Dr. Briana Arroyo, DVM
Dr. Briana “Bri” Arroyo is originally from Dallas, Texas. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington. She attended veterinary school at Ross University and completed her clinical year at Auburn University in 2017. While in veterinary school in St. Kitts, she ran a non-profit rescue for abused and unwanted animals. She also was involved with the Feral Cat Project, which spayed and neutered feral island cats. Although she loves all areas of veterinary medicine, her favorite aspects are dermatology, oncology, preventative medicine, feline medicine, and soft tissue surgery. She relocated from Texas to the San Jose area with her fiancé and two fur children, a blue heeler terrier mix named Riley and a “fluffy” orange tabby named Milo. In her free time she enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, trying new restaurants, and volunteering with local animal shelters and rescues.
Diane Bloom has been involved in Central Animal Hospital's administration since 1994. In addition to her son and daughter, Diane is "Mom" to a rescue mutt, "Auz" and a kitty, "Chippy". Diane is a big fan of road trips, softball, bicycling, and traveling anywhere with an ocean.
Although her parents didn’t allow pets in the house during her childhood in Houston, Texas, Abigail was able to indulge her love of caring for animals by volunteering at the local Humane Society. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in St. Mary’s College in Texas, where she worked towards a degree in Biology until she moved to the Bay Area. Having now landed in San Jose, she intends to continue her Biology studies at San Jose State. She lives in a “potentially haunted” apartment with her fiancé and two cats, and in her spare time, she enjoys biking, reading, and playing the ukulele.
Anya Escamilla believes she’s been destined from birth to be a “crazy cat lady”. After spending years volunteering her time to caring for neighborhood cats, Anya realized the logical career choice for her was in the field of veterinary medicine. She is now pursuing a degree in Biology at Evergreen Valley College while gaining an introduction to the field in her role at Central Animal Hospital. She lives with her 3 adopted cats and 2 dogs and likes to spend her free time outdoors, enjoying the Bay Area’s beaches, driving ranges, and hiking trails.
Laney Givens discovered her love of animals at age 5, when she got her first kitten. Today, in addition to working around animals at Central Animal Hospital, she has two dogs in her house: a Shih Tzu-Lahsa Apso mix, Gracie, who loves to take showers, and a Yorkie, Kuma, with an obsession for cheese. In her spare time, Laney likes to be outdoors, watching movies on Netflix, or going to improv classes.
Dr. Catherine Hedden, DVM
Veterinarian, Certified Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr. Catherine Hedden has been working with animals for nearly 30 years. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Hedden received her D.V.M. from University of California at Davis. Dr. Hedden is a Certified Rehabilitation Specialist and holds additional certification in veterinary acupuncture. She lives with her husband and two daughters, as well as 4 cats, 1 dog, 2 rabbits, and 2 fish! She likes to travel to Europe and spends her free time reading and sewing.
Lauren Horton, RVT
Lead Vet Technician and Kennel Supervisor
Lauren has been working at Central Animal Hospital since receiving her Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) license from Carrington College in 2012. She has two pets of her own, cats named "Gus" and "Motor". Before entering the veterinary field, Lauren earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. A Santa Cruz native, Lauren loves to travel and has visited numerous destinations across Europe. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys playing tennis, hiking, golfing, fishing, playing poker, and shopping.
Alyssia wasn't allowed to have pets growing up, so she found the perfect solution to indulging her love of animals: a career in veterinary medicine! She received her B.S. in Animal Science from California Polytechnic in San Louis Obispo, and has since expanded her credentials to include a Low Stress Handling certification by Dr. Sophia Yin, along with Fear Free and CVMA certifications. Before joining Central Animal Hospital, Alyssia worked as a Senior Vet Tech at Sunnyvale Vet Clinic. In her spare time, Alyssia enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and camping, as well as wine tasting and spending time with her cats, "Meeko" and "Sushi".
Linda was raised in San Diego and San Jose by a cat-loving family. Growing up, she helped her parents care for the many neighborhood cats that they took in. Today, Linda has a number of cats of her own, as well as a dog. She is now parlaying her love of animals into a profession as she joins Central Animal Hospital’s team.
