Kecia Valdez, DVM

Kecia is the founder and owner of Jules, Lathrop, and Arroyo Veterinary Centers. She was born in New Mexico and moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University Veterinary School. Her original dreams consisted of becoming a human doctor, but her newly acquired schnauzer puppy (named Jules) quickly changed her mind. After becoming a concerned pet owner, she knew that becoming a veterinarian was her true calling.

Kecia graduated with honors and was inducted into Phi Zeta, a veterinary honor society in 1998. Her medical interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, helping control the pet population, and schnauzers. When she is not busy with her patient’s medical cases, Kecia enjoys spending time with her three children Isabella, Francisco, and Sergio. She also finds herself lost in a good book regularly and taking as many pictures as she can.

Years in Practice: 21
Education: Colorado State University
Interests: Practice Owner & Veterinarian

Ayshea Marchiondo, DVM

Dr. Ayshea Marchiondo (Quintana) joined the team as an Associate Veterinarian in July of 2014. She is an Albuquerque, New Mexico native and holds degrees from New Mexico State University, Colorado State University, and UC Davis. She grew up with many animals including guinea pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs, German Shepherds, and her best friend, Jet, a stray little black dog that stole the hearts of her whole family. She shares her home with her husband and son, their Labradoodle, Indiana, and two mischievous felines, Joe Joe and Phoebe. Dr. Marchiondo is excited to work with the clients at Arroyo Veterinary Center and has interests in dermatology, dentistry, preventative medicine, and chronic pain management. In her free time she enjoys getting lost in a great novel, movie marathon nights, traveling, playing soccer and racquetball.

Years in Practice: 5
Education: UC Davis, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University
Interests: Associate Veterinarian

Michelle Kapty, DVM

Dr. Michelle Kapty has been practicing veterinary medicine in Livermore since 1996. She joined our team as an Associate Veterinarian in April of 2015. She comes to us with a passion for geriatric medicine, pediatrics, and making her patients as comfortable, relaxed and happy as possible while they are in the hospital. Dr. Kapty believes it is rewarding to start animals off on the right “paw” in life, as well as keep them comfortable and happy during their later years. Dr. Kapty is an alumni of UC Davis where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree with high honors in Genetics followed by a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She is a Bay Area native and has found that house renovations and planting roses has helped make her older house a home. She shares her home with her Silken Windhound “Dolly”, her rescue terrier mix “Griffin”, and her Yellow Collared Macaw “Buddy”. Dr. Kapty enjoys photography, attending movies at The Vine, and wine tasting with friends in her free time.

Years in Practice: 28
Education: UC Davis
Interests: Associate Veterinarian

Jeanne Rosato, DVM

Dr. Jeanne Rosato joined our team December 2019. Dr. Rosato attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in biochemistry. She then attended Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1987 and as a member of honor society Phi Zeta. She has lived in the east bay area since 1987 with her husband, Dave, who is a geologist. Special interests of Dr. Rosato’s are dentistry, internal medicine, dermatology and ophthalmology. She enjoys taking extra time with fearful animals and new kittens and puppies so they can learn to trust while visiting us at the clinic. In her free time, you will find her camping, hiking, canoeing and skiing with her husband and going to blues band concerts. Dr. Rosato also shares her home with her three cats named Lizzie, Eiger and Queso – all of whom are rescued.

Years in Practice: 32
Education: Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Associate Veterinarian

Claire Totari, DVM

Dr. Claire Totari joined the Arroyo Veterinary Center family in August 2020. Claire comes to us after graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She then did one clinical year at University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and an Internship at Mississippi State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. From there, Dr. Totari spent two years at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in a ABVP Canine/Feline Residency. Dr. Totari has a strong interest in surgery and would like to implement more minimally invasive surgical practices. Dr. Totari, who is bilingual and also speaks fluent Arabic, is glad to be back in her native California and you can find her hiking or practicing archery in her spare time! Dr. Totari shares her home with her cat, Snickers, and her dog, Westley who is always eager to show off his tricks!

Years in Practice: 3
Education: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Associate Veterinarian

Abe Valdez, MSEE

Abe Valdez is the founder, owner, and hospital administrator of Jules, Lathrop, and Arroyo Veterinary Center. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering. Not only does he oversee many important aspects of the hospital, but he is also an engineer. Abe can be quite the jokester but always knows when it is time for business. He loves spending time with his three children: Isabella, Francisco, and Sergio. You can also find him golfing, mountain biking, playing poker, enjoying movies and cooking.

Years in Practice: 17
Education: Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering at NMSU
Interests: Practice Owner

Terra Kim

Terra started at our sister hospital, Jules Veterinary Center, in 2011 as a Client Services Representative. She came to us with management experience so it wasn’t too long before she was promoted to supervisor, and then eventually to Practice Administrator for all three of our veterinary hospital locations. Terra started working in the veterinary world in 2004 as a DVM Assistant while attending college and has worked her way up, learning everything she could along the way. Terra grew up in Sacramento, CA and attended CSU Fresno and then CSU Sacramento, where she graduated with a BS in Micro Cellular Biology. Terra has a passion for animals, her grandmother being her most important role model. Growing up, her grandmother was always caring for sick or injured animals, so naturally Terra ended up with a career where her same passion and love can be put to good use (and hopes that her grandma would be proud). Terra has volunteered and fostered for countless rescue organizations and she’s bottle fed more orphaned kittens than she can count. Now Terra spends all of her free time with her husband Kurtis and their little boy, Connor. Terra has a mixed breed named Pinky, and two cats named Timmy and Cali, who all happen to be girls. When their son was born, Terra’s husband couldn’t of been happier.

