We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at the Animal Care Clinic. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.

Learning and education are very important here at the Animal Care Clinic. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.

Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.

If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (510) 222-9966.


Dr. Michael Evans – Owner

Dr Michael Evans is the owner of Animal Care Clinic. He obtained his DVM license from The Ohio State in 1985 and practiced his first 5 years of veterinary medicine in Nevada. In 1990 he moved to the bay area and purchased Animal Care Clinic. The hospital moved to it’s current location in 1999, and has grown steadily since then. Dr Evans’ special interests are Orthopedic Surgery, Advanced Soft Tissue Surgery, Dermatology and Internal Medicine. Dr Evans enjoys hiking, biking and skiing the Sierras. He lives in the East Bay with his family and their dog Toby, whom they rescued after being abandoned at the hospital and survived Parvo.


Dr. Karen Harding

Dr Karen Harding started working with Animal Care Clinic in 2005 right after graduating from UC Davis. She worked with us for 3 years before taking time off to start a family. She returned to Animal Care Clinic in 2010 and we are so glad she came back to us. Dr Hardings interests include dermatology, geriatrics and internal medicine. She lives in the North Bay with her husband and 6 year old daughter. Her rescue Chihuahuas include Buddy, Daisy and Bruno, and Louie, her 11 year old kitty. When she is not working, Dr Harding enjoys yoga, reading, gardening and spending time with her family.


Dr. Anne Hitchcock

Dr. Anne Hitchcock earned her BS (2000) and DVM (2004) from
UC Davis. She worked in equine practice for several years before relocating to the Bay Area in 2011, and joined Animal Care Clinic in 2013. Her professional interests include internal medicine, as well as preventative and geriatric care.

Dr. Hitchcock lives in the East Bay with her husband, also a veterinarian, and two young sons, Miles and Simon. The household also includes two cats, Spoon and Beyonce, and one dog, Rain. In her free time, Dr. Hitchcock enjoys running, yoga, and admiring fire engines, trains, and construction machinery, with her boys.


Dr. Erica Anderson

Dr Anderson is excited to be the newest member of the Animal Care doctor team. Her professional interests include preventive medicine and surgery, dentistry, senior care, and alternative medicine. Dr Anderson is trained in veterinary acupuncture through the CHI Institute in Florida, and she has successfully used acupuncture to treat pain and illness in cats, dogs, and rabbits!

Dr Anderson received her BSc at the University of Victoria in Canada, and obtained her DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. She has been practicing in the beautiful bay area for the past 6 years, working in private practices as well as several shelters and humane societies. She volunteers for Fix Our Ferals and North Star Rodent Rescue and the Animal Rescue Foundation. She combines her passions for animals and travel through volunteering with World Vets (www.worldvets.org), providing high-volume spay/neuter and medical care in developing countries.

When Dr Anderson isn’t working you may find her running trails with her two rescue pups, practicing yoga, or sampling our many local food and wine festivals.


Dr. Heather Kriensky

Dr. Heather Kriensky is a native Californian. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from UC Davis then graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 1997. She enjoys hiking, watching classic movies and eating her husband Boon’s gourmet cooking. Her family includes Ilean and Thelma, 2 dear rescue cats and Brunswick, her beloved Shih Tzu. She is very pleased and proud to be a team member at Animal Care Clinic.


Dr. Nadia Rifat

Dr. Nadia Rifat earned her B.S. in microbiology from Purdue University and her D.V.M. at UC Davis. She then completed a postdoctoral internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists in Walnut Creek, obtaining additional training in surgery, emergency care, internal medicine, ultrasound, and dentistry. She has worked in private practice in the East Bay since, and is excited to have joined the Animal Care Clinic team. Her professional interests include preventive care, geriatric care, dentistry and surgery. Dr. Rifat currently lives in Berkeley with her rescue Border Collie, Otto. During her free time, you can find her outdoors, partaking in activities such as trail running, rock climbing, backpacking, scuba diving, and skiing.


Dr. Ruth Dunning

Veterinary medicine is a second career for Dr. Ruth Dunning, but perhaps her first love. Although she has volunteered for animals shelters her entire life, a chance meeting in 1999, just as she was graduating from college, left a lasting impression. She did not immediately go into veterinary medicine, instead finding a career in advertising sales. She eventually returned to school at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Her veterinary activities and awards, include a Phi Zeta Student Leadership award, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association “Student Advocate of the Year” 2011, awarded to one student who has promoted humane and respectful treatment of animals, an AVMF national scholarship awarded to 20 veterinary students “who strive to embrace and advance the well being and medical care of animals”, and a Maddie’s Fund scholarship. Dr. Dunning is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has a special interest in dermatology, neurology, immune mediated diseases, infectious diseases and geriatric medicine.

Dr. Dunning is a shelter advocate and her pets come to her through rescue organizations. She currently has a mix breed dog named Dylan, and 3 cats: Isabel, who defies her age of 16 and is constantly causing mischief, Fannie who was found as a kitten under the fan belt of a truck, and Momo, an epileptic kitty She inherited from a client-:) The Animal Care Clinic is a wonderful clinic to practice in, and I am so glad to be part of the ACC medical team!


Carrie Gadek, Hospital Manager, CVPM

Carrie Gadek joined Animal Care Clinic as a receptionist in 1995, when the staff consisted of just 7 employees. She has been a part of building the hospital to its’ current staff of over 50, and was promoted into management in 2000. Carrie is also a licensed RVT and graduated from Foothill College in 2008. She enjoys the challenges and demands of building the business to better serve, its’ patients, the community and ensure the success of the staff and the hospital. Carrie lives in the East Bay with her husband, 2 children 1 dog and 1 cat and enjoys outdoors activities, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.


Morgan Marron, Assistant Manager


Bonnie, Accounts Operation Manager

I started with Animal Care Clinic in 2005 having a love for animals and being self employed over 20 years with an accounting and tax business. The accounting experience has allowed me to become the accounts manager and share my expertise with the clinic. I have fostered and rescued hundreds of animals as a volunteer for several local rescue groups in our area. I always knew that i wanted to work in an animal atmosphere. Animal care clinic has allowed me to fulfill that dream, and be on this journey watching the practice grow, serve the community, and save lives on a daily basis. I can’t imagine it gets any better than that. I have a love for great danes, and yes, our home has a dane that is the largest of my animals and the smallest being the chihuahuas. I enjoy swimming, walking, going to the beach, and cuddling with my animals, selling real estate and coming to work at Animal Care Clinic.


Crystal, Technician Manager


Debra, Boarding Manager