We Live to Care

Meet our Union City team.

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Doctors

Dr. Kang

Dr. Kang

DVM

Dr. Kang went to veterinary school in South Korea and completed his ECFVG education at Cornell University in New York. He spent a year in an intensive small animal medicine internship program at the Bay Area Veterinary Specialists before holding several consecutive chief of medicine positions at various local hospitals. Owning UNI Pet Clinic is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his two cockapoo dogs Mori & Gabi, and playing tennis. He is fluent in Korean.

Dr. Nakamura

Dr. Nakamura

DVM

Dr. Nakamura graduated from veterinary school in Tokyo, Japan. She received a Masters degree in Veterinary Neurology and attended the residency program in Neurology/Neurosurgery service at U.C. Davis. Dr. Nakamura is also an expert in dentistry. When not working, she enjoys training in Muay Thai kickboxing and hiking with her husband, two teen children and Teddy the Chihuahua. She is also compassionate in caring for companion animals for the homeless and volunteers at Paw Fund free vaccine clinics in Berkeley. She is also a member of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps to help the animals at natural disaster sites. She is fluent in Japanese.

Dr. Hegde

Dr. Hegde

DVM

Dr. Geethanjali Hegde grew up in Bangalore, India, around both small and large animals. Dr. Hegde completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at Mysore Veterinary College in India. She moved to the United States and completed her foreign veterinary program at Iowa State University (School of Veterinary Medicine) in Ames, Iowa. She received her D.V.M. degree in 2001. Dr. Hegde has now been practicing in the Bay Area since 2002. Other interests include hiking, cooking and spending time with her two beautiful daughters and cute cat, Shamboo.

Dr. Coyle

Dr. Coyle

DVM
Dr. Coyle graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in the Bay Area, and couldn’t be more excited to be back in the Bay and joining the UNI team! She has a special interest in endocrine disease and feline medicine, and is Fear Free certified. When she isn’t working, Dr. Coyle enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and hanging out with her cat, Rosie, and her dog, Trinity. She also loves to travel, and spent two summers in Africa doing One Health and conservation genetics research.
Dr. Arbona

Dr. Arbona

DVM

Dr. Nichole Arbona was born and raised in Northern Arizona. She graduated from The University of Arizona with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology before earning her D.V.M. from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She has a special interest in wildlife and exotic animal medicine, particularly small mammals. When not at work, she enjoys volunteering at animal shelters, traveling, hiking, kayaking and spending time with her fiancé (Pedram), three terrier mixes (Lucy, Teddy and Gigi) and lionhead rabbit (Kona).

“Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.”

-Benjamin Hoff

Staff

Catalina

Catalina

Practice Manager

Catalina holds an Associates Degree from Carrington College, obtained her RVT License in November 2018. She has always had a passion with animals and aspired to be a Veterinarian. She has been in this field since 2005. In her free time she enjoys relaxing with her children, going to the beach and sewing.

Cassi

Cassi

Staff
Cassi was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, CA and moved to the Bay Area with her husband, German Shepherd Valkyrie and cat Skrillex in 2017. Since moving, she has fostered kittens as well as adopted a black cat she named T’Challa. She has always wanted to work in the veterinary field as she has a huge love for animals and is currently pursuing a degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician. In her free time, she loves to explore the outdoors with her camera, husband and dog, volunteer at animal shelters and go to theme parks.
Melissa

Melissa

Staff

Melissa graduated with her AA in Biology with emphasis in Allied Health. She plans to work towards her RVT license in the near future and loves hiking and spending time with her 6 year-old German shepherd.

Hazel

Hazel

Staff

Hazel is a graduate from Foothill College’s Veterinary Technology Program, and obtained her licenses shortly after. Hazel enjoys hiking and camping in her free time and is a very outdoorsy person. She loves to spend time with her two kitties, Chai and Hazel Junior. Newest addition to the furry family is Reggie, whom she rescued near the premise of UNI Pet Clinic.

