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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.

Schedule: Dr. Baine is available for appointments Tuesday through Saturday.

Janice Cain, DVM, DAVIM

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 text book. She lives with her husband and their three children when they visit from college.

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 four children when they are home from college along with their Chichuahua "Luke Skywalker" and their Great Dane Xena.

Schedule: Dr. DeLano is available for appointments Wednesdays & Fridays

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 as well as their dogs Keira and Iris.
Schedule: Dr. Dodd is available for appointments Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. 

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.

Schedule: Dr. Easton is available for appointments on Mondays & Saturdays

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 recently 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.
Schedule: Dr. Gilman is available for appointments Wednesday through Saturday.

Trevor Miller, DVM

Dr. Miller is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis. Prior to veterinary school he received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of California Berkeley. Originally from Placerville, CA, he grew up in the country surrounded by lots of animals. Dr. Miller has worked extensively with Fix Our Ferals and did a one year rotating internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency. He has an orange tabby cat named Gonzo and Quigley, a Lab mix. Dr. Miller loves skiing, traveling, reading, and racquetball in his spare time. He is also, of course, a huge Cal fan!
Schedule: Dr. Miller is available for late morning and evening appointments Sunday through Thursday.

Kristi Peterson, DVM

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, and their cat Wilson.
Schedule:

Wednesdays - Amador Valley Veterinary Center in Pleasanton

Thursdays - Saturday: Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center in San Ramon

James Pogrel, DVM
Medical Director

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, two dogs, and two cats!
Schedule: Dr. Pogrel is available for appointments Monday through Friday.

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, back-packing, and swimming. Dr. Sagy has two cats, a horse, and 3 chickens!
Schedule: Dr. Sagy will be going on maternity leave in December and returning Spring of 2017.  She is currently available for appointments Sunday through Thursday.  

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, and their two spunky cats, Pi and Kylar.

Schedule: Dr. Adam Scott is available for appointments Tuesday 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, and their two rescue cats Pi and Kylar.

Schedule: Dr. Erin Scott is available for appointments Tuesday through Saturday.

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!

Schedule: Dr. Taylor recently returned from Maternity Leave and is available for appointments Monday through Wednesday

Franklin Utchen, DVM

Dr. Utchen graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. In 1989 he and Dr. DeLano co-founded Norris Canyon Veterinary Medical Center in San Ramon, which in the year 2000 became Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. His special interests are Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency/Critical Care, Dentistry, and Anesthesiology/Pain Management. He lives with his two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Gus and Torri, and has two daughters who live with him when they are home from college.

Note:  At this time, Dr. Utchen is not able to accept new clients / patients.  He will continue to see existing patients by appointment. 
Schedule: ​Fridays at Feline Medical Center In Pleasanton.  Wednesdays at Amador Valley Veterinary Center in Pleasanton.

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. Vegas all pets live a happy and healthy life. When not at work, Dr. Vegas enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking and of course, taking care of his 2 dogs and 3 cats!

Schedule: ​Sunday through Wednesday

Kristel Weaver, MA, MPVM, DVM

Dr. Weaver is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis where she did a dual degree program, receiving both a DVM and a master's of Preventative Veterinary Medicine (MPVM). She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists. She has been at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care since 2007. She currently lives with her husband and their two kids. They have a yellow Labrador named Cooper and a three legged cat named Schwartz.
Schedule: Dr. Weaver is available for appointments on Mondays, Fridays and occasional weekends.

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.

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 dentistry. She is a San Ramon native and loves to spend time outdoors running, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, and kayaking.
Schedule: Dr. Wong is available for appointments Sunday through Thursday.

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: Wednesdays at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, Feline Medical Center & Amador Valley Veterinary Center in Pleasanton. 



Client Service Representatives
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When you calling to make or coming in for an appointment, your first experience with Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care is with our professional Client Service Representatives. They are dedicated to making sure you and your pet receive support throughout the entire visit. 

Debbie Mullins
Administrative 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.

Kristin Unger
Assistant to Dr. Cain

Kristin has been with Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center since early 2006, working primarily with Dr. Janice Cain. She has been active in conformation dog shows for over ten years, showing Dogue de Bordeaux, making her a perfect match for Dr. Cain's reproductive clientele. She can be found assisting in reception and treatment on days that Dr. Cain is not in the office. Kristin lives with her Dogue de Bordeaux Wallace and Phoebe.



Margaret Simuro
Hospital Director

Margaret is a graduate of UC San Diego and Purdue University. 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 and is now responsible for over 80 employees. Always on the go, she enjoys traveling, gardening, sailing and spending time with her German Wirehaired Pointer Kiel, her two cats Nemo and Vinny, and Captain Jack, a California Desert Tortoise.

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 80 employees. Christina lives with her two daughters, husband and their dog Colby, a rescued Labrador Retriever from Golden Gate Lab Rescue.

Jennifer Techanun, RVT
Operations Manager

 Jennifer joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care in 2015.  She is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Animal Sciences and is also a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).  Jennifer is extremely passionate about nursing care, fostering the unbreakable human-animal bond, and developing a focused, enjoyable, and learning workplace for our stellar BRVC team!  Not only is she motivated by the team she works with every day, but also by her sweet, snuggly, and adventurous pets at home, Andy (orange tabby) and Phoenix (rescued pit-mix).

Erin Shaw
Client Service Manager

Erin originally joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care in February of 2011 and worked for the hospital for a year and a half. During that time period she served in many roles including a client service receptionist, an exam room technician, and a pharmacy technician. After leaving Bishop Ranch she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in management for a start-up tech company but slowly realized where her heart belonged. She moved back up to the Bay Area to once again join the Bishop Ranch family.

Erin currently serves as one of the hospital's managers, with her main focus being the client service department. In her role she is most passionate about being able to create and support a team that gives the best level of service to both our clients and their pets. She loves being able to connect with her team and building lasting relationships with the community we serve.

Erin has a passion for rescue animals and has 3 adopted pets of her own. She has two orange tabbies named Truman and Charlotte York, and one Jack Russell Terrier mix named Pippa. When she isn't working she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking throughout the Bay Area, traveling to Europe, and baking pies.

James Pogrel, DVM
Medical Director

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, two dogs, and two cats!

Schedule: Dr. Pogrel is available for appointments Monday through Friday.

Olivia Hernandez
Hospital Manager

A graduate from Carrington College, Olivia has been with Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center since 2002. A registered veterinary technician, Olivia helps manage the technician training program and is a department lead for the technician staff. Olivia's special interests include dentistry, anesthesia and feline medicine. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and reading. She lives with her Chihuahua mixes Sabina and Robert and her cat Sachi.

Rachel Ray
Hospital & Boarding 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.  

Chelsea Capaccio, RVT
Treatment Manager

A graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University and Carrington College, Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2011 and her Associates 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 expore new places, and is always planning her next big adventure.  She also loves to read, go to Sharks games, go back her her roots by visiting her family in Canada, hang out with her friends, and garden.

Jennifer Thompson
Shift Leader

Jennifer joined Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center in 2013 as a Client Service Representative.  She was promoted to the Phone Room and is now working as a Shift Leader for Client Services.  Jenniver is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Cal State East Bay.

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.  Her parents and brother live in San Ramon, where she grew up.  When she isn't working, Jennifer is most likely doing homework!  When she does have free time she likes to read, be outdoors, and she enjoys baking as well.

Rebeca Vifian, RVT
Shift Leader

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 Shift Leader.

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 2 cats, Steve and Speck, and 1 dog Kit (a Border Collie).  Her cats were both rescues as kittens.  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.

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