Our Staff

Ravinder Atwal, DVM

Ravinder Atwal, DVM

Medical Director, Owner

Dr. Atwal is the medical director of South Bay Animal Hospital & Pet Resort. He immigrated to the US from Punjab, India in 1990 and started his clinical rotations and internship at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN shortly after his older son was born in September 1991. Once he finished his internship, he proceeded to pass all required national and state tests for certification and opened his own veterinary clinic in 1993. Since then, he has continued to practice the highest form of veterinary medicine here at South Bay Animal Hospital. He is multi-lingual in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is a current and active member of the AVMA, CVMA, SCCVMA, World Vets, SNIP, and much more!
Ravinder Atwal, DVM

John Haburjak, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons.​​​​​​​

Dr. John Haburjak graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 1993 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. He practiced for 5 years before returning to academics to complete a combined surgical residency program in San Diego and the University of Illinois.

Dr. Haburjak is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and his research interests include orthopedic trauma, and disorders of the carpus. He has several publications in the Veterinary Orthopedic and Traumatology Journal, Journal of Small Animal Practice, and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. His clinical surgical interests include surgical oncologic procedures of the face, head and neck, corrective orthopedic procedures, and neurosurgery (spinal). Finally, he has dedicated most of his post-graduate emphasis on minimally invasive procedures including: laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and interventional radiology (urethral and tracheal stenting).

Dr. Haburjak’s hobbies include SCUBA diving, Oakland A’s baseball, road cycling and cooking (not to mention eating, too!). He shares his life with his wife, Aimee (also a veterinarian), daughters Eva & Emery and a son Ian, Addison (bubble-headed Japanese spaniel), Poppy (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a freckled nose!) and S’mores the mini-Lop.

 Shanna Compton, DVM

Shanna Compton, DVM

Veterinarian

When I was 3, I wanted to be an astronaut. When I was 5, I saw what a veterinarian did for a living and immediately changed my career plans. When I was 10, I managed to talk the local veterinarian into letting me clean cages at his practice and decided that this was, indeed, the right place for me. It was not an easy path by any means, and I did work in the software field briefly before starting veterinary school. In 1996, I graduated from U/C Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and my life has not been the same since. I have worked at several different practices over the years, from San Francisco to King City, from Pacifica to Stockton, learning different techniques and approaches to help our canine and feline companions. I am excited to be part of this beautiful practice that is so close to my hometown of Los Gatos, with cutting edge equipment and a very progressive approach to veterinary care. I live in the Santa Cruz mountains with 5 chickens, 2 goats, 1 miniature horse, and I am a full-time servant to my two feline overlords who are named Rasputin and Buffy. In the times between work and home, I read fantasy/SF, knit, ride my motorcycle, and play tabletop role playing games. I am also the creator of this website, so if you have any comments please direct them my way!

Lauren Spencer, DVM

Veterinarian

I joined the South Bay team as an overnight emergency veterinarian, eager to help your pets while the rest of the city is asleep! Originally from Kansas City, MO, I attended the University of Missouri for my undergraduate studies in Animal Science and continued my education at the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine. I am new to California, and currently loving everything about the weather, landscape, food, and people! My veterinary passions include emergency and critical care, pain management, surgery, and oncology. I also love hiking, kayaking, bass fishing, hot yoga, baking decorative desserts, and rollerblading with my Australian cattle dog mix, Lola (pictured), and my Australian shepherd, Bennett.

Rachel Boltz, MS, DVM

Diplomate ABVP (Feline)

Dr. Boltz was born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area of Michigan. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Cornel University in 1994, a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Oakland University in 1997 and graduated with honors from Michigan State University ‘s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area and entered general practice. The Morris Animal Foundation’s “Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet” contest named her the Best Veterinarian in America for 2008.

Dr. Boltz became board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Feline Practice in 2009, which coincided with being a Don-Low Practitioner Fellow at UC Davis in Small Animal Medicine from 2008-2009. She is a recent graduate of UC Davis’s Hemodialysis Academy in 2016. She has authored several book chapters on feline infectious diseases and lectured on the feline-specific disease, handling, and practice.

