black Labs. He enjoys many outdoor activities (biking, hiking, skiing, and sailing) and is especially passionate about windsurfing.
Amanda Dossett, DVM
Dr. Amanda Dossett was born in San Francisco and grew up in Pacifica, a small beach town just south of San Francisco. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Evolution, Ecology and Conservation at Sonoma State University. Her undergraduate senior thesis project involved working with endangered Western pond turtles using radio telemetry to observe nesting behavior. After receiving her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences, she was excited to move back to Northern California. Dr. Dossett's professional interests include general practice, exotics and emergency medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, biking and canoeing with her fiancé and boston terrier.
Katie Forsman, DVM
Dr. Forsman grew up on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington. Pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian, she attended undergrad at the University of Washington in Seattle, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Continuing her education, she spent a year as a small animal intern at Tufts University, outside of Boston. Dr. Forsman visited PetCare as a vet student, and finding Boston to be way too cold, she has returned to the west coast to practice small animal general medicine at PetCare.
Dr. Forsman, her husband, and their dog love Santa Rosa, especially the weather! They enjoy hiking in Sonoma county parks, kayaking the Russian River, visiting the Redwoods, and consuming all the amazing food and wine the area has to offer.
Brianne Gessen, DVM
Dr. Gessen was born and raised by the beach in the West Los Angeles area. She graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School. Bree was active in the feral cat spay and neuter programs while at school, as well a variety of school clubs. She has since relocated to Santa Rosa with her two brindle mutts, Mugsy and Sandy.
Year round Bree enjoys keeping her dogs busy with a variety of outdoor adventures from hiking to romping on the beach, or simply playing anywhere they can be off leash. During the winter months Bree can be found hitting the slopes on her snowboard in the local mountains. And yes, the brindles also love to play in the snow!
Clare Gregory, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Dr. Gregory was born in New Berlin, New York, and was raised on a small dairy farm near Cooperstown. He joined PetCare Veterinary Hospital surgical group from UC Davis, where he taught for 24 years, 10 of which he served as chief of small animal surgical services. Dr. Gregory is world renowned for his contribution to veterinary soft tissue surgery, including the pioneering of renal transplantation in dogs and cats. In addition to being a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he is also a member of the Transplantation Society and the American Society of Transplantation. His surgical interests include cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, hepatobilliary, renal/urogenital, upper airway surgeries, surgical oncology, and correction of cranial cruciate rupture, medial patella luxation, and fracture repair.
During his free time, Dr. Gregory enjoys equine eventing, equine stadium jumping, and bicycle touring.
Hal Hawkins, DVM
Dr. Hawkins was born and raised in Bartow, Florida. He earned his bachelorís degree in animal science and his degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Though Dr. Hawkins has special interests in internal medicine, cardiology, and surgery, he most enjoys meeting clients and the opportunity to foster the humanĖanimal bond.
Dr. Hawkins's hobbies include camping, hiking, vegetable gardening, barbecuing, and spending time outdoors with his wife, Mary. A farmer at heart, he manages several small family-owned citrus groves in his spare time. He and his wife are enjoying their new daughter Maeve, and spending time with their dogs Annie McMuffin and Bruno, and their cat, Rod.
Kim Henry, DVM
Dr. Henry was raised in Delaware and earned her BS in animal science from Cornell University. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 before moving to Los Angeles, where she worked at McClave Veterinary Hospital, a large 24-hour practice. She joined the team at PetCare in 1997 and has been an integral part of the hospitalís development. She has a special interest in emergency medicine. Dr. Henry lives in Santa Rosa. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, and traveling.
Jacqueline Kalams, DVM
Dr. Kalams was born and raised in the Bay Area. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduation she worked as a veterinary technician in an avian, exotic and small animal practice for several years before deciding to return to school to pursue her doctorate in veterinary medicine. She attended the University of California, Davis for her veterinary degree. Dr. Kalams' professional interests include emergency/critical care and internal medicine. In her spare time she enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, cooking and just spending time with her husband, their two cats and playful Weimaraner, Riley.
