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John C. Baine III, DVM, DABVP

Dr. Baine is a 1985 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Contra Costa County for 30 years. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois veterinary school in 1986, where he met Dr. Frank Utchen. Dr. Baine founded, owned and practiced at Plaza Pet Hospital and Surgery Center in Alamo for a number of years before joining BRVC in 2009.

He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners(Canine & Feline Practice). His special interests are in general and orthopedic surgery as well as internal medicine. Dr. Baine has 3 children, 2 of whom attend college. He also has a mini Australian Shepherd and 3 cats.

 Dr. Baine is available for appointments Tuesday through Saturday. 


Janice Cain, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Cain graduated from the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis in 1984. Following a residency there she became board-certified in Internal Medicine in 1989. Her special interests are Internal Medicine, Oncology, Endocrinology, and Canine Reproduction. She is a nationally recognized expert in Canine Reproduction, has lectured at veterinary conferences around the country and recently authored the chapter on ovulation timing and breeding management in a new veterinary medicine textbook. She lives with her husband and their three children when they visit from college.

*Dr. Cain is taking on new Internal Medicine Cases and Reproduction clients*

Lauren Colby, DVM

Dr. Lauren Colby is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis, upon completing the DVM degree she moved to New York for her internship. Prior to veterinary school, she completed her undergrad in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, also at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Colby is originally from San Diego, California and is happy to be back in her home state with her husband, her lab mix, Dixie, and her cat, Gray Kitty. On her days off she enjoys hiking, spending time with her husband, and eating out at new restaurants.

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Colby is available for appointments Sunday through Thursday


Jim DeLano, DVM

Dr. DeLano graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. In 1989, he and Dr. Utchen co-founded Norris Canyon Veterinary Medical Center in San Ramon, which in the year 2000 became Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. His general practice interests include Soft Tissue Surgery and Behavior. In 2010, Dr. Delano joined the faculty of UC Davis to help teach business and exam room communications to veterinary students. He lives in San Ramon with his wife and their Great Dane Xena and Orange Tabby Wesley.

Dr.DeLano is not currently seeing appointments. 

Michele Dodd, DVM

Dr. Dodd is a 2003 graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis. She joined Bishop Ranch in July 2003. Her special interests are Internal Medicine, Preventive Care, and Emergency/Critical Care. Dr. Dodd also treats small mammals such as rabbits, hamsters, and rats. She lives with her family in Livermore. They share their home with their cat Charlie and dog Iris.

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Dodd is available for appointments Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


Cynthia Easton, DVM
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Easton is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis, and has practiced veterinary medicine for over 25 years. After a medicine and surgery internship at the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school, Dr. Easton worked for Pets Unlimited in San Francisco where she began pursuing an interest in holistic medicine. Doctor Easton has taken courses in Homeopathy, Western and Chinese herbology, and is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Providing clients with multiple options, doctor Easton helps clients choose the type of medicine best suited for them and their pets. Dr. Easton shares her home with 3 dogs, 2 rats, and her grown children when they miss a hot meal or need to do laundry!  She enjoys her backyard oasis complete with koi and turtle ponds.

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Easton is available for appointments  Monday through  Wednesday & Occasional Saturday. 

Larry Gilman, DVM

Dr. Larry Gilman is a 1983 graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. He completed an internship in medicine and surgery at Sacramento Animal Medical Group, then worked at Danville Veterinary Hospital. Doctor Gilman founded Marketplace Veterinary Hospital in San Ramon in 1989 and joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care in July 2006. His special interests include Feline Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Doctor Gilman has a special interest in treating Labradors and German Shepherds. He lives with his wife Patsy, three cats Eddie, Lily and Felix, and his three dogs pit bull Asha, Lucinda, a Catahoula Leopard Dog, and Labrador retriever Forest.

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Gilman is available for appointments Monday,  Friday & Saturday.


Bethany Jackson, DVM, ACVIM-C
Certified Cardiologist

Dr. Bethany Jackson is a board certified veterinary cardiologist. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, followed by a cardiology internship and residency at MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets in Worthington, OH. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the sub-specialty of Cardiology.

Dr. Jackson's interest in cardiology stemmed from experience with her own dog being under the care of a veterinary cardiologist. She saw firsthand how access to specialty consultation can help to further patient care. Her goal is to provide timely, accurate, and detailed cardiology consultations to allow accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease in pets so they can live long, fulfilling lives.