Dr. Boltz lives in the Peninsula Bay Area with her family of cats. The cat in the photo (Charlie) has been with her since veterinary school.

Larry Kerr, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology


Dr. Kerr received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University in 1981. He attended UC Davis as a radiology resident and was board certified in radiology in 1985. Following two years as a staff radiologist at UC Davis, he entered private practice. He also offers mobile radiographic and ultrasound services through his own radiology practice, Veterinary Radiology Specialists.

Mark Lee, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology

Dr. Lee graduated from Washington State University in 1981 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Following ten years as a private practice owner, he attended UC Davis as radiology resident and was board certified in radiology in 1994. He joined Dr. Kerr at VRS in 1995.

Eric Garcia, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology


Dr. Eric Garcia is a native of Los Altos, California. He received his BS from Cal Polytechnic, SLO and his DVM from Colorado State University. He completed his residency in Radiology at Kansas State University in 2015 and completed his rigorous board examination later that year. We are pleased to welcome Eric and his beautiful dog, Amelia back to the central coast. When he has free time, Eric enjoys surfing, hiking, and bird-watching.
Mandy Grewal

Mandy Grewal

Hospital Administrator

Mandy has been with our office since 1994. She is currently the Hospital Administrator. When she’s not working at the clinic, she’s working at home with an all male family with her husband, two sons, and two male dogs. She is multi-lingual in English, Punjabi, and Hindi.
Barbara McManus

Barbara McManus, RVT

Practice Manager

Hello, my name is Barbara McManus and I am thePractice Manager for South Bay Animal Hospital & Pet Resort. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician and have been in the veterinary field since 1998. My favorite part of what I do is getting the opportunity to help so many wonderful pets and their people! From mice, to dogs and cats, to reptiles and birds, I am passionate about what I do and love coming to work everyday! When I am at home, I spend time daughter and our two kitties.
Tiffany Fryer

Tiffany Fryer, RVT

Emergency Services Supervisor

Like many veterinary people, I grew up knowing I wanted a career working with animals. I started as a kennel assistant over 16 years ago and worked my way up to technician and became a registered veterinary technician almost two years ago. After working in general practice for many years, I moved to specialty for almost five years, my passion being in neurology, seizure cases being my favorite cases, and emergency medicine. I have four fur babies, two dogs, Mango the French Mastiff, and Poppy, a Pit mix who also happens to be my running buddy, and two cats, Sahalie and Banana. When not at work, you can find me out training for my next triathlon or running event. Fun fact about me, I’ve completed a full Ironman, eight half Ironmans, four marathons, and many other various events.
Lucille Tse

Lucille Tse, RVT​​​​​​​

Registered Veterinary Technicians

I recently became a Registered Veterinary Technician while working for a previous veterinary clinic and learned many skills. I yearned for more knowledge so I decided to join South Bay Animal Hospital and Pet Resort. I have been having a great time being part of the amazing staff at our hospital and operating the amazing equipment that we have especially the in-house blood test machines. On my days off, I like to read materials to gain knowledge of up-to-date veterinary technician information. When I have read too much, my cat Rasa Libre (DSH), my kitten Rocky Horror (DSH, three-legged, polydactyl), and my tarantula Cling-On (14 years old) will let me know it is time to hangout! I like to hangout with friends and family in the kitchen while we are cooking something up during a conversation. I also like to stay active with fitness or busy exploring locations big and small. One day, I hope to specialize in Clinical Pathology as I love looking at blood samples.
Valerie Figone

