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We Moved! Now located at 1809 Santa Rita Road Suite K Pleasanton, CA 94566

  • Doctors
  • Our Team
  • Leadership

Melanie Ellis, DVM

Dr. Melanie Ellis graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, and has been practicing in the East Bay since 2005. She has always had a special interest in feline medicine, and has limited her practice to cats for well over a decade. Dr Ellis is a member of the Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association, the Alameda County VMA, the California VMA, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). She was named a Future Leader by AAFP in 2008, was a member of the CVMA House of Delegates for three years, and served on the Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association board of directors for seven years, including three as president.

Dr Ellis's particular medical interests include endocrinology, oncology, and nutrition. She shares her home with three cats; her husband, Steve, whom the cats find nice and warm; her two ridiculously tall and hyperverbal daughters, who feed the cats on a semi-regular basis, and thus have been allowed to stay; one dog who is very much like a cat, though he must be monitored constantly; and four snakes about which the cats couldn't care less.

Summer Godfrey, DVM
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Summer Godfrey has been providing veterinary care for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pot-bellied pigs, reptiles and equines since 2005 and is proud to be a part of the team at Feline Veterinary Center.

Dr. Godfrey graduated in 2005 from the U.C. Davis Veterinary School. Her first veterinary job was in Palm Springs working with horses (focusing on Polo horses) and small animals.

During this time she broadened her veterinary skills by treating pot belly pigs and goats. A lover of all creatures, great and small, Summer also treats exotic pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. She has a great passion for Veterinary Dentistry and keeps current with yearly continuing education classes. She has been a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) since 2008. Dr. Godfrey is now also certified in Canine Rehabilitation.

Summer lives with her husband, Steve, her children, Stevie Raye and Sterling and a houseful of dogs! When she isn't treating her four-legged patients, Summer can be found spending time at home with her family and dogs. She loves to visit her in-law's ranch in Gold Country or her parent's home in Palo Cedro.

Summer and her family are quite active and enjoy swimming, hiking and playing with the dogs outdoors! Summer's love and compassion for all animals began as she grew up; her parents always rescued and fostered animals. Growing up in this animal centric environment paved the way for Summer to create and follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Her entire family has pets and Christmas time is especially fun and rambunctious - there can be up to 15 dogs at any given time!

Schedule: Monday - Friday

*Accepting New Patients

Sharon Paz, DVM

 Dr. Sharon Paz graduated from UC Davis school of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She loves all small animals but has always been a cat lover and a cat whisperer. She joined our team at Feline Veterinary Center last March, after returning from a three year stay in Switzerland with her family. Before that she practiced for several years with Dr. Wolf at our sister hospital Amador Valley Veterinary Center.

Dr. Paz lives in San Ramon with her husband and her two young children and a small menagerie that includes Wile E. (a Malamute mix dog), Shimshon (orange kitty), Sasson (tabby kitty) and the latest addition- a black kitten named Tikvah. She also has a green wing macaw named Emily, (who was flying around Pleasanton and then rescued).

Dr. Paz is especially interested in internal medicine, radiology and emergency medicine. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, biking and spending time with her family and animals.

Liesl Peterson, DVM

Dr. Liesl Peterson grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis in 1997.  She is excited to bring her passion for veterinary medicine to the hospital and to create long lasting relationships with clients and pets.  She enjoys all facets of primary veterinary medicine, including preventative care, diagnostic imaging, surgery, and dentistry.  She is also eager to share her enthusiasm for the field with students, and a class geared towards helping prospective parents prepare their pets for the arrival of children.

In her free time, Dr Peterson enjoys spending time with her sons and husband, as well as biking, going to the beach, cooking, and reading - and being entertained by her French Bulldog, Buttercup and Hobbs!

Schedule: Dr. Peterson is available for appointments on Wednesdays.  

*Accepting New Patients

Daryl Wolf, DVM

In 1989, Dr. Dayl Wolf and his wife, Linda, started Amador Valley Veterinary Hospital (now Amador Valley Veterinary Center).  Dr. Wolf's career path began as he attended Occidental College and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry.  He then pursued his veterinary education at the University of California, Davis and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1981.

Following veterinary school, he went on to complete a six-month, post-graduate externship at the Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan Zoological Park in Israel.  Upon his return to the U.S., Dr. Wolf continued his professional career in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been caring for pets in the greater tri-valley area since 1985.