Schedule: Every Other Thursday 

Kristi Peterson, DVM
Medical Director

Dr. Peterson is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis. She completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Her special interests include emergency and critical care medicine, surgery, and ultrasonography. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and also has a special interest in feline medicine.  She lives with her husband and son, along with their one-eyed Jack Russell mix Sheldon.  

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Peterson is available for appointments  Sunday, Monday, and Thursday and every other Friday. 

James Pogrel, DVM
Partner & Veterinarian

Dr. Pogrel is a 1998 graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis. He completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine in 1999, and was on staff at Norris Canyon Veterinary Medical Center prior to its merger to become Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. In 2005 he became a partner with Dr. DeLano and Dr. Utchen in Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. His special interests are Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Laparoscopy, Internal Medicine, Oncology, and Emergency/Critical Care. He lives with his family which includes his two sons, Piper a Lab, and two cats Cricket & Macallan. 

Dr. Pogrel is currently on leave and not seeing clients at this time. 

Leanne Taylor, DVM

Dr. Taylor is a graduate from the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis. She completed her internship at NYC Veterinary Specialists in Manhattan, and at their sister clinic in Florida, where she furthered her special interest in exotic pets (reptiles, small mammals and amphibians). Dr. Taylor's special interests center around surgery -- orthopedics and soft tissue -- as well as cardiovascular, respiratory medicine and exotic pets. Outside of veterinary medicine, she spends her time skiing, road cycling, and spending time with her husband, their son Graeme and daughter Gwendolyn, their cat Saulter and their 65 year old desert tortoise, Mert. They recently adopted a new desert tortoise who is 100 years old!

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Taylor is available for appointments  Sunday through Tuesday. 


Michelle Tien, DVM

Dr. Michelle Tien, born and raised in San Jose, California. Dr. Tien attended UC Davis for her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. She spent a year working full time as a veterinary technician at a small animal general practice in Stockton. She continued to work as a tech while attending UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Completed a small animal rotating internship at PetCare East Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa.On her spare time Dr. Tien plays competitive badminton in local open tournaments. She also enjoys baking, traveling, and playing video games and board games.

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Tien is available for appointments Wednesday through Saturday. 

Myrrh Sagy, DVM

Dr. Sagy is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis. Prior to completing her veterinary degree she graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and spent five years in the Bay Area doing stem cell research. While at UC Davis, Dr. Sagy worked in a lab focusing on developing new methods to treat challenging bone fractures. She completed her internship at PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa with a focus on internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. An East Bay native, she loves the outdoors and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and swimming. Dr. Sagy has two cats, a horse, and 3 chickens!

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Sagy is available for appointments Sunday through  Wednesday.

Adam Scott, DVM

Dr. Adam Scott is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis.  Prior to veterinary school, he completed his undergrad at the University of Texas where he received his degree in mechanical engineering.  He grew up in Weatherfield, TX and enjoys cycling (both road and mountain), as well as hiking, running, traveling, or just relaxing with a good book.  He lives with his wife, Dr. Erin Scott,  their two spunky cats, Pi & Kylar, and their terrier rescue Rupert.

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Scott is available for appointments  Wednesday through Saturday. 

Erin Scott, DVM

Dr. Erin Scott is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis.  Prior to veterinary school, she completed her undergrad at UC San Diego, earning her degree in engineering.  She grew up in El Centro, CA and in her spare time enjoys being outdoors - hiking, enjoying a picnic, or running - as well as completing jigsaw puzzles, reading, and listening to live music.  She lives with her husband, Dr Adam Scott, their two rescue cats Pi and Kylar, and their rescue terrier Rupert. 

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Scott is available for appointments Wednesday through Saturday. 

Cesar Vega, DVM

Coming back to BRVC was a true homecoming for Dr. Vega! He originally worked at BRVC as a technician supervisor while getting his veterinarian license. Dr. Vega worked closely with Dr. Utchen, Dr. Pogrel and Dr. Delano and is happy to be returning to work with his wonderful colleagues and clients.

The biggest joy of Dr. Vega's job is the daily interaction with pets and clients. Dr. Vega enjoys being a part of a team who supports each other and are willing to work together to resolve challenging patient cases.

Veterinary medicine has always been a passion of Dr. Vega.  As a boy, he wanted to help and cure his pets and when they weren't well, he tried everything to make them feel better! It's important to Dr. Vega that all pets live a happy and healthy life. When not at work, Dr. Vega enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, and of course, taking care of his 2 dogs and 3 cats!

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Vega is available for appointments Sunday through Wednesday.