Valerie Figone, RVT​​​​​​​

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Animals have always been a passion of mine. I have been working in the animal care field for 15 years, from running doggie daycare and boarding facilities to Animal Control. I decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Technology only about 5 years ago, because I felt I wanted to be more proactive in the care of animals, and am now a Registered Veterinary Technician. Although right now I primarily work with dogs and cats, reptiles and exotics are my passion. I someday hope to work in an exotics-only hospital. I also happen to own a reptile business outside of working at the vet hospital. I currently own about 60 reptiles, a guinea pig named Meatball, and my dog Mira, pictured with me.
Rubi Galvan

Rubi Galvan, RVT

Emergency Registered Veterinary Technician

Ever since I was a young girl, I knew my passion was being in the presence of animals. Today I am living my dream by working as a veterinary technician and helping our doctors keep our pets healthy and happy. I can not imagine doing anything else. I attended Foothill college and graduated from their veterinary technology program in 2011. I then later received by California license as a registered veterinary technician in 2012. My areas of interest are emergency medicine and preventative care. I am bilingual, and thoroughly enjoy translating to Spanish speakers. When I am not working, I am at home in the company of my husband, wild toddler child, and two domestic short hair cats named Pepe and Frida.
James Magee

James Magee, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Veterinary medicine was a career change for me. I took classes at Foothill College and got an internship as a vet tech assistant, and I never looked back. I now have over six years of experience in this field and I love what I do because I do what I love. I have been at South Bay Animal Hospital and Pet Resort for 3 years. I am proud to be a part of the original staff from our opening in 2015, and I am delighted to announce I have earned my Registered Veterinary Technician license this last year. When I'm not at the practice, I play a mean guitar, listen to as much rock and roll as I can, fix stuff around the house, and tinker with my '65 Mustang. (It will live again... eventually.) I have two rescue dogs (That’s Luna as a puppy in the picture with me), 2 cats, and a handful of assorted reptiles.
Alex Velho

Alex Velho

Technician Assistant

Hi, my name is Alex. This is my first job as a Veterinary Technician Assistant; before this, I worked in a kennel. My love for animals started at a young age. In 2013 I received my Veterinary Assistant Certification. I have one dog at home named Willie, he is a beagle/jack russel mix and is about 4 years old. In the future, I plan on going to school to become a RVT. When I'm not working I love to relax with my dog at home, go on hikes, ride my quads, and go fishing.
Jessica Martinez

Jessica Martinez

Technician Assistant

I have been working with animals for about 4 years now and I am one of the lucky people who can get to say that they love going to work! I love being able to help make a difference in the lives of pets and their families. At home, I have a beautiful little girl, 2 dogs and a cat that I love coming home to.
Amit Singh

Amit Singh

Office Administrator

Amit has worked on and off for almost the past decade since starting high school. He was driven into the field by his curiosity and passion for animals. He currently handles any IT issues and assists, Dr. Atwal, whenever needed! He is multi-lingual in English, Spanish and Punjabi. Right now he is still deciding on a major; his interests span psychology, biology, and chemistry.
Mike Foltz

Mike Foltz

Pet Resort Supervisor

In 2002, I left the world of high-tech and found a true passion in working with animals. I worked at Humane Society Silicon Valley for 12 years where I was the Manager of Animal Care and had a lead role in working with the onsite Doggie Daycare, Boarding and Grooming services. One of my most important goals every day was to make sure the animals in my care received the gold standard of care. I am pleased to now bring it to the South Bay Animal Hospital and Pet Resort. I pride myself on looking at every animal as an individual, making sure their mental and physical needs are met, and doing everything I can to ensure they’re happy and comfortable at their home away from home. When I’m not looking after the awesome animals at the resort, I spend my time with my two- and four-legged family which includes my fiancé, three daughters, four cats, and one super-special dog.

