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Veterinary Staff

Meet the Veterinarians & Staff of Rocklin Road Animal Hospital

Eric Grunder, DVMVeterinarian/Owner

Eric Grunder, DVM

Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Grunder completed his bachelor’s degree in physiology in 1980 at the University of California, Davis. He received his DVM from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He has been practicing veterinary medicine in South Placer since 1987. Dr. Grunder is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the Society of Phi Zeta (Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine).

Dr. Grunder has owned and operated Rocklin Road Animal Hospital since 1998. His professional interests include general surgery, dentistry, dermatology, geriatric care, preventive medicine, and orthopedics. He strives to provide a hospital environment that offers high-quality medicine and exceptional patient care while maintaining a “family doctor” relationship with his clients.

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Tara Williams, DVMVeterinarian

Tara Williams, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Williams finished her undergraduate education at Auburn University, Alabama, in 1999. She went on to complete her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Auburn University in 2003. She has been practicing medicine in Placer County since 2006 and has been a part of the Rocklin Road team since 2008.

Dr. Williams’ professional interests include internal medicine, oncology, and dermatology. You will find her to be compassionate and understanding as she cares for your dog or cat. When not at the hospital, you will find Dr. Williams busy enjoying life with her husband, three children, dog, cats, and horse.

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Christine Gerst, DVMVeterinarian

Christine Gerst, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Christine Gerst completed her undergraduate at Purdue University, Indiana, in 2006 while competing on the equestrian team.  She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Purdue University in 2010.  Dr. Gerst practiced in the Midwest for three years before relocating to Placer County in 2014 to enjoy the warm weather.

Dr. Gerst’s professional interest include general surgery such as soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and internal medicine.  She has three dogs, two cats, and a horse.  She and her husband have two adorable young children, Harper and Connor.  She enjoys traveling with her family, horseback riding, and spending time with her friends.  We welcome Dr. Gerst into the family, she is a great addition to Rocklin Road Animal Hospital.

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April BeanOffice Manager

April Bean

Office Manager

April joined the Rocklin Road team in 2003. April is a graduate of Western Career College with an associate degree in veterinary technology. April’s compassion for animals leads her to adopt most of the unwanted, downtrodden animals that cross her path. Her nursing care is bested by no one and her concern for your pet is evident. It isn’t unusual for April to show up at the hospital on her day off, just to check on a patient she was in charge of the previous day. April also helps keep things running smoothly in her position as office manager. We are proud to have April as part of our health care team.

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Donnette LarsonMarketing Manager

Donnette Larson

Marketing Manager

Donnette joined our team in the fall of 2013. Her cheerful voice and smiling face can be heard in the hospitals as you enter.  Donnette started with us as Receptionist and has been promoted to Marketing Manager.  When not at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital, Donnette can be found spending time with her bird, husband, or at the shooting range.

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Rolinda FaustLead RVT

Rolinda Faust

Lead RVT

Rolinda has been caring for dogs and cats in the veterinary field since 2004. In 2009 she completed her training and passed the exam to become a registered veterinary technician. Rolinda will take excellent care of your dog or cat in all areas of our hospital but has a special interest in dentistry and behavior. When she isn’t caring for your pets, Rolinda enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, cross word puzzles and spending time with her three children. We are thrilled to have Rolinda as a part of our team.

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Madeline DainRVT

Madeline Dain

RVT

Madeline (Maddie) came to us she when she was studying to take her state board exams to become a Registered Veterinarian Technician.  We are excited to announce that she has achieved that.  Maddie has a passion for felines and has 4 of her own.  She also has a red ear slider turtle that shares the home with the felines!  She is an excellent artist and keeps us laughing with her doodles.  Maddie goes above and beyond for all her furry friends

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Tatiana McPheeRVT

Tatiana McPhee

RVT

Tatiana has been working as a veterinary assistant since 2006 and has been at Rocklin Road since 2008. In 2011 Tatiana completed her veterinary technician education and passed her exam to become a registered veterinary technician. Tatiana has a special interest in animal dentistry, loves cleaning teeth, and would be happy to discuss your pet’s dental care with you. Tatiana’s technical skills, her compassion for the patients, and the contagious enthusiasm she brings to work all add to the quality of our team.

