Veterinarian at Ark Pet hospital CADr. Lori Hageman
Just six years after receiving her education from the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine - DVM and gaining some valuable veterinarian experience, Dr. Hageman decided to pursue her dream of opening up her own veterinary hospital. It was in 1999 that she opened up the doors of The Ark Pet Hospital, Inc. This year marks her 15th year practicing veterinary medicine in East Contra Costa County.
An active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), Dr. Hageman likes to keep herself busy in and out of the animal hospital. She's also the past President of the Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association (CCVMA). One of her many passions is teaching and giving back to her community, so she has served on the Small Animal Advisory Board for the Teaching Hospital at the UCD Veterinary School and is on the Board of Trustees for the Oakland Zoo.
Dr. Hageman has a special interest in surgical cases and has taught at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the Student Surgery department. Dr. Hageman, her husband John, and their children Mallory and Lucas live locally and share their home with 1 dog, 2 cats and 3 tortoises. When she's not at the hospital, Dr. Hageman is at the racetrack or in her craft shop. She's been driving cars on the big tracks for 12 years and has raced at Laguna Seca, Infineon Raceway, Sebring International Raceway and other nationally recognized tracks. Dr. Hageman welcomes you to The Ark Pet Hospital and looks forward to helping care for your family.
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Dr. Don Schlange
I graduated from U.C. Davis in 1993 and immediately started working in Antioch. After 21 years I still can not imagine doing anything else. My passion has always been in general medicine but I have special interests in Diagnostic Ultrasonography, Dentistry, and surgery.
I live with my beautiful wife and two step daughters. Currently we have 5 cats (Oscar, Gary, Soot, Lex, and Lou), and 12 Geckos. Anybody interested in a baby crested gecko? ;) My favorite hobbies are spending time with my family, mountain biking, camping, tennis, and taking care of all the geckos.
Dr. Ilana Halperin
Dr. Ilana Halperin grew up in the East Bay Area. Since childhood, she has had a passion for animals and science, and found veterinary medicine to be the perfect blending of these interests. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship in veterinary internal medicine and surgery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She returned to California in 2004.
Dr Halperin lives in the East Bay with her 3 brilliant cats and her Australian Shepherd dog. In her spare time she likes to garden, do yoga, SCUBA dive, draw, and make jewelry.
Dr. Halperin's interest in acupuncture grew after she received acupuncture for a knee injury and was impressed with the results. Realizing that this could be a wonderful addition to her practice of veterinary medicine, she pursued training through IVAS. Since that time she has been happy to see positive results in her patients using acupuncture to treat such conditions as arthritis, back pain, allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Darlene Bannister joined the Ark part time in 2011 after over 10 years as a client. Darlene ran her own home business for 25 years and has now brought her skills to the Ark as Office Manager. When you call in to the Ark of a morning, it is often Darlene's cheerful voice you hear. Darlene and her husband have two DR German Shepherds which they are training for home protection, as well as loving companions.
Jenn became a member of the Ark Team in August 2006 and received her Registered Veterinary Technician license soon after, in March 2007. She is our Lead Technician and Inventory Supervisor. Jenn has a special interest in canine and feline dental radiographs and prophylaxis. Her non-human family includes a pit bull named Ginger, her two cats, Rocky and Leo, several snakes, and a variety of fish.
Francesca joined the Ark family in 2009, and is one of our primary Registered Veterinary Technicians. Her furkids include a Siberian Husky, Blaze, three cats, Drake, Flynn and Chloe, and an African Sulcata, Donatello. In her spare time, her and her fiancé enjoy traveling to various pop culture related events, and taking their rambunctious husky out on long hikes.
Tina joined our team in October 2012 and graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Carrington College California in February 2013. Tina is currently studying to take her national and state board exams in the near future to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. In her spare time you will find Tina cheering on her favorite teams the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants. Her current fur-family includes 3 dogs, Ariel, Hershey and Lala, 2 cats, Flower and Dray and a rabbit Niles.
Alyssa joined our team in June 2015. She is currently one of our front desk receptionists. She enjoys riding horses and play soccer in her time off. She has two dogs, Charlie and Pilgrim, both Heeler mixes.
Mohagoney started at The Ark the summer of 2015 as a volunteer and within a month was promoted to Kennel Technician. After graduation, she would like to continue her education at UC Davis and UCSF in hopes of becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her piano, video games, and watching football... GO Cardinals!!!
Kayla Van Heusen
Kayla started with us durning her externship from Carrington College and joined the Ark family in July 2015 after receiving her degree in Veterinary Technology. She is studying hard and planning on taking her exam to become a RVT. Her family’s pet include several dogs and cats.
Sophia joined the Ark team in January 2016. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Carrington College California in Pleasant Hill and will be graduating in March 2017. She shares her love with her vast variety of pets, which consist of dogs, cats, a horse, birds, many rodents, reptiles and fish.