Petaluma Veterinary Hospital: Meet Our Vets and Staff

Dr. Robert Titchenal - Veterinarian

Dr. Titchenal was raised in San Jose, California. His mother claims that he knew from the time he was a little boy that he wanted to be a veterinarian.

He attended University of Hawaii on a basketball scholarship and graduated at the top of his class as a Zoology major. He continued his education at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, earning Regent and Hart Scholarships and winning the Merck award as the top student/clinician in his class.

Dr. Titchenal and his wife Cindy have been married since 1975 and live in Sonoma CA.


Prolific gardener who raises more than 35 varieties of fruit & vegetables

Avid fisherman who can often be found in his waders wandering up streams

Dr. Angela Smith - Veterinarian

Dr. Angela Smith holds a BS degree in Animal Science from Purdue University and a DVM from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

She practiced for five years in the Chicago suburbs before moving to California and joining Petaluma Veterinary Hospital in December 2001.

Dr. Smith believes strongly in animal rescue. All of her dogs have been rescues, and they have taught her a lot about behavior. Animal pain management and animal behavior are two of her special interests.

Dr. Smith is "Fear Free" Certified. She and her staff use these animal handling techniques to provide calming environments at the hospital. The result is fewer anxiety triggers and a better and safer experience for everyone - pet, owner, and staff.

Dr. Smith lives in Petaluma with Hope, her rescue Pit Bull.


Rabid Green Bay Packer fan (because her dad grew up in Wisconsin and forced her to be a Packer fan)

Fabled 4-H Grand Champion Guinea Pig owner at age 11 (she still loves to see the occasional guinea pig patient)

Known as "The Seagull"--she will eat (almost) anything

Dr. Valerie Cantrell - Veterinarian

Dr. Cantrell was born and raised in central California and grew up working in her local veterinary hospital.

She completed her undergraduate degree at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, majoring in Animal Science. Dr Cantrell attended Western University School of Health Sciences where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with highest honors.

Dr. Cantrell’s specific areas of interest in veterinary medicine are soft tissue surgery and dermatology, although she enjoys all aspects of working in a small animal practice.


Loves to walk and jog along Petaluma’s beautiful trail system

Enjoys travelling and meeting new people

​​​​​​​Will often be found curled up with her cat Wolfgang and her nose stuck in a book

Anne- Office Manager

Anne is a lifelong animal lover who grew up on a Petaluma dairy ranch. She lives on a couple of acres outside Cotati along with her husband Ron and two teenage children, Hailey and Bridger.

Anne has a menagerie of critters - Four dogs: Daisy, Shotgun, Charlie, Ruger, and Bear; Three horses: Sadie, LT, and Jax; two goats: Rudy and Budha, and lots of ducks and chickens. Can you tell she loves animals?


Lifetime animal lover

Loves to tend to her flower and vegetable gardens.

Owner of the biggest pickup you will see in our parking lot on any given day!​

Kristen - Senior Technician

Kristen joined Petaluma Veterinary Hospital in 2016. She came to us with over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field. Needless to say we are very happy to have her.

Kristen grew up in Sonoma county and lives here with her husband and two children - plus four dogs, one bird, one bird and a bunch of fish.

Amanda - Vet Tech Assistant

Amanda lives in Petaluma with her family, dogs, horses and goats. She obviously loves animals!

Amanda is in her first year of the Veterinary Technician Program at Santa Rosa Junior College and, no surprise here, her goal is to become a Registered Vet Tech.

We love hiring new people who aspire to become veterinarians or veterinary technicians. There is no better way for them to learn the profession then from the ground up.


Amanda's hobbies include barrel racing, fishing and camping.

Terry - Head Receptionist

Terry is a lifetime resident of the North Bay, She grew up in San Rafael and resides in Petaluma with her daughter and son-n-law as well as Lola and Tucker, two lively rescue dogs.

Terry utilized her accounting degree in the corporate world for many years before changing directions to become a massage therapist. In 2012 Terry joined Petaluma Veterinary Hospital with lots of customer service experience; this led to her becoming our head receptionist.

Terry, with her wonderful smile and great personality, is one of our most valuable assets


Loves the outdoors

While hiking she takes any opportunity to climb a tree

Enjoys reading

Favorite form of relaxation is meditation
Volunteers at Face-to-Face in Santa Rosa

Mary - Receptionist

Mary is the newest member of our receptionist staff and she is looking forward to meeting all of our clients- and their pets.

Mary lives in Petaluma with her husband Al and two rescue dogs: Eddie, a 10 year old Schneuzer/Doxie mix and Misse, a 5 year old Terrier mix.

Mary's daughter is a PE teacher at Casa Grande High School. Mary and Al moved to Petaluma to be near their daughter and grandchildren and to help watch them during the school year.

The granddaughter is Harley Quinn, age 7 and the grandson is Grayson Wayne age 2.


Both grandchildren are named after Batman characters!

Mary enjoys baking and decorating cupcakes-yum

She especially enjoys playing with the grandkids.

Rachel - Receptionist

Rachel is a new addition to our receptionist team at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital.

She grew up in Petaluma, so many of our clients will recognize her. She now lives in Rohnert Park with her two roommates.

Rachel would like to be a dog trainer some day, so she obviously loves animals.


Has one two year old dog, an American Staffy and Boxer mix.

Enjoys hiking as a hobby.

Is musical- plays both piano and base- her two other major hobbies.

Fear Free handling techniques are used at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital