Care at the Courtyard Veterinary Clinic for Bird & Small Pet Care in Visalia
Meet Our Veterinarians
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.
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.
Tarissa is a local girl. She grew up in Tulare and is currently working as a Veterinary Assistant. She is a graduate from San Joaquin Valley College with a degree in Animal Science, Tarissa has goals of becoming a registered veterinary technicain. Bandit, a Labrador Retriever, and Marley, a Queensland Healer, keep her busy. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband Garrick and family.
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. Chelsea loves spending her free time with her husband and going 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.
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.
Madi grew up in Hanford, CA. She was raised around agriculture and spent most of her time around large animals. She currently has 4 cats and a dog named Posey (Giants fan). Madi is attending College of the Sequoias hoping to finish with a career as a pharmacy technician. Her hobbies include taking long naps. A fun fact about Madi is she can recite the alphabet in 4 different languages, even backwards.
Amanda is a Visalia native, with a strong love of animals. She grew up on a horse ranch, where she bred, raised and rode performance horses. She has two kids, two dogs, and two horses. Amanda enjoys hiking, riding her horses, and spending quality time with her children.
Bre is a Pismo Beach native, whom joined our team in April of 2018. She attended Fresno State & graduated with a degree in Ag Business & Animal Science. Bre studied swine production at FSU and was on the swine show team for two years. She has a horse named Apple and a parrot, Bleu. In her free time, Bre enjoys going to concerts & riding her horse on the beach.
Yvonne moved to the Visalia area from Palm Springs. She has a passion for animals. Yvonne worked at Care Veterinary Clinic a few years back and unfortunately had to relocate. She has moved back and rejoined our team. Yvonne loves to travel, especially to the beach. She has one dog, a Pomeranian named Chito. She enjoys being around her family and also loves to refurbish furniture in her free time.
"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.