Ryan Garcia, DVM, DACVIMgarcia_web

Background and Education:
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Internship Training: University of Minnesota
Residency Training: University of California, Davis
Certification: Diplomate ACVIM (2012)

Dr. Ryan Garcia grew up outside of Atlanta, and attended the University of Georgia and UCLA for his undergraduate studies. He attended veterinary school at UC Davis, graduating in 2008, and was awarded a medal given to the top student in each graduating class. Following veterinary school, Dr. Garcia completed a one-year rotating internship at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He then returned to UC Davis for a three-year residency and received his board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2012. Dr. Garcia has been practicing in the Bay Area since completing his residency training. His special interests include gastroenterology, infectious disease, and minimally invasive therapies.
Ryan shares his life with his wife, Catherine (also a veterinarian), two children, a three-legged English setter (cancer survivor), two cats, an African Grey parrot, a Ball python and a rescued Lion-headed rabbit. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and mountain biking through the redwoods with his family.


Brigid Nicholson, DVM, DACVIMbrigidnicholson_profile

Background and Education:
Veterinary School: Cornell University
Internship Training: University of Georgia
Residency Training: Cornell University
Certification: Diplomate ACVIM (1996)

Dr. Brigid Nicholson is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she earned a BA in Biology. She received her DVM from Cornell University (1990). Dr. Nicholson completed a small animal internship at the University of Georgia, followed by an internal medicine residency at Cornell University. She became board certified in internal medicine in 1996. Dr. Nicholson particularly enjoys the challenges of hepatology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, and immune-mediated diseases.

When not practicing, Brigid enjoys the outdoors (backpacking), knitting, reading, and spending time with her family. She is the proud owner of a dog named Smidgen, and cats named Etoile and Flash. Brigid was drawn to veterinary medicine both by her innate love of animals and a keen interest in medicine, encouraged by her father, a pediatric endocrinologist. A native New Yorker, Brigid spent her summers while in college working at cow farms, and spent the year between college and vet school working on a dairy farm in New Hampshire.


Noelani Reinker, DVM, DACVIM

Background and Education:
Veterinary School: Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Residency Training: University of Minnesota

Dr. L. Noelani Reinker is board-certified in veterinary internal medicine. She grew up on O’ahu in Hawaii and has always been passionate about animals—as a child she had a menagerie that consisted of fresh and saltwater fish (and a lobster), mice, birds, rabbits, cats, dogs, a lizard, and a horse. She has lived all over the country including Massachusetts (where she pursued her undergraduate studies), Colorado, Washington state, Michigan, and Minnesota. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota and moved to Northern California in 2011 to “defrost.”
Noelani’s veterinary passion is gastroenterology, with endocrinology as a close second. In her free time, she loves to backpack, SCUBA, and compete in triathlons. Her current pets include a cat and a 90-year old desert tortoise.


Catherine Rivara, DVM, DACVIMcatherinerivara_profile

Background and Education:
Veterinary School: University of Illinois
Internship Training: Kansas State University
Residency Training: University of Minnesota
Certification: Diplomate ACVIM (2013)

Dr. Catherine “Katy” Rivara is a 2003 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where she earned a BS in Chemistry. Dr. Rivara received her DVM degree from the University of Illinois (2008) and completed her residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center (2012). Prior to beginning her residency, she completed her small animal rotating internship at Kansas State University. Dr. Rivara became board certified in internal medicine in 2013. She enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but has a special affinity for all things urinary.

When not practicing medicine, Katy is a classical music aficionado as well as an avid runner. She is the proud owner of three dogs (two Jack Russells and an Australian shepherd) and a Siamese cat. Her passion for veterinary medicine was first stoked as a 14-year-old during a summer job working at a veterinary hospital.


Andrea Struble, DVM, MPVM, DACVIMandreastruble_profile

Background and Education:
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Internship Training: Cornell University
Residency Training: University of California, Davis
Certification: Diplomate ACVIM (1998)

Dr. Andrea Struble is a graduate of UC Davis, where she earned a BS in Biology, a Master’s inPreventive Veterinary Medicine, and her DVM (1994). Following veterinary school, Dr. Struble completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Cornell University (1995), before returning to UC Davis for a small animal internal medicine residency. She became board certified in internal medicine in 1998.

Dr. Struble particularly enjoys the challenge of endocrinology and performing gastrointestinal endoscopy. When not practicing, Andrea enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors, reading, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her young son. Andrea has also completed two marathons for Team in Training supporting Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. She is the proud owner of a rescue dog named Midas and a fish named Draco.


Additional Internal Medicine Teams at our Other Hospitals

Concord
Kris Bruskiewicz and Ayeley Okine

Dublin
Brandy Dugas Ensley and Jennifer Strasser

Redwood City
Diane Dereszynski, Abbey Kaufman, Heidi McClain and Diane Roberts