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VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

600 Alabama St | San Francisco, CA 94110

Call 415-325-2069
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • 24/7 Emergency Care
  • Board-Certified Specialists
  • AAHA-Accredited Practice
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
Description

The first and premier multi-specialty veterinary referral hospital in San Francisco, VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists has served the Bay Area since 1997. Our full-service hospital offers specialized care, diagnostics and treatment for dogs and cats, including:

-- internal medicine
-- surgery
-- oncology
-- neurology and neurosurgery
-- cardiology
-- dermatology and allergy
-- integrative medicine
-- dentistry and oral surgery
-- behavior
-- critical care
-- 24/7 emergency care

We are an AAHA-accredited referral hospital. It is our honor to be on your animal companion's veterinary care team!

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Craig H. Maretzki, VMD, DACVIM
Craig H. Maretzki, VMD, DACVIM

Medical Director
VMD, University of Pennsylvania
Certifications: DACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine

Biography
Dr. Craig Maretzki graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. He completed an internship at the University of Georgia and a small animal internal medicine residency at the University of California at Davis. Between 1995 and 1998, he was a post-graduate researcher in infectious diseases at Yale University and UC Davis. Dr. Maretzki served as a clinical consultant in both internal medicine and cardiology for a national clinical laboratory and cardiology consultation service for five years. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, he lives in Marin with his wife, Kristine, and enjoys running and skiing.

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Leslie Larson Cooper, DVM, D.A.C.V.B.
Leslie Larson Cooper, DVM, D.A.C.V.B.

DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: D.A.C.V.B.
Departments: Behavior

Biography
Dr. Leslie Larson Cooper graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1980 and became a member of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 1995 (one of the very few in the country!). She entered private practice in 1980 and continued to serve as a lecturer at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital until 2002. She now focuses on private practice exclusively. Dr. Cooper's interests include the human-animal bond and feline behavior.

When not working, she likes quilting and costuming, photography, and singing at church and with the Davis Community Chorale, along with her sons Ben and Nick.

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Margo Mehl, DVM, D.A.C.V.S.
Margo Mehl, DVM, D.A.C.V.S.

DVM, Washington State University
Certifications: D.A.C.V.S.
Departments: Surgery

Biography
Dr. Margo Mehl obtained her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1999 and continued on to Colorado State University where she completed a one-year internship in small-animal medicine and surgery. After completing her internship, she went on to a three-year small-animal surgical residency at the University of California at Davis and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. After completing her residency, Dr. Mehl stayed on at UC Davis for three years, where she was an assistant professor in small-animal soft tissue surgery. Her areas of interest and expertise include vascular surgeries, thoracic surgery and liver surgery.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her son, and cycling and hiking with friends and family.

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Philip Watt, B.V.Sc., M.A.C.V.Sc., F.A.C.V.S.
Philip Watt, B.V.Sc., M.A.C.V.Sc., F.A.C.V.S.

B.V.Sc., University of Queensland, Australia
Departments: Surgery

Biography
Dr. Phil Watt graduated with honors from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1982. He completed a small-animal medicine and surgery internship followed by a small-animal surgical residency at the same university. After many years of teaching at the university, he took up a sabbatical clinical research position at Colorado State University. After his return to Australia, he began a surgical consultancy practice within and outside the university teaching hospital. He has lectured widely on a variety of small-animal and orthopedic topics.

Outside his veterinary surgery practice, he enjoys travel, food and wine, biking and swimming.

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Justin Williams, DVM, DACVIM/Cardiology
Justin Williams, DVM, DACVIM/Cardiology

DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: DACVIM/Cardiology
Departments: Cardiology

Biography
A board-certified specialist in cardiology, Dr. Justin Williams obtained his veterinary medical degree in 2007 from Colorado State University, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Los Angeles. He then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in west Denver. Dr. Williams finished his three-year cardiology residency at the M.S.P.C.A. Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston in 2011 before joining VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists.

