Our Team

We put your pet’s health first!

Dr. Kim Bercovitz, D.V.M.

Dr. Kim Bercovitz, D.V.M.

Dr. Kim Bercovitz is Castro Valley Companion Animal Hospital’s Practice Owner since January of 2018. She is an East Bay native, having grown up right here in Hayward, California and attended Moreau Catholic High School. From there she went to the University of California at Davis where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. As an undergraduate, Dr. Bercovitz demonstrated the combination of intellectual curiosity and a desire to be of service by acting as a peer counselor, studying American Sign Language (ASL), and doing research using a goat model for human Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Expanding on her interests in medicine and animal care, she then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Ever a local gal inside she returned to Castro Valley to establish her practice in the field, helping animals and their human caretakers alike.

Dr. B as her clients like to call her lives in Castro Valley with her husband, two children, and one dog. Dr. B volunteers with Early Alert Canines and in her free time enjoys camping, reading with her book group, and spending quality time with her “fur” and “not-furred” kids.

One of the most common things we hear is about Dr. B’s incredible bedside manner. She truly cares about both her patient’s and her client’s well-being, while also practicing the best medicine.

Dr. Rene` Gandolfi, D.V.M.

Dr. Rene` Gandolfi, D.V.M.

Dr. Rene Gandolfi, founder of Castro Valley Companion Animal Hospital, brings extraordinary experience and resources to the hospital. Dr. G, as we fondly call him, graduated 2nd in his class at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and continues to attend their yearly symposiums. After his graduation, he began to serve the Castro Valley Community since 1987.

Dr. Gandolfi is a board-certified specialist in Canine and Feline Animal Care, recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and is a recognized expert in exotic species, including ferrets, bats, and fish. He attended the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in 2014 and became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. He routinely lectures on a variety of subjects at veterinary symposiums and conferences and is a strong advocate for the legalization of ferrets in California.

Dr. Gandolfi is one of the founders of Fix Our Ferals, an all-volunteer spay and neuter clinic for homeless cats, and served as it’s Veterinary Director for over 12 years. He taught the critical care course for the RVT Program at Western Career College and sat on the College’s Advisory Board. He also conceived and acted as Veterinary Director of the 1991 Oakland Firestorm Lost Pet Hotline. Before becoming a veterinarian, he taught high school Chemistry, Astronomy, and Algebra.

Today, Dr. G is moving his main focus over from General Western Veterinary Medicine to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is only accepting new patients for TCVM. However, he will continue to see his existing patients for Western Medicine, as well as remain as one of our Veterinary Surgeons on staff. Dr. G has always been interested in his professional growth and is very excited to embark on this new journey in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Karen Harper, D.V.M.

Dr. Karen Harper, D.V.M.

Dr. Karen Harper grew up in Fresno County. She grew up around A LOT of animals her entire life, and always knew she wanted to work with them. Dr. Harper later attended UC Davis as an undergraduate studying zoology, and then went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in the East Bay Area since 2000.

When not helping to improve the lives of animals, she is at home with her husband of 18 years, her 15 and 12-year-old daughters, her three cats and a mouse. Dr. Harper joined our team in 2015 as a relief doctor for Dr. Gandolfi one day a week. When the opportunity presented itself to have her join us full time in 2018, she took it. And we are so very thankful she did. She is incredibly thorough and kind, always giving her all to every case she works with.

Dr. Kirsten Krick, D.V.M.

Dr. Kirsten Krick, D.V.M.

Dr. Kirsten Krick is a Bay Area native and after graduating from Smith College, she worked and traveled all over the United States. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine cum laude from Colorado State University (CSU) in 2004 and received her acupuncture certification through CSU and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association that same year. She worked in both private practice and emergency clinics in the San Jose area. Her associations include the California VMA and American VMA, and she regularly attends continuing education seminars to stay at the forefront of veterinary medicine and surgery. Dr. Krick has a special interest in small animal pain management and offers individualized treatment plans blending Western medical options with alternative ones. Outside of work, Dr. Krick enjoys spending time with her family, travels as often as possible, and reads voraciously. She always appreciates book recommendations!

Our support staff:

Each of our staff members has a variety of domestic as well as exotic pets of their own at home. (We tried to get them to pose too but their agents wanted too much money for a photo shoot.) For you, our client, this means that they have personal experience in the care, needs, and handling of your special friend.

Katie

Katie

Practice Manager

Katie was born in Northern California and raised on a little farm with goats, sheep, chickens, and labradors. A friend gave me the idea to get into the veterinary field through the shelter and on the first day I knew the veterinary field was where I belonged, and I am so happy to have found my home here at Castro Valley Companion Animal Hospital.

When I am not in the office I am enjoying spending time with my significant other Mike, and our fur babies Gus, a chocolate Labrador, and Kiara, a calico cat. We both love the outdoors and can find us hiking, fishing, and hunting upland and waterfowl birds… of course our chocolate Labrador does the hard work for us though.

Ariele

Ariele

Veterinary Assistant

Since Ariele was a little girl she has always wanted to help animals and that passion has led her to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. She received her Veterinary Assistant Certificate in 2019 through Foothill College and plans to continue her education by becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. Ariele really love extra large breed dogs and wishes she had more space at home to own them as well. Ariele spends her days off with her fur baby, Whiskey, typically enjoying a lazy day with a few playful rounds of tug-a-war.

