Our Team

Ironhorse Vet Care Staff

Ironhorse Vetcare staff include board-certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine and 24 hour emergency services. Our experienced technicians and friendly support staff ensure that your pet receives the best care and that you are kept up to date on their care and stay with us.

Veterinarians

John Haburjak

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

 Dr. John Haburjak graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 1993. He practiced for 5 years in and around the SF Bay Area before completing 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 his clinical surgical interests include surgical oncologic procedures of the face, head and neck, corrective orthopedic procedures, and disorders of the canine stifle. 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 singles tennis, Oakland A’s baseball, discovering the Tahoe basin with his kids and cooking (not to mention eating, too!). He shares his life with his wife, Aimee (a veterinarian pathologist), daughters Eva & Emery and sons Ian & Isaac – along with Lady Addison (bubble-headed Japanese spaniel), Poppy (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a freckled nose!), Pixie (mutant Chihuahua) – some Guinea Pigs and a Cat named Ginger Cookie.

Jamie Wignall

BVetMed (Hons), MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Wignall comes from a family of veterinarians in the United Kingdom, and after pursuing veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College in London, he returned home for a year in rural mixed animal practice. Adventure beckoned, and he completed his surgical training at Louisiana State University where he found a southern girl, a love for the New Orleans Saints and a terrier called Maverick. He then worked in Southern California for 4 years where the family expanded to add two more terriers, Biffy and Ziggy. His hobbies include snowboarding, soccer, hiking and spending time with his partner, Luli, also a veterinarian.

His professional interests cover all aspects of orthopedics, soft tissue, and neurosurgery, with a particular emphasis on the upper airway and minimally invasive surgery. Practice management has become a new interest and he is studying towards a Masters in Business Administration.

His professional interests include the application of minimally invasive surgical techniques (Arthroscopy, Laparoscopy, and Thoracoscopy) in the management of soft tissue and orthopedic disease, and the surgical treatment of cruciate disease, fractures, and Total Hip Replacement.

Andrew Grange

BSc (Hons), BVetMed, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Andrew Grange is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and Chief of Staff of OakVet Animal Specialty Hospital. He attended University College London where he received his bachelor’s degree in orthopedic science, and then graduated in 2008 from the Royal Veterinary College in London with a degree in veterinary medicine. Following graduation he completed a rotating internship in Southern California, and a residency in small animal surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. 

His professional interests include the application of minimally invasive surgical techniques (Arthroscopy, Laparoscopy, and Thoracoscopy) in the management of soft tissue and orthopedic disease, and the surgical treatment of cruciate disease, fractures, and Total Hip Replacement. 

Dr. Grange’s personal interests include skiing, cycling, ice hockey, and spending time with his wife, Allison (also a veterinarian), children Amelia and Ethan, their dog, Abby, and 5 cats. 

Christine H. Kim

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Kim received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She went on to pursue a 1-year rotating internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. She returned to UC Davis to complete a 3-year residency in small animal internal medicine in 2010. Her residency research project investigating diagnostic modalities in cats with Feline Interstitial Cystitis, was given the House Officer Small Animal Research Award. Her mission is to nurture the human-animal bond by providing the next step in veterinary care.

Dr. Kim originally hails from Sacramento. She lives with her husband, two daughters, a rescue dog named Penny, and an assortment of snails, caterpillars, and insects captured in jars by the kids. She enjoys cooking, sewing, and playing the piano.

Valerie K. Fournier

DVM

Dr. Valerie Fournier is a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she started a dual degree in public health, graduating in 2009 with a masters in public health (disaster preparedness/emergency response) from the University of Minnesota.

She grew up splitting her time between a suburb of metro Detroit and a beef cattle farm in Northern Virginia. She’s a proud Red Wings fan, loves classic cars, and sometimes slips a “y’all” into a sentence if she’s not paying attention!

Immediately after graduating Dr. Val began working in small animal emergency medicine and she has practiced small animal emergency medicine nearly exclusively since graduating. Dr. Val worked all over Southeast and Northern Michigan at various 24 hour hospitals, learning new things at each.

In 2017, she packed up her 2 Pittie mixes, Saaz and Cascade, and headed west to California. After a short stint in non clinical work,  she found she missed the pace of the ER too much, and began doing relief at area hospitals. Professionally, her areas of interest include infectious/zoonotic disease, pain/anxiety management, and teaching. One of her favorite things is to mentor veterinary students and new graduates, and recently she got to have a very proud moment when a mentee she’d known since high school graduated with her doctorate.

Dr. Val and her husband, also a veterinarian, have 3 dogs between them now. The oldest is a 13+ (yes, really) Bassett mix named Cali who keeps the Pitties in line! They spend as much time outdoors as possible, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and enjoying all that Northern California has to offer.

Rebecca Rader

DVM, Diplomate ACVECC

Dr. Rebecca Rader grew up in Illinois and graduated from University of Illinois Veterinary School in 2006. She then completed a 1 year general, rotating internship at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro. Her residency program in emergency and critical care took her to Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in Rhode Island for 4 years, but her love for the Bay Area brought her back to California in 2011 after the completion of her residency.

Dr. Rader is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Her professional interests include trauma, geriatric medicine and pain management. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, live music, and spending time with her friends and family, which includes two dogs named Cardi Chi and Chacho. They have their own stroller and accompany her almost everywhere.