Originally from Arizona, he enjoys the outdoors alongside his wife, Emily, and their two children. His hobbies include fly-fishing, hiking, photography, drawing and ice hockey.

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David B. Y. Fong, DVM, LAc, Dipl. OM
David B. Y. Fong, DVM, LAc, Dipl. OM

DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: Diplomate OM
Departments: Integrative Medicine

Biography
Dr. David B. Y. Fong is a holistic veterinarian who has been involved with holistic medicine since 1993. He is a Colorado State University graduate, a certified veterinary acupuncturist and herbalist from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and a California board-certified licensed acupuncturist for humans.

He offers complementary modalities including acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine, chiropractic, nutrition and contact reflex analysis. He is dedicated to exploring new and different modalities that offer less invasive treatments than surgery, antibiotics or steroids. His goal is to discover a harmonious integration of techniques.

When not working, he enjoys a good round of golf, exploration of different parts of San Francisco and California, hiking, and spending quality time with friends.

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Elyse Hammer, DVM
Elyse Hammer, DVM

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

Biography
Dr. Elyse Hammer grew up in Northern California. She received her bachelor�s degree in animal science from the University of California at Davis in 2007, before being accepted to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated at the top of her UC Davis class in 2011.

Dr. Hammer completed her small-animal internship at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in 2012, realizing her love for anything and everything truly emergency, and developing a particular interest in toxicity cases.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and �zoning out� at the gym, lots of reading, traveling and tasting wine with her husband, Brett, and hanging out with her cat, Nube.

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Thomas McEntegart, DVM
Thomas McEntegart, DVM

DVM, University of Minnesota
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Biography
Dr. Thomas McEntegart earned his DVM from the University of Minnesota after performing his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, Dr. McEntegart completed a rotating internship in medicine, surgery and emergency medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. In 2004, he left his hometown of New York City and moved to the beautiful Bay Area. While working at the San Francisco SPCA for three years, Dr. McEntegart regularly appeared on K.R.O.N.-4's "Ask the Vet" feature. Before joining emergency services at S.F.V.S., he practiced at several local emergency hospitals.

He and his partner, Jeff, share their Berkeley home with their three children. Outside emergency medicine, he enjoys hiking, kayaking and film noir.

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Emily Wong, DVM
Emily Wong, DVM

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

Biography
Dr. Emily Wong received her DVM from the University of California at Davis in 2006, where she also had completed her bachelor's in animal science in 2001. Dr. Wong went on to complete her small-animal internship, focused primarily on emergency medicine, at South Paws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to joining S.F.V.S. in 2008, she was a full-time faculty emergency veterinarian at UC Davis. Dr. Wong, who grew up in San Francisco, is fluent in English and Mandarin with some fluency in Cantonese.

Outside her veterinary practice, she enjoys spending time with her husband and cats, traveling internationally, and exploring the outdoors with her dog. Dr. Wong helped create a nonprofit called San Francisco Aid for Animals and is a former S.F.A.f.A. board member. This nonprofit awards grants to local veterinarians for emergency cases facing financial hardship.

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Erin Burdette, DVM
Erin Burdette, DVM

DVM, University of Georgia
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Biography
Dr. Erin Burdette was born and raised in middle Georgia. Growing up, she focused most of her energy on tennis and has competed around the world, including in the US Open. She went on to play tennis at Stanford University, where she received her bachelor�s degree in biological sciences. After earning her DVM from the University of Georgia, Dr. Burdette returned to the Bay Area to complete her internship at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, where she discovered her interest in emergency medicine. When not working, she enjoys spinning, cooking, watching sports and exploring the city with her Italian greyhound, Ella.

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Stephen Atwater, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Stephen Atwater, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: DACVIM/Oncology
Departments: Oncology

Biography
Dr. Stephen Atwater attended Lafayette College and graduated with a B.S. in 1981. He then attended Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he graduated in1989. Dr. Atwater completed his residency in oncology and received his M.S. in clinical sciences in 1993. Professional interests include internal medicine and oncology. He is a member of the following professional organizations: ACVIM, AVMA, AAHA, V.C.S., C.C.V.M.A. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, cycling and cooking.

