Voted Best Emergency Care, North Bay, by Bay Woof Readers and Marin IJ!
Emergency and Critical Care
Peter Bowie, DVM
Dr. Bowie graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, where he won numerous academic awards for emergency and critical care medicine, leadership, and service. He continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania with an internship in Emergency and Specialty Medicine and Surgery. In 2000 Peter joined PESCM as a staff emergency clinician and in 2006 he became an owner in the practice. Peter has practiced exclusively emergency and critical care medicine for the past six years and been a member of the International Veterinary and Emergency Critical Care Society since 1997. Peter’s professional interests are focused on emergency/critical care medicine, and supporting the veterinary community. He is the past-President of the Marin County Veterinary Medical Association. In his free time, he enjoys viticulture, cooking, music, and anything outdoors.
Elisa Bowyer, DVM
Dr. Bowyer grew up in Santa Cruz, California, and received a B.S. in Zoology from UC Davis in 1998. She then spent several years working as an RVT in both general and emergency medicine. It was during this time that she fell in love with emergency medicine. She returned to UC Davis and completed her veterinary degree in 2007. After graduation, Dr. Bowyer spent a year at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Mass, where she completed a challenging internship with a strong emphasis on emergency medicine. She then escaped the snowy New England winter to return to sunny California, and is proud to have joined the PESCM team in Oct 2008. In her spare time, Dr. Bowyer enjoys climbing, swing dancing, reading, cooking, hiking.
Steven Dana, DVM
Co-Founder of the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin in 1998, Dr. Dana was our original Operations and Medical Director. He has remained active in emergency care for over 40 years also helping to establish and manage the first veterinary emergency hospital in Santa Barbara as a Registered Animal Health Technician before attending both U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. Davis, completing an undergraduate degree in Animal Physiology in 1984. He graduated from the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988; afterwards, Steve completed a rotating postgraduate internship emphasizing Emergency Medicine and Surgery at the Sacramento Animal Medical Group. In 2016, Dr. Dana completed further study in Anesthesia and Critical Care as a Don Low Fellow at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. When not in clinics, Steve kayaks, does crazy open-water swims if not in the pool, or might be found on his sailboat Pacific Wind in Mexico, British Columbia - or somewhere in between - with his wife Lori, herself a skilled RVT.
Michael Levenson, VMD
Dr. Levenson brings passion for emergency medicine, critical care, trauma management, and a focus on general emergency surgery to the PESCM team. His career interests include communication under stressful situations, management of the post-operative patient, and pet cancer care. Michael relocated to San Francisco in 2017 with his partner, Emily, and their tortoiseshell cat, Zephyr, from his hometown of Washington, DC. Michael obtained his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After veterinary school, he pursued two additional years of advanced training at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC where he gained exposure to specialty care with a focus on critical care, surgery, oncology, radiology, neurology, clinical pathology, and anesthesia. Outside of work he is an avid yogi, Marin County hiker with a fondness for the Bolinas Ridge Trail, downhill skier, gardener, and culinary enthusiast.
Susan Ostapak, DVM
Dr. Ostapak attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, in Saskatchewan Canada. Upon completion of her studies, she has been working in emergency medicine since that time and at PESCM since 2004. During the 2005-2006 academic year Susan completed a fellowship in emergency and critical care medicine at U.C. Davis.
Audra Pompeani, PhD, VMD
Dr. Pompeani is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating with a BS in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, she went on to complete a doctorate in Molecular Biology at Princeton. It was during this time that she adopted her first pet and discovered her passion for helping animals (and their owners), leading her to study veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. When she finished in 2013, she relocated to the Bay Area to complete a veterinary internship here at PESCM. She has since remained on the team as an ER clinician and is particularly interested in feline medicine, emergency medicine, and the human-animal bond. Audra lives with her husband and their 3 fascinating cats. In her free time she enjoys sports, comedy, music and crafts, as well as continuing to explore all the Bay Area has to offer.
Carla Robin, DVM
Dr. Robin earned her D.V.M. degree from U.C. Davis in 2006 after completing undergraduate studies at both U.C. Riverside and U.C. Davis. Carla has a strong and diverse background in the veterinary field, having worked with both small and large animals, as well as in a research setting.In 2006 Carla was selected for PESCM’s inaugural internship program; her special areas of professional interest include emergency and critical care medicine and anesthesia. Her personal interests include classic VW cars, horseback riding, and music. Carla and her family live with their elderly green iguana ‘Sydney’ and retired racing Greyhound ‘Tricky Vision.’
Christopher Rodi, DVM
Dr. Rodi received his veterinary degree from U.C. Davis is 1993 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Cornell University. For over two decades, he has worked in a number of busy multi-doctor general and emergency practices as both a staff veterinarian and hospital administrator. In 2000, he became certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline medicine. Since then, Chris has practiced exclusively in the emergency and critical care field. He and his wife (also a veterinarian) relocated to Marin in 2003. Currently, Dr. Rodi is a partner in three Bay Area emergency/specialty practices. His main professional interests are in emergency and critical care medicine, practice management and staff development. In his free time he enjoys fly-fishing, mountain biking, wood working and hanging out with his boys.
Erin Smythe, DVM
Dr. Smythe grew up in southern California and received a B.S in biology and earned a minor in US history from UC Davis. She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and went on to complete a one year rotating emergency/ specialty internship at PESCM...and has been there ever since! Her clinical interests include emergency medicine, toxicology, ophthalmology, end-of-life, and hospice care. She currently lives with her husband (also a veterinarian) and 4 black cats in Marin. In her free time she enjoys visiting historical sites, wine tasting, playing tennis, and cats.
Amy Vanlishout, DVM
Dr. Vanlishout comes to us from DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She independently manages a variety of small animal and exotic cases in the ER and actively participates in rotations with each of the specialty services at Dove. Amy attended Colorado State University where she received her DVM in 2017. Prior, she worked as a veterinary technician at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. She has been active in the volunteer veterinary experience with Rescue organizations in Colorado and New Mexico. Amy leads by example as a voted Captain of a successful varisty Swim & Dive Team at Washington University in St. Louis.
Blaise Waniewski, DVM
Dr. Waniewski studied zoology at San Francisco State University and immediately went on to earn his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis. While in veterinary school he was president of the Feline Medicine Club and also held leadership roles volunteering for Mercer Clinic for the Homeless and Fix Our Ferals. Following veterinary school he continued his studies at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin, completing a rotating internship focusing on emergency, surgery, medicine and oncology. Through the internship Blaise developed a fondness for both the challenges and rewards of practicing emergency medicine. Following his internship he continued to work as an emergency clinician in the Bay Area. In 2014 he took the opportunity to rejoin PESCM as a staff ER clinician. Blaise lives with his wife Sasha, young daughter Zelda, dog Aish and cats Meytov and Hetzi. During his free time he enjoys films, music, reading, painting and traveling with his family.