Beth Kenyon, DVM
Dr. Kenyon received her bachelorís degree from UC Davis and went on to graduate from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kenyon joined PetCare after completing a 1-year internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura. Dr. Kenyon has a special interest in feline medicine and is very active with community cat rescue. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sewing, and craft projects.
E. Freya Kruger, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Kruger grew up in the central valley of California and spent much of her youth raising and showing Quarter horses and Holstein replacement heifers. She obtained her bachelorís degree with honors in animal science from California Polytechnic State University and then went on to obtain a masterís degree with honors from Mississippi State University in veterinary medical sciences, where she was awarded the outstanding graduate student research award. She attended UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2006.
Dr. Kruger then traveled to Florida where she completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Florida and followed that with a residency in small animal internal medicine at UC Davis from 2007–2010.
Her professional interests include immune-mediated disease, liver and gastrointestinal disease, urinary tract diseases, and interventional radiology.
Dr. Kruger usually spends her free time with her two small, active dogs. She enjoys hiking, cycling, and golfing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. She also enjoys traveling and has an extensive list of new places she would like to visit.
Sadie Lakin, DVM
Dr. Sadie Lakin was born and raised in Pennsylvania before relocating to Sebastopol, CA in high school. She received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis in 2009. For the next three years she worked at PetCare as a technician. In September 2012 she moved to the Caribbean for 3 years to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. She then relocated to the beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado to attend Colorado State University and complete her clinical year of veterinary school. Dr. Lakin's professional interests include surgery, radiology and emergency medicine. She enjoys running, hiking, scuba diving, and traveling. In her spare time she stays active with her husband, Ronnie and two dogs Taya and Ottley.
Robin Mooney, DVM
Dr. Mooney is originally from San Francisco but spent most of her childhood in Calistoga where her family has vineyards. She received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, and her DVM from UC Davis. Dr. Mooney's professional interests include small animal surgery, surgical oncology, and pain management. She shares her home with her two dogs (Skipper and Hayden), two cats (Cricket and Sticky) and an ex-racehorse who has been trained as a jumper. When she's not working or out with her dogs she can probably be found at the stables.
Alex Neal, DVM
Dr. Neal grew up in Tallahassee, FL and then moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he worked and volunteered at various animal clinics where he discovered his love for veterinary medicine. He graduated with his doctorate from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Neal has special interests in surgery, ophthalmology, and radiology.
Dr. Neal lives with his beloved cat duo, Clarey and Cosmo. During the fall season, much of his spare time is spent following the University of Florida Gators football team. Dr. Neal also enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, cooking, and completing home improvement projects.
Cathy Robello, DVM
Dr. Robello grew up in the Los Angeles area. She received her bachelorís degree from the Occidental College in L.A., and received her masterís and veterinary degrees from UC Davis. Dr. Robello completed a non-traditional internship at Oak Meadow Veterinary Hospital in Los Gatos and was a resident in intensive care, anesthesia, and critical care at Georgia State Universityís Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dr. Robello has a special interest in feline medicine, trauma, and critical care.
Dr. Robello lives in Santa Rosa with her husband, Gil (a founder of PetCare and one of our veterinary surgeons), their three children, three cats, and three dogs. Dr. Robello enjoys raising her children and has an interest in photography.
Gil Robello, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, MS
Dr. Robello was born and raised in San Pedro, California. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from UC Davis and then completed an internship at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. After working in private practice in the San Jose area, Dr. Robello continued his training by completing a surgical residency at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated with honors and also earned a masters of science degree in anatomy and radiology. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Robello lives in Santa Rosa with his wife, Cathy (another PetCare veterinarian), and is a co-founder of PetCare Veterinary Hospital. The Robellos have two sons and a daughter, as well as three dogs and three cats. Dr. Robello is an avid golfer and also enjoys fly fishing.
Lacey Rosenberg, DVM
Dr. Lacey Rosenberg was born in New Jersey and grew up in Danville, CA. She received her bachelors degree in Dairy Science from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo before moving to Manhattan, Kansas, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Dr. Rosenberg is excited to be back in sunny California and working at PetCare! Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, and canine reproduction and neonatology. In her spare time, Dr. Rosenberg enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, and traveling, as well as attending and exhibiting at local dog shows with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She currently lives in Santa Rosa with her cat, Oliver, and her Cavalier, Quinn.
