Meet our doctors and staff!
Karen graduated from Carrington College Pleasant Hill in 2016. Since then she's worked at a few different small animal clinics around the Bay Area, as well as spending several months working at UC Davis as a student aide. She loves all animals large and small, but her favorites include horses, parrots, and cats. Her current posse includes a horse named Treasure, a cat named Lasagna, and a cockatiel named Kitty. When she's not working with her animals, she enjoys playing videogames, working on her truck, and writing.
Monica is Cal West Pet Hospitals longest employed staff member. She started working here while attending high school and was a cleaner and rapidly worked through all of the positions at Cal West. Currently her title is head technician and she is responsible for training new hires. Since she is a full time mother of 2 boys, you will find her her in the mornings. Recently she completed the VASE course and graduated May 2018. She has passed the State Board test and will be sitting for the national boards in the next 6 months. Her hobbies include fishing, camping, reading, and making jewelry. Monica also volunteers at the SPCA of Solano County getting animals ready for their forever homes.
Dr. Jurberg received his DVM degree from UC Davis in 1972. After graduating, he worked in a small animal clinic in Hayward for a year before relocating to Cal West Pet Hospital in 1973, purchasing it in 1976. Since its aquisition nearly 40 years ago, Dr. Jurberg has expanded the practice to now employ 2 part time veterinarians. Dr. Jurberg's special interests include surgery, dermatology and internal medicine. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys reading, hiking, history and wildlife. Dr. Jurberg and his staff have spent countless hours over the past 10 years doing pro bono work for the SPCA of Solano County.
Dr. Kelly Palm is a Northern California native. She grew up in Woodland, CA and is the daughter of a pediatrician and a nurse. Medicine was always discussed at the dinner table. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was in the second grade and informed her mother she would attend UC Davis so she could come home for lunch. Kelly Palm received her BS in biology from UC Davis in 1986 and her DVM from UC Davis in 1990. Because of her special interest in the human-animal bond, during veterinary school she co-founded the Pet Loss Support Hotline. She served as president of the human animal bond club and started a local pet therapy program while attending veterinary school. She currently resides with her husband Jim and two sons Derek and David. The four Palms share their five acres with countless four legged furry friends who include three rescue dogs, four rescue cats, fourteen sheep, one llama, and a turtle. Her hobbies include gardening, photography, baseball, walking, all genres of music, and is an avid SF Giants fan and Golden State Warriors fan. her favorite player is Buster Posey. Together with her son Derek, as part of his senior project, she recently initiated an animal assisted therapy program in Vacaville with volunteers from the SPCA of Solano County. Dr. Palm has always felt that veterinary medicine is a "family practice". Helping people and their animals is her passion.
Dr. Kirsten Bock graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She enjoys working with both dogs and cats, and has a special interest in dermatology and internal medicine. She and her husband have a son and a daughter in addition to their furry companions. They have two dogs (a Schnauzer named Eva and a Chihuahua named Yoda), two cats (Sarah and Apache), and several chickens. In her spare time, Dr. Bock enjoys family hikes, tennis, and bike rides.
Cindy grew up as a proud, Military Brat, spending most of her youth in Europe. She took her old cat Charlie from Greece to Spain and Spain to California. She entered the veterinary field as a receptionist and vet assistant in 1988 at a small hospital in Vacaville. She was there for four years before heading to Turkey for two years with her two children and two cats in tow. Upon returning to California, she worked at SPEC our local emergency clinic as a receptionist and occasionally assisted the doctors when needed. Prior to her arrival in 2002 to Cal West, she also worked at Veterinary Surgical Associated in Concord.
Lina was born and raised in Chelyabinsk,Russia until she was 12. She grew up always loving animals and their care. Throughout her childhood she owned a variety of pets, parakeets, guinea pigs and bearded dragon.
Lina’s love and desire to work with animals grew in high school when she volunteered at an animal shelter. Later, she ran her own pet sitting business. Her career in the veterinarian field began in Pleasanton, California as a receptionist, and worked to an entry-level veterinarian assistant. She later moved to Fairfield and wanted to continue to work with the animals. She loves all kinds of animals but her favorite animals include horses, cats, birds and Pomeranians. She currently owns two cats, (Evie and Tiger ), two Pomeranians (Sonic and Vlada).
In her free time Lina enjoys horseback riding and care, photography, video games, drawing, and fun in the outdoors.