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.
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.
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.
A lifelong animal lover, Emma realized that her interest in medicine could become a particularly fulfilling career if she specialized in caring for patients that walk on all fours! Accordingly, she's now working towards entering the Vet Tech program at Penn Foster College. Prior to joining Central Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant, Emma worked as a Pet Care Specialist and a doggie day camp supervisor. Outside of work, Emma’s love of animals is channeled into caring for her own pets, a tabby cat named “Sheena”, a long-haired Chihuahua named “Buddy”, and Maine Coon cat named “Muffin”.
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.
Haleigh grew up between Graz, Austria and Southern California. Though she’s been interested in working with animals for as long as she can remember, Haleigh began her formal experience in a volunteer role at a Humane Society shelter. Haleigh received training in veterinary medicine through online courses from the University of Edinburgh’s EDIVET program and the University of Florida; she has also taken classes locally, at Foothill College. In her free time, Haleigh enjoys reading classical literature, visiting Disneyland, and off-roading in her Jeep. She lives with her cat, an 8 year old Himalayan named “Blueberry” in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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.