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Yissel Barragan

Groomer

I have been grooming dogs for almost 3 years now and I absolutely love it! Working with animals have always been my passion ever since I was a little girl. Being part of the boarding facility really gives me the opportunity to really get to know your best friend. Now, you would think that I am currently taking classes to become a Vet Technician when in reality I am in the middle of the EMT/Paramedic program at Foothill College. Although I enjoy working with animals I also enjoy helping people. Working at South Bay Animal Hospital and Pet Resort gives me that chance to work really close with animals and keep working towards my career. It's like I get to do the things that I love the most at the same time! I have a 4-year-old Maltipoo who thinks it's a cat because she loves to play with cardboard boxes and she's my perfect Netflix buddy because she's such a couch potato....except when she sees a box, then she gets all excited.
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Jeremy Hager

Pet Resort Specialist

I have always loved taking care of animals since I was very young. It wasn't until I was 18 and got my first job working at a doggy daycare that I realized it was something that I had natural skill for and decided that this job is an awesome fit for me. I personally find it very rewarding to not only take care of other peoples animals but to also help owners train their dogs and help them grow and become well behaved best friends for the family at home.

Emily Bennett

Client Service Representative Supervisor

I have been a friend of animals large and small since I was a tot. I haven't worked in the veterinary field very long, but in that short amount of time I have grown to absolutely love what I do!! It inspires me to come to work knowing I get to be with some of my favorite people and together, we can help make the lives of the pets healthier and happier. When I am not helping critters at work then I am usually hanging out with my loving Bengal cat, Abelard. I will make crafts and he will undo all my crafting efforts; Together, we make a great team.
Alondra

Alondra Hernandez​​​​​​​

Pet Resort Specialist

Hi, my name is Alondra. Working with animals has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. As soon as I turned 18 the first thing I did was apply as a pet care specialist, being able to look after and care for animals is the greatest thing. I love coming into work and being greeted with tail wags and kisses. On my days off, I love spending time with my family, friends, and Lady ( my 4-year-old poodle mix).
Jessica Lopez

Jasmine Lopez

Pet Resort Specialist

As a Pet Resort Specialist, one of my main goals is to provide love and quality care for every animal that comes in to South Bay Animal Hospital & Pet Resort. My passion for animals arose when I started working at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and working at another dog and cat boarding facility which also sharpened my dog handling skills. I am currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Foothill College and I hope to grow here at South Bay Animal Hospital as a Registered Veterinary Technician. I'm excited to be able to help all the furry friends I've made in the Pet Resort even more as I learn. A fun fact about me is that I love hiking, yoga and cuddling with my 7 year old Jack Russel
Terrier mix and my 6 year old Scottish Terrier.
Julisa

Julisa Macias

Technician Assistant

I had a few ideas of what I wanted to be when I grew up and working with animals had been one. Around the age of 17 years old, I was on my way to becoming a pastry chef, but destiny had a different plan. I took a course in high school that gave me the opportunity to internship at a veterinary clinic. On my last day of my internship, I got offered a position at the site and decided to give it a chance. It has now been almost 5 years and I'm very happy with the choices I've made that have brought me here today. I aim to provide the best care possible for all of our little and big furry companions, that I'm always looking to learn new information to aid in their health and well-being. This put me on my new goal to pursuit my license as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
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Outside of work, my days usually consist of spending my day with my 10 year old Chihuahua, Rocky, my 1 year old DSH, T-Rex or my 1 year old DSH, Pinta. Most of the time you will find me with my face in a book studying for my next exam for school.
Melissa Asis

Melissa Asis

Hello, my name is Melissa. This is my first time working at a veterinary office and it has been a great experience so far. I absolutely enjoy being around animals! I have grown up with dogs, bunnies, fishes, and turtles. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 boys, and dog. We love to travel, go fishing, camping, and go to the beach. Also, I have a B.A. in Art, Digital Media Design. Art has been something that has interested me all my life. I enjoy working with Photoshop and Illustrator.
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Amanda Micheli

I grew up in the small town of Angels Camp California with many pets- dogs, cats, and horses. My love for animals has been present since I was very small. I've been working in the veterinary field since 2003 and I truly love it. It allows me to work with the animals whom I love and also enables me to work in the field of healthcare science which is also a passion of mine. When I'm not working- you can find me at home playing with my one year old son, reading books, or waiting on my 2 shih tzu dogs.

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