David Detweiller, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
Mark Matteucci, DVM
Diplomate, Amercian College of Veterinary Radiology
Kimberly R. Carlson, DVM
Diplomate, Amercian College of Veterinary Surgery
Phillip Watt, BVsc, MACVSc, FACVS
Dr. Rebecca Abrams
Rebecca Abrams, DVM
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: University of Minnesota Internship: East Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Medical Special Interests: Internal medicine, ultrasound, general practice
Dr. Rebecca Abrams grew up in northern California and then traveled to Chicago to obtain her bachelor’s from Northwestern University. She received honors in Environmental Sciences for her senior thesis about invasive plants in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. While at Northwestern, she also studied Spanish and earned a varsity letter in cross country running. She was awarded her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 2010 and was inducted into the Phi Zeta honor Society for her academic achievements. In vet school she served as chairman of the Honor Case Commission and was active in student clubs. She moved to the Bay Area to pursue an additional year of internship training at East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency and has been practicing in the area since then. She is very excited to be a part of Berkeley Dog and Cat and looks forward to forming bonds with her clients and patients.
Outside of work, Dr. Abrams enjoys playing tennis, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and labradoodle Gus.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Richard Benjamin grew up in Yonkers, New York. During his formative teenage years, he attended boarding school in Nairobi, Kenya, during that country’s own formative colonial years. He then attended Colorado State University and received his DVM degree from Cornell University, where he put himself through school as the veterinary fraternity cook. He was elected student body president during his senior year in veterinary school. After marrying his high school sweetheart, the second thing he did right was to move to the West Coast after graduation. After four years in a progressive practice in East Oakland, he, together with Dr. Shriro, purchased the Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital. The hospital has grown from a two-doctor general practice to a multi-doctor specialist referral center and general practice with a fully staffed 24-hour emergency/critical care facility.
In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Benjamin has assisted in multiple clinical field trials for most of the large pharmaceutical companies. Many of the drugs on our pharmacy shelf, and around the world, were researched here first, including Clavamox, Rimadyl, Mometamax, Orbax, Optimune, and Zenequin. He has lectured on this subject at FDA symposiums and has traveled to Europe to be part of global studies. He has consulted and served as a veterinary advisor to the pet insurance industry. Long ago, seeing a need for overnight emergency care in the bay area, Dr. Benjamin was instrumental in convincing 23 local veterinarians to start PETS, the first veterinary emergency facility serving this area. He voluntarily oversaw its first 20 years of operations. Dr. Benjamin is also past president of the Alameda County Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Benjamin’s main pleasures are Lynn (remember the high school sweetheart) and their daughters Amy and Jill. Amy professionally followed in her father’s footsteps, first as a technician at BD&C, followed by Vet School at Davis and, just to confuse the staff, there is now another Dr. Benjamin at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital. Dr. Benjamin is thrilled to have her around as a competent colleague and close friend. Amy resides close by with her husband Ben and their daughter Kayla. Jill, Brian, their daughter Makenna, and son Grayson ‘defected’ to Los Angeles where she is an equity partner in her downtown LA law firm. She is involved in interesting and varied cases, and she truly loves what she’s doing. The huge menagerie that populated Dr. Benjamin’s house when the kids were home has dwindled somewhat to fish, Text, the canary couple, and Scruff the dog, all rescued and happily relocated (not the fish).
Dr. Benjamin is an avid mountain bicyclist and has gone riding in the East Bay hills twice weekly for the last 25 years. He travels extensively with his family and has always been into photography, archeology, collecting ancient Greek and Roman coins, red wine, and tending his fruit trees, vegetable garden, and bird feeders in the back yard. Besides his family, the constants in his life are a mid-day half-hour nap and a nightly soak in his hot tub. Basically, he considers himself disgustingly lucky and happy.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: University of Minnesota Internship: East Bay Veterinary Specialists, Walnut Creek, California Medical Special Interests: Emergency Medicine
Dr. Jeff Freeman is a general practitioner having been with Berkeley Dog and Cat since 2005. Originally from the New York area, he now calls the bay area home. He enjoys meeting new clients and their pets as well as attending to his current client’s needs. Most of his free time is spent attending to his cat Sparky’s endless demands for attention. As time allows he enjoys visiting the beach, going for hikes, kayaking and travel.
Undergraduate Degree: UC Berkeley Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies Special Certification: Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (University of Tennessee) Medical Special Interests: General Practice, Dentistry, Canine physical therapy
Dr. Isaacson grew up in Southern California and moved to Berkeley for her undergraduate education. She received her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from UCB. She fell in love with the Bay Area and swore to return after completing her veterinary degree. She traveled to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts for her veterinary education and completed her clinical year at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She completed a course in Veterinary Dentistry at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore, Maryland shortly after graduating from Veterinary school and then headed back to the Bay Area to start work as a veterinarian. Her passions include well care, geriatric care, dentistry and canine (and feline) physical therapy. She has been a general practitioner in the area since 2007 and couldn’t imagine a more perfect and fulfilling career.