Dr. Wolf and his wife Linda are proud parents of two adult sons, Aaron and Josh and share their home with several pets including three dogs, "Lyka" (papillion), "Sherman" (cairn terrier/pomeranian mix), and "Jasmine" (springer spaniel mix), two cats "Nikita" and "Lando", and an amazon parrot "Donovan".  During his leisure time, Dr. Wolf enjoys taking kung fu and tai chi classes with Linda, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, reading, travelling, and watching sci-fi films.

Dr. Wolf is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians.

Schedule: Dr Wolf is available for appointments on Thursdays.

Alex Clifton
Technician Assistant

Currently a student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Alex is a seasonal employee, working with us when she's not in school session. We are thrilled to have her for the summer! An Animal Science major, Alex plans to become a Veterinarian. Her pets include a dog (Casee), a rabbit (Boots) and a duck (Pickle). When not in school or at work, she enjoys photography, hiking, and working with animals (she raises and helps with breeding pigs!). "I have really enjoyed learning more about cat behavior and becoming more comfortable handling cats and working in a new atmosphere".

​Anjela Rocha
Procedure Technician
Ashley Hutchinson
Customer Service Representative
Breanna Mahaffey

I am so excited to join here at Feline Veterinary Center. I have been working with our partner Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center since 2013 in the Boarding Department and decided the join this purrfect team. I am the one checking in daily and loving on your little ones when you leave for trips. We hope to make leaving your little furbabies as least stressful as possible. You will also see me floating around helping out my coworkers in all of the departments.

Cassie Amato
Veterinary Technician

It's been a joy working for AVVC for 7 years (since April 2008)! Each day is filled with something new which keeps my job exciting! I enjoy getting to know new clients and patients and build upon existing relationships. I have been fortunate enough to see pets grow from puppies and kittens into adult animals and I learn something new every day from different people and doctors.

I have 3 dogs- Moose, Jesse and Beau and also have 2 cats- Ellie and Scarlett!

When I am not at work, I am spending time with my husband and daughter Charli. I enjoy doing work outside and spending time at the lake or hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. I also enjoy reading.

Janet Jimenez
Procedure Technician

I have had the honor or working with animals and in the veterinary field for the past 9 years and have been with AVVC since January. There are a lot of things I enjoy about my job but what I enjoy most is knowing we, as a team, are able to make pets feel better. It's a team effort but I take pride in talking with owners and educating them so their pets can lead healthy lives.

Not only do I work for a veterinary center but I have a pet named Pewee!. He is an 8 year old long haired chihuahua who is certainly a one of a kind pet! He loves attention and will behave even better when food and treats are involved (I sometimes need to bribe)!

When I am not working, I like to spend time with my two daughters . Our favorite thing to do is go to the park and have picnics. They are a joy.

Lauren Szyszka
Exam Room Technician & Pharmacy

I began working at BRVC in February of 2013 as a CSR and soon realized that I wanted to work more hands on with our patients and clients. I became a ERT/RX tech and loved that position! I was also able to coordinate the Blood Donor program and Vet for a Day program at BRVC. I had my son in 2014 and when I came back to work I was presented with the opportunity to transfer to Feline Veterinary Center in January of 2015. I loved being able to further my knowledge in feline medicine and realized how much I enjoy working with cats. Now that FVC has merged buildings with AVVC I am able to again work with all animals, from cats and dogs to pigs and geckos-which provides great stories to tell my three year old son! I also assist with our "Kitties for Adoption" at FVC. I love being able to help kitties in need find their fur-ever homes!

When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my boyfriend and our son. I also love to cook+bake and try new recipes (I have fabulous taste testers at home!). We have 2 dogs, Venus a 10 year old Pitbull mix and her son Duce who is 8 years old. Two years ago when we moved there was a very sweet stray grey tabby who has adopted herself into our family and my son named HER Daniel Tiger!

Maria Lalor
Customer Service Representative

A Cal Poly graduate, Maria taught elementary school for 10 years before having children. She has always loved animals and earned a Veterinary Assistant certificate from Cal State East Bay: she is excited to be an FVC team member!

