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.
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.
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.