Veterinarians

Vijay Vikash DVM, MVSc

DVM

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Vijay Vikash DVM, MVSc

DVM

Dr. Vijay Vikash has been a small animal general practitioner since 2019. He practiced as a mixed animal veterinarian in India for several years before moving to the United States. Dr. Vijay attended Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in India where he earned a Bachelors in Veterinary science and Animal Husbandry (BVSc & A.H.) followed by a Masters in Small Animal Surgery (MVSc. Surgery). He then completed his doctor of Veterinary Medicine requirements from the College of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Vijay has a special interest in Surgery including orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, cruciate ligament disease and oncologic surgery. He is a firm believer in constantly learning and applying new techniques to better medicine and his patient’s lives. His favorite part of veterinary medicine is bettering the lives of his patients and their owners. When not treating patients, Dr. Vijay enjoys hiking, being outdoors and exercising.

Mandeep Sandhu, DVM

DVM

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Mandeep Sandhu, DVM

DVM

Dr. Mandeep has been in small animal practice since 1998. He graduated from Punjab Veterinary College, India. Then he completed a one-year clinical rotation program in Alabama. Dr. Mandeep completed his Masters in preventive medicine and parasitology in 2000. He is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. Dr Mandeep has a special interest and experience in preventive health care, internal medicine, geriatric health and screening, routine and complicated surgery. He also has special interest in Laser Surgery and orthopaedic surgery. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife & kids

Kalyani Ektate, PhD, DVM

DVM

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Kalyani Ektate, PhD, DVM

DVM

Bio coming soon!

Administration

Gabe Reed, RVT

Practice Manager

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Gabe Reed, RVT

Practice Manager

Gabe began her career in the veterinary field in 2012 before graduating from Sacramento State University with a BA in Sociology in 2016. She received her RVT license in 2018 after completing the Veterinary Technology Program at Veterinary Allied Staff Education. Gabe has always had a passion for animals and grew up with horses, dogs, cats and a handful of exotic animals. Gabe is passionate about positive reinforcement training, especially in the veterinary setting. In her spare time, Gabe enjoys spending time with her husband Travis, daughter Kennedy, her doberman Hunter, her lab mix Bo and 2 cats Max and Tux.

Customer Service Representatives

Lauren Silver

Lead Receptionist

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Lauren Silver

Lead Receptionist

Lauren has had a passion for working with animals for as long as she can remember! She has been working in the animal care field since 2016, and
has experience working in small animal practices as well as working with farm animals and equines in sanctuary and hospital settings. She graduated from Carrington College in 2020 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and is passionate about everything involved with veterinary medicine, but found that her strength lies in customer service and
helping clients the most! When not at work, Lauren spends her time gardening, going to concerts, doing DIY home projects, playing disc golf, or trying out the many craft breweries around the Sacramento area. She shares her home with her spouse, Matt, and their sassy tortie cat, Rosemary.

Chelsey Chambers

Receptionist

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Chelsey Chambers

Receptionist

Chelsey grew up in Penryn, California. Her love and passion for the care of animals developed at a very young age. Raised on 50 acres, she grew up with a large number of different pets, from small farm animals to cats, dogs and a handful of exotics. She started out in 2015 working reception at an emergency hospital, this is when she decided she wanted to make a career out of the veterinary field. Chelsey loves learning all that she can and is planning to expand her knowledge in the future and hopes to become a RVT. Chelsey has a passion for the human-animal bond and loves to see that bond between our clients and patients. Outside of the hospital she enjoys doing arts and crafts with her son, playing with their pups, fishing, adventuring outside whenever possible with her family.

Jerico Celedonio

Receptionist

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Jerico Celedonio

Receptionist

Jerico began working as a veterinary kennel assistant in 2018, but found that his strength is in customer service and building relationships with everyone he meets. Jerico enjoys witnessing the deep bond between animals and their humans. When not at work, he spends most of his time experimenting in the kitchen and expressing his love language through the five senses of food with his trusty cat sous chef (Gidget). He also spends his spare time gardening, gaming, and volunteering at a LGBTQIA housing complex for senior citizens.

Patient Care Team

Marissa Zometa

Patient Intake Assistant

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Marissa Zometa

Patient Intake Assistant

Marissa has worked in the animal industry for most of her life. She started volunteering at a horse farm when she was 13 years old. Marissa also worked many summers as a dog grooming assistant with her aunt who was a dog groomer. She volunteered at the ranch until she graduated from high school, then decided to go to pet grooming school. She went to the Nash Academy of Animal Arts in Lexington Ky in 2015. Once she graduated with the knowledge to groom both dogs and cats, she interned under her aunt’s guidance for 6 months, expanding her knowledge and understanding of pet grooming. She groomed pets for 6 years before deciding she wanted to work in the veterinary field. Marissa has always had a passion for animals as well as most crafts especially painting miniature figures for D&D and sewing costumes. Marissa has had lots of pets, though she currently has two cats, Toki & Lilith, as well as a goofy little terrier mix named Tugboat.

