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In the event of an emergency, you want experienced medical personnel working on your pet. One or more veterinarians are always staffing our clinic. Each is an experienced emergency clinician. Our veterinarians have a combined 80+ years of emergency experience.

Our Doctors

Dr. Sylvia Graham, DVM

Dr. Graham has over 25 years of veterinary emergency experience and has been working at North Pen since 2003. In addition to practicing emergency medicine, she owned her own exclusively feline private practice. Dr. Graham graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors degree in zoological science as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, the peninsula veterinary association and the Alameda County Veterinary Association. Dr. Graham is president and founder of the Association of Multicultural Veterinarians which raises funding for scholarships and mentors students from diverse backgrounds that have an interest in the field of veterinary medicine. She is a recipient of the distinguished Iverson Bell Award. Dr. Graham lives in Berkeley with her husband, two cats, three Yorkies, and one pit bull. All are rescues, including the husband.

Dr. Kelly Hovde, DVM

Dr. Hovde has been a staff veterinarian at North Pen since 1995. She is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.  She completed a Small Animal Emergency Critical Care Internship from Veterinary Emergency Service in Fresno, Ca. She is a member of VECCS, PVMA, AVMA, and IAAHPC. Currently she works as a relief veterinarian at the San Jose City Shelter. She particularly enjoys geriatric medicine. Dr. Hovde lives with her cat Dino.

Dr. Sara Rose, BVMS

Sara Rose holds a BS in Avian science from UC Davis and completed her veterinary degree in 2012 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, graduating with distinction in pathology. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Rose finished a small animal rotating internship at a private referral center in Boston. She then went to work at an emergency and referral hospital for two years in Manchester, New Hampshire. After nearly a decade of adventures outside of her home state, Dr. Rose is finally back in the Bay Area. She became a full time veterinarian at North Pen in July 2016. In addition, she works with Well-Pet Vet Clinic in Pittsburg, CA, providing affordable preventative care and vaccines for the community; and volunteers with the spay/neuter program of BADRAP, a Bay Area-based pit-bull advocacy group. In her spare time, Sara loves to hike, camp, and kayak with her mini daschund mix Reggie. She also travels as much as possible, makes wine with her family, and gardens with her backyard chicken flock "The Golden Girls".

Dr. Bill Resop, DVM

Dr. Resop (AKA “Dr. Bill”) has been Staff Veterinarian at NPVEC for more than 30 years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, then completed a combined Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at UC Davis. After working in a mixed practice in Washington State, where treating everything from wolves to sheep was just another day, Dr. Resop joined NPVEC and has focused his career on emergency veterinary medicine ever since.  Dr. Resop and his wife, Maredith, have three grown daughters, one a respiratory therapist, another a physician in emergency work and the third a veterinarian completing her Internship in Small Animal Emergency and Internal Medicine. When not at NPVEC, Dr. Bill and his wife raise Angus cattle on the family farm, assisted by two border collies and three cats of assorted colors and vintage.

Dr. Joel Wolf, DVM

Dr Wolf received his B.A. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2000. He completed a rotating internship in small animal surgery and internal medicine at the Animal Special Group in Los Angeles. After completing his internship, Dr. Wolf worked part time at multiple emergency and small animal general practices throughout the Bay Area. He became a full time staff veterinarian at NPVEC in 2004. When not at work, Dr. Wolf enjoys golfing, snowboarding, playing poker, and spending time with friends and family.

Our Support Staff

Amie Chapman, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Amie developed a passion for animals and knew that she wanted a career in the veterinary field at the age of 9. She first started volunteering at the Peninsula Humane Society and then decided to attend Foothill College and become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She began her career at NPVEC in 1999 and has never looked back. Through her years at North Pen she has fostered over 30 orphaned kittens, fostered 11 sick and orphaned puppies, and raised so far 13 puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. She and her husband are the creators of an award winning web series, Growing up Guide Pup, which chronicles the life and adventures of a puppy learning how to become a guide dog.

Ana Eppes

Veterinary Assistant

Ana began working in veterinary medicine in 2012 and joined the North Pen team in 2013. She is a recent graduate of the Foothill College with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and will become a registered veterinary technician soon. When not working hard, Ana enjoys spending time with her family, human and four legged of course, as well as traveling.

Erin Ovtcharov, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Erin graduated from Cal State Hayward in 2006 with a B.A. in Theatre Production and Foothill College in 2008 with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Shortly after she became a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been a member of the North Pen team since 2008. Erin is known for her positive attitude and her incredible work ethic. She has a soft spot for pit bulls and guinea pigs. In fact before she rescued her two pit bulls, Sydney and Xena, Erin spend 10 years breeding and showing guinea pigs.

Gabby Zuniga 

Nursing Director

Gabby began her career at NPVEC as a kennel assistant in 2012 when she fell in love with veterinary emergency medicine and has yet to venture out into a different field. She feels that emergency medicine is always changing and providing something exciting, and is very passionate about always maintaining a high standard of care for her clients and patients.  She is currently working on obtaining her RVT license with an ultimate goal in becoming a double boarded Veterinary Technician Specialist in emergency and critical care and cardiology, Gabby looks forward to someday joining the prestigious group of veterinary educators so she can give back to the community that gave her her life’s passion. During her down time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, her best rescue dog friend Ted, her spoiled cat Phillip, and chihuahua Suzan. She also enjoys practicing her Spanish, traveling and cooking.

Mia Ollikainen, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Mia has been working at North Pen since 2014. She is interested in all animal life including exotics, pocket pets, wild and domesticated animals and has worked with all of them. Mia is a graduate of the Foothill Veterinary Technology program and has been a naturalist her entire life. She enjoys observing wildlife in the Bay Area and anywhere she travels. She became an RVT in 2015, is a dedicated member of the North Pen staff, and always strives to learn and grow in the field of veterinary medicine and veterinary science.

Elora Vold

Veterinary Assistant

Elora started working in the Veterinary field in 2009. Starting in the kennels, she made her way to being a veterinary assistant, and she couldn't imagine working in any other field. She came to North Pen in 2015 and has learned so much working in emergency medicine. Elora has two dogs, Medusa and Kronos and two cats named Sid and Vicious.

Malerie Brill, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Malerie has always dreamed of working with animals, especially dogs, ever since she was young. Those dreams came true when she was accepted into Foothill College's Veterinary Technology program in 2014. In 2016, she graduated with her AS in Veterinary Technology and became an RVT in California soon after. She has been with the team at North Pen since 2015 where she began as an intern. She now works full time as an RVT and can't imagine being anywhere else right now. In addition to enjoying emergency medicine, Malerie has also volunteered at Oakland Zoo's veterinary hospital and at the Palo Alto Children's Museum and Zoo working with and leaning about exotic animals. Malerie is also a certified dog trainer and enjoys learning about dog and cat behavior. When she isn't at North Pen, she loves traveling around the world and spending time hiking and going to the beach with her dogs, Logan and Nani.

Crystal Habershom

Veterinary Assistant

Crystal joined our team here at North Pen in 2015. She came to us as a highly skilled veterinary assistant with +20 years of experience. Crystal grew up locally and graduated from Woodside High School in 1990. At 19 years of age, she started working in veterinary medicine and loved it. She works at our hospital on the evenings and weekends and at Sequoia Hospital during the day. It is kind of neat to have some of our patients get the same great nursing care and a familiar face during the day and into those late evening hours. She makes at least yearly visits to Disneyland. No matter where she is she has lots of fun, just like her young Bull Mastiff, Chai. Chai is super sweet, smart and sassy, and enjoys keeping her momma on her toes.