Registered Veterinary TechnicianDonna Bemis
School: University of Maryland, BS
Donna has been working in the small animal veterinary field in the Bay Area for over 20 years.
She has a Bachelor's degree in Zoology and Computer Science.
Donna joined VCA Cottage in 2005 and has enjoyed the wide variety of pets that frequent the clinic. She appreciates working with the rest of the wonderful staff.
Donna currently lives with one dog, three cats, one chinchilla, and her husband.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianGina Tonti
Veterinary Tech School: Western Career College
School: University of California, Berkeley, BA
Gina has always had a great love of animals and has had many pets growing up. While her friends were getting after-school jobs babysitting, she was the neighborhood pet-sitter. Gina developed a soft spot for rabbits in particular, and has had at least one rabbit living with her since she was very young.
Gina started working for VCA Cottage Animal Hospital in June, 2006 and LOVES it here! Before working for Cottage, she was a client here. She always loved how well the staff treated her as a client, and her pets as patients, and she decided this was the kind of place she wanted to work. Of course, everyone here was very welcoming and receptive to her joining the team.
Gina graduated from UC Berkeley in 2002 with a BA degree in English, hoping to become a teacher, but life is unpredictable and clearly had other plans. Gina went back to school in 2006 to work on becoming a Veterinary Technician; she graduated from Western Career College in 2008 and sat for the RVT License later that year. Gina continues to enjoy the field and enjoys meeting and helping so many wonderful people and pets.
Home is not much different than work for Gina. She has nine animal "children:" three cats, four rabbits, a tortoise, and a duck. Thankfully, Gina's husband is also an animal lover! Aside from tending to her "herd," she enjoys reading, writing, photography, and music, as well as many outdoor activities such as hiking and snowboarding.
Doctor AssistantAlisha Lesniak
School: California Polytechnic State University, Bachelor of science in Animal science
Alisha has just recently joined our team in September of 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant. She has a B.S in Animal Science from Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo. Alisha has 2 spunky, fetching-obsessed, boston terriers named Baxter and Daisy.
Doctor AssistantPatricia Thein
Veterinary Tech School: Attending Carrington College
Patty joined the staff of VCA Cottage in June of 2014. She lives in Napa with her family of Sherlock, a basset hound, and Polk-a-dot, her rabbit. She is currently attending Carrington College to be a RVT.
In her time away from the clinic, Patty volunteer’s as a cattle leader for American County 4-H club. Patty loves the challenge of working with animals, as well as seeing all the baby kittens and puppies coming in, and getting to see them grow.