Meredith Stepita

DVM,Diplomate ACVB

Dr. Stepita grew up in Maryland, but now calls Northern California home. She received her DVM from the University of Tennessee in 2006. After completing an internship and working in general practice in Arizona she entered into the Clinical Veterinary Behavior Residency Program at the University of California-Davis, becoming a Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist in 2011. She spends most of her time in her San Francisco Bay Area-based practice, Veterinary Behavior Specialists, helping pet owners improve their pet’s behavior problems, and finds working with dedicated pet owners to be highly rewarding. Dr. Stepita’s research involves the frequency of parvovirus in puppies attending puppy socialization classes. Results of this study showed that vaccinated puppies attending these classes were no more likely to be diagnosed with parvovirus than those not attending these classes. She has authored chapters on canine aggression, feline anxiety, feline house soiling, and canine and feline mourning in veterinary texts. Dr. Stepita is also a local and national speaker. Her areas of interest include canine and feline anxiety and aggression, the human-animal bond, and animal welfare. She shares her life with her husband Chris and their dogs (Chewy and Snoopy), cats (Maddie, Cali, and Tarzan), and the occasional foster dog. Please visit Dr. Stepita‘s website vetbehaviorspecialists.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Brook Niemiec

DVM, Diplomate AVDC, EVDC

Dr. Niemiec is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Niemiec is a Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry of both the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges. In addition he is a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is one of fewer than 10 veterinarians worldwide to hold all three of these certificates. Read more about what Dr. Niemiec brings to veterinary dental care.

Kelly Davidson

DVM

Dr. Kelly Davidson grew up in San Diego, California and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis.  She has diverse interests, having spent time studying capybaras at the San Diego Zoo and researching antibiotic resistance in addition to working with veterinary hospitals and animal shelters.  She loves teaching and strives to encourage those interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.  Dr. Davidson is passionate about providing veterinary care to animals in underserved communities.  She has had the opportunity to volunteer in the United States, Mexico, Armenia, Honduras, and the Navajo Nation.  Outside of the clinic, she is a mentor to middle school students and enjoys running and being outdoors.  She hopes to visit every U.S. National Park.  She finds it a joy to help animals and people every day.  Dr. Davidson looks forward to working with you to provide compassionate, high-quality care for your furry family members!

Louis Roussille

DVM

My name is Dr. Louis Roussille and my journey to becoming a veterinarian began when I was a toddler. I don’t remember the exact moment it started, but I’d like to think it was when I was napping in our doghouse under the watchful eye of the family dog.

I spent my childhood trying to surround myself with a great number of creatures. Feathery, scaly, fluffy, big or small, I loved them all!

I was born in Bordeaux, France and since those early days, I have been a bit of globetrotter. My family moved to San Francisco in 2005 and I immediately fell in love with the Bay Area. I attended college in Canada and completed my veterinary training in Sydney, Australia. During my travels, I have also spent some time in East Africa and Southeast Asia.

I moved back to San Francisco in 2018 to start a new graduate mentorship program. I then decided to stay on as a General Practitioner until May 2020.

I love working with dogs and cats, and I have an interest for reptiles, birds and pocket pets. Developing my skills in internal medicine and medical imaging is of great interest to me. I think the field of veterinary medicine is both rewarding and challenging.

I also think that as a veterinarian, I play an important role as custodian of the human-animal bond. This responsibility drives me to learn more every day, to offer my patients the very best standard of care.

I am currently the proud underling of my very own feline overlord: a fluffy creature named Mikah.

Devon Ueda

BVetMed (Hons)

Dr. Devon Ueda is a Bay Area Native, having grown up in Pleasanton. After completing her undergraduate degree at UC Davis, she attended Veterinary School at the Royal Veterinary College in London.  Where she gained a different perspective and enhanced her experiences in the veterinary field.

She is excited to be coming back to the Bay Area for her Internship at Ironhorse VetCare and OakVet Animal Specialty Hospital.  She hopes to use this Internship as a launching off point towards a Residency.  Dr. Ueda has a passion for Exotics, Nutrition, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine. In her spare times she enjoys baking, pub quizzes, travelling, and cross stitching.  She has a golden retriever named Sadie and two mutts, Roxie and Evie. Dr. Ueda looks forward to treating and taking care of your four-legged loved ones.

Edith Blair

DVM

Dr. Edie Blair grew up in Washington, DC and moved to California for veterinary school.  She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis.  While in school she was able to explore a variety of interests including equine medicine, shelter medicine, and emergency medicine.

During her time in school she fell in love with California and made the move to the Bay Area.  She started working in emergency medicine after graduating from vet school and joined the IronHorse team early in 2020.  Her professional interests include emergency medicine, pain control, and infectious disease.

Outside of the clinic she enjoys running, mountain biking, and rock climbing.  She hopes to explore all the outdoor activities California has to offer and is working her way through all the state parks.  She has a squat pittie named Tyson who enjoys napping, snacks, and the occasional (short) hike.

Management Staff

Operations Manager:  

BreaAnn Kvernes

Client Relations and Referral Coordinator:

Renee McComb

Support Staff

Technicians and Assistants:

Lauren Acuna, RVT
Ana Alves
Ali Arnold CSR
Gina N Badura-Buccellato, RVT
Melanie Blom, RVT
Chantelle Camodeca
Catherine Cerf-Arriola
Misty Christian, RVT
Daniella Cincera

Anna Rose Denza
Virginia Galletta, CSR
Jennifer Gomez, RVT
Megan Hamilton, RVT
Kaylei Hardin, RVT
Judy Hart, RVT
Lori Heath, RVT
Sarah Horsley, RVT

Whitney Larson
Audrey Lewis
Denise Long, RVT
Serena Marks
Katherine Martinez, RVT
Allan Molina, RVT
Sarah Pereira, RVT
Lauren Petzing,

Cindy Pierce, CSR
Elizabeth Saccullo, RVT
Shelby Salinas
Elizabeth Schisler
Jennifer Stipe
Ashley Suddarth
Alyssa Trujillo CSR

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