Dr. Megan Bystrom
Dr. Megan Bystrom, originally from Omaha, Nebraska,is a graduate of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. She made the move to California with her high school sweetheart and now husband (Paul), and now has a beautiful daughter, Cecilia. Her special interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and surgery.
Dr. Bystrom has two rambunctious cats (Caspian and Amelie), and two dogs (Sparrow and Crumpet). In her free time she enjoys running half-marathons, hiking, and getting on as many leader boards from Escape Rooms around the Bay Area as possible.
Dr. Andrew Ross
Dr. Andrew Ross, a bay area native, graduated from the University of California: Davis with a Bachelors in Animal Science, a Masters in Pharmacology, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ross shares his life with his daughter, Olivia, three cats (Jeff, Pazuzu, and Scrambles), a German Shepherd-Mix (Rick), and a Maltese (Luna). He enjoys hiking, spending time with family and friends, and playing video games in his spare time.
Dr. Debra Chen
Dr. Debra Chen has had the privilege of growing up and living in places all around the world from Boston, Massachusettes to Hsin-chu, Taiwan, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, finally settling here in San Jose, California. A graduate of the University of Minnesota: College of Veterinary Medicine, her special interests include preventative care, shelter medicine, behavior, and dentistry.
Dr. Chen shares her home with her husband, two laid-back brown tabby cats (Khaleesi and Cairo), and her Fomosan Mountain Dog (Tuna). Her hobbies include dancing, camping, traveling, and sampling exotic cuisines. Dr. Chen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, so please come by to say "ni hao"!
Dr. Kristen Pitsinger
Dr. Kristen Pitsinger graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 2014 and spent her first 3 years at VCA Lawrence Animal Hospital in Santa Clara. Prior to vet school, she was a laboratory animal technician at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, CA, where she grew up. She enjoys half-marathons, accumulating Disney collectibles, traveling, and watching horror movies. Dr. Pitsinger has 2 cats: Maddy - a young tabby who loves eating and sleeping, and Scarlett - who loves watching birds.
Dr. Duha Murad
Dr. Duha Murad is a graduate of Baghdad University, Iraq. After finishing veterinary school, she came to the US with her husband and then went through a rigorous training process, obtaining her veterinary license in the US. She finished small animal externships at several teaching hospitals, including Angel Memorial in Boston. She then completed a small animal internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists, where she immersed herself in small animal internal medicine and emergency. After doing relief work, Dr. Murad found a home at San Jose Animal Hospital with its most caring staff and interesting medicine. Her special interests include small animal internal medicine and ultrasound.
At her leisure time, Dr. Murad enjoys oil painting, collecting rustic pottery, and reading. Dr. Murad lives with her husband and her little boy, Ramiz, in Menlo Park.
Dr. Cynthia Tao
Dr. Cynthia Tao is a Bay Area native and graduate of the University of Illinois: College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, she worked as a (human) ER nurse in Chicago. Her special interests include shelter medicine and surgery. Dr. Tao has also received advanced training in the TPLO surgical knee repair.
Dr. Tao is the proud owner of two rescued mutts (Hailey and Sunny), as well as two cats, a Bengal and Brown Tabby (Autumn & Captain Meep). In her free time she enjoys running, being outdoors with her dogs, crafts, piano, field hockey, snowboarding, and paint-balling.
Dr. Mark Doty
Dr. Mark Doty grew up in a small town in southwest Ohio before attending The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he practiced at a 9 doctor hospital in Cincinnati for 3 years, getting exposure to both general practice and emergency medicine. In 2012, he and his wife moved to San Francisco, where he practiced in Pacifica for a year, before purchasing San Jose Animal Hospital in 2013. His special interest is in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Doty has received extensive advanced training in ACL knee repair (TPLO, CBLO, TTA-2, IsoLock CrCL, and lateral fabellar suture) as well as MPL (medial patellar luxation)
Dr. Doty lives in Burlingame with his wife (Ming), daughter (Penny), and 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Dr. Leroi Boldon
Dr. Leroi Boldon holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from UC Davis. In 1968, he graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University, and in 1970 started Berryessa Animal Hospital, now home of San Jose Animal Hospital. On his days off, Dr. Boldon enjoys playing steel drums, traveling, playing tennis and soccer, and cooking.
Dr. Jaime Flores
Dr. Jaime Flores graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. After a few years working in his home country, he moved to California with his family and has been working in the San Jose area ever since. Dr. Flores is happy married, has 3 grown children, several pets, and enjoys beekeeping.
Update: Dr. Flores has started his own practice in his hometown of Los Banos, and is no longer practicing at our office. We wish him well with his clinic!