Kirsten Williams, DVM
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Williams graduated from the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis in 1992. She was on staff at Crow Canyon Veterinary Clinic prior to its merger to become Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. In 1998 she became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. With training in both conventional western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Williams is able to integrate multiple treatment modalities for her patients. She was recently voted Best Alternative Medicine Provider by Baywoof Beast of the Bay Awards.  She lives with her husband, two children, a cat, crawfish, and a snake.

Schedule: Dr. Williams is available for appointments on Thursdays, and occasional Saturdays. 


Stefanie Wong, DVM

Dr. Wong is a graduate of the Veterinary School at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Prior to veterinary school she completed her undergrad at UCLA and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. She spent time in the rainforests of Nicaragua studying the poison dart frog and also spent three months living and working in rural villages in Tanzania with the non-profit Support for International Change. Dr. Wong completed a rotating internship at VCA West LA in Los Angeles and her special interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery as well as emergency medicine and laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. She is a San Ramon native and loves to spend time with her husband, the outdoors running, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, and kayaking.

COVID-19 TEAM SCHEDULE: Dr. Wong is available for appointments Monday through Thursday.   


Margaret Simuro
Hospital Director

A member of Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care since 2001, Margaret's passion for animals and veterinary management has helped shape the hospital into one of the largest veterinary practices in the Tri-Valley area. A veterinary technician for more than 10 years with experience in emergency and critical care, she has managed multiple veterinary hospitals. Always on the go, she enjoys traveling, gardening,  spending time with her husband and their  German Wirehaired Pointer Kiel. They also share their home with two tortoises Captain Jack & Moriarty and Vinny Jones a Cat. 

Christina Keas
Human Resource Director

A graduate from CSUH with a degree in psychology, Christina has worked for Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care since its inception in 2000. An integral part in the growth of the hospital, Christina has held various leadership roles including reception, veterinary technician, and hospital supervisor. Now in charge of human resources, Christina helps manage over 100 employees. 

Debbie Mullins
Director Assistant

Debbie joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care in 2011. She has quickly become an essential part of the Administrative team thanks to her extensive background in Office Administration and Human Resources. A Bay Area native, Debbie is very family-oriented and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nephews, their dog Buck, and cats Peso and Penny. In her free time she likes to make jewelry, play games, and travel – especially camping in Yosemite, trips to Disneyland, and snorkeling in Hawaii.

Marcos Gomez
IT Manager

Marcos joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care in 2019.

As IT Manager, Marcos main focus has been to help out as much as possible when any tech issues arise. Marcos is very passionate on figuring out solutions and on contributing anywhere that is needed.

Marcos lives in the Dublin area where on his free time can be found running on the local trails or reading at the local coffee shops. Marcos also has an Orange Tabby named Nacho who keeps him on his toes.

Chelsea Capaccio, RVT
Training Manager & Advice Technician

A graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University and Carrington College, Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2011 and her Associate's degree in 2014.  She passed her board exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician and joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center in 2014 as an Outpatient Technician.

Chelsea served in many roles at Bishop Ranch including Patient Care, Anesthetic Technician, and Dental Technician before being promoted to Shift Leader.  She currently serves as a Treatment Manager and her primary focus is centered around our Vet for a Day programs, Hospital Tour Programs, Staff Training and Development, and making BRVC the best hospital we can be.

Chelsea is passionate about Patient Care, and loves the feeling she gets when a sick patient is reunited with their family and can finally return home after hospitalization.  "The patients seem to know they are leaving and get so excited when they know their family isn't there for just a visit; it truly touches my soul."  She also enjoys training new staff and answering questions; she believes that knowledge is the start of excellent Patient Care.  "The caliber of medicine at BRVC is top-notch.  I love being a part of the team that strives to move forward and is constantly evolving to reflect new changes and discoveries in the field.  I adore the people I work with; I spend more time here than I do anywhere else and I have built strong bonds with my coworkers.  The staff is my second family, I love everyone for what they bring to the team and the way they push me to be a better technician and a better manager."

Chelsea lives with her three cats: Cali and Tiger Lily (both DSH tabbies) and Dizzy (Calico) - and her wonderful husband too!  When she isn't working she enjoys cooking: it's her ideal stress reliever.  She loves to travel and explore new places and is always planning her next big adventure.  She also loves to read, go to Sharks games, go back her roots by visiting her family in Canada, hang out with her friends, and garden.

