Dr. Michael Ina
I was first hired at the Arguello Pet Hospital in the summer of 1968. I was hired as a kennel person to gain experience in veterinary medicine which was a prerequisite to apply to the veterinary schools. I continued working at Arguello Pet Hospital while I was an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis.
I was fortunate to gain acceptance to the School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis and graduated in June 1974. After graduation, I immediately began working at the Arguello Pet Hospital as a veterinarian with Elmo Shropshire, DVM.
In 1982, I purchased the practice from Elmo Shropshire. It was a very small and slow practice at the time. It was a one doctor, one technician and one receptionist veterinary hospital. I dedicated myself to practicing and providing quality medicine and client service.
This dedication to practice quality medicine and to provide quality client service enabled the hospital to grow to its present state of five doctors and a staff of over twenty employees. The entire staff is dedicated to provide compassionate care to our patients, their owners and to one another.
When I'm not caring for my patients or doing management work for Arguello Pet Hospital, I enjoy my free time playing golf, fishing and wildlife/nature photography.
I have been married for over thirty-eight years and have two daughters. My oldest daughter, Cecily, is a second grade school teacher in the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program at Rosa Parks in San Francisco. My youngest daughter, Jamie, graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, in June 2008 and has since been practicing with me at Arguello Pet Hospital.
We have had guinea pigs, Akitas, English Setters, Standard and Miniature Dachshunds, Derbian and Grey Cheek Parakeets and an Abyssinian as family pets. Presently I have just one dog, Pete, a miniature wired-haired Dachshund.
Dr. Perry Heffelfinger
I joined the staff at Arguello Pet Hospital in January, 1987. Having grown up in San Francisco, though, my association with the hospital dates back to my childhood. My family’s pets have all been cared for by Arguello for as long as I can remember.
I studied Biology at Harvard and graduated from veterinary school at Cornell in 1985. After a couple of years in mixed (large and small animal) practice, I returned to San Francisco to concentrate in small animal medicine and surgery at Arguello.
My interests outside of veterinary medicine includes reading, biking (my means of commuting to work), competitive rowing and travel. I share my home with my husband, two not always well behaved golden retrievers and a very active cat who thinks he is a dog. I also enjoy doing pet assisted therapy with my goldens at a local hospital. Despite their not so perfect behavior, the dogs are always welcomed at these visits.
Dr. Mara Weiss
While growing up in a San Fernando Valley house full of cats, I always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. I earned an undergraduate degree in zoology at UC Santa Barbara and a large portion of my time in Santa Barbara was spent volunteering for the local animal shelter and the Marine Mammal Center.
The many hours I spent enjoying taking care of these animals solidified my desire to become a veterinarian. Immediately after I graduated UCSB in 1997, I started veterinary school at UC Davis. During veterinary school I emphasized small animal medicine and helped provide care for the pets of the homeless population in Sacramento.
I moved to San Francisco in 2001 and I have been having a great time exploring Northern California. During my free time I enjoy going to concerts and plays, hiking, caring for my two cats Jimmy and Otis and traveling to Santa Cruz to spend time with my two young nephews.
Dr. Rebecca Price
I am a recent arrival from upstate New York, having fled the icy cold of Rochester in 2004. My undergraduate education was completed at Harvard University, where I studied Anthropology, and received my B.A. in 1992. After a three year hiatus from school (enjoying life in Boston), I returned to NY State to pursue my veterinary education. I received my DVM degree from Cornell in 1999. I then moved back to my hometown of Rochester, where I worked as a companion animal and exotica veterinarian.
My interest in veterinary medicine has been present since a young age, and I have had the opportunity to work with animals in a variety of settings including shelters and zoos. The mild California weather has been greatly appreciated by my canine companions, Hannah and Missy, who made the long cross country move with me.
We especially enjoy the hiking, swimming and camping opportunities, and have made frequent trips to the many beautiful towns of costal California. I do not miss the snow shoveling days of the East Cost.
Dr. Jamie Ina
Since I was young, I have always been around animals and grew up around the pet hospital. Growing up in a house full of animals, a wonderful father as a mentor, and a love of biological sciences, I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian. I began working at Arguello as a technician when I was in high school and always came back during the summer to continue learning throughout my college years.
I studied animal science and earned a bachelor's degree from UC Davis in 2004. I began veterinary school immediately after with an emphasis in small animal medicine. I graduated from UC Davis veterinary school in 2008.
During my senior year in veterinary school, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks at the Sacramento SPCA, where I adopted my first dog Nori, a miniature dachshund mix. During my spare time, I enjoy playing volleyball and basketball, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and cooking.
Dr. Melissa Jacobs (Kellogg)
I grew up in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. My family lived on small hobby farm until I was about 13yrs old, and then we moved to the picturesque capital city of Victoria. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Victoria. After discovering veterinary medicine, my true calling, I never looked back! I graduated magna cum laude from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, which included three years on the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada and a final clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania.
Following graduation, I completed an internship at the University of Minnesota focusing on cats and dogs in emergency, surgery and Internal medicine. I stayed on an extra year at UMn as a staff doctor in the Emergency and Critical Care Department. Following another great opportunity, I then moved back west to California to complete a year-long intensive Surgical Internship. Since that time, I have been practicing emergency, general practice and surgery for cats and dogs in the SF Bay area.
I am a member of the Veterinary Honor Society of Phi Zeta, as well as the California Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association. I am certified by the APHIS/USDA to complete health/travel exams on cats and dogs. My professional interests include emergency and critical care, canine and feline health & wellness, senior/geriatric care, soft tissue surgery, interventional radiology, advanced imaging, and the human-animal bond.
In my spare time, I like to go walking/hiking, travel (near and far), as well as spend time with my family, friends and pets.
Dr. Vanessa Reeves
As a child, I always dreamt of becoming a veterinarian, but as I left for college, I found a new interest in clinical psychology. That all changed the summer of my junior year when I interned with a small animal veterinarian and realized that the six-year-old me was right and that my true calling was in veterinary medicine.
After graduating with a B.A. in psychology from Smith College in Massachusetts, I returned home to Southern California. There I worked part time as a veterinary technician and went to school part time to fulfill the prerequisites for veterinary school. I also spent a brief period working in human cancer research at the City of Hope National Medical Center.
I graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 with an emphasis in small animal medicine. I then completed a one-year rotating internship at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in 2011. After my internship, I worked between two general practices in the East Bay before coming to Arguello Pet Hospital.
I am excited to join the team here and get to know all the human and furry faces! In my spare time I enjoy cooking new recipes, hiking, and traveling whenever possible (my most recent trip was to Turkey). I share my home with my handsome cat, Rudy, who I adopted while at UC Davis.