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    Back: Jorge, Diana, Amy
    Middle: Phyllis, Brandi, Deborah, Patricia, Mariela, Jennifer
    Front: Erika, Beverly, Elaine

    Diplomate, American College Of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

    Dr. Deborah Friedman received a degree in English from Stanford University in 1977 and her veterinary degree from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine (Cornell) in 1985. She completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, followed by a three-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She opened ANIMAL EYE CARE in January of 1990 in Milwaukee, and moved back to the Bay Area in October of 1994. She is board-certified in veterinary ophthalmology and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

    Outside of the clinic Dr. Friedman enjoys reading, writing poetry, hiking and genealogy. She has one cat, Jeremiah, and a Shepherd mix named Zeus.

    PATRICIA J. SMITH, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D.
    Diplomate, American College Of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

    Dr. Patty Smith is a native of Florida who moved to the Bay Area and joined Animal Eye Care in 1997. At the University of Florida, Dr. Smith received an undergraduate degree in Zoology and then entered graduate school where she received an M.S. degree in Comparative Ophthalmology in 1985. She attended the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical School and graduated with a DVM in 1988. She completed an internship at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine and then returned to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where, in 1993, she completed a combined PhD/ residency-training program in Comparative Ophthalmology. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1993 and until 1997 was an Assistant Professor in ophthalmology at the University of Florida Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

    Dr. Smith has had extensive experience in small and large animal ophthalmology. During her academic career, her research involved studies of the equine eye and of retinal diseases in all species. She has developed a strong interest in the pathogenesis and treatment of retinal detachments and is one of the pioneers in surgical treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments (those due to tears or holes in the retina).

    Outside of the clinic, Dr. Smith enjoys outdoor activities such as running, biking, camping, and hiking with her dog, Terra.

    Diplomate, American College Of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

    Graduated UC Davis Veterinary School in 1979. He did a Residency in Ophthalmology and lectured in Ophthalmology for a year at Davis. Dr. Flemming is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who entered private ophthalmology practice in Concord in 1982 and celebrated 28 years in practice this past July. He has written and lectured widely on topics in veterinary ophthalmology. Dr. Flemming served as the Alameda/Contra Costa Governor to the California Veterinary Medical Association from 1985-1990. He served on the CVMA Legislative committee for over 15 years.

    Dr. Flemming graduated from John F. Kennedy School of Law in 1995 and passed the California State Bar examination in February 1996. He has practiced, written and lectured on animal and veterinary law since then. He was the author of the California Veterinary Confidentiality Law. He was a founding member and is a Past President of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association. Dr. Flemming is a Court Certified Mediator and has served as Pro-Tem Judge for the Contra Costa County Superior Court. He has written and lectured widely on issues of veterinary and animal law.

    Diplomate, American College Of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

    Dr. Jacobi received her veterinary degree from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, in 2001. She finished her doctoral thesis on "Computerized tomography on canine hips" in 2002, earning the degree Magna Cum Laude. After working for two years in an ophthalmology specialty clinic in Berlin, she completed a four-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at Michigan State University, where she also completed her Master’s degree, which focused on ocular feline herpes virus infection in 2008. The same year she also passed her board examinations and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO). In 2007 she successfully completed the ECFVG program. From 2008 to July 2011, Dr. Jacobi worked in a multi-specialized referral center in the Seattle, Washington area. Dr. Jacobi has been an author or co-author of several scientific ophthalmology articles. Her special interests within the field of veterinary ophthalmology include neuro-ophthalmology, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and a wide variety of ocular surgeries.

    Dr. Susan Jacobi joined the Animal Eye Care team in August 2011. She loves the outdoors and spends her free time with her husband, her two sons and their two dogs, Henry and Lucy.

    Jonathan Shull
    Practice Manager

    Jonathan Shull has recently joined our practice. Jonathan brings his experience from the technology industry as well as business management. He encourages communication and teamwork from the staff, with the ultimate goal of meeting or exceeding the needs of our clients and patients. When not working Jonathan prefers to spend his free time with family. Other hobbies include Baseball/Softball, music, and technology.

    Phyllis Dalldorf
    Office Manager and Receptionist

    Phyllis, a native Californian (born in Napa), joined the Animal Eye Care team in 1999. She is married and has many grandchildren to keep her busy. Phyllis loves the experience of working in a veterinary practice. She enjoys the wonderful people and the variety of animals she gets to meet and loves seeing the affection people have for their pets. She has a passion for old movies and travel. She lives with her husband and a cat named Sparkie.

