Lee W. Thorne, DVM & Cashew
Dr. Lee Thorne is a native Santa Rosan. Upon graduating from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1973, he returned to Santa Rosa to begin practicing. In 1990, he and his wife Annie opened Alderbrook Pet Hospital. Dr. Thorne provides medical and surgical care to small animals and birds.
Away from the hospital, he enjoys family time with Annie, their adult children, grandchildren and pets, Jackson (Chihuahua mix) and Cashew (Tortie). Of course when their four kids were growing up, the Thorne family included 2-3 dogs, several cats and birds (African grey, cockatiel, lovebird & parakeets), rats AND a full rabbitry for the kids' 4-H rabbit projects.
UC Davis 1973
Special interest in Avian Medicine & Surgery.
Loves to travel, especially RV camping, hiking, bicycling, photography, crossword puzzles and reading.
Annie Thorne & Jackson
Born in San Francisco, but raised in Santa Rosa, Annie's family lived in Bennett Valley. Growing up always included lots of dogs, a couple of horses, a cat and the occasional critter. She began working as a veterinary receptionist in early 1978 for several veterinarians, one of which was Dr. Thorne!
For many of Alderbrook's initial years, Annie could be found greeting clients by phone and behind the front desk. Currently she works behind the scenes, with most of her tasks home-based, connected to the daily hospital schedule by remote computer. She works closely with Lee and the team throughout each workday as our Hospital Administrator, with her job including human resource, bookkeeping, social media and marketing.
Attended Heald Business College, Hilo Community College and SRJC
Loves to travel, especially RV camping, long walks & hiking, bicycling, cooking, music, reading, and exploring new activities wth family & friends.
Jennifer Sutliff & Sapphire
A Santa Rosa native, Genn began working with us as a veterinary receptionist in April 2000. She quickly showed interest in supporting Dr. Thorne, becoming one of our key Veterinary Assistants. She attended SRJC, and local continuing education, enhancing her veterinary skills and knowledge. After Genn and her husband Chris welcomed the arrival of their son Dominik in 2006, she took a 5-year hiatus, with daughter Danika arriving in 2008. Genn returned in September 2012, resuming her duties and eventually becoming our Practice Manager (and Team Leader!). Genn's menagerie at home (the Sutliff Zoo) includes 1 large dog (Maverick), 2 cats (Thunder & Tip), 3 macaw parrots (Sapphire, AJ & Angus), a bearded dragon (Mushizi), and a bunny (Smokey Bun Buns). Genn is holding her baby,Sapphire, who she handpicked from a clutch of blue & gold macaws in 2000. Sapphire's favorite treat is banana chips. AJ is a catalina macaw, and Angus, a green wing macaw.
Loves being outdoors with her family - swimming, hiking, camping, scavenger hunts & mud runs. Travel favorites are Hawaii & Disneyland, and she dreams about having a macaw rescue!
Abrina Wilder, RVT & Toothless
Abrina started working with us in the summer of 2011. Originally going to the Santa Rosa Junior College to transfer as a genetics major, she learned about the availability of the Veterinary Technician Program. This rekindled her dream of helping animals! She has spent weekends volunteering at a local wildlife rescue helping care for injured and orphaned wildlife. Abrina is an equine lover as well.
Abrina is pictured with Toothless, named after her favorite dragon. Toothless was rescued in January of 2012 and enjoys chasing laser pointers, and stealing treats and catnip when no one is looking.
Registered Veterinary Tech
Santa Rosa Junior College - RVT Program
Loves reading, playing volleyball and cooking. She also enjoys creative writing and is working on her first novel.
Paige Hansen, RVT & Piccolo
A native Santa Rosan, Paige attended Santa Rosa High School where she participated in FFA. She joined our team in early 2012, and has recently become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Both fostered by her, Paige enjoys a special bond with her two tuxedo kitties, Piccolo & Boyd (attempts to get both to look at the camera were unsuccessful - next time Boyd!). The family also includes Hank, a handsome McNab. In her spare time, Paige is a regular "cat cuddler" for Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County.
Registered Veterinary Tech
SRJC - RVT Program
Hobbies include digital photography & gardening (catnip, cacti & succulents), video games, taking Hank swimming, building her kitties a "catio" and trying new do-it-yourself projects.
Alexandra Palmigiano & Misty
Alex has lived in Rohnert Park since 2000. Her prior experience includes volunteering at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter for 3 years, plus an internship at a veterinary hospital. Alex is a huge animal lover, with a menagerie that includes beagle mix Misty, her crazy orange tabby Owen, and her "foster fail" kitty, Princess. Yes, sometimes we cannot give them up! She loves spending time with her family and pets.
Client Service Representative
Rancho Cotati High School.
Volunteer coach for a cheerleading team of young girls.
Edwina Jones & Otis
A West county native, Edwina is an animal lover for life. When not at work helping our clients manage their pet's health, she spends all her free time with her 2 children, Dean & Samara, and their large menagerie. Family members include Olde English Bulldogge Otis; 2 cats Jade & Cheetoh; 1 Sulcata tortoise Brie; 1 Chameleon Petunia; 1 Rose Hair Tarantula Mozzarella & 5 chickens, Sunshine, Dino, Stormy, Jelly & Brad.
Customer Service Representative
FFA officer while attending Tomales High School
Studied animal science at Santa Rosa Junior College
Loves family time!
Mia Engelder & Fig
Mia was born and raised in Santa Rosa, and her love for animals was fostered at a young age through horses and a sweet Black Labrador called Jack. She went through the veterinary science classes at Santa Rosa High while taking JC classes in Equine and Animal Science, before leaving to attend UC Davis, where she graduated in 2015. Mia joined the Alderbrook team as a Veterinary Assistant in March of 2017, quickly learning customer service and is now answering phones. She spends her free time riding her horse, Cori, in the Eventing discipline, and working on a number of writing projects. While she loves all animals, she has a soft spot for her family cat, 16-year-old senior S'mores, and her mischievous, recently-adopted kitten, Fig.
Veterinary Assistant & CSR
UC Davis Graduate
Studied Equine and Animal Science at Santa Rosa Junior College
Loves her horse, cats and writing
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