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Our Staff

Meet the Staff at Del Valle Pet Hospital

Audrey HartAudrey Hart

Office Manager

Joined Team: June 2002
Pets: Dogs: Shelby, Hennessey, and Roscoe and Raider the cat
Hobbies: Camping, decorating my home, and family time.
Favorite thing about your job: Everyday xchallenges, learning new things, interacting with clients and their pets.
Favorite hospital memory: The day I got hired after completing my high school program volunteering.

 
 

Karen Penningtonkaren

Receptionist

Joined team: November 1, 2004
Pets: Three cats named Pookie, Keely, and Jazu Neko
Hobbies: Music! Cats, Thrift Store Shopping,Swimming,Old movies
Favorite thing about job: Getting to love on and help people with their pets.
Favorite Hospital Memory: All the love I received from everyone when I returned after a year hiatus.

 
 

Diana Warrenderdiana

Receptionist

Joined Team: March 2014
Pets: I have had dogs and cats my whole life. I can’t imagine not having an animal. It is the unconditional love that they give. I will be looking for a new kitty soon.
Hobbies: Hiking, walking, gardening being with my kids, family and friends.
Favorite thing about your job: Getting to see all of the clients dogs and cats, puppies and kittens and helping them stay healthy. Also, all of the puppy kisses doesn’t hurt.
Favorite hospital memory: Getting hired at Del Valle Pet Hospital and getting to work with such a caring staff.

 
 

Cathy TwestenCathy Twesten

RVT
Joined Team: October 2005
Pets: Angus the black cat and Ella the terrier mix.
Hobbies: Biking, hiking, and reading.
Favorite thing about your job: I enjoy the technical aspect of my job, learning how to take radiographs was especially challenging, for example, and now taking good ones is very rewarding!
Favorite hospital memory: Bringing my dog Ella to work with me, she loves meeting our patients!

 
 

Kacey HigginsKacey

Veterinary Assistant

Joined Team: May 2014
Pets: Cinder a Border Collie
Hobbies: Hiking, writing, volunteering at the Valley Humane Society, horseback riding, fabricating costumes, movie make-up
Favorite thing about your job: Helping and being a part of the team that takes and incredibly sick animal and brings it back to health.
Favorite hospital memory: Getting hired and meeting “Mobey Dyer”

 
 

alexis-wentzAlexis Wentz

RVT
Joined Team: March 2015
Pets: Luna the Sassy Siamese Cat
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, going to concerts, and watching movies.
Favorite thing about your job: Being able to help people and animals at the same time, and snuggling the occasional puppy or kitten. Also being able to comfort the animals and owners.
Favorite hospital memory: Seeing people and their pets leave happy and healthy!

 
 

april-johnsonApril Johnson

Veterinary Assistant
Joined Team: April 2016
Pets: Onyx, my 9yr old cat
Hobbies: Crochet and hiking.
Favorite thing about your job: Improving the quality of life of animals, and knowing I’m making a difference.
Favorite hospital memory: Meeting “Kona” and giving him subcutaneous fluids.

 
 

alisa-knesek-veterinary-assistantAlisa Knesek

Veterinary Assistant
Joined Team: September 2016
Pets: I have seven dogs: Shay, C’mere, Amy Painter, Bea Happy, Ruby Tuesday, and Mimi, and one cat named Otis.
Hobbies: Going to school to get my RVT license, not much time for hobbies other than reading and studying.
Favorite thing about your job: Going to school to get my RVT license, not much time for hobbies other than reading and studying.
Favorite hospital memory: Don’t have one yet but looking forward to many memorable occasions.

 
 

angelica-gonzalezAngelica Gonzalez

Veterinary Assistant
Joined Team: September 2016
Pets: Duke the dog
Hobbies: Going on hikes with my dog, spending time with my family and friends, horseback riding, and playing sudoko.
Favorite thing about your job: Getting to meet all of the animals and people. Learning new thing about veterinary medicine.
Favorite hospital memory: Getting into Del Valle for my internship in the ROP high school program then getting hired!

 
 

anna-griserAnna Griser

Veterinary Assistant
Joined Team: April 2016
Pets: I have six cats: Willy, Choco, Lola, Mino, Boogie, and Fuzzybottom. Yep, I’m a cat lady!
Hobbies: I’m a nerd. I love video games and reading. I also enjoy hiking and I’m having fun exploring all the trails in the Bay Area.
Favorite thing about your job: My favorite thing about working at Del Valle is getting to care for all of our patients alongside such a wonderful staff. We make a great team! Oh, and kitten cuddles are pretty swell too!
Favorite hospital memory: Any day that clients bring in donuts for the staff. I really like donuts!

 
 

Makayla Beauchamp

Veterinary Assistant
Joined Team: April 2017
Pets: 4 dogs: Tucker, Cooper, Nike, and Daisy.
Hobbies: Horseback riding, full-time student, spending time with my family and friends.
Favorite thing about your job: Getting to meet new people and their animals, and helping those animals in need.
Favorite hospital memory: Seeing our clients leave happy and healthy!



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