Dr. Atwater says: ?I chose the field of oncology because I get to work with some of the most devoted and compassionate pet owners, helping them make the best decision for their animal?s cancer. This is an often satisfying aspect of a sometimes frustrating specialty. Often times, I can provide some hope, when none is expected. Although most of my patients are never cured of their cancer, they typically obtain good quality of life for the remainder of their time.?

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Jason Kidd, DVM, DACVIM/Oncology
Jason Kidd, DVM, DACVIM/Oncology

DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: DACVIM/Oncology
Departments: Oncology

Biography
Dr. Jason Kidd received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 2007. He completed an internship at Colorado State University in 2008 and a small-animal medical oncology residency at North Carolina State University in 2011. Dr. Kidd focuses on maintaining quality of life for his patients and helps owners to make the most informed decisions possible for their beloved pets. He joined VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists full-time in 2013, and his clinical interests include lymphoma, histiocytic cancers and metronomic chemotherapy.

Dr. Kidd was born and raised in the Bay Area and is happy to be working in his hometown. He lives with his wife, Katherine (also a veterinarian), and their rescue pup, Fintan, a pointer mix. When not working, he loves surfing, snowboarding, hiking and seeing live music.

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Lisa Klopp, DVM, DACVIM/Neurology
Lisa Klopp, DVM, DACVIM/Neurology

DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: DACVIM/Neurology
Departments: Neurology

Biography
Dr. Lisa Klopp has published articles on veterinary and human neurological problems and has advanced the technology and treatment outcomes for brain tumors in dogs and cats. She advocates the use of minimally invasive endoscope-assisted neurosurgical procedures and is a proponent of interventional pain management and physical therapy for the neurological patient.

After graduating from Colorado State University�s veterinary school in 1992, Dr. Klopp completed a yearlong internship working with small animals at North Carolina State University, followed by a year of training in anatomic pathology at the University of Arizona. In 1997, she completed her residency in neurology and neurosurgery at Auburn University, earning a master�s degree studying surgical approaches to the brain stem in dogs. After teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Colorado State University, Dr. Klopp began working in private practice in 2009 and has been with VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists since 2012.

In her spare time, she hangs out with her cat, Finnegan (aka �The Puzz�), and her horse, Gypsy. She loves to read, watch chick flicks with her mom, sing karaoke, and cheer on the Dallas Cowboys.

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Laura West, DVM, DACVIM
Laura West, DVM, DACVIM

DVM, University of Georgia
Certifications: DACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine

Biography
Dr. Laura West received her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2007. She went on to complete a rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut, and a specialty internship in internal medicine at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles.

Dr. West completed her residency training at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego in 2012, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013. Her special interests include feline medicine, immune-mediated disease and endocrinology.

Outside her veterinary practice, she greatly values spending time with her husband and their two cats, Kitten and Gypsy. She also enjoys yoga, running and hiking in the great outdoors.

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Winnie Ybarra, DVM, DACVIM
Winnie Ybarra, DVM, DACVIM

DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: DACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine

Biography
Dr. Winnie Low Ybarra was born in Rangoon, Burma, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked as a veterinary technician prior to obtaining her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis in 2008, and went on to complete a medical and surgical internship at North Carolina State University. Dr. Ybarra moved back to the Bay Area and worked as a general practitioner, emergency veterinarian and shelter veterinarian. She then completed an internal medicine residency at UC Davis in 2013.

Dr. Ybarra�s professional interests include immune-mediated, endocrine, renal, urinary and respiratory disorders, as well as endoscopic procedures and laparoscopy. Her research publications focused on canine urinary stones, feline airway disease and urinary tract infections (for which she received an award). She has received numerous accolades for her excellent teaching of veterinary students and outstanding patient care.