Maria's hobbies include her family (husband Kevin and their 4 children), and her many animals: chocolate lab Simon; Umbrella Cockatoo Charlie, and 8 fish. When not at home she enjoys hiking, biking, jogging, and the outdoors. She also loves to cook and has taken many cooking classes. Her specialties are desserts, specifically anything with chocolate!

Melanie Blom
Exam Room Technician & Pharmacy

Melanie currently fulfills the role of Exam Room Technician- you may see her frequently during your visits aa she takes your pet's weight and temperature. Melanie currently has a husky at home, Molly, as well as her little Sith Lord Kylo. She has always grown up with animals around the house. When she is not serving our clients and their pets, she enjoys going out with friends and family and loves to stay active. She is also a self proclaimed "comic book nerd" as well as a huge Marvel and Star Wars fan.

Pam Ligenfelder
Customer Service Representative

I have been with AVVC for almost 3 years now. I come from 20+ years in the dental field so the veterinary industry was completely new for me. I have very much enjoyed learning all there is about animals and am still learning. I love to see all the different types of animals that visit here. I have 2 dogs, Lola and Teddy, and 2 cats, Tyga and Raider. They very much keep us on our toes. I enjoy spending my off time with my husband Greg and 2 daughters Nicole and Maddie.

Rebeca Eberle
Procedure Technician
Samantha Morin
Technician Assistant

When Samantha graduated from UC Irvine, she hadn't planned on a career in veterinary medicine. However, that all changed when she landed a job at a local shelter in 2008, and she hasn't looked back since! Working at a feline specialty clinic has always been a secret dream for her, as she adores cats and the unique behavioral and medical challenges they present. She hopes to go back to school soon in order to earn her vet tech license.

In her spare time, she loves to read, write, and garden. She also loves to play modern PC games as well as old-school console games, and is known around the clinic for her love of trivia and fun facts. Her permanent feline family members are a pair of mixed breed sisters named Cricket and Aerial.

Shannon Hoel
Veterinary Technician

Shannon has been working in the veterinary field since 2010. She grew up working in animal rescue; her mom fostered cats and kittens for as long as she can remember. Shannon shares her home with her husband of 6 years, their son Austin, and their dog named Murphy - a two year old Pitbull mix. When she is not working hard at AVVC serving our clients' needs, she enjoys playing with Austin, cooking, watching movies, reading, and crafting.

Viktoria Narine
Veterinary Technician

Viktoria was drawn to work at AVVC for its small-town feel. She loves taking time out to get to know not only the patients, but the clients as well: she takes pride in building relationships with our clients. She loves coming to work for the fun teamwork dynamic between coworkers and for the variety of species that come in.

Hospital Cat

Elly originally came in with severe dermatitis, FAD, eosinophilic dermatitis and the owner could not do treatment and elected to euthanize.  We all fell in love with Elly’s personality and knew we could treat her back to health and couldn't think of euthanizing her! So, we asked for owner to sign her over to our care.  Gratefully, with antihistamines and regular flea control Elly was treated back to health and loves being an FVC resident hospital cat!  

Christina Keas
Director of Human Resources

A graduate from CSUH with a degree in psychology, Christina has worked for Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care since its inception in 2000 and is now the Director of Human Resources Director for Feline Medical Center (aquired by BRVC in 2014).

An integral part in the growth of the hospital, Christina has held various leadership roles including reception, veterinary technician, and hospital supervisor.

Christina oversees the management over 100 employees. Christina lives in Oakley wither two little girls, husband and their dog Colby, a rescued Labrador Retriever from Golden Gate Lab Rescue.

Cindy Steinbeck
Hospital Manager

It has been my dream to work in a field that has always put a smile on my face. I have been lucky enough to be involved in the veterinary industry for over 12 years now! It's an incredible feeling to be a part of a team that works together to help make positive changes in the lives of our four-legged family members. I am dedicated to making sure that all patients, clients, and staff are taken care of and treated with the respect they deserve.

I love spending time with my family, pet sitting, and most of all going to Disneyland. My free time is spent taking care of my fiance, my dog Kirah, who is a princess that hates windshield wipers, and a cat named Harley who rules the house.

Margaret Simuro
Hospital Administrator

Margaret is a graduate of UC San Diego and Purdue University. 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, sailing and spending time with her German Wirehaired Pointer Kiel, her cat Vinny, and Captain Jack, a California Desert Tortoise.

Sharyce Rains
Marketing Manager