Care at the Courtyard Veterinary Clinic for Bird & Small Pet Care in Visalia
Meet Our Veterinarians
Dr. Holly Sawyer
At the age of nine, Holly Sawyer told her fourth-grade teacher she wanted to be an author when she grew up. In fifth grade, she declared she wanted to be a veterinarian instead (or was it also?). She graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1995 with a major in zoology and a minor in English. She received her DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1999 and practiced in Vacaville, California, for a year while waiting for her husband to finish his DVM program.
Dr. Holly Sawyer has been with Care at the Courtyard Veterinary Clinic since November 2000 and truly enjoys the team atmosphere our clinic fosters. Her favorite part about being a veterinarian is witnessing the human–animal bond up close and personal, every day. She also loves educating clients so they can feel comfortable being an intrinsic part of the decision-making process for their pets' care.
In her free time, Dr. Sawyer enjoys romping with her two dogs, Schnitzel and Eli. She tries to sneak in hiking and backpacking with her husband when she can. Oh, and yes—she spends most of her non-vet days writing thriller fiction because that dream still lives on.
Dr. Barbara Johnson
Dr. Barbara Johnson graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1999. She then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following her internship, she was an associate for six years at a small animal practice in Woodland, California, where she gained experience in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency care. In 2006, Dr. Johnson moved to our practice in Visalia with her husband and family. She has an interest in internal medicine and enjoys staying current with research through veterinary journals and continuing education seminars.
Dr. Chris Peterson
Dr. Chris Peterson is a Visalia native and graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Peterson practiced large animal medicine for eight years before switching to small animal medicine in 2006. His interests include spending time with his wife and two daughters, golf, and poker.
Dr. Marianne Krumheuer
Dr. Marianne Krumheuer is a native of the Central Valley, born and raised in Bakersfield, California. She received both bachelor's of science and doctorate of veterinary medicine from UC Davis. Upon graduation, she accepted a position as an associate veterinarian at the Care Veterinary Clinics. During veterinary school, Dr. Krumheuer participated in several humanitarian trips to foreign countries, where she worked to treat animals that do not normally have access to veterinary care.
Dr. Krumheuer is most passionate about working to develop and preserve the human–animal bond. Her special interests include internal medicine and dentistry. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Krumheuer enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and their dog, Cody.
Dr. Bryan Proctor
Dr. Bryan Proctor has been in private practice since graduating from Texas A&M University in 1993. While at Texas A&M, Dr. Proctor earned a bachelor of science in both biomedical science and veterinary science before graduating with a degree in veterinary medicine. He has interests in small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Sonja Peterson
Dr. Sonja Peterson graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 after completing her undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Arizona. During her university years, she worked for small animal and equine veterinarians in the Bay Area, Arizona, and Oregon. She also volunteered with several humane societies and animal rescue organizations. She was born in Fresno and was immediately drawn back to the central valley to work at Care Veterinary Clinic. Her hobbies include hiking with her two German Shepherds and ballet dancing.
Meet Our Friendly Staff
Charla graduated from veterinary technician college in 1987 and has been with Courtyard since February 2004. She has special interests in pet nutrition and enjoys radiology (the art of taking quality x-rays). Charla is our clinic “social director,” always planning and organizing fun activities. In the past, she has been in charge of the clinic softball and bowling teams. Charla grew up in nearby Exeter and has two daughters, one horse, and four cats. In her spare time, she works at a cutting/reining horse ranch. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and outdoor activities.
Danette, also known as Dani, graduated from Pierce College in 1984 with an AS in Animal Science. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Dani grew up in Manhattan Beach in Southern California. She may be small in stature, but she has the biggest heart when it comes to our animal patients. While she enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine, she is especially skilled in veterinary dentistry. Dani is a veteran employee and has been with the clinic since 2000. Clients and staff alike love the smile on Dani’s face and admire her positive attitude. In her spare time, Dani enjoys salsa dancing.
Andrea has worked at Care at the Courtyard since 2008. Her big smile has made Andrea a very popular receptionist with our clients. She combines a great work ethic with a wonderful sense of humor and genuine love of pets. She has five dogs, with the Basset Hound being one of her favorite breeds. Her spare time is spent camping at the coast and reading on her Nook.
Alex has been part of the Care family since 2008, where she has worked at both Care and Courtyard. She is very versatile and can assist in treatment and work as a receptionist. Currently, she serves as the Courtyard pharmacy technician. She grew up in Miramonte, CA, and graduated from Reedley High School. When she is not working, Alex enjoys spending time with her growing family and her pets. She also enjoys reading books and make-up artistry.
