Petaluma Veterinary Hospital: Meet Our Veterinarians 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.

FUN FACTS

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.


FUN FACTS

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.


FUN FACTS

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?

FUN FACTS

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!​

Cara - Head Technician

Cara was raised in Petaluma and comes to us with many years experience. Raised on a farm, her lifelong love of animals continues to grow. When not at work, she can be found at her horse rescue, which she started in 2003. You can also find her with her 2 daughters and 3 grandsons.

Cara lives in Petaluma with her husband, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 12 full sized horses, 2 mini horses, 8 mini donkeys and a pet steere named Norman.

FUN FACTS

Loves sweets

Watched every episode of "Friends"

Enjoys fishing

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.

FUN FACTS

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

Taylor- Vet Tech Assistant

Taylor lives in Petaluma with her mom and dad and graduated from Casa Grande High School.

She has studied Animal Science with the Penn Foster RVT program, and her goal is to become a Veterinary Technician/wildlife rehabilitator.

Taylor's love is her dog Brody, a Kelpie mix, but she also loves her two Shorty Pugs, Roxy and Darla Sue.

FUN FACTS

Likes riding dirt bikes

Enjoys camping, hiking, going to the river/beach (anything with Brody)

Volunteers for Breat Cancer walks

Loves animals - could not imagine a life without a dog in it

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

FUN FACTS

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

Dionne - Receptionist

Dionne joined Petaluma Veterinary Hospital in early 2017 as a front office receptionist. She grew up in Petaluma and lives in Cotati with her husband and two daughters.

Dionne loves pets too; she has a Pitbull mix named Sprocker and a Boston Terrier named Spanky.