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VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital

14790 Washington Ave | San Leandro, CA 94578

Call 510-969-2355
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • Cardiology (Heart & Vascular Care)
  • Dermatology (Skin Care)
  • Emergency & Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology (Cancer Treatment)
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
Description

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists provides state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapeutics in a caring environment. We are one of the few 24-hour Specialty and Critical Care facilities in Northern California providing expert care to you and your pet around the clock.

The specialists at our hospital work as a team to provide multi-specialty care for your pet. It is our goal that your pet receives the utmost supportive, endearing care while benefiting from our combined knowledge and technical skills.

We look forward to serving you, your dog, cat and other pets. Everyone on our staff believes that the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible advanced care for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need and never rush through an exam. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health.

In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.

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Cecile Siedlecki

Medical Director
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Oncology
Departments: Oncology

Dr. Siedlecki received her B.S. in Chemistry and worked as a classically trained chemist in the aerospace industry before returning to school to pursue her life long dream of becoming a veterinarian, combining both science with the human-animal bond.

Dr. Siedlecki understands the worry and concerns that her pet owners have and spends the time necessary to explain their pet's disease and treatment options. She is passionate about treating lymphoma, as it is a disease responsive to chemotherapy. She takes great joy in providing all of her chemotherapy patients with a high quality of life. Dr. Siedlecki finds oncology, the study of cancer, extremely rewarding because of the rapport that develops between her clients and herself over a course of treatment.

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Justin W. Allen

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Cardiology
Departments: Cardiology

Clinical Interests: emergency therapy of heart failure/arrhythmias, electroshock, and interventional procedures such as pacemaker implantation and patent ductus arteriosus occlusion

Dr. Justin Allen grew up on a farm in central Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he traveled to Los Angeles, California for an internship program at a private practice; he then moved to California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles for a 3-year private practice residency program in Cardiology. He received board-certification in 2010.

Dr. Allen is enjoying the new climate in the Bay Area and is looking forward to getting to know Northern California. He enjoys hiking, fishing, swimming and diving. He and his wife Kimberly share a love of food and are particularly excited about trying the large diversity of delicious foods in the region. They currently live in Fremont with 4 cats (Peeps, Ganon, Creamy and Peanut) and one vocal Shiba Inu (Jasmine) - although they are preparing for a baby later this year (it's a boy).

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Kimberly Carlson

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Departments: Surgery

Clinical Interests: Orthopedic surgeries such as tibial tuberosity advancement, tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, triple pelvic osteotomy and total hip replacement, as well as neurosurgery and urogenital surgery

Dr. Kimberly Carlson graduated from the University of Illinois in 2001. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center of New York, as well as a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Dr. Carlson finished her surgical residency at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine before moving to Northern California.

Dr. Carlson's personal interests include scuba diving, jogging and weight training. She is an avid and knowledgeable collector of antique and vintage movie posters, particularly film noir and science fiction. She has a special love for German Shepherds and lives with one (Rayne), as well as a pit/lab cross (Jax), four cats (Butch, Jaques, Buddy and Mac), and her husband Greg.

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Richard Kienle

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Texas A&M University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Cardiology
Departments: Cardiology

Dr. Richard Kienle, in addition to routine cardiology services like electrocardiography and echocardiography, offers pacemaker implantation, Holter monitoring and other interventional procedures. Dr. Kienle enjoys playing bass, riding horses and dirt bikes in his spare time.

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Michael J. Mazzei

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Michigan State University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Departments: Internal Medicine

Clinical Interests: urinary and gastrointestinal diseases

Dr. Mazzei attended Michigan State University for both his undergraduate degree and veterinary education. His tenure at Michigan State University was completed in 2001 and he then relocated to California for a one year small animal internship program in medicine and surgery. After spending two additional years in general practice, Dr. Mazzei traveled cross-country for a 3-year internal medicine residency at North Carolina State University. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009.