Currently on Maternity Leave until March 2020

Caitlin Schnaible
Hospital Manager

Caitlin joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center in 2015 as a Client Service Representative. Shortly after being trained in her role as a receptionist, she cross-trained as an exam room technician, pharmacy technician, and phone room team member. In 2017, Caitlin started training for her new role as a shift lead and was promoted to hospital manager in the summer of 2018. Her primary focus is client service and ensuring that our client experiences are constantly exceeding their expectations, making each visit better than their last.

"My favorite things about working at BRVC are the plethora of opportunities to learn new things and ability to easily build relationships with our patients, clients, and staff."

Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys traveling (usually too cold places), playing video games, and reading about quantum physics. Caitlin shares her home with Poutine a sweet main coon tabby. 

Jennifer Thompson
Hospital Manager

A graduate of Cal State Eastbay with a degree in psychology. Jennifer is a client service manager at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center who joined our team in 2013.

Her main focus is client service, and she works to ensure that both staff and clients are supported.  Making sure our patients and clients have a positive experience is a priority for her, and she maintains the same goals for her staff so that their work environment is a positive one.

"I am passionate about the contact I get to have with our staff, clients, and of course their pets every day.  I love coming in to work and knowing we are going to be able to help pets and their owners every day.  I love the relationships I build with our clients.  I am also passionate about getting to be here to support our staff.  Getting to help with training and building the team I work with makes me happy.  I love to watch people grow and see the community that naturally builds between staff and clients.  What drives me is seeing the difference we make in peoples' lives (and their animals' lives) every day."

Jennifer has two Maltipoos, Kona and Cooper. When she does have free time she likes to read, be outdoors, and enjoys baking as well.

Rachel Ray
Hospital Manager

Rachel joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care in 2010.  As a Hospital & Boarding Manager, her main focus is creating an environment in which her team can provide individualized experiences to clients and patients.  She is a passionate advocate for our patients, especially those with special handling and behavioral needs in Boarding.  "It means alot to me to give our clients peace of mind while they are away, knowing that their pets are in good loving hands."

Rachel also really enjoys training team members and helping them reach their full potential.  "It's an absolute joy to work with people who share my passion".

When she isn't working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her son and family.  She has a wide variety of pets including reptiles, cats, a dog, and a koi pond.  

Alessandra Munoz
Hospital Manager

Alessandra joined our team as a Technician Assistant while she was attending school at Carrington College. She received her Associates of Science Degree from Carrington College in 2015 and later passed her board exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She worked as an Outpatient Technician, Patient Care Technician, and Surgery Technician. She has assisted with the Vet for a Day Program for the passed two years. She is currently a Hospital Manager.

She has always wanted to work in the Veterinary field, and even aspired to be a Veterinarian. She loves training and passing her knowledge off to her fellow coworkers. Patient care is one of her favorite departments because the techs get to see the patients improve after being sick and we get a lot of one on one time with them!

She has two guinea pigs Onyx and Yam, and three cats Kimba, Alani and Kikko. She has two dogs at her parent's house Lusha (Cattle dog mix), Castor (Golden Retriever).

Melissa Welsh
Team Lead

Melissa always knew she wanted to work in the medical field, after taking multiple classes she was unsure what route she wanted to take. After she started working at BRVC in the Fall of 2016, she knew that she had made the right decision. She started working in reception then moved departments and became an exam room technician and later a pharmacy technician. Now filling the lead client service representative role she understands how the hospital flows and enjoys the variety that everyday brings.

When not at work she enjoys Harley rides with her husband Ryan and other outdoor activities such as boating and hiking with her Queensland Heeler named Duke. Melissa loves working with the different types of animals and being at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center to support their owners.

"He is your friend, your partner your defender,your dog. You are his life ,his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true,To the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." -unknown

Rebecca Vifian, RVT
Hospital Manager

Rebecca received her Associate of Science degree from Carrington College and passed her board exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2012.  That same year she joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center as a Technician Assistant.  She moved on to serve as an Outpatient Technician, Surgery Technician, and Patient Care Technician and is currently a Technician Manager. 

She loves working with animals especially in Patient Care.  She loves to see the transformation in a sick or injured pet as they become healthy again, and her greatest joy is to watch them be able to walk out of the hospital.  

Rebecca has a cat Maeby and 1 dog Kit (a Border Collie).   She has one brother.  When she is not working, she likes to go to Giants games, go to the city, and spend time with her family and friends.

Carlos Garces
Team Lead
Alyson Campiotti
Team Lead
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