Veterinary Staff

Veterinarians

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Melissa A. Gates, D.V.M., Hospital Director

Dr. Gates is a 1980 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been the owner of Cordova Veterinary Hospital since 1987. She has a special interest in dentistry, and has been a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society since 1990. Dr. Gates is also active in local and state veterinary associations, having served as president and treasurer of the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association. She completed the Don Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship in Small Animal Internal Medicine at U.C.Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

When not working with her patients, she spends time with her husband John, son Eric as well as their Standard Poodle (Jazz) and Springer Spaniels (Crash & Dug).

Professional associations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Dental Society

American Animal Hospital Association

California Veterinary Medical Association

Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association

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Katie Throne, B.S., D.V.M.

Dr. Throne was raised in the Boise, ID area. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Science with a minor in Business from Boise State University in 2006. Dr. Throne graduated from Washington State University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She completed a one year medicine and surgical internship at the VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in 2012. Her interests are surgery, internal and general medicine. Dr. Throne resides in Folsom with her husband, two dogs, and cat. She enjoys traveling, watching sports, and swimming.

Professional associations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

California Veterinary Medical Association

Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association

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Lori Thomas, B.S., D.V.M.

Dr. Thomas received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2001 from California State University Hayward and is a 2006 graduate of the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked as an associate veterinarian at Cordova Veterinary Hospital since 2006. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she worked as a registered veterinary technician (RVT) for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is originally from Utah and has lived in California for over 20 years.

Dr. Thomas and her spouse Chris enjoy bicycling along the American River Parkway and mountain biking. They share a house with a menagerie of cats.

Professional associations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Animal Hospital Association

California Veterinary Medical Association

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Dr. Jennifer L. Leos, D.V.M.

Dr. Leos grew up in Southern California, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of California, Riverside. She worked for several years as a Registered Veterinary Technician before moving north to pursue her doctorate in veterinary medicine at UC Davis, graduating in 2015. She went on to complete a year-long rotating small animal emergency and specialty internship at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin. Her clinical interests include feline medicine, emergency medicine, primary care medicine, and dermatology. She currently resides in the Sacramento area with her husband and their 3 adorable cats. In her free time she enjoys singing, karaoke, knitting and crafting, museum hopping, playing video games, and snuggling with cats.

Professional associations

American Veterinary Medical Association

California Veterinary Medical Association

Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

American Association of Feline Practitioners

Practice Manager

Jessica Monk

Jessica Monk, Practice Manager, R.V.T.

Jessica is a graduate of California State University in Sacramento, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She graduated as well from Carrington College and became a registered veterinary Techician in 2011. In the same year she joined with Cordova Veterinary Hospital. Jessica enjoys traveling to new places, any kind of ceramics but especially throwing pottery on the wheel, and hanging out with her furry friends–two cats Lily and Napoleon and dog Libby Lou Nubbins.



Specialists

Jamie Gail Anderson

Jamie Gail Anderson, MS, D.V.M., DACVD, DACVIM (Dentistry and Internal Medicine)

Dr. Anderson grew up in Southern California, but has lived in Northern California for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from USC, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from U.C. Davis. She was awarded a Master of Science degree in Comparative Pathology from U.C. Davis in 1990, and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from U.C. Davis in 1989.

After completing her veterinary training at U.C. Davis, she completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at University of Pennsylvania. After completion of her internship, Dr. Anderson continued at University of Pennsylvania to complete a Residency in Veterinary Dentistry in 1991, and a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 1993. She achieved board certification by the American Veterinary Dental College in 1994, and by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1997.

Dr. Anderson was a staff veterinarian at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a consultant in Delaware before returning to Northern California. She has served as part-time faculty in the U.C. Davis Dentistry and Oral Surgery department while practicing in specialty referral practices in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area.

She has a very strong background in research and has published numerous articles and book chapters. She is an expert on canine and feline oral inflammatory diseases, and has received research grants and published many articles in this area.

When she is not treating patients, Dr. Anderson enjoys swimming, gardening, art, and caring for her dogs and cats, chickens, goats and pot-bellied pig.

Professional Associations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Dental College

American Veterinary Dental Society

California Veterinary Medical Association

American Academy of Oral Medicine

Steve Harnagel, B.S., D.V.M., DACVR (Radiology)

Dr. Harnagel was born and raised in southern California before attending UC Davis where he received a Bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1976 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. In 1987, he completed his residency in Radiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 1987.

John Robertson

John Robertson, B.S., D.V.M., DACVS (Surgery)

Dr. Roberston attended UC Davis and received his Bacholar of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. He did a residency and taught veterinary surgery at the University of Missouri, Columbia from 1980-87 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1987. Dr Robertson is one of the few surgeons in Northern California that is certified to perform TPLO (advanced anterior cruciate repair) surgeries. Dr Robertson's interests are advanced orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

Professional associations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Veterinary Orthopedic Society

Lori Siemens

Lori Siemens, D.V.M., DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Siemens received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 1992. She completed an internsip in small animal medicine in 1993 and a residency in Cardiology in 1995. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with a specialty in Cardiology in 1996. She provides cardiology services for dogs and cats including mobile cardiology services. Dr. Siemens is happy to be providing cardiology services to the patients of Cordova Veterinary Hospital for many years (http://www.healinhearts.net)

Erin Paster, D.V.M., Diplomate ACVS

Erin Paster, D.V.M., Diplomate ACVS
Mobile Surgery Services

Dr. Erin Paster graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan Veterinary Specialists, and a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, in New York. She then pursued a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where she ran the PennHIP clinic and pursued research interests in PennHIP screening, hip dysplasia and orthopedic disease. Dr. Paster’s surgical residency training was completed at UC Davis in 2008, and she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. Her clinical interests include soft tissue surgery for critical patients, extrahepatic biliary surgery, thoracic procedures, small exotic animal surgery and orthopedics for sporting dog breeds. Dr. Paster is a mobile surgeon that provides PennHIP evaluations, consults and surgical services on an as-needed basis.

Dr. Paster’s personal interests include music performance, the outdoors, fishing, rock hounding, gardening, studio art, and eating, especially Wisconsin cheese. She lives with her husband, Joel, their two enthusiastic Weimaraners, 3 cats, a bunny, a Guinea Pig, a Bearded Dragon and three turtles.