While in veterinary school, Dr. Isaacson met her husband, Thomas, and they married in 2008. Their daughter Sydney was born in July, 2011, Olivia was born March, 2013, and Holly was born April 2015. Dr. Isaacson has 2 dogs, Lola and Josie, and 2 cats, Ella and Louie. In her free time, Dr. Isaacson enjoys skiing, hiking, and running.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: Michigan State University Internship: Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA Medical Special Interests: Emergency Medicine
Dr. Yu-Tin Lee was born in Taiwan, where she lived until the eighth grade when her family moved to the US. After spending the first year in cold Michigan, she moved to sunny California and fell in love with the Bay Area. After high school, Dr. Lee attended UC Davis and graduated with honors with a major in biochemistry and a minor in animal biology. Her original goal was to become a physician, however, that goal was quickly changed after adopting her favorite dog in the world, Fido, a terrier mix. While taking care of Fido, she realized that her true passion was for veterinary medicine. After graduating from UC Davis, Dr. Lee moved to Michigan to attend veterinary medical school at Michigan State University. She was involved in several organizations such as secretary of Student Chapter of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS) and member of the Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA). Dr. Lee graduated with honors in 2005 and was inducted to Phi Zeta Veterinary Honors Society. After graduation, Dr. Lee was proudly accepted into a rotating internship in small animal medicine at Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine. During the one-year training program, she rotated through a variety of specialty fields such as emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, surgery, and ophthalmology, and she gained valuable experiences. She is also fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and English. In 2006, Dr. Lee was ecstatic to finally move back to the sunny Bay Area and work as a clinician at the Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital.
Dr. Lee’s beloved terrier mix, Fido, passed away in spring, 2014. He was 15.5 years old. Fido helped Dr. Lee study in vet school by posing as a patient so Dr. Lee could practice her physical examination skills. He loved to cuddle and enjoyed going on walks. Dr. Lee and her family still miss him very much. Dr. Lee and her husband have three energetic boys, who love playing outdoors. They frequently spend their weekends running around in the Oakland zoo, the Exploratorium, the Academy of Sciences or local parks.
Undergraduate Degree: Miami University Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies Internship: VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists Medical Special Interests: General Practice, Radiology & Ultrasound
Dr. Minturn grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for his undergraduate education. While there he earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. He then traveled to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to receive his veterinary education at Ross University. He completed his clinical year at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. He has a particular passion for radiology and ultrasound in addition to well care, preventative medicine, and geriatric care. He has been a general practitioner in the bay area since 2007 and sees himself in this career for many years to come.
Pets and Family Info: While in veterinary school, Dr. Minturn met his wife, Leah, and they married in 2008. They have 3 daughters: Sydney was born in July 2011, Olivia was born in March 2013, and their newest, Holly, was born in April 2015. Dr. Minturn has 2 dogs, Lola and Josie who both came from the Caribbean. In his free time, Dr. Minturn enjoys skiing, hiking, and running.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: University of California, Davis Internship: East Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Medical Special Interests: Preventive Medicine, Ultrasound
Dr. Wood has lived in various regions of California but has always considered the Bay Area her home. She received a bachelors of science degree in Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. After taking a year off to gain more experience in the veterinary field, she was ecstatic to be able to return to UC Davis for veterinary school. While in veterinary school, she was an officer and active member in several clubs/organizations including the Feline Medicine Club, Surgery Club, and Mercer Clinic for Pets of the Homeless. Once she graduated, she completed a rigorous one-year rotating internship in the east bay before joining Berkeley Dog and Cat!
When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and spoiled three-legged cat, watching scary movies, playing video games, and exploring various parks and trails in the greater bay area.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: University of Illinois Board Certification: Dermatology Graduate School: Purdue University Medical Special Interests: Allergy cases, autoimmune diseases and demodectic mange
Dr. Doering was raised near Peoria, Illinois, where his family owned a small farm. There he developed a fondness for animals and chose veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. After two and half years in private practice, he returned to graduate work (MS) at Purdue University in Indiana. He served as a faculty dermatologist at Auburn University and the University of Missouri, where he became certified in dermatology. After a stint in nutrition research, he moved to the Bay Area in 1988, owning his own dermatology practice. He has been a dermatologist at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital and Special Veterinary Services since 2001. Dr. Doering especially likes working with allergy cases, autoimmune diseases, and demodectic mange.
