Our Personnel

Shelter Medicine Personnel

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM Program Director
Dr. Hurley began her career as an Animal Control Officer in Santa Cruz, CA. In 2001, she became the first person in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. Dr. Hurley became director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program in 2005. She co-edited the textbook, Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters and co-authored the "Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters". Read more...

Denae Wagner, DVM, MPVM Chief of Service
Dr. Wagner is a University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. She completed a Masters degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine in 2001 and a residency in Food Animal Reproduction and Herd/Health in 2002 at UC Davis. Dr. Wagner is co-founder of The Portal Project, which helps shelters convert single-compartment cat cages to spiffy double-compartment condos, dramatically increasing shelter cat health and well-being. Read more...

Cynthia (Cindy) Karsten, DVM Outreach Veterinarian
Dr. Karsten graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She has participated in numerous game-changing shelter consultations at both rural and urban, national and international animal care facilities and is a board member for the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless, and the non-profit organization Compassion Without Borders. Read more...

Cindi Delany, DVM Shelter Veterinarian/Manager
Dr. Delany obtained her DVM from UC Davis in 2000 and joined the school's program to become the first Shelter Veterinarian ever employed by Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation. During her tenure there, Dr. Delany quickly acquired expertise in developing and implementing medical and population management protocols with a focus on improving operations to maximize efficiency and increase positive outcomes for the animals. Read more...

Stacy Kraus, DVM Clinical Instructor
Dr. Kraus graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Since then she has worked at high-volume spay-neuter clinics and municipal shelters in North Carolina, and served as a shelter veterinarian for the City of Albuquerque's Animal Welfare Department (AWD). Her responsibilities at the KSMP include supervising the clinical training of 4th year veterinary students during their shelter medicine rotation at Yolo County Animal Services. Read more...

Mandy Newkirk, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Mandy worked at the San Francisco SPCA in volunteer and shelter management, as well as marketing and communications, before joining the KSMP in 2015. Read more...

Lisa Bassi, Operations Manager
Lisa joined the Koret Shelter Medicine team as the operations manager in the Fall of 2016, after six years at the SF SPCA, where she became obsessed with shelter medicine...
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Jennifer Craft, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects Manager
Jen joined the Koret Shelter Medicine Program in December 2016 and works on Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects. Her circuitous path to this role began on Capitol Hill...
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Other Support

Patty Pesavento, DVM, PhD, Affiliated Faculty

Jyothi Robertson, DVM, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2011

Alumnae

Ann Therese “Tess” Kommedal, DVM , Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2009

Barbara Jones, DVM, MS, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2008

Catherine (Katie) Mullin, VMD, MS, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2008

Cristie Kamiya, DVM, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2013

Sheila Segurson, DVM, DACVB,Shelter Medicine Residents Alumna 2005

Mehnaz (Chumkee) Aziz, DVM, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2015

Kristi Ellis, DVM Chief of Service, Clinical Instructor