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Crystal SaenzRVT

Crystal Saenz

RVT

Crystal came to us wanting to make a difference in your pet’s life. It gives her great satisfaction to be able to make a difference even in small ways like providing a reassuring cookies and pat on the head. Crystal grew up here in Sacramento and has one dog and one hamster as pets. She is working on furthering her education by taking the State Board Exam for Registered Veterinary Technician.

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Dawn BickingVeterinarian Assistant

Dawn Bicking

Veterinarian Assistant

Dawn has lived in Rocklin for 23 years.  Somehow, she has not worked here.  Until now, and we are so excited to have her!  She has two dogs, one cat, six chickens, a Sulcata Tortoise, and a Bearded Dragon.  She has been a Veterinarian Assistant since 2010 because of her passion for animals.  When not at work, her husband and her love to go boating, hiking, and camping.  On a dark, thunderstorm night, you will find Dawn cuddled up on the couch with a good book.

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Maria RamosVeterinarian Assistant

Maria Ramos

Veterinarian Assistant

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Breanna FitzVeterinarian Assistant

Breanna Fitz

Veterinarian Assistant

Breanna comes to Rocklin Road fresh out of Vet Tech school in Yuba.  She will soon be taking the State Board to become a Registered Vet Tech.  She grew up in Citrus Heights, and her family eventually moved to Olivehurst.  Breanna is an experienced softball player with 15 years in her glove.  She loves to hang out with family, friends, her two dogs and one Red Ear Slider.  She would eventually like to work with exotic wildlife like lions and tigers.  But for now, she will be helping your little wild ones!

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Cay SissonHead Receptionist

Cay Sisson

Head Receptionist

Cay is a seasoned veterinary receptionist, having worked as such since 1983. She joined Rocklin Road Animal Hospital in 2006. Cay’s years of experience in the field have given her a knowledge base that makes her an important part of our team.

You will meet Cay at the front desk or on the phone as she answers your questions, schedules your appointments, or welcomes you to our hospital. She is great at answering your questions and helping you through a crisis with your dog or cat.

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Brittney SwangerReceptionist

Brittney Swanger

Receptionist

Brittney is such a bright star that we couldn’t allow her to stay hidden in the kennels and so has joined our receptionist staff. She continues to supervise the high level of boarding care that she requires while at the same time bringing that same standard of quality to the front desk where she is happy to help all our clients leave satisfied with our service.

Brittney has been watching out for your pets in our boarding facility since 2010. Brittney has a soft spot for animals and has adopted three dogs that were abandoned at our hospital, and another two from the shelter.  We are happy to have Brittney as part of our health care team.

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Sarah McDonaldReceptionist

Sarah McDonald

Receptionist

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Samantha CapoteReceptionist

Samantha Capote

Receptionist

Samantha will greet you with a warm smile and a friendly hello as you enter Rocklin Road Animal Hospital.   Samantha has a degree in Medical Office Administration.  She grew up in the bay area but recently moved here to be closer to family.  She has 3 cats, 1 dog, 2 turtles, and a 55 gallon fish tank.  Say hi to Samantha the next time you come in!

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Meghan BairdKennel Attendant

Meghan Baird

Kennel Attendant

Meghan is one of the people who will be taking care of your pets when they are boarding.  She is a graduate of Sacramento State University and was born and raised in Fair Oaks.  She has a love for pickles and may fall in love with your pet while they are here.  Extra love and cuddles are her specialties, and she always does what is best for your pet! She is a certified massage therapist for people and would like to be one for pets someday.  You might find her practicing on your pet!  Lucky pets!

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Lexi WelsonKennel Attendant

Lexi Welson

Kennel Attendant

Lexi is a country girl. She grew up on 10 acres close by in a two stop light town.  Growing up, Lexi loved being in 4H with her horse.  Her favorite pets are dogs and ducks.  What a combo!  She wants to be a Registered Vet Tech but needs to go to school for it.  She will get many great experiences here and will be encouraged along her way to fulfilling her goal.

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June AllenAssistant

June Allen

Assistant

June has been working since October of 1998 and at Petco for 6 months longer than here.  She has a passion for felines and has 6 cats, and 4 birds of her own.  June is originally from England and when her and her husband retires they will be going back. We will truly miss her.  June is a valued employee here at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital!

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