His hobbies include spending time with his wife and family, international traveling, and golf. He plans to retire in two years, but he has said “two years” since 2004. His pet is Kobe, a male black cat.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: Ohio State University Internship: VCA Sacramento Animal Medical Group, Carmichael, CA Residency: Dentistry and Oral Surgery, University of California, Davis Medical Special Interests: Dentistry, Geriatric medicine
Dr. Joo was born in Seoul, South Korea but moved to the United States at the age of 4. When she was 9 years old, her father, also a veterinarian, opened his own small animal practice in Northeast Philadelphia, and she was recruited to work there after school every day. Her love of animals was formed there, but she was discouraged from pursuing veterinary medicine and encouraged to go into human medicine. She was accepted into an accelerated medical program at the Pennsylvania State University but dropped out of this program after spending time as an EMT and realizing this was not her passion. She obtained a degree in microbiology and worked in a small biotechnology lab and as a diagnostic microbiologist at the Penn State University branch of the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System. It was there that she was exposed to veterinarians in nonclinical careers, and she became interested in pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. Dr. Joo attended the Ohio State University and worked on varying research projects with zoonotic enteric bacteria, planning to pursue a career in epidemiology and disease outbreak investigation. However, veterinary dentistry stole her heart during a 3rd year wetlab, and her whole career path changed. She completed a small animal rotating internship in Sacramento and a 3-year residency in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at UC Davis. She was a staff veterinarian at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties, a private practice run by Tufts University, and assistant professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. When the opportunity to return to California and leave Nor’easters behind, she was happy to take it!
Dr. Joo shares her home with her boyfriend, a bottle-raised German Shorthaired Pointer who may think he is a cat, and 4 orange cats. When not at work, she spends her time exploring her neighborhood, eating, knitting, and trying to keep the youngest cat from eating yarn.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Externship: Wildlife Medicine, Queensland, Australia Graduate School: Ohio State University Medical Special Interests: Exotic Animals
Dr. Harkewicz was born in Newark New Jersey. Although a large city, he always had a collection of odd and unusual pets as a kid, including a Capuchin monkey! By the age of eight, he was already into breeding and selling some reptile species to local pet shops and collectors. Hereceived a degree in Animal Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University before doing graduate work in Animal Nutrition at the Ohio State University. He received a VMD degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.
After graduating veterinary school Dr. Harkewicz did a 20 month post-doctorate externship in wildlife medicine in Queensland Australia, working with small marsupial populations and reptiles and amphibians. After marrying his wife Florence in 1985, together they moved to the Bay Area. Dr. Harkewicz has worked as an exotic animal veterinarian ever since and has been with the Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital since June of 1997. In addition to working on non-domestic species at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital, He is also the past President ( 2011-2012) of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (http://arav.org). In addition, he is also a consultant to the Veterinary Information Network (http://vin.com)for reptiles and amphibian medicine, care, and surgery. VIN is a collection of over 60,000 veterinarians worldwide. Dr. Harkewicz also keeps busy giving lectures on reptile and amphibians at University of California, Davis, as well as local and nationwide herptile clubs and associations. Throughout the years he has had multiple papers and book chapters published on the same subjects.
Dr. Harkewicz and his wife live in Crockett, California, a small East Bay town. Their “kids” include a French Bulldog, Jean-Luc, a Chinese Crested/Pug cross, Lil’ Pea, Dobby, a Chihuahua mix who one day showed up on their door step, 3 house cats – Augie, Sophie, and Tiger, a cockatiel named Lemon, about 15 exotic tortoises, and some 100 plus assorted reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate pets. His personal hobbies include gourmet cooking, science fiction reading, and animals in general.
Dr. Harkewicz is available for teaching and lectures to veterinarians, technicians & reptile clubs.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: University of California, Davis Internship: West Los Angeles Animal Hospital Medical Special Interests: Emergency/Critical care, Internal Medicine, Surgery
Dr. Johnson grew up in the South Bay Area of Silicon Valley and did her undergraduate education at UC Santa Barbara in biopsychology. She considered going into the field of neurology or psychology but had always wanted to be a veterinarian. She worked as a bartender and waitress to get herself to UC Davis. After veterinary school she did an internship in LA and proceeded to follow that with 12 years of primarily emergency small animal care from South Orange county up to Chico, California. She currently does both general day practice and critical care of small animals. Her special interests are Watercolor painting (Yupo), Vinyasa, Running, and Dressage with her horse Synergy.