Amber Aguirre

Veterinary Assistant

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Amber Aguirre

Veterinary Assistant

Amber has been working in the veterinary field since she was an intern while in high school. She loves educating clients about inflammatory foods to avoid allergies in pets. She is currently attending Sierra College with plans to transfer this fall into an Ultrasound Technology program. When she’s not working or at school she loves spending time with her friends, family, and cat (Bowie).

Sara Colby

Veterinary Assistant

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Sara Colby

Veterinary Assistant

Sara has had a passion for working with animals since volunteering at the San Francisco Zoo 20 years ago. She has worked in both general practice and at a specialty ophthalmology practice. Sara is a plant enthusiast and loves to spend time gardening, going on hikes, and painting. Sara shares her home with her two pups Monty and Bowie.

Tara Hannickel

Veterinary Assistant

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Tara Hannickel

Veterinary Assistant

Tara has been in the veterinary field since 2015 when she was a kennel assistant and has a special love for our feline patients. In her spare time, Tara loves caring for her houseplants and her two cats – Lanai and Tilly.

Eliza Sevilla

Veterinary Assistant

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Eliza Sevilla

Veterinary Assistant

Eliza Sevilla is a veterinary assistant and has been working in the field for about 4 years. She attended Yuba college veterinary technology program and graduated in 2018. Though she is not yet registered, Eliza still aspires to be a RVT. Eliza has volunteered at Country Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as well as internships during her program years. She enjoys learning about animals and the best ways to take care of them. Eliza loves listening to music and dancing! She has two dogs named Kiwi and Winry and a lovebird named Amarilla.

Kara Wildoner

Veterinary Assistant

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Kara Wildoner

Veterinary Assistant

Kara’s love for animals began as a young child as far back as she can remember. She started her career with animals in 2015 working at Bradshaw animal shelter. After attending school for animal behavior and psychology, Kara took what she learned to help rehabilitate at risk dogs in the shelter. Kara then worked with large animals such as cows, pigs, donkeys and chickens at a farm animal sanctuary and in 2018 began working in the Veterinary field and found her true calling. She has a strong passion for respectful care, client education, positive reinforcement and strives for fear-free care. In her free time Kara enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and their two dogs Riot and Tank, and their 3 cats Bella, Gohan, and Harley.

Katie Koepke

Veterinary Assistant

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Katie Koepke

Veterinary Assistant

Katie grew up in a farming community surrounded by horses, cattle, goats and pigs. While in high school, she volunteered at Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Sacramento Zoo. Her goal is to be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. In her spare time, Katie can be found reading and spending time with her dogs (Lily, Missy, Molly, and Charlie) and cats (Aspen, Clover and Sunny) and foster animals.

Kaylee Sorensen

Veterinary Assistant

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Kaylee Sorensen

Veterinary Assistant

Kaylee was born and raised in Utah, and moved to California after spending some time in Idaho. She began her career in the veterinary field in 2009 as a high school intern in the bay area. She had a golden retriever named Koda for 16 years, who she misses dearly. She now has 2 cats – Carl and Charles. In her spare time, Kaylee loves spending time with her son, crafting, baking and cooking. Kaylee enjoys talking and getting to know clients and their pets.

Laura Pumarada

Veterinary Assistant

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Laura Pumarada

Veterinary Assistant

Laura graduated with her DVM license in 2019 from De La Salle Araneta University. She moved from the Philippines to the United States in 2021 and has been working as a veterinary assistant since. Laura loves all animals, including the non-furry ones (she has had 2 ball pythons). Her dream is to work on a farm in the future. In her free time, she loves going to the gym, trying new food, playing golf, painting and spending time with her 2 cats Gus and Lexi.

Kennel Assistants

Ann Alyce Lohse

Kennel Assistant

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Ann Alyce Lohse

Kennel Assistant

Ann Alyce has loved animals from a very young age and she was fortunate to have parents that allowed her to have a plethora of pets. Ann Alyce has had reptiles, amphibians, rodents, cats, and dogs. Growing up, she spent most of her time on the weekends at her grandparents ranch in Orland, exploring and taking care of a variety of farm animals. She has always had a love for caring for those in need, and believes that animals bring out the best in us, which is why she fostered so many. Her dream is to one day own a little animal sanctuary with her family. In her free time, Ann Alyce enjoys helping her parents with their rescue pitbull Gilmour, crafting, and spending time outdoors with her friends. She would like to continue to progress in the field because she loves all that she has been able to learn and it is where she feels most fulfilled.

Taylor Watts

Kennel Assistant

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Taylor Watts

Kennel Assistant

Taylor has always been an animal lover with a special bond with horses. With 6 years of experience working with them, her dream is to become a large animal veterinarian. Taylor has worked at a dog boarding facility and has spent the last 2 years training them. At home, Taylor has Cooper the Russian Spaniel, Kiki the gecko, and Squiggles the hamster.