Our Staff

Ravinder Atwal, DVM

Ravinder Atwal, DVM

Medical Director

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!
 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 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.
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

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 three years of experience in this field and I love what I do because I do what I love. I have further plans for my career in the form of working towards my Registered Veterinary Technician license. 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 puppies (one, Luna, is pictured with me), 3 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.

Meghan Chakkapark

Meghan Chakkapark

Pet Resort Specialist

I was raised in Pacifica and moved to San Jose in 2012 where I got my first job as a kennel attendant. I have always loved animals but working there helped me to figure out what I wanted to go to school for. I am currently attending a local community college to finish my prerequisites in hopes to join the vet tech program while having greater dreams of majoring in Animal Biology. In 2016 I joined the Pet Resort team at South Bay Animal Hospital and it's been a great experience. ​​​​​​​

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Mariya Rasheva

Pet Resort Specialist

I joined the team of South Bay Animal Hospital and Pet Resort in July of 2016. Working with animals has always been a passion of mine – from caring for injured birds, pocket pets, cats and dogs to fostering and finding them their forever homes. I have worked professionally with animals since 2010, but when I came to SBAHPR is when I felt at home. I love interacting with our clients and their four-legged furry kids. I make sure that every animal that comes to board with us feels loved and safe. There is always something new to learn, and with that there is always room for personal growth. I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice, but I am currently pursuing another degree in the high tech field. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my own beloved furry kids.
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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.
Lorrie

Lorrie Montalbano

Client Service Representative

Hello, My name is Lorrie, I started in veterinary medicine in 1987 as a second job, as I was on the path to be a Hygienist. Well, it wasn't long before my love of animals took over and I went into veterinary medicine full time. I've worked with both large and small animals, I started out in the kennel and worked my way through all areas of the hospital from Client service rep to Tech to Manager and currently back to client service rep. I love what I do, I really appreciate the quality of medicine practiced here at South Bay Animal Hospital.

Emily Bennett

Client Service Representative

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.
Kristin

Kristin Leisentritt

Technician Assistant

I have always loved animals since I was a small child. When I was 6 I was a veterinarian for Halloween. I was always bringing home abandoned or injured animals. I would then find a wildlife rehabilitator or rescue to take them to with my parents' help, then on my own as I got older. At home, I am the proud pet parent to two cats and an African Grey Parrot. I'm now starting school to become a Veterinary technician to better help animals and couldn't be more excited. I love working at SBAH. I love being with the cats and dogs all day long and learning new things about them. I also greatly enjoy caring for them and making sure their stay with us is a great experience for them and their pet parents.
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).

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