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Simon Zhu


Dr. Zhu joined Irving Pet Hospital in 2022. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2018 and received his DVM from Western University of Health Sciences in 2022. As a San Francisco native, Dr. Zhu is excited to be returning home after pursuing his education to … Read moreSimon Zhu

Victoria Kartashova

Born and raised in Voronezh, Russia, Dr. Kartashova grew up with an interest in animals. After graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006, she moved to San Francisco in the hopes of finding some adventure and has loved the bay ever since. When Dr. Kartashova is tending to your furry friends, she … Read moreVictoria Kartashova

Deena – Customer Service Representative

She/HerDeena was born in Daly City, CA, and is currently studying respiratory therapy at Skyline College. Her grandmother had seven Doberman Pinschers when Deena was growing up, so she has always loved big dogs. Two years ago, Deena adopted a Border Collie mix named Nala from the San Francisco SPCA. A first-time adopter, she quickly … Read moreDeena – Customer Service Representative

Frappa, Dip. CMA PBC – CSR/ Certified Bereavement Counselor


She/HerVeterinary medicine is a second career for Frappa, who grew up in the Bay Area wanting to be a veterinarian. She instead earned a journalism degree from San Francisco State and moved to Washington, D.C., to work as an associate editor of a national magazine, interviewing celebrities on both coasts. She became disillusioned with the … Read moreFrappa, Dip. CMA PBC – CSR/ Certified Bereavement Counselor

Lilliam Alfaro, DVM

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Lilliam Alfaro was on her way to law school when an epiphanic encounter with a pigeon on a sidewalk diverted her towards veterinary medicine. Overcoming a carefully curated liberal arts/political science degree in order to be considered as a candidate for entry into the field required a second go around at undergraduate school.  Dr. Alfaro tucked … Read moreLilliam Alfaro, DVM


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