In addition to her work as a Veterinary Assistant at Central Animal Hospital, Taijah attends West Valley College. When she's not at school or working, she likes to spend time at home with her animals, a dog named "Shasta" and a Tabby kitten named "Tigger". Taijah also enjoys hanging out with her siblings—two brothers and two sisters— and taking trips to Disneyland or Long Island, New York.
Savanna Mac Gilliviary
Savanna knew from an early age that she wanted to work with animals. At 17, her aspirations led her to start volunteering at animal shelters. She later took jobs in pet care and grooming, and she honed her skills in the latter through PetSmart’s Grooming Academy. When she’s not busy beautifying Central Animal Hospital’s grooming clients, Savannah spends time caring for the many rescue animals in her own household: her non-human family includes 2 chinchillas, 2 leopard geckos, 1 bearded dragon, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and a beta fish.
Nanami was born in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to the Bay Area at the age of 5. One of the first things Nanami noticed upon arriving in America was a broader variety of dog breeds than she'd seen previously, and her interest in learning more about animals was sparked. She began volunteering and pet fairs and shelters when she was in middle school. After high school, Nanami went on to study veterinary medicine at U.C. Davis. While pursuing her degree, she worked as student nurse in the U.C. Davis Small Animal Hospital and interned at Yolo County Animal Shelter. Nanami received her B.S. in Animal Science in June 2017 and subsequently returned to the Bay Area, where she now lives with her two dogs: a chocolate lab named "Bogey" and a lab-pit mix named "Brad".
Christa previously worked as an EMT, having received her certification at San Jose City College. The San Jose native now combines her passion for medicine and her lifelong love of animals in the care she provides to our clients as a Receptionist at Central Animal Hospital. Outside of work, she spends time with her own two dogs – “Dodger”, a Border Collie-Lab mix and “Joy”, a Borzoi – and enjoys hiking and working out.
Registered Vet Technician
Lyndsay Pierce has been working with animals as a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2004, when she graduated from Carrington College. A San Jose native, Lyndsay enjoys local adventures, including hiking, camping, and riding horses. She lives with her life partner, son, and daughter, as well as her rescue pets: a Husky, a Lab, a Pug, and three cats.
Sarah attends Foothill College's Vet Tech Program, from which she will graduate next year. She has previous experience working in the field of Veterinary Medicine as a Kennel Assistant. Sarah is originally from Gilroy, California and loves her cat, "Binkley".
Tina has been part of Central Animal Hospital's administrative staff since 2004. Tina started as an Assistant, became a Customer Service Representative, and was later promoted to a supervisory position. Most recently, Tina received further promotion to the position of Office Manager. Tina has three dogs of her own - "Cornbread", "Fasha", and "Mr. Stubbz" - and two cats, "Mikayla" and "Sudeez".
Dr. Ian Stone, DVM
Dr. Ian Stone has been working in the field for over 20 years. Dr. Stone received his DVM from UC Davis in 1998 and has been practicing in the Bay Area, with special emphasis in surgery and emergency medicine. In addition to cats and dogs, Dr. Stone sees pocket mammals, exotics and avian. Dr. Stone is married with two daughters. He has two dogs, "Mimi" and "Nano"; two cats, "Schmedrin" and "Shnook"; and nine chickens. In his free time he’s kiteboarding, surfing, or spending time with his family.
Larina’s work with animals began several years ago, when she got involved with her grandparents’ pet grooming business. Soon after, she began dog- and cat-sitting. She also cares for animals of her own: a Pitbull named Uce (which translates to “brother” in Samoan) and a Chihuahua mix named Jaxx.
Dr. Ronald Weiner, DVM
Senior Medical Director
Dr. Ronald Weiner has been working for 30+ years as a small animal practitioner and practice owner. He studied at UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. He enjoys golf and hiking, and cycling through the Stanford Hills. He loves travelling to Puerto Vallarta and is originally from Los Angeles. Dr. Weiner lives with his wife Deborah and has two children who are on their own now. He has a German Shepard, Maggie.
Liz has been working with animals for over a decade. She received training in veterinary medicine at Penn Foster. She loves movies, photography, and spending time with her two kids. She recently traveled to Japan and would love to go back. She has a Yorkie/Chihuahua mix named Stitch.