Selina

Selina

Practice Manager Assistant

Selina graduated Foothill College Veterinary Technology program in 2016 while working on her RVT license. She became Practice Manager Assistant in October 2018. She enjoys working with the animals and looks forward to anything that may walk in the door next. When not working at UNI she enjoys relaxing with her own dog Peanut and family.

Chris

Chris

Staff

Chris found his passion for animals of each and every kind when he and his Siberian husky Konan met each other in the middle of 2015. That passion only strengthened once a new family member, an Alaskan Malamute, Kovak, was introduced into his family. Having once been enrolled at Ohlone Community College in Fremont, California, Chris’ passion for the Veterinary field has led him to enrolling at Carrington College in 2021. When not at work, Chris spends his time reading, practicing martial arts, and exercising with his two dogs.

Natalie

Natalie

Staff

Hello, my name is Natalie I am currently in school as a Biology major and minoring in Animal Science. I hope to become a Veterinarian in the future.

Sam

Sam

Staff

Sam is currently enrolled at Chabot College, looking to transfer to UC Davis or Hawaii State. He has always had a love for animals and enjoy working with them. When he is not working he spends time with family and friends and of course with all his pets.

Lizette

Lizette

Staff

Hello my name is Lizette Gonzalez, my love of animals came at a very young age. I decided to go to school, then I started my journey at Banfield pet hospital and now here. I have 3 fur babies of my own. A 11 yr old female chihuahua/ rat terrier mix named Luna and two huskies Walter 5 yr old and Belle 3 yr old; all the loves of my life. I look forward to being here and helping to make sure your babies get the best treatment possible.

Alexis

Alexis

Staff

I graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. I grew up in La Jolla San Diego and I’m willing to hang up my surfboards for some snowboards. I worked with all sorts of animals and I’m excited to be working at UNI Pet Clinic. I hope to further my experience with small animals and one day become a professor of Animal Reproductive Physiology.

Sabrina

Sabrina

Staff

Sabrina joined the UNI Team earlier this year in April as a Kennel Assistant and has been working her way up as a Veterinary Technician. I love animals and plan to continue veterinary technician work in the future.

Natalia

Natalia

Staff

Natalia is currently a Kennel Assistant who enjoys working with animals. She plans to work towards her RVT license in the near future and loves to go for walks around the lake and spending time with her 3 month old Cavapoo.

Meredith

Meredith

Staff

My name is Meredith Ortiz. Im from Hayward and I’m currently studying at Cal State east bay and will be graduating next year. I’ll be pursuing a masters after that. i’ve been working with animals for 4 years now and I’ve enjoyed it so much. In my spare time, I like going out in nature to recharge, watching true crime or ghost shows, or growing food in my backyard.

Mhylia

Mhylia

Staff

Hey I’m Mhylia. I am currently a college student at Chabot majoring in Psychology with a potential second major in Biology or Education. In my free time I take care of my family, hang out with friends or go hiking with my dog Harmony.

Monserrat

Monserrat

Staff

Bio coming soon!

Eileen

Eileen

Staff

Bio coming soon!

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

-AD Williams

Externs

Dr. Sung Cho

Dr. Sung Cho

Extern

I am so happy and grateful now that I spent three weeks of the externship in the UNI Pet Clinic with those of great passion and character. Special thanks to Dr. Kang, he was the one responding with a short but kind email saying “If I can help, I will be glad. Come over. Let me know when you have a detailed plan.” Even in the middle of this chaotic pandemic, all veterinarians and staff have been devoting themselves to the customers and patients. After graduation with DVM, Feb 2015, I have worked in Choonghyun Animal Hospital located in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea. Completing my 1 year small animal internship, I continued my work as an associate veterinarian. Currently, I am at the final step of ECFVG Certificate program (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates) which is also called CPE (Clinical Proficiency Examination). It was an indispensable time to gain new experience and prepare for the CPE. While working within the team shoulder to shoulder, I was more than thankful for patient, engaging mentorship and cheerful friendship from veterinarians and staff. There is a way of translating one’s dedication and integrity into veterinary service. It was there. I am happy to be part of it.