As an advocate for animal welfare and rescue, Dr. Ybarra has rescued many pets that share her home, including three four-legged dogs, one three-legged dog and several cats that rule the house. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and trying out new restaurants with her husband and baby, Lucas!

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Kristine Yee-Chan, DVM, DACVIM/Cardiology
Kristine Yee-Chan, DVM, DACVIM/Cardiology

DVM, Cornell University
Certifications: DACVIM/Cardiology
Departments: Cardiology

Biography
Originally from New York City, Dr. Kristine Chan received her B.S. in animal science and DVM from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She then completed an internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and a cardiology residency at California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, where she achieved board certification in 2009. She subsequently entered a postdoctoral fellowship at an interventional cardiology lab at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Heart Institute, where she trained in catheterization and ablation techniques.

She always thought she would return home to New York, but then met her husband who was born and bred in San Francisco. So Dr. Chan is here in the Bay Area to stay! In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking, hiking, yoga, going to the beach, and playing fetch with Butters, their rescue cat with an atrial septal defect.

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Melissa Bucknoff, DVM
Melissa Bucknoff, DVM

DVM, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Biography
Dr. Melissa Bucknoff was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut. She attended Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies, where she obtained her DVM. She completed her clinical year rotations at North Carolina State University in 2010, followed by a small-animal rotating internship at Tufts University. She remained at Tufts and completed an emergency and critical care residency in 2014.

Dr. Bucknoff�s medical interests include coagulation disorders, infectious disease and sepsis, transfusion medicine, and trauma care. An advocate for the �one health� initiative, she believes in human and veterinary medicine learning from one another and working together. Last fall, she had the opportunity to spend time in a human trauma surgery unit to further this mission.

Her personal interests include travel, music and guitar, and spending time with her one-eyed shih tzu and little beagle mix.

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Allegra Roth, DVM
Allegra Roth, DVM

DVM, Western University of Health Sciences
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Biography
Dr. Allegra Roth received her DVM from Western University in Pomona, California. Her love of animals began in rural Half Moon Bay, where she spent her childhood riding horses. She earned her bachelor�s degree at California Polytechnic University, studying pre-veterinary medicine. She completed a rotating internship at VCA S.F.V.S., where her love for emergency medicine blossomed.

When she is not in the clinic, she likes skiing, surfing and backpacking with her tripod pit bull, Lexi.

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Amalia Zacher, DVM
Amalia Zacher, DVM

DVM, University of California, Davis
Departments: Dentistry

Biography
Dr. Amalia Zacher received her B.S. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). To pursue a career in veterinary medicine, she met prerequisite biology requirements by earning a B.S. in biology with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine at UC Davis, Dr. Zacher completed a small-animal rotating internship at S.F.V.S. and a residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is particularly interested in oral surgery and periodontal disease.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and going to the beach with her boyfriend and her dogs, Feroce and Momo, as well as traveling, biking, yoga, natural history and ethnic foods.

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Laura Wilson, DVM, D.A.C.V.D.
Laura Wilson, DVM, D.A.C.V.D.

DVM, UC Davis
Certifications: D.A.C.V.D.
Departments: Dermatology

Biography
A native Californian, Dr. Laura Wilson received her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis in 2006, where she developed a love for dermatology. She completed her dermatology residency in the high-paced private practice atmosphere of the Animal Dermatology Clinic in Tustin, California. Dr. Wilson is passionate about all things dermatology, especially getting to know her clients and working with them to provide the best short- and long-term plans to remedy their pets� dermatologic diseases. She loves the challenge of tailoring treatment plans that a pet will tolerate at home, keeping in mind any emotional, financial or physical limitations of the client.

Dr. Wilson is a team player, both with her veterinary colleagues � and on the volleyball court! She was a Division I varsity volleyball player and track team member at the College of William & Mary, and continues to be as active as she can. When not treating dermatologic diseases, she loves to mountain bike cross country, practice Pilates and yoga, stand-up paddle board, and restore her 1965 Volvo.

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