Heather Carmody, DVM
Years in Practice: 13
Education: UC Davis
Heather grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, where her family still lives. She attended veterinary school at UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 2005. She fell lin love with Northern California, decided to stay and joined Placerville Veterinary Clinic immediately after her graduation. In 2010, she became a partner in the practice and full owner in 2014. She has a special interest in cats, but loves dogs as well. She has a German Shepherd Dog named Kaiser. Becoming a Veterinarian was Heather's childhood dream, and she is thrilled to have found a career she feels so passionate about. In her free time she enjoys running, yoga and gardening.
Travis DeLucia , DVM
Dr. Travis DeLucia was born and raised in the Bay Area. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he worked at a non-profit veterinary hospital and shelter in San Francisco. There he furthered his passion for the human-animal bond and discovered a love of medicine. He went on to attend UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating as a DVM in 2017. During his time at UC Davis, Travis was co-president of the Behavior and Wellness Club and regularly volunteered with low-income owners and their pets. Travis has special interests in preventative, behavioral and internal medicine. Travis spends his free time hiking, biking, cooking, volunteering, painting and hanging out with his cat Noe and dog Bruce.
Dr. Barbara Otrubova
Dr. Barbara Otrubova is a 2006 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York. She obtained her BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Barbara was born in the Czech Republic and her family immigrated to the United States when she was two years old. She grew up in the Central Valley of California and after graduating from veterinary school, moved back to California to pursue a career as a small animal general practitioner. She has a passion for internal medicine and surgery with a special interest in felines. In her free time Dr. Barbara enjoys being a new mother, gardening, making all types of pickles, and hiking the Sierras with her husband and her two Scottie dogs Reese and Ralphie.
Jessica Varozza, RVT
Years in Practice: 3
Jessica joined us in January of 2015. Born and raised in Shingle Springs, Jessica has been an animal lover all of her life. A member of FFA, she raised and showed sheep for four years while in high school. She recently graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Consumnes River College . Jessica lives in Placerville where she shares her home with her two dogs Ruger and Ellie, cat Loki, her husband Jake and their darling little daughter Kensi. In her free time she enjoys camping, horseback riding and working around her home.
Alyssa Franzen, RVT
Alyssa started here as an assistant out of high school and then left to go to school in Colorado for a few years to get her RVT license. After graduating, she and her husband moved back to El Dorado County to start their family. The have two boys, Isaiah and Silas, and three fur children, Riggs, Covey and June. Alyssa has been an RVT for 6 years now and she loves practicing dentistry the most. When she’s not here, she enjoys personal training at her family’s gym or traveling with her husband and children.
Shannon Finlan, RVT
Shannon came to us from the Bay Area having spent 6 years in the specialty veterinary field (IM/ER). She is a jack of all trades having spent time in the beauty field, carpentry, and the pharmaceutical field, before committing to her childhood passion and becoming an RVT. When she's not working she likes to spend time gardening, reading, running, and participating in mud runs. She loves to take her 5 year old Chiweenie Itsy, for hikes and spend time at home with her 5 cats and 2 guinea pigs.
Leslie Ervin, Practice Manager
Years in Practice: 17
Leslie joined Placerville Vet in 2001 as a receptionist and became our office manager in 2007 and loves being in the Veterinary Field. A self proclaimed "sports junkie", she follows baseball, hockey and football on a regular basis. Her favorite teams are of course, are the San Francisco Giants, the San Jose Sharks and the San Francisco 49ers. When not working or watching sports she loves to travel, cook, wine taste, read, hike, paddleboard and of course, spend time with her family. She and her husband Garth, live close to the office and have a teenage son at home and two grown daughters that live in the area. Her pet family includes 4 cats (one that is named after her favorite hockey player), and 2 dogs that she adopted from the San Francisco SPCA.
Donna Mellor, Veterinary Assistant
Years in Practice: 23
Donna has worked for Placerville Vet as a veterinary assistant since 1995. She loves working with animals and could not imagine doing any other job. She and her husband Jason reside in the Garden Valley area. She loves boating, camping, geo-caching with her family, and of course, the 49ers.
Katelyn Keene, Veterinary Assistant
Katelyn grew up in Rhode Island where her family owned a small ranch sanctuary. Growing up among many rescued animals, caring for animals became like second nature. Katelyn graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2017. Expanding her experience in animal husbandry after graduation, she volunteered at The Marine Mammal Center, San Francisco Zoo and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers. Recently moving to Placerville for her husband Matt’s new career, Katelyn is returning back to the veterinary medical industry as a new addition to our team. Her special interests include herpetology, entomology and wildlife Biology. In her spare time, Katelyn likes to spend time kayaking, biking, camping, running, pet-sitting and cuddling with her Bearded Dragon, Sidd
Jana Rua, Lead Customer Service Representative
Years in Practice: 3
Jana joined our team in January of 2015. She was born and raised in Portola, Ca in beautiful Plumas County. After graduating high school she moved to Chico where she attended Butte College. In 1995 she moved to Sacramento for better career opportunities. She later met her husband Leon and they moved to Placerville shortly after. She and Leon have a beautiful daughter Zoey and a dachshund/terrier mix named Holly. In her free time Jana enjoys reading, crafts and traveling the US in their toy hauler in search of the perfect sand dunes.
Lee Anne McDonald, Customer Service Representative
Years in Practice: 2
Lee Anne joined the practice in February of 2016 as a receptionist. Originally from outside of Boston, MA, she has called California home for over 20 years. Lee Anne lives locally with her husband Greg, daughter Allison, and 2 dogs, Tbone and Venus. Lee Anne loves sports, including her New England Patriots. More so, she loves watching her daughter play basketball and volleyball. When not attending a sporting events she can be found with her nose behind a book, playing cribbage or hanging out with her family at the river.
Sarah Schmidt, Customer Service Representative
Years in Practice 1
Sarah joined the Placerville Vet team in February of 2017. She was born and raised in Rescue where she grew up with dogs, cats and birds. She attended Folsom Lake College for a few years but then made a move up to Arcata California where she met her husband, and started a family. After having her son, they decided that Placerville was the ideal place to raise him and moved back to the area, where her parents live as well. Her two year old son is her pride and joy. Sarah enjoys traveling, camping, swimming and playing sports with her family. When she’s not at work you’ll usually find her outside exploring with her son learning about plants, bugs and animals. A science fanatic, she also like to spend time reading science blogs and magazines. Sarah’s also had a passion for the health field, which brought her to us, and she truly enjoys working alongside our wonderful patients.
Lanae Rothe, Customer Service Representative
Growing up in Auburn, California, Lanae was surrounded by wildlife and animals from a very young age. With a neighbor who worked as a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation specialist, Lanae would frequently find herself drawn to aiding in their care. After graduation from UC Berkeley and interning at an animal rescue, Lanae knew that her future would involve animal care and welfare. Recently, Lanae moved to Placerville with her boyfriend and her two rambunctious Olde English Bulldogs, Nemo and Dory. During her down time, she and her pups can be found enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family, or rooting for the Warriors, Giants, and Steelers!