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Dolly - Supervisor of Animal Care
Dolly was both a lawyer and professional ballroom dance instructor before coming to Alto Tiburon. She began her veterinary career as an undergraduate at Yale when she answered an ad for an animal handler at the large New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital. She fell in love with the work and stayed there for several years, leaving only when she moved to California to attend law school. She is very happy now to have found her way back "home" to a job working with the animals she loves.
Dolly also moonlights as a ghostwriter and dreams of writing literary fiction. Her short story "Rice Ghost" received a 2005 Pushcart Prize nomination. She has twin daughters Sophia, an aspiring veterinarian (pictured, right) and Oceana, an aspiring marine biologist (pictured, left), and is married to Eddie, a commercial fisherman and Alto Tiburon's handyman. She and her family live in San Francisco by the ocean and share their tiny house with twelve wonderful cats.
Joy - Surgical Technician (RVT)
Joy is an extraordinarily skilled and experienced veterinary technician who helps us with our most difficult surgeries. She received her Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology from Western Career College in 2000. Joy was born on Christmas Day, and has always been able to maintain a positive outlook and gracious demeanor, even under the most stressful of circumstances. Her commitment is to put animals first, at home and at work. She and her fiance, Winston, live with three wonderful and very photogenic cats.
Raina resides in Mill Valley with her dog Princess (Cessa, pictured with her) and her cats Velvet, Didi and Luna. She is originally from just outside Baltimore but has lived in Marin for over half her life. After doing some undergraduate work in Environmental Studies and Spanish at Sonoma State University, Raina began her studies in the field of veterinary technology at Santa Rosa Junior College in 2004 and hopes to learn as much as she can at Alto Tiburon. Besides being fluent in Spanish, her other interests include art, photography (Sid is one of her best subjects), reading, history, and horses. She demonstrates a strong passion for animals and animal welfare. Raina has a huge heart, and knows and loves each of our patients and wonderful clients!
Stephanie is an extraordinarily gentle, tender, and caring nurse. She has been passionate about animals and their care her entire life. She has a Bachelor's degree in Geography/Environmental Studies from San Francisco State and is especially interested in wildlife conservation. Before coming to Alto Tiburon, she worked as a wildlife care and rescue technician for the Peninsula Humane Society, and she is currently in training as a volunteer for the Marine Mammal Center.
One of the most significant experiences of Stephanie's life was an internship at a big cat sanctuary in Namibia. There, she developed an intense, loving, and personal relationship with a cheetah named Athena. Her profound connection with this magnificent animal was transformative. Stephanie's path was clear: her life's work would be with animals.
Stephanie is patient and kind with our most frightened and challenging patients. Her empathy and compassion give her an extraordinary capacity to know exactly how to help each patient feel safe and secure. Stephanie comes from a large and loving Greek American family and is newly married to a wonderful lawyer named Noti. Stephanie and Noti are the proud parents of a slightly needy Jack Russell Terrier named Whiskey.
Laura is currently pursuing an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology at Santa Rosa Junior College. Completion of this program will allow her to sit for the exams for a national and California RVT license. Laura is interested in all facets of veterinary medicine and loves every single animal that comes under her care. She commutes more than 3 hours each day and is indefatigable. Laura's bright and positive presence in the hospital is healing to both humans and animals alike. She is a welcome source of exuberance, kindness, and good cheer.
Laura has quite the cosmopolitan background. Her parents are British, and Laura was born in England. She has lived all over the world, including Europe, Chile, and Arizona, where she became a die-hard Cardinals fan. Laura has two poised and beautiful daughters, and shares her home with an adored German Shepherd named Ivy, five cats, two rats, and a very wooly sheep.
Margaret grew up on 85 acres of land in upstate New York with her 5 brothers, 23 cats, 3 dogs, 2 rabbits (that somehow turned into dozens), parakeets and fish. She graduated with a BS in history and elementary education but ended up handling insurance property and casualty claims for 34 years. She moved to California in 1973 to escape winter forever.
In 2004 her paper pushing skills were needed at ATVH and she retired from insurance and moved into part-time work with her true love - animals. She loves traveling and outdoor activities such as sailing, hiking, gardening, camping and walking with her poodles, Carly and Rocky Rhodes.
Our Beloved Hospital Cat
Sid came to us from a hard life on the streets, but domesticated quickly, and spent a magical 7 1/2 years with us. He won the hearts of our staff and clientele, and even befriended many of our patients. He was quick to comfort, and became quite a healer himself. Unlike most self-respecting cats, he enjoyed posing in costumes (see his photo section on this website), a hobby which won his way onto calendars, clocks, mugs, and mouse pads. We miss him every day, but he has left behind an indelible legacy.
Prima was Alto Tiburon's mascot and official greeter for many years. She lived with Dr. Ohler, and was her constant companion, usually riding "shotgun" in her car. Prima had a stellar career as a breeding dog for Canine Companions for Independence, and many of her offspring are currently working as service dogs. In her retirement, her passion was catching frisbees and playing at the beach. She was a role model of good behavior, patience, and kindness, and came to work with Dr. Ohler every day.
Sadly, our dear Prima died of bone cancer in her spine in 2009. She was an instant friend to every person and animal she ever met. We love and miss you, Prima!
A Girl Named Homer
Hospital Cat Emeritus
Homer was born on a farm, and lived her 18 years at Alto Tiburon. She effectively supervised the entire staff, and motivated them (through mind control) to microwave shrimp for her 3 times per day. Even in her later years, she had regular dates with young neighborhood tom cats. They would meet in the parking lot, and hunt for rodents on the deer trails in the open space across the street. Homer spent most of the day in her basket on the front desk. She always kept things running smoothly.