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Melissa Bryant-Neal, DVM - Medical Director

Dr. Neal is originally from the Sacramento area. She moved to Los Altos in 2010 after a 12 year adventure in Chicago and New England.

Dr. Neal is a former high school biology teacher who decided to pursue her childhood passion of becoming a veterinarian. She attended veterinary school at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has a MA in Education from Stanford. She has been practicing in the Bay Area for ten years and joined the LAVC team in 2018.

Dr. Neal’s professional interests include internal medicine and preventative care for cats and dogs. Her most treasured aspect of the job is the quality relationships she builds with her clients and their animals. Having found a love for cats at an early age, Dr. Neal has a passion for feline medicine and surgery. She is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and strives continually to improve the experience for all feline patients who visit the clinic.

Dr. Neal lives in Los Altos with her husband, 2 very active children, and 3 orange cats. You may see her riding her bike around town or picking up take out from the local restaurants.

College
University of California at San Diego, B.S. General Biology

Graduate School
Stanford University, 1998

Veterinary School
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2009

Memberships
American Veterinary Medical Association
California Veterinary Medical Association
American Association of Feline Practitioners

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Christine Yee, DVM

Dr. Christine Yee was born and raised locally here in the South Bay. Knowing that veterinary medicine was her passion from a young age, she started working at a veterinary hospital in Cupertino when she was 13 years old. She attended Santa Clara University as a double major in Biology and Communication, before graduating from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with her veterinary degree in 2017. Dr. Christine loves being back home in the Bay Area serving the furry members of her community and building long lasting relationships with her clients. 

Dr. Christine is excited to join the LAVC team in the wonderful community of Los Altos. She has a special interest in pediatrics, surgery, and pain management. She was also involved in canine stem cell research during veterinary school and has received multiple research awards throughout her education. She strives to integrate clinical research into her practice to provide her patients with innovative and cutting edge evidence based medicine. 

During her free time, Dr. Christine spends time with her rescue dog, Kodi and her newly adopted kitten, Enzo. She is an avid hula dancer, pilates enthusiast, and amateur baker of pooch friendly desserts. 

College
College: Santa Clara University , B.S. Biology and Communication

Veterinary School
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2017

Memberships
American Veterinary Medical Association
California Veterinary Medical Association

 

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Denise Johnsen, DVM

Dr. Denise Johnsen is a Southern California native, hailing originally from the Ventura area. Knowing she wanted to be a Veterinarian from a very early age, she attended UC Davis for both her undergraduate studies in Animal Science and veterinary school, graduating from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After briefly living in San Francisco and working at the San Francisco SPCA, she moved to Palo Alto in 2004 and has worked in the Los Altos area for over 16 years.

Dr. Johnsen is very excited to be joining the LAVC staff! She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, but is particularly interested in internal medicine, ultrasonography, senior pet care, and general feline medicine. She also sees small mammal companion animals and hopes to add this aspect to our practice soon.

Dr. Johnsen lives in Palo Alto with her husband and young son and their menagerie of pets, which includes 2 dogs (a Jack Russel Terrier mix & an Australian Shepherd mix both adopted via rescue), 5 rescue cats, rodents, and a freshwater fish tank. As a family, they enjoy going to local sporting events, hiking, camping, and being with friends and family. She also loves being active with her dogs, having participated in the canine sport of Agility with previous dogs, and also rally and nosework with her Aussie, Kodi, and hoping to return to Agility with both dogs.

College
UC Davis, B.S. in Animal Science, 1994

Veterinary School
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, 2000

Memberships
American Veterinary Medical Association
California Veterinary Medical Association

 

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Allison Bain, DVM

Dr. Bain is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She moved to Sunnyvale in 2008 after a 10 year career in wildlife conservation in various far-reaching locations, including the most remote of Hawaii’s Northwestern islands, Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain, Newfoundland and Labrador.

After having worked with endangered and threatened wildlife as a marine biologist, Dr. Bain decided to pursue a career change and become a veterinarian. She attended veterinary school at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada with clinical training at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, she has a M.Sc. in Biology from Memorial University in Canada. Dr. Bain has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Bay Area for over 13 years and joined the LAVC team in 2021.

Dr. Bain’s professional interests include internal medicine, preventative care, house call practice and nutrition.

Dr. Bain lives in Sunnyvale with her husband and enjoys playing tennis, skiing and backpacking in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains.

College
University of California at Santa Cruz, B.S. Marine Biology

Graduate School
Memorial University, M.Sc. 2003

Veterinary School
St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2008

Memberships
American Veterinary Medical Association

 

Dr. Megan Bystrom

Megan Bystrom, DVM

Dr. Megan Bystrom was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Her passion for animals surfaced at a young age as she spent her summers raising and showing bucket calves, pygmy goats, and sheep at the local and state fairs before working in veterinary clinics. She went on to attend Iowa State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science before graduating from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After graduation, Dr. B relocated and has been practicing in the Bay Area ever since.

Dr. B is thrilled to be joining the LAVC team! Her professional interests including soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and preventive care for dogs and cats.

Dr B lives in Cupertino with her two dogs (Crumpet and Sparrow), two cats (Caspian and Amelie), two children, and one husband. She spends her free time running half marathons, skiing, throwing murder mystery parties, and escaping every escape room she can find.

College
Iowa State University, B.S. Animal Science

Veterinary School
Iowa State University College of Veterinary School 2015

Memberships
American Veterinary Medical Association
California Veterinary Medical Association

 

Dr Loveland in Front of Office

Megan Loveland, DVM

Dr. Megan Loveland is a California native, growing up in the mountains near Santa Cruz. With a passion for health of all kinds, she earned a pre-med degree at UC Santa Cruz, graduating Cum Laude and with honors in her Health Science major. She then immersed herself in the world of veterinary medicine through internships at private practice and city and county animal shelters. Convinced it was the career for her, she attended UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with Phi Zeta Honors in 2017. With her deep appreciation of the human-animal bond, and a commitment to providing the highest quality of care, Megan is thrilled to be working here in her local community.

Dr. Loveland enjoys the full range of small animal medicine with particular interest in internal medicine, dentistry, and dermatology.

Dr. Loveland lives in Portola Valley with her husband, their baby daughter, and their mixed-breed rescue dog Max. In her spare time she enjoys baking, exploring the many hiking trails in the area, visiting wineries on the central coast, and she is an avid Peloton rider.

College:
UC Santa Cruz, B.S. Health Studies, 2012

Veterinary School:
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, 2017

Memberships:
American Veterinary Medical Association
California Veterinary Medical Association

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Glynn Echerd, DVM - Founder

Thank you so much for your guidance and stewardship Dr. Echerd.

Dr. Echerd is a wonderful Veterinarian and we are fortunate that he has cared for and nurtured our pets for over 20 years. Compassionate, caring and a great staff!

Edie