Randi has devoted most of her life to helping animals. She began as an animal control officer with the Santa Barbara City Police Department before starting at Courtyard in 2003. She has become a very important part of our veterinary assistant team and has a special talent for assessing animal personalities. Randi is originally from New York, but she has lived in Visalia since 2001. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and taking vacations to Morro Bay. Cato, her Great Dane mix, is the love of her life. It is not uncommon to see the two of them driving around town with Cato’s big head hanging out her car window with his face full of slobber.
Cori is a Registered Veterinary Technician working at Courtyard. She prides herself on being a country girl, born and raised in Tulare, and growing up with horses. She loves all animals, the four members of her animal family include both dogs and cats.
Recently relocating from Casper, Wyoming, Shawna has joined the Care at the Courtyard team as a veterinary assistant. She has worked 8 years in the veterinary field. Her experiences include working with birds, horses, and small animals. Shawna's animal family includes two horses and two dogs. When not devoting herself to veterinary medicine, Shawna enjoys hiking, camping, photography, and spending time with her fiancé.
Tarissa is a local girl. She grew up in Tulare and is currently working as a receptionist. Graduating from San Joaquin Valley College with a degree in Animal Science, Tarissa has goals of becoming a registered veterinary technician. Bandit, a Labrador Retriever, and Marley, a Queensland Healer, keep her busy. Spare time is spent with family and working out with her husband.
Chelsea was born and raised in Visalia. She graduated from Redwood High School and attended COS. Her fur family consists of two rescue dogs, Abby a lab mix and Bagheera a German shepherd mix. Chelsea loves making people laugh with her fun personality. She's currently planning a fabulous wedding to her dream man but when she has free time she enjoys camping, hiking, hanging with friends and going to Disneyland. Chelsea has a love for all kinds of different animals. She is loving working here and being able to see animals all day!
It is great to have Megan back working with her "Care Family". She has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. During her early career, Megan worked at both Care and Care at the Courtyard, before moving out of the area. We were excited when she announced that she was back and wanted to rejoin our team. Megan is skilled in so many aspects of veterinary medicine. She enjoys assisting in treatment and especially enjoys patient care. She is an advocate for "rescue pets". Megan's animal family consists of several "one-eyed" rescues amongst others. She also has a passion for pugs.
Megan has worked in the veterinary field for over 8 years. Currently, she is working as a veterinary assistant at Care at the Courtyard. Clients will sometimes find Megan working with them in the examination rooms. A talented whistler, Megan loves to whistle while she works. She also enjoys entertaining staff with her many different accents and impersonations. When not at work, Megan enjoys doing puzzles and playing board games with her husband and her cat Scooter.
Samantha is a receptionist with Care at the Courtyard; she is extremely excited to start her journey as a receptionist while getting to share her passion for animals. Samantha moved to the valley at the end of 2016 after living in Paso Robles her entire life to start a life with her husband. Since moving here she has grown her family and now has a daughter, and two dogs, an Australian Shepherd, Beau and a dachshund mix, Diva. She loves cooking, baking and being outdoors, when she’s not spending time with her family.
With a strong compassion for all animals, Valarie is excited to have joined our family at Courtyard as a receptionist. Aside from her love for animals, she also has a passion for hair and makeup and has been a licensed cosmetologist for 7 years. In her spare time she enjoys continuing to do hair and makeup. Her favorite pass time of all is taking family trips, spending time with her husband, son, and their rambunctious pug, Rambo.
Yanisse joined the Courtyard team in 2017 after graduating from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in Animal Science. She plans to continue her education in the future, by obtaining a Masters in Embryology. Yanisse loves all animals, but especially her 2 dogs Angie, a yorkie and Blackie, a Chow mix. In her free time she loves spending time with family, friends and boyfriend, visiting new places, hanging out at the coast, watching movies, and eating good food.
"Very caring and compassionate"– William & Grace P.
"The best care for your animals in the valley"– Michael J.
"Clinic is super clean and well organized. Staff is very professional, helpful, and friendly"– M. Crawford
"I was so impressed with the professionalism at your office. Bella and myself were treated so lovingly and caring. I felt at ease the moment I met the doctor and felt her warm care toward Bella"– K. Spears
"Excellent! Quality of care is the best"– Cherri & Randy S.