Care Veterinary Clinic Serves Pets from the Visalia Area
Meet Our Veterinarians
Dr. Bryan Proctor
Dr. Bryan Proctor has been in private practice since graduating from Texas A&britM 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. Christine Asento
Dr. Christine Asento is from a small agricultural town in upstate New York. She graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's of science degree in animal science in 2000 and lived for a time in Montana before moving to California. She then graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Dr. Asento joined Care Veterinary Clinic 2010, where she enjoys working with many different types of pets, from house cats to working dogs, each patient an important member of his or her loving family.
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. Nathan Sunderson
Dr. Nathan Sunderson grew up in Fresno, California and completed his undergraduate degree at CSU, Fresno. He first developed his interest and passion for veterinary medicine while working at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo's animal hospital. He attended veterinary school at UC Davis and graduated in 2013. He previously practiced as a large and small animal veterinarian before being drawn to companion animal medicine exclusively. He enjoys cycling, hiking, and working on cars.
Dr. Melissa Belknap
Dr. Melissa Belknap was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Arizona, and although she has always loved animals, she didn't seriously consider veterinary school until after graduation. At that time she got her first job in the field as a receptionist at a local animal hospital and loved it. She went back to college to take prerequisite courses while working in two animal hospitals and volunteering in a sea bird rehabilitation center. She then chose Kansas State University and earned her veterinary degree in 2008. Dr. Belknap recently moved to Visalia with her husband and two daughters in order to be closer to his family. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, especially creating trusting relationships with clients. When not working, she is raising her kids. If she ever finds time alone, she'll do yoga or read a book with her cat Nicky on her lap.
Dr. Melissa Neu
Dr. Melissa Neu is a native of the Central Valley and grew up on her family’s almond farm in Livingston. Growing up in the country, animals always found their way to her home so she quickly discovered her passion for helping animals at a young age. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from CSU Sacramento and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Neu’s special interests include small mammals and geriatric care. She recently moved to Tulare with her husband, 3 dogs, and rabbit. Outside of veterinary medicine she loves being outdoors, hiking, and traveling!
Dr. Melissa Martin
Dr. Melissa Martin was born and raised in Tulare, CA. She graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science before moving away to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Christopher. Dr. Martin joined Care Veterinary Clinic following graduation and is interested in working with all types of animals including exotics and pocket pets. In her down time she likes to read notes and spend quiet time at home with her Border Collie and two cats.
Meet Our Friendly Staff
Amanda is the pharmacy technician at Care Veterinary Clinic. She has been employed at Care since 2007. Amanda has two Yorkies named Ozzy and Lola. Amanda is also a big fan of Persian and Himalayan cats. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and has been married since 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys going on motorcycle rides with her husband. She is also an avid Oakland Raiders fan.
Jennifer joined the Care team as a veterinary assistant in October 2015. Even though Jennifer was born thousands of miles away in Hawaii, she grew up in Visalia and graduated from Redwood High School. She attended and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Future goals include pursuing a career as a Small Animal Veterinarian. Jennifer has always loved animals, especially cats. Nikki, Kai, and Jordan are three very lucky felines that make up Jennifer's animal family. Jennifer is very family oriented and loves spending time with her family and friends. When asked what is one unique thing about you, Jennifer stated, "I love painting nails and I have over 121 nail polishes---and my collection is still growing!"
Jaci has been with us since 2015 and in the industry since 2012. Jaci has finished her RVT courses and plans to become licensed before the end of 2018. Jaci is a proud wife and mother of 3 children, 2 step daughters and fur baby named Yoshi. In Jaci's free time she likes to spend time with her family, deep sea ocean fishing and camping.
Katie was born and raised in Tulare and graduated from Tulare Western High School. She obtained an AS degree in Animal Science at COS with a goal of becoming an RVT. In her spare time she enjoys anything outdoors such as camping and riding her horses.
Samantha graduated from San Joaquin Valley College with an AS in 2015. Samantha has worked in shelter medicine and has also worked with a feline only shelter/rescue facility. She is currently studying to be a registered veterinary technician. In her free time, she enjoys to read, going to the movies, or going out to eat. She also has an interest in ballet, painting & crafting. Samantha has her own furry family that includes cats, dogs, and a turtle at home.
Kelsey was born and raised in Tulare, CA. She was raised around Agriculture and has been around large and small animals her whole life. She is currently working towards her registered veterinary technician degree. Her future goal is to work with both large and small animals. In Kelsey's spare time, she enjoys being with her husband and their two sons, and volunteering at the Tulare City shelter.
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.
Heather came to us from San Jose, where she was born and raised most of her life. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her dog, Alano. Heather has worked in the animal field for 13 years. She loves listening to music, being outdoors and even likes kickboxing in her spare time!
Paige is born and raised right here in Visalia. Her fur family consists of 4 dogs, 3 chickens, 6 goats, and a pig. Paige loves to enjoy her days by going to the river, lake, or the beach. She is always up for anything to do with water! She recently joined us and we are lucky to have added her to our team!
Nicole joined our team in 2018. She has a cat name Norris, and two dogs named Leonidas and Nike. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. She was born and raised in Visalia. She has an energetic personality and is a joy to our team!
Briana started with us in 2018. She was originally born in Chicago. When she was three years old, she moved to Visalia and has been here since. She enjoys spending time outside and being spontaneous. She has a lively personality and a laugh that is contagious. She has two dogs named Django & Georgia. Fun fact, Georgia is Django’s daughter. Briana started as a receptionist and has now moved to the back to be trained as a technician’s assistant.
Spencer was born and raised in Long Beach but moved to Visalia seven years ago. Growing up with a family of medical professionals and a love for animals, he found veterinary medicine to be an exciting and interesting field. Spencer graduated from Colorado State University in 2018 with a degree in Biological Science and is now looking to continue his education as a future veterinarian or technician. In his spare time he enjoys playing volleyball, going on road trips, and spending time with his family and two dogs Bailey and Zihna.
Brittney is from Exeter, California. She is the mother to a beautiful 8 year old daughter. She is marrying her high school sweet heart. Family is a very important part of her life. Brittney has grown up around animals her whole life. She has a doberman by the name of Snoop and a cat named Tinsey. Brittney has a passion for helping others, being of service, and contributing any way that she can. If her spare time, she loves anything makeup & beauty related.
"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.