    Beverly Shull
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Beverly has been a technician in veterinary medicine since 1995 and licensed as a Registered Veterinary Technician since 1997. She has had many pets over the years, mostly dogs, but currently she and her family share their home with an energetic Toy Fox Terrier named Shortstop (he is spring-loaded!) as well as Stewie, a cute little tan mutt, and Peanut, an orphaned cat. Beverly was born and raised in the Bay Area. She is married and has two young daughters to keep her busy. When Beverly is not at the clinic, she enjoys sports, especially soccer, volleyball, and softball. She has a special interest in animal behavior and has raised several Guide Dog puppies.

    Erika Perez
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Erika was born and raised in Hayward. She has traveled to Washington, D.C., Virginia, and many times to Mexico. She would love to travel more. She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2005. Four dogs share her home; Tiger Lily (a Shar Pei), Sporty (a Chihuahua), Lady (a feisty terrier mix), and Chanel (a pug-Boston terrier cross). They keep her busy. Erika finds the work at Animal Eye Care to be interesting and challenging.

    Mariela Patterson
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Mariela Ibarra was born at the Stanford University Hospital and grew up in Alviso, California. She attended Western Career College and received her RVT license in December of 2006. She has Three dogs: Mancha, a feisty jack Russell Chihuahua cross, Louie, a scardy cat miniature poodle, and Jada, a playful Chihuahua dachshund cross. She has traveled to Spain and France and many times to Mexico to visit family.

    Bonnie Heitz
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    I am a 4th generation California, and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for ever. I am a Cal Poly SLO graduate with a BS in animal science. I passed the California State Boards on March 2, 1977 for what was then, an AHT license. I have been licensed every year since then. I have been working for a veterinary ophthalmologic since 2000. Before 2000 I was working in general practice. In my spare time, I have titled my Australian Shepherds in obedience, rally, stock and conformation. I have taken my dogs to utility dog title, in obedience, in both American Kennel Club and Australian Shepherd Club of America. Rally: rally excellent title in the AKC rally program. Stock: advance stockdog titles in ducks, sheep, and open stockdog title in cattle in ASCA. Herding excellent titles in sheep and ducks, in AKC's herding program with a herding started title in cattle. I have put on a conformation championship in ASCA on one dog. My other interests are lost wax jewelry and lapidary. I do a lot of reading of sci-fi, fantasy, mystery and western novels along with books that deal with jewelry and lapidary.

    Erin Pina
    Veterinary Technician

    Erin graduated in 2011 with an Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked previously in critical care/shelter medicine for about 2 years. She loves to volunteer her time to local surgery clinics and various rescue organizations. Erin has a wonderful husband and two children, a son and a daughter who keep her very busy with their sports and activities. She loves coaching and playing softball, and is on the board for a local baseball and softball league. She also teaches girls how to pitch fast pitch softball. All of her animals are rescues. Some of them would have been put to sleep due to medical and mental problems. One of whom has been able to overcome her fears and become CGC (Canine Good Citizens).

    Elaine Sun
    Veterinary Assistant

    Elaine Sun grew up in Fremont, California. She went to UC Davis and graduated with a BS in Animal Science in 2008. She has two birds, Pepper and Mango, and loves animals of all kinds. She likes books, music, art, and badminton. One day, she would like to travel around the world.

    Brandi Melville
    Veterinary Assistant

    Brandi has lived in the Bay Area all her life and is a graduate of Fremont's own Washington High School. Brandi has many interests including music, cooking, interior design and spending time with family and friends. Brandi has some experience in student teaching and tutoring at Ohlone College but since April 2008 has been working in the Veterinary field. Brandi has recently been accepted to the University of California Berkeley and is studying Anthropology. She enjoys caring for and playing with animals especially her loving and energetic Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Syrus, and her outspoken and independent Siamese Cat, Sunday. Brandi is excited to be a part of the team at Animal Eye Care and cannot wait to see what else she will learn here and what new experiences are in store for her.

    Diana Barbee

    Diana has been working at Animal Eye Care since July of 2005. At home she loves to sew and draw. She lives with her husband Don. They have a rat terrier named Katie, a Poodle named Iman, and two cats. The cats are a Russian Blue named Rollie and a Sphinx named Ginger. She loves meeting people and their pets.

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    Animal Eye Care now has two clinics: our original location in Fremont and our new location in Pleasant Hill.

    Animal Eye Care - Fremont
    We are located in the upper level (back) of the Ohlone Village Shopping Center in the historic Mission San Jose district of Fremont, California, just off of highway 680, Washington Blvd exit.

    Contra Costa Animal Eye Care – Pleasant Hill
    We are located in the Pleasant Hill Medical Center on 2100 Monument Blvd., Just off of highway 680, Monument Blvd exit.

    Each of our offices includes a reception area as well as examination, treatment and surgery rooms equipped with state-of-the-art ophthalmic instrumentation including tonometers, slit-lamp biomicroscopes, surgical microscopes, ocular ultrasound, phacoemulsification apparatus, two types of lasers, anesthetic equipment, and ophthalmoscopes.



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