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.
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.
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.
Shannon grew up in Stockton. She has a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, which she received in 2016 from UC Davis. She previously worked as a zoo keeper in a small zoo in Lodi. After working with the exotic animals, she decided to apply at Cal West to work with small animals and has been a veterinary technician since 2018. She is still learning new things every day and finds it rewarding helping all the wonderful pets. She has two spoiled yorkies, Stitch and Pebbles, as well as two other dogs who her family adopted from the local SPCA. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, and spending time with her family and dogs.
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.
Monica grew up in Richmond and moved to Fairfield in 2014. She was previously a groomer/bather at PetSmart and decided to pursue her career in veterinary medicine as a vet assistant/kennel staff. Currently she owns 10 animals, including one tarantula, two ponies, and 2 goats. She previously volunteered at elementary school afterschool programs, as well as animal rescue foundations. She enjoys spending her time at her ranch with all of her animals and her family.