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.
Lead Vet Technician (RVT) 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.
Growing up in San Jose, Elizabeth always loved animals. Once she began working at the San Jose Animal Control Center two years ago, however, she developed a particular interest in the field of veterinary medicine. Elizabeth is married and has two “fur-babies” of her own: a lab/pit mix named “Bosswick Fitzgerald III” and an American Staffordshire Terrier named “Bellamy Jane Fitzgerald, Jr.”. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, reading, writing, and cooking.
Dr. Meghan Fincher
Dr. Meghan Fincher has been working with animals since 1997 but has been around animals her whole life. She started working with horses at age 9 in Ohio and went on to graduate from The Ohio State University. She moved in June 2011 from Kansas where she was the Branch Chief at Fort Leavenworth, taking care of all the service dogs at the base. She likes traveling in Australia and Hawaii as well as visiting family in Tennessee and Ohio. She has three sons and a daughter and is a pet parent to two dogs, "Bentley" and "Nessa", and one cat, "Miri".
Dr. Catherine Hedden
Veterinarian, Certified Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr. Catherine Hedden has been working as a veterinarian since 1996 and has been working with animals for nearly 30 years. In addition to treating dogs and cats, Dr. Hedden also treats rabbits and other pocket mammals. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina she went on to study at UC Davis. 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.
Riane worked with animals for over a year before joining Central Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant, but her “hands-on” experience began at home: Riane owned dogs, cats, birds, horses, goats, chickens, and geese while growing up in Gilroy. Today, she owns a Shih Tzu named “Ringo Starr”, and she routinely fosters shelter dogs from Hollister.
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.
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".
Six years ago, Terri left a career in the hi-tech industry to pursue her passion: working with animals. She became a volunteer and, later, a part-time receptionist at the Humane Society Silicon Valley Medical Center, jobs which expanded her knowledge of animal health. She subsequently enrolled in the Veterinary Program at Carrington College, where she earned her A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. She is now working towards becoming licensed as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Terri enjoys gardening, scuba diving, traveling, skiing, spending time with family, and taking walks with my miniature schnauzer, Bailey. She is the author of a children’s book about two miniature schnauzers, “Puppy Pen Pals”, which was published in 2009.
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
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.
Mariah, a San Jose native, worked at a local doggie daycare facility before joining Central Animal Hospital. She is a loving pet-parent to three dogs: “Chilula”, an Aussie/Beagle mix; “Chuy”, a Border Collie mix; and “Choco”, a Chi-weenie. When she’s not tending to pets (at home or at work), Mariah enjoys spending time with her husband, antiquing, cooking, and listening to records.
Angela is new to the business of veterinary medicine, but her love of animals has a long history that started with caring for her childhood pet. Today, in addition to caring for our pet patients and their people as part of our front desk team, Angela cares for two dogs at home: a rescue mutt named “Daisy” and a Jack Russell Terrier named “Duke”. A resident of Santa Cruz, Angela enjoys spending her non-working hours at the beach or hiking trails with her dogs in local spots like Belgatos Park.
Dr. Ronald Weiner
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.