Faculty / Staff

FACULTY

Photo: Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM, DACZM, DACAW - Chief of Service

Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM, DACZM, DACAW - Chief of Service

Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1982. She then completed a residency in Zoological Medicine at UC Davis, and became board certified in zoological medicine. Dr. Paul-Murphy served as Chief of Service at UC Davis from 1985-1987, then became Director of Veterinary Services at the California Primate Research Center until 1991. She was responsible for starting the first Zoological Medicine Service at the University of Wisconsin, and was the Chief of Service at UW from 1992-2008. Dr. Paul-Murphy returned to UC Davis in 2008 as a professor in the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service. She has experience in medicine and surgery with zoological collections and companion exotic animals, wildlife rehabilitation and conservation medicine. Dr. Paul-Murphy has a special interest in imaging techniques and analgesia of birds, reptiles, fish and exotic small mammals.

Photo: David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, LV, MS, DECZM (Avian), DACZM – Staff Veterinarian

David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, LV, MS, DECZM (Avian, Small Mammal), DACZM

Dr. David Guzman received his veterinary degree from the University of Leon, Spain, in 2002. He practiced exotic and small animal medicine in Spain and the UK until 2004. Dr. Guzman completed an Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Tufts University in 2005 and a Zoological Medicine Residency combined with a Master’s in Veterinary Medical Sciences at Louisiana State University in 2008. He served as a clinical instructor in Zoological Medicine at the University of Wisconsin until 2010, when he joined the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service at UC Davis. Dr. Guzman has a special research interest in avian therapeutics and infectious diseases, and a strong clinical interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and oncology in exotic animals. He is board certified in avian and in small mammal medicine and surgery by the European College of Zoological Medicine and is also board certified by the American College of Zoological Medicine.

Photo: Michelle Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Michelle Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Michelle Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She completed a residency and a fellowship with the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service at UC Davis in 2001, and obtained ABVP (Avian Practice) board certification in 2002. After two years in private practice, she joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2003, and is currently an associate professor. Dr. Hawkins has experience in companion avian and exotic animal medicine, wildlife rehabilitation and conservation medicine. Her special interests are in anesthesia, analgesia and critical exotic patient care, as well as inherited disorders of exotic animals. 

Photo: Esteban Soto, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVM, CertAqV

Esteban Soto, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVM, CertAqV

Dr. Esteban Soto received his veterinary degree from Escuela de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica in 2005. He then completed a Master’s degree program in Veterinary Science/Aquatic Pathobiology at Mississippi State University in 2007, and a PhD in Pathobiological Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2010. He served as an assistant and later as an associate professor of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology at Ross University-School of Veterinary Medicine from 2010-2015, when he joined the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology and Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service at UC Davis. Dr. Soto became a certified fish pathologist by the American Fisheries Society-Fish Health Section in 2010, board certified by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists with subspecialties in Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology and Veterinary Immunology in 2013, and certified as an Aquatic Veterinarian by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association in 2015. His main research interests are to understand the pathogenesis of important infectious diseases of wild and aquatic animals, and to develop strategies to protect animals from these diseases.

HOUSE OFFICERS

Photo: Samuel Frei

Samuel Frei, DVM - Resident I

Dr. Samuel Frei obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2013. Upon graduation, he worked at the Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife in Zurich and finished his doctoral thesis. In 2015, he started an ECZM (Zoo Health Management) Residency program at Zoo Wuppertal (Germany). Dr. Frei has a special interest in minimally invasive endoscopy and endosurgery and imaging techniques in exotic species.

Photo: Molly Gleeson, DVM

Molly Gleeson, DVM - Resident III

Dr. Molly Gleeson obtained her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis in 2013. Following graduation, she complete a one-year small animal rotating internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona in Mesa, Arizona. She then completed a one-year specialty internship in avian and exotic medicine at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas before returning to UC Davis for her residency in companion zoological medicine. Dr. Gleeson enjoys working with all species, but especially loves hedgehogs. She is particularly interested in analgesia and critical care of exotic species.

Photo: Sarah Ozawa

Sarah Ozawa, DVM - Resident I

Dr. Sarah Ozawa obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to this, she studied Animal Science at the University of Illinois. She most recently completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee before beginning her zoological companion animal medicine and surgery residency at UC Davis in 2017.

Photo: Christine Parker-Graham, DVM

Christine Parker-Graham, DVM - Aquatic Animal Health Fellow

Dr. Christine Parker-Graham attended UC Davis for her undergraduate and veterinary education. After completing a rotating internship in private practice she worked as a volunteer veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and worked at the Avian and Exotics Clinic of Monterey. She recently completed a speciality internship in zoological and wildlife medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine before returning to Davis for the aquatic animal health fellowship in 2017.

Photo: Jessica Robertson, DVM

Jessica Robertson, DVM - Resident II

Dr. Jessica Robertson obtained her veterinary degree from University of Illinois in 2014. Upon graduation, she completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Robertson then completed a specialty internship in avian, exotic and zoological medicine at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences before beginning her companion zoological  medicine and surgery residency at UC Davis in 2016.

Brittany Stevens

Brittany Stevens, DVM - Aquatic Animal Health Fellow

Dr. Brittany Stevens received her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2013. Following graduation, she completed a one-year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California. She then completed a one-year internship in wildlife and conservation medicine at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island, Florida. Dr. Stevens joined the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service at UC Davis in 2015 as a staff veterinarian and accepted the aquatic animal health fellowship in 2017. Her interests include viral diseases of koi fish, infectious diseases in marine mammals, novel treatment methods and imaging modalities in aquatic species and aquatic invertebrate medicine.

STAFF

Debra L. Bugarin

Debra L. Bugarin, RVT

Debra began working in the field of veterinary medicine at UC Davis in 2001. Received her A.S. degree through Western Career College in 2006 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2007. She started working with the Small Animal Community Practice in 2007. In July 2014, she joined the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service. She has a strong desire to learn and develop more experience working with animals of all types and kinds.

Photo: Kristina Palmer, RVT

Kristina Palmer, RVT

Kristina has worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 1983. Kristina graduated from Yuba College with an AS degree in Veterinary Technology and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician with the state of California since 1989. Kristina has been at the University of California at Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1989. Over the years, Kristina has worked primarily in the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service and the Zoological Medicine Service, and has worked with a large variety of unique, exotic patients.

Photo: Nikki Reid, RVT

Nikki Reid, RVT

Nikki graduated from Yuba College with an AS degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011, and obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician license later that year. Nikki became a permanent member of the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service in 2012. She came to UC Davis with experience in small animal emergency and has a passion for working with and learning more about exotic and wildlife species.

Photo: Stacey Zindel, RVT

Stacey Zindel, RVT

Stacey graduated from UC Davis in 1986 with a BA in Anthropology, and returned to school to obtain her Veterinary Technology degree from Western Career College in 1993. She worked in private practice for three years before coming to UC Davis in 1997 where she has worked with Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Nutrition Services.  In April 2009, she joined the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service.  She finds working with birds, reptiles, small mammals, zoo animals, and aquatic species extremely interesting and rewarding.