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Gary Kitto


Dr. Gary Kitto has been a long-time Northern California resident. He grew up in Maryland and earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He moved to Paradise with his wife Julie in October 2000. They have 3 children, as well as several dogs, cats, birds, and fish. He was the owner and Medical Director of Clark Road Animal Hospital in Paradise, CA for 18 years until the devastating Camp Fire in 2018 when the hospital was destroyed. All the staff and patients were successfully evacuated to safety.

Dr. Kitto has nearly 28 years of clinical experience in small animal medicine and surgery. He has practiced in Baltimore, MD; Yucaipa and Paradise, CA; Walla Walla, WA; and most recently here at Erickson Veterinary Hospital for nearly 2 years. His interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and preventive health care. At home, he enjoys gardening, camping, boating, golfing, being a busy dad, and taking care of all his four-legged family members.

Johanna Thompson


Dr. Johanna Thompson grew up on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. She knew from a young age growing up on a ranch that she wanted to help animals. She attended CSU, Chico State. She then earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical rotation at Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After graduation, she was employed in Oregon and has worked at several hospitals in the northern California area. She now lives locally with her family, enjoying all the wonderful outdoor activities our area has to offer.

Gabrielle Finley-Vaquera


Dr. Gabrielle Finley-Vaquera was born and raised in Butte County. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Microbiology from Chico State. She earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Oregon State University in 2021 with a focus on large and small animal medicine. She has four cats that she enjoys spending time with. When she’s not hanging out with her cats, she enjoys hiking, reading, running, and yard work.

Paige Ward


As a fourth generation rancher from Northern CA, Dr. Paige Ward has always had a deep-rooted passion for veterinary medicine. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and her DVM from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State. She has spent a few years practicing urgent, emergency, and general practice medicine. Paige spends her free time on her cattle ranch with her husband, cat, and two Labrador retrievers. When the day is done, she can probably be found enjoying a good book and an even better glass of wine.

Lori Jahner


Dr. Lori Jahner is a Southern California native whose passion for helping animals began at a young age. It all started when she released a wild toad into her aunt’s living room during a party. She has been in the area since 2021 working as an urgent care mixed animal practitioner and is excited to be part of the Erickson Veterinary Team. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with a focus on Mixed Animal Medicine and strives to help any animal that may walk, fly, or scurry in the door. She enjoys hiking, crafting, and eating her husband’s wonderful baked goods with her two dogs, kitten, and coming-soon goats!

Dr. Justin Uhl



Dr. Justin Uhl graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 2002. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in comparative pathology with emphasis in bone biomechanics in 2008 and completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2010.

After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Uhl pursued a rotating internship followed by a surgery residency at the University of Minnesota. During his residency he served for two years as chief resident and sat on the medical review board at the hospital. He finished his residency in July of 2014 and worked in private practice in Sacramento before starting Summit Veterinary Surgery Service in May of 2018. Dr. Uhl is trained in orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue and minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Justin Uhl has multiple publications in bone plate research, bladder stone trends, temporal lobe epilepsy and osteosarcoma chemotherapy. He has also done research in the areas of interlocking nails and cranial cruciate ligament disease. He has spoken at many continuing education events and is a reviewer for the Veterinary Surgery journal and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. He sits on the ACVS continuing education committee. He is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and Veterinary Society of Surgical Onocology.

When not in the hospital Dr. Uhl enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy and daughters Haley and Madison. He also enjoys spending time running, biking, and swimming and has three dogs and one cat at home.

Lewis Brogan

DVM (In Memorium)

Lewis Brogan was a beloved veterinarian who dedicated his life to caring for animals.

Throughout his career, Lewis was known for his compassion, expertise, and unwavering dedication to his patients. He was a skilled veterinarian and he was always willing to go above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcomes for his patients.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and countless animals whose lives he touched. His legacy as a compassionate and skilled veterinarian will live on, and he will always be remembered for his unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals.

Stephanie Roesner


Hospital Director

Stephanie is a mother of two wonderful sons, Liam & Talan. She loves boating & camping with her husband Robert & and boys. She has three dogs, Skittles, Lyd, and Star. She also loves the outdoors and traveling.

Eztibaliz Garcia

Associate Director of Client Services

Eztibaliz has been a veterinary assistant since 2014 and is currently pursuing her license to become a RVT. She has an associate of science degree in veterinary technology from Carrington College. She’s from Williams but grew up in a small town called Maxwell. She is a mother of 2 beautiful kids, Lucia and Jaden. She has 3 dogs named Cookie, Hazel and Panda. She also has cat named Cheeto and 2 guinea pigs named Poppy and Tracy II. She loves her job and enjoys helping animals. She also loves spending time with her kids and husband, drawing, cooking and spending time outdoors. She is also very family oriented.

Amy Silva

Associate Director of Patient Services

Amy has been in the veterinary field for 5 years now. The first 3 years she was a kennel assistant and then for the past 2 years she has been a veterinary assistant. Amy has always had a strong loving bond towards all animals and hopes to treat and heal them as a veterinarian in the future.

Morgan Talmo

Diversity Equity Inclusion Coordinator

Morgan is new to California but not new to the world of veterinary medicine where she has been a Vet nurse since 2018. She is originally from New Jersey where she attended college to complete a Veterinary Technician program and graduated with an Animal Science degree in 2021. She absolutely adores all creatures big and small! In her free time she enjoys painting, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Madison Simon


Madison is a lifelong animal lover and mother of two. She is a recent graduate of the Yuba College Vet Tech Program and has since gone on to pass her VTNE licensing exam. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with friends, her family, and her puppy, Callie.

Mariah Bailey


Mariah graduated from the Yuba Community College Veterinary Technology Program in 2019 and has been a licensed veterinary technician since. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, crocheting, and being around friends and family.

Jamie Gomez


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Cassondra Duncan was raised here in Butte county, where she attended CSU Chico state and received her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural business. In 2018 she moved to Arkansas where she began working as a veterinary assistant. She moved back to the area to be closer to family. In her free time she enjoys going to the farmer’s market, and exploring the many trails the north state has to offer with her dog Ford.


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Client care specialist

Veterinary Medicine has a special place in Raina’s heart. She started here at Erickson Veterinary Hospital as a Kennel Technician in 2015. She then moved to Colorado where she worked as a Veterinary Technician in an Emergency Veterinary Hospital for almost 4 years. When her son was born, she took a break from veterinary medicine to manage a dog training and boarding facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. Being closer to family brought Raina back to Northern California and our hospital. She currently has 3 dogs, 5 goats, and a horse. When she is not at work she is either spending time with her husband and son, or serving as Director to the Miss Butte County Scholarship Program.


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Please make sure that when you arrive at our hospital that you have your pets on their leash for their safety. Sorry for the inconvenience of the loud noises due to construction as we work to expand our hospital and services.

Please arrive early due to limited parking. Thank you for your understanding.