Dr. Johnson currently has one curly coated Scottish Fold called Hootie, a small naughty terrier named Tyson, and an equally mischievous Iberian warm blood horse named Synergy.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: University of California, Davis Internship: East Bay Veterinary Specialists, Walnut Creek Medical Special Interests: Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound, Surgery
Dr. Kelman was born in Moscow, Russia but spent most of her childhood in Maryland. During her undergraduate years at the University of Maryland, College Park, she published immunology research and also spent time in Australia working with flying foxes and koalas. From there, she moved to California to attend UC Davis Veterinary School. During veterinary school, she served as an officer for Mercer Clinic for Pets of the Homeless, helping to deliver wellness care and spay/neuter services. She then completed a rotating internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists in Walnut Creek where she worked side by side with specialists, honing her ultrasound, medicine, and surgery skills, as well as seeing a busy caseload of emergencies. Dr. Kelman started at Berkeley Dog and Cat working exclusively in the emergency department. While she enjoys the unpredictable challenges of emergency medicine, she is excited to have the opportunity to build relationships with the families who come back to see her now that she is also working general practice days. She loves the collaborative environment at Berkeley Dog and Cat which allows her to work with other general practitioners, skilled technicians, and specialists to provide the best possible patient care. She has completed additional training in ultrasound and surgery and strives to keep learning every day. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, lindy hop, rock climbing, and training her cat, Albie, in agility.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: Michigan State University Internship: East Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Medical Special Interests: Emergency medicine, integrative medicine, surgery and ultrasound
Dr. Kouch is an Emergency Veterinarian and the Medical Director for Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital.
Dr. Kouch was born and raised in Los Angeles and completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA. Prior to veterinary school, she spent time working at the Oregon Zoo, the Oakland Zoo, and at the San Francisco SPCA. She then completed her veterinary degree at Michigan State University. During veterinary school, Dr. Kouch was president of the surgery club and also served as an officer of the integrative medicine club. During the summers, she had the opportunity to work on research at Stanford University working on traumatic brain injury and its effect on pain threshold in rats, and the following summer on the long-term effects on the gut’s microbiota after Toxoplasma gondii infection in mice. During veterinary school she was awarded the Arthur D. Marosi Surgery award. Afterwards, Dr. Kouch was eager to return to California and wanted to improve her skills and knowledge by completing a rotating internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists and emergency in Walnut Creek. There, she was able to work side by side with specialists in internal medicine, neurology, surgery, and emergency and critical care. She gained experience in surgery, diagnostic ultrasound, and enjoyed the variety of cases seen on emergency.
In her free time, Dr. Kouch enjoys outdoor activities including camping, kayaking and hiking with her two dogs. She also enjoys bouldering. She has two dogs, Otis and Bam Bam, Milo the cat, and a red-eared slider named Bailey.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: University of California, Davis Internship: Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego Medical Special Interests: Emergency medicine
Dr. Marion grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, although she was born abroad in Chile and lived for several years in Indonesia as a child. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and from there went up to Davis to complete veterinary school. During veterinary school, she thoroughly enjoyed research and worked closely with a laboratory that investigated heart disease and clotting disorders in cats. She was also greatly involved in the student emergency & critical care club as well as helping to found the pain management club. After graduation, she moved away from her husband for a year to complete further training at a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. As an emergency clinician, she loves being able to provide relief and care for people and their animals in a time of need and stress.
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary School: University of California, Davis Internship: Purdue University Medical Special Interests: Cardiology and emergency medicine
Dr. Nickerson was born and raised in Orange County, California. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego where he studied Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Evolution. He spent a semester in Australia studying the biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef. He also spent a year of research at the University of California, San Diego Medical School investigating the effects of hypoxia on gene expression and regulation in the brainstems of mice. He then attended UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to complete his DVM. While in veterinary school he received the national Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award and represented UC Davis at the national level as a delegate of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association. He also completed research investigating the heritability of Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS) in Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands and Rottweilers. He graduated with high honors and was inducted into the Phi Zeta National Honors Society. He then left for a rotating internship at Purdue University in Indiana with a specialized interest in cardiology and emergency medicine. He has a particularly strong interest in cardiac emergencies. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and hiking with his dog, Pebbles (who has mild SAS).
Undergraduate Degree: UC Berkeley
Veterinary School: Cornell University
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Internship: East Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Medical Special Interests: Traditional Chinese, exotic animal, emergency medicine
Sharon was made in Taiwan and grown in California. She misses the novelty of 4 seasons and milking cows through school at Cornell, but is happiest in avocado country. She has worked with goats in Ghana, jaguars in Belize, dolphins in Mexico, rhinos in Indonesia, and plenty of starry-eyed students as an instructor for the university conservation medicine program. After her dog and cat internship, she worked as relief up and down the Cali coast before joining the Berkeley family. When not in her kitchen, she enjoys meeting all creatures with their people friends and is excited to see you!