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Dr. Lisa A. Pope
Owner, Chief Medical Director

When she lost her first family cat to an undetermined illness, Dr. Lisa Pope’s interest in veterinary medicine was sparked. She wanted to help other families and pets, so she decided to become a veterinarian! Now Dr. Pope is the Chief Medical Director and owner of Stevenson Ranch Veterinary Center.

Dr. Pope grew up on Long Island, New York. She attended the State University of New York at Farmingdale, graduating with honors as a registered veterinary technician. Two years later, she signed up at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in order to complete her Bachelor’s degree in biology. From there, she traveled west to study veterinary medicine at the University of California in Davis. Upon graduating with her DVM degree in 1994, Dr. Pope headed south to practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Pope opened Stevenson Ranch Veterinary Center in 2000. As a veterinarian, she particularly enjoys helping senior pets, and strongly believes that no animal needs to live with pain. She’s also passionate about the long-lasting bonds she forged with clients—she’s cared for some pets for their entire lives! Dr. Pope and her husband have two young children, Caden and Kyle, who both dive for the Rose Bowl Aquatics Dive Team. The family shares their home with Willie, a Golden retriever, as well as two cats named Joey and Leo. When she has a spare moment between her work and family life, Dr. Pope enjoys food and wine, hiking, bicycling, and kayaking with her husband and kids.

vets in castaic Dr. Yamamoto
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Yamamoto was raised in the Santa Clarita Valley, attending both Placerita Junior High and Wm. S. Hart High in Newhall. She then spent nine years in Stillwater, Oaklahoma, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science in 1997, followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She is a die-hard Oklahoma State Cowboys fan!

After graduation, Dr. Yamamoto returned to the Santa Clarita Valley to complete a small animal rotating internship with California Animal Hospital’s Department of Surgery in 2003. She then completed two years of an emergency/critical care residency with Animal Specialty and Emergency Center (ASEC) in west Los Angeles before hiring on as an emergency/critical care senior clinician at that facility.

In 2006 she and her business partner opened All Creatures Emergency Center in Newhall, CA, which they ran for five years prior to selling to the current clinic owners. Dr. Yamamoto’s family was growing at that time, and she decided to rejoin ASEC as a senior clinician again, leaving the busy life of clinic ownership behind. In December 2013, she had the opportunity to work part-time at a day practice in Santa Clarita, enabling her to spend more time with her family. She has enjoyed the past two years in the day practice world and plans to continue to service the Santa Clarita Valley area for years to come.

Dr. Yamamoto is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA). She is very excited to join Golden State Veterinary Care to offer high-quality veterinary care to the Castaic community and surrounding Santa Clarita Valley. She will be incorporating essential oils into the veterinary practice to add additional support to ailing pets.

In addition to being one of the veterinarians of Golden State Veterinary Care, Dr. Yamamoto is also the owner and veterinarian for Peaceful Pets In-home Euthanasia Services, which she started in September 2011 to service the people and pets of Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas. The business is dedicated to keeping pets comfortable at home during the euthanasia process and improving the families’ healing process that follows.

Dr. Yamamoto is married and is the mother of two wonderful children. Her four-legged family consists of four cats and two English Bulldogs—all of which were rescued animals.

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