Dr. Mazzei enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but he is most excited by diseases of the urinary and gastrointestinal systems. He also has a strong interest in the human-animal bond and preserving the relationship between a pet and owner.

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Elizabeth (Beth) Orcutt

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of Florida
Certifications:American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Departments: Internal Medicine

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Carlo Vitale

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Mississippi State University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Dermatology
Departments: Dermatology

Clinical Interests: histocytic diseases, immune-mediated skin disease in the cat, drug eruptions and vaccine-associated skin disease

Dr. Carlo Vitale received his DVM degree from Mississippi State University in 1991. He completed a small animal internship program at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1994, he completed his residency training in dermatology at UC Davis where he remained as a clinical instructor until 1997.

Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Vitale spends much of his nonprofessional time gardening and propagating tropical plants.

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Erin Adkins

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Clinical Interests: trauma cases, feline urinary diseases, internal medicine

Dr. Adkins grew up on the East Coast, and has been working in the veterinary field since she was 16 years old. She received her B.A. in Biology and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, then attended UC Davis for her DVM degree. She then completed a one year internship at VCA San Francisco Vet Specialists, where she developed her love of emergency medicine. Dr. Adkins has special interests in trauma cases, feline urinary diseases, and internal medicine, and takes great satisfaction in nursing critical patients back to health.

Dr. Adkins has two cats that have followed her from the East Coast, and has recently adopted a terrier mix puppy. In her free time she volunteers with various spay/neuter organizations in the area, visits the local dog parks with her puppy, and enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time in San Francisco.

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Courtney Ikuta

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of Minnesota
Departments: Surgery

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Megan Nyboer

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Cornell University
BS, University of Arizona
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Clinical Interests: cardiology, feline medicine, and veterinary pharmacology

Dr. Nyboer graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. In 2010, she completed an Emergency and Critical Care Internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Colorado. Her passion lies in emergency medicine and caring for critically ill patients.

Dr. Nyboer strives to integrate new and useful medications in the veterinary field and is skilled at performing emergency ultrasounds and advanced critical care diagnostics and treatments. She believes in forming a strong relationship with the referring veterinary community and always makes herself available for consultations.

Dr. Nyboer's hobbies include reading, gardening and yoga. She also enjoys being outdoors rock climbing, hiking, swimming, camping, and snowboarding.

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Nichole Svehla

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Kansas State University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care
Clinical interests: Trauma, transfusion medicine, emergency surgery

Dr. Nichole Svehla received her BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and attended veterinary school at Kansas State University. She practiced in emergency medicine in the Phoenix area for four years before starting at VCA in July 2011.

In her spare time, Dr. Svehla enjoys yoga, reading, hiking and spending time with friends. She has two Great Danes and a cat.

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Karen Truong

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

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Hillary Wentworth

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Cornell University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

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Erin Roof

Resident
DVM, Louisiana State University
Departments: Oncology

Dr. Roof grew up riding horses and helping veterinarians around the barn. At the age of 12, she decided she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Roof continued to pursue this passion over the next few years, working in veterinary clinics and obtaining a bachelor degree in biomedical science at Texas A&M University.

After years of hard work and dedication, she graduated from Louisiana State University with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Early in vet school, Dr. Roof became interested in the specialty of oncology. The new advances in cancer research and treatment options were compelling and led her into this field. Post graduation, she completed a rotating medicine and surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialists of South Florida. After her internship, Dr. Roof joined the oncology team at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Roof enjoys giving hope to animals that have been diagnosed with cancer and is continually motivated by the devotion of her clients to their four-legged family members. This has given her the strength to provide support to cancer patients and make a difference in their lives. When not at work, Dr. Roof enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Lela and Ginny, the kitty cat, Bonsai and riding her horse, Belle.

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Richard L. Segaloff

Resident
DVM, Tufts University
Departments: Oncology

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Gabriele Strottner

Resident
DVM, Washington State University
Departments: Oncology

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