Meet our doctors and staff!
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. Ken Bacon graduated with honors from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Growing up in the town of Hendersonville in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ken was eager to explore other parts of the country. He came to California that summer and has never left! He opened his own practice, Central Marin Cat and Exotic Hospital in 1995 in San Rafael, and sold it in 2019. He has recently married the lovely Dr. Sandy Lester, and is the proud father of seven children, four of which are human.
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.
Cheryle has been a receptionist at Cal West since October 2017. She lives in Davis with her husband, two sons, and her fur babies including a rescue guinea pig Twix, “failed foster” dog Mishka, and two adopted kitty’s names Kiwi and Squirt. She was previously a pre-school teacher for 3+ years. Her strong love for animals and her wonderful managing skills is what brought her to Cal West. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, and the ocean.
Jinjer was born and raised in SoCal until 2005, when she moved to Michigan and resided until graduation in 2012. She has lived all over the United States but prefers the West Coast most of all. Jinjer joined the Cal West family in December of 2022, and as she has been working with animals since 2016, she is ecstatic to continue to learn as a vet technician. Jinjer would love to clean your pets' ears!
Having been writing since she was 9, Jinjer's dream goal is to be on the New York Times Best Seller list. She loves Star Wars, playing video games, movies, and reading. You can find her at home cuddling and loving on her animals; Rudy, Nibbler, Weedle, Thomas, and Padme! (2 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 mouse respectively).
Cristina grew up in Vacaville and has been working at Cal West since May of 2020. She attended Carrington College in Pleasant Hill and graduated in 2017 with her associate’s degree in Animal Science. Cristina proudly received her RVT license in April of 2018 and has been working in small animal general practices in the bay area since her first term of schooling. She loves to learn new things in the daily practice and hopes to someday work with more exotic pets. She takes pride in her certification in “Fear Free” medicine and uses her skills in the practice with any nervous pets that come in. Cristina has always had a strong love for animals and was a “dog walker” volunteer at the Solano County Animal Shelter in 2011. She currently has 4 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 guinea pig. She hopes to someday live on some property and own a goat and some chickens.
Tiffanie was born and raised in Solano County, and started working at Cal West in May of 2021. She graduated from Carrington College in July of 2018 with an Associates degree. She began working with animals in 2016 as a kennel technician, and then in clinic the next year. Her favorite aspects of the field are doing dentals and x-rays! She is a mom of 2 kids and 4 dogs. In her free time, Tiffanie enjoys watching her favorite show, You, as well as taking her family to the park or beach for some outdoor adventuring!
Laura loves playing tennis, cooking, and gardening. Working in the veterinary field many years ago, Laura changed her career to the wine industry in the Napa Valley! Shortly before the pandemic, Laura came back to the veterinary profession, having missed working with all of the animals. When she's not working reception at Cal West Hospital, you can find her playing with and loving her dog and cat. Paws All the Way!