Alisa

Alisa

Veterinary Assistant

Alisa was born and raised in the Bay Area and has worked in the Castro Valley area since 2002 as a Veterinary Technician. Alisa graduated from Western Career College in 2002 earning her AS degree. Some of her favorite things to do in her down time is to go to the movies, walk, and shopping, but her very favorite thing to do is spending time with her family. Alisa’s family consists of her husband Shad of 16 years, and her two children, Mikayla and Jason, and her fur baby Leah, who is almost 19 years old.
Edward

Edward

Veterinary Assistant

Edward has worked for over 6 years as a veterinary technician around the bay area. During this time Ed has enrolled in classes at Cal State East Bay and UC Berkeley extension to complete the prerequisites required for application to veterinary school and hopes to be on his way to becoming a Veterinarian in the near future! Ed strives to form strong relationships with clients and their animals in order to provide excellent patient care. Ed lives in Oakland with his wife Sachi and their cat Lucy. When he’s not working at the clinic Ed enjoys hiking, skateboarding, disc golf, and going to San Francisco Giants games with friends.
Anjela

Anjela

Veterinary Assistant

Anjela started in the veterinary work at the age of 15, when she was still in high school. Ever since she could remember she has always loved animals and can remember having lots of her own. When Anjela was young she would always carry a dog book with her and her father would tell everyone she would be an animal doctor one day. Her passion and respect for animals has grown due to the wonderful doctors and technicians that have paved her way in the direction of good veterinary medicine. Anjela feels very blessed as she celebrates over 30 years in the veterinary field in a career she can be truly proud of.

In Anjela’s spare time she loves to go hiking, hunting and going to the gun range with her boyfriend Chris, and her pitty Luna, and blue tick coonhound Cooter. At home Anjela has 6 cats, Mother, who is 22 years old, Dre, PAC, Snoop, Mary Jane, and the newest addition little Diesel.

Renae

Renae

Veterinary Assistant

Renae has been in the veterinary field since 2018. She is currently enrolled into Veterinary Technician school to received the Registered Veterinary Technician License.

In Renae’s free time she is a mommy to an energetic 7 year old son, two step daughters who are 9 and 6, and is expecting a baby girl at the end of July 2021. She has a cocker spaniel and two rambunctious litter mate cats that keep her household very lively.

Isabel

Isabel

Veterinary Assistant

Isabel joined our team at Companion Animal Hospital in December of 2018. After graduating from high school Isabel went straight to Carrington College where she received the Associates degree in Veterinary Scientific. She has been in the field currently for 6 years and is very passionate about providing quality care for her patients. When Isabel is not working she enjoys spending time with her dog Balto, as well as her 2 cats Ocean and Tobi
Rebecca

Rebecca

Veterinary Assistant

Rebecca was born and raised in Hayward and hasn’t lived a single day without an animal in her life. Her parents used to show Dalmatians, and her mother worked in the veterinary field as well, so she had no choice but to love animals. She started working as a receptionist/kennel assistant at 17 years old in 2008 at the same previous clinic as Dr. B. She then went on to get an education at San Jose State University, majoring in Biology. After her father had a serious work accident, she decided to come back home and work at the clinic again. There she ended up following Dr. B, her mother, and a few other techs and receptionist to Companion Animal Hospital in 2011. She would begin to take on more roles in the practice, helping out as a receptionist and tech assistant. After a few years she became lead receptionist, but decided she would be happier being more hands on with the animals and has become a technician. She has completed RVT school in 2017, but has not yet got her license.

Rebecca has sadly only 1 animal at home now: Frankie, a 7 year old Ragdoll cat. For hobbies, she enjoys swimming, baking, and being a homebody.

Lorenza

Lorenza

Receptionist

Lorenza is one of our receptionists here, and joined our team during COVID. Lorenza has been working in the field since 2010, and went to Carrington College and got her degree for their Veterinary Technician Program. Her plan was to get her Registered veterinary Technician License, but along the way fell in love with working with clients at the front desk. Lorenza is a fur mommy to her little pomchi (Pomeranian Chihuahua) Mia and has a son name Juan who is 4 years old.

Stephen

Stephen

Receptionist

Stephen is a receptionist who recently finished his last semester at University, and is hoping to get into a master degree program. Stephen loves to paint and is an avid reader. Recently Stephen and his fiancé have adopted a chihuahua puppy named Bowie, and they also have a spunky black cat named Lemon.

Stephen started in the animal field at animal shelters as a volunteer when he was younger, and his love for animals has only grown since.

Marianne

Marianne

Kennel Assistant

Marianne grew up in Castro Valley, and has remained here a majority of her life. On her off time she loves reading and has a large collections of books with various genres.

Marianne always knew she wanted to work with animals and has loved animals since early on. Marianne started in 2001 at Redwood Animal Hospital where she met Dr. B. After 10 years together at Redwood Marianne took a bit of a break, and then came to join the team, and Dr. B again at Companion Animal Hospital where she has been apart of the team since. Even after almost 20 years in the veterinary field she still has not lost her passion for animals… even those feisty cats.

Currently Marianne has “two little terrors,” as she likes to call them, at home. Neo, is a 16 year old Torti, and Colby Jack, a 4 year old orange tabby.