Years in Practice: 9
Education: California State University, Sacramento
Interests: Practice Administrator

Lisa Pollard, RVT

Lisa is a small-town girl who was born and raised in rural Michigan. She made the journey to the west coast in the August of 2010 and quickly jumped on board as one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians and worked her way to Practice Manager. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University and enjoys learning new things every day. Interestingly enough Lisa has extreme allergies to many of the animals she works with; even with this obstacle she would never change her career. She enjoys spending time with her two Standard Poodles, Cooper and Brinkley, her rambunctious nephew, and has a strong love for photography and cooking new recipes.

Years in Practice: 12
Education: Michigan State University
Interests: Registered Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager

Jennifer Serena, RVT

Jennifer joined the team as a Registered Veterinary Technician in April of 2015. She earned her Associates degree in 2004 from Western Career College in Veterinary Technology. Jennifer came to us with 12 years of experience as a technician and hopes to pursue a specialty veterinary technician license in clinical practice. She is originally from Fremont and recently moved to Mountain House in 2011 with her husband who is career Army, their daughter, and their two cats, Mr. Peepers and Baxter. Jennifer loves going on random adventures, decorating her home, and being an active participant in her daughter’s girl scout troop.

Years in Practice: 16
Education: Western Career College
Interests: Registered Veterinary Technician

Amy Young-Blair, RVT

Amy joined our team as a Registered Veterinary Technician in July 2020. Amy began her veterinary career in 2000 after assisting in the development of spay and neuter programs for animal shelters. She then followed with working at a general practice veterinary hospital and an emergency veterinary hospital and earned her RVT license in 2009. Besides her time at Arroyo, she spends one day each week helping Valley Humane Society develop their spay-and-neuter program to assist the tri-valley area. Amy’s fur-family includes her two kitties, Marco and Sluggo and her three dogs: Dudley a pit mix, Dash an Australian Shepherd, and Simon the most interesting Golden Retriever/Corgi mix you will ever see. She hopes one day Simon will become an Instagram star! In Amy’s spare time, she enjoys hiking, running and lifting weights and relaxing in her beautiful backyard paradise with her husband and son.

Years in Practice: 19 years
Education: California RVT Certificate Program
Interests: Registered Veterinary Technician

Morgan Calero, RVT

Morgan jumped on board as one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians in July 2020. Morgan began her veterinary experience in High School with the ROP program and continued on to earn her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from Foothill College in 2013 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2019. She comes to us with over 7 years of experience in an Emergency, Critical Care and Specialty center. Morgan grew up in Fremont but made the move to Discovery Bay in 2019 and takes full advantage of all the water access and spends her free time boating, wake surfing, swimming and paddle-boarding. Along with her 2 daughters, Kylie and Kamryn, Morgan and her husband take a yearly trip to Mexico to visit her husband’s family – she is learning to speak Spanish. Morgan’s fur-family includes her Boxer named Adalyn, Terrier Mix named Mighty Moe, and a kitty named Figaro. Her favorite patients are any with huge noggins and tons of wrinkles!

Years in Practice: 16
Education: Foothill College
Interests: Registered Veterinary Technician

Claudia Rivas

Claudia came to us after graduating from the Veterinary Technology program at Carrington College in May 2016. She aspires to take her board examinations soon to become one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. Prior to school, she worked at a grooming shop and helped to prep the dogs for their grooms. In her spare time, Claudia likes to travel, listen to music and play the guitar. She loves to be outdoors and explore. Claudia also has amazing skills baking and decorating cupcakes, cakes, and cookies!! Her pet family includes her dogs Cookie the Chihuahua, Chewy the Yorkie, kitty Diego, and Gus the red ear slider turtle. Claudia is one of our bilingual team members and is fluent in Spanish.

Years in Practice: 3
Education: Chabot College
Interests: Veterinary Technician Assistant

Natalie Cruz

Natalie joined our team in July of 2013 as a Veterinary Technician Assistant. She graduated from Granada High School in 2013 and was lucky enough to gain experience in veterinary hospitals by being active in their ROP program. Natalie is enrolled at Cal State East Bay obtaining her degree in Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratory Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. She aspires to continue her education by going to veterinary school or going into research for animals. Her pet family includes her kitties, Delilah and Matilda. When she is not at school or working, she enjoys trying new restaurants/foods, dancing jazz, hip hop, and ballet, running/hiking, going to concerts and spending her time with her family and friends.

Years in Practice: 6
Education: CA East Bay State University
Interests: Veterinary Technician Assistant

Karen Podany

Karen is a dedicated member of the animal community in the Livermore area. She has spent many years volunteering and fostering dogs with a local rescue. We believe Karen is doing great things in the community, but she wanted to do more. Karen joined the client services team in February of 2013. She knew that working with Arroyo Veterinary Center would be another way she could touch the lives of pets and their owners. Karen and her husband Joe enjoy going to their cabin and hiking with their dogs Dillon, Oso, Mona and Grizz. Kirkland her cat enjoys his alone time while the family is gone.

Years in Practice: 6
Interests: Client Services Representative

Kristi Rizzo

Kristi joined our team in August 2018 as one of our client services representatives. Kristi worked as a veterinary receptionist through her high school and college years then took a break to do court reporting and raise her three children. In her spare time, she loves to cook for her family and try new and interesting recipes! Along with cooking, she likes to visit wineries with her husband and looks forward to her annual camping trip during the summer. Her family spoils their dog, Isabel, an 11-year-old Dachshund mix. Kristi is so happy to be back in the veterinary field and cannot wait to develop long-lasting relationships with our clients and their pets.

Years in Practice: 1
Interests: Client Services Representative