Rhonda Savage, DVM
Dr. Savage was born and raised in North Carolina. She joined the Air Force in order to experience life beyond the confines of the south and explore college options. While traveling, she obtained a degree in business management, learned to speak German, lived in Greece for 3 years, and fell in love with both science and California. Dr. Savage received her BS degree with highest honors in biochemistry from UC Davis. She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and went on to perform an internship at Tufts University in Massachusetts in emergency and general medicine. Upon returning to California, she worked as a general practitioner in both Mendocino and Marin counties before joining PetCare in 2008. She loves geriatric patients, preventive medicine, and managing general medicine cases.
Dr. Savage lives in Windsor with her husband, two boys, two cats, a dog, and multiple fish. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, jogging, reading, wine tasting, and good food.
Kim Soderholm, DVM
Dr. Soderholm grew up in Minnesota and Oregon before moving to Healdsburg as a freshman in high school. She earned her bachelorís degree in biology from Sonoma State University before attending the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed a 1-year internship in San Diego and has a special interest in emergency medicine and dentistry.
Dr. Soderholm lives in Santa Rosa with her husband, two children, two indoor cats, and a dog. They spend much of their time gardening and home remodeling. She enjoys scuba diving and traveling.
Amanda Stolpa, DVM
Dr. Amanda Stolpa was born and raised in Palo Alto, Ca. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from University of California, Davis and then moved to the Caribbean for 3 years to attend Veterinary School at Ross University on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. She then returned to Davis to complete her clinical year of veterinary school at UC Davis. Dr. Stolpa's professional interests include surgery, dentistry and internal medicine. She spends her time with her 2 black cats, Boots and Bobby, and in her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, as well as running, traveling, biking, and cooking.
Jessie Sutton, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Dr. Jessie Sutton was born and raised in San Diego, California. She completed a Bachelor's of Science in Biology at UCLA and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. Following veterinary school, Dr. Sutton completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Sutton returned to UC Davis and completed a residency in small animal surgery and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Sutton remained at UC Davis as a staff surgeon in the Soft Tissue Surgery Service for one year following her residency, training veterinary students and other residents.
Dr. Sutton's professional interests include minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, arthroscopy, interventional radiology), surgical oncology, wound management, cranial cruciate ligament disease and physical rehabilitation.
In her free time Jessie enjoys spending time outdoors with her fiancé and their three dogs - Brody (Border Collie Mix), Zeus (Chocolate Lab) and Ford (Black Lab). She is excited to explore the Sonoma county hiking trails and wineries!
Becky Talcott, DVM
Dr. Talcott was born in West Point, New York, and lived all over the United States while growing up. She received her bachelorís and veterinary degrees from UC Davis. Dr. Talcott has practiced in Los Altos, Davis, and Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Talcott lives with her husband, Dr. Kent Talcott (one of PetCareís surgeons), her two children, one cat, and a golden retriever. While not at the hospital, Dr. Talcott enjoys backpacking, gardening, reading, and photography.
Kent Talcott, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Dr. Talcott obtained his bachelorís degree in chemistry at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from UC Davis. After completing an internship at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital, he worked in private general practice in Campbell and Los Altos, California, followed by a small animal surgical internship with the Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Talcott then completed a residency in small animal surgery at UC Davis and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has authored numerous scientific manuscripts and performed professional presentations and lectures.
Dr. Talcott lives in Sebastopol with his wife, Becky (also a veterinarian at PetCare), and their two children, along with their cat and a golden retriever. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
Sam Tucker, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Tucker was raised in New England and obtained his veterinary degree from University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internal medicine residency at Tufts University.
Dr. Tucker's professional interests include gastroenterology, endocrinology, hepatology, nephrology/urology, immune-mediated disease and interventional radiography.
He now lives in Petaluma with his wife Margo, their two young boys, a crazy lab and a sweet orange tabby. In his free time, Dr. Tucker loves being outdoors and he can often be seen toting his kids around town on his bike.