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Our Veterinarians

Dr. David Edsall

David Edsall, DVM

Dr. David Edsall obtained his doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1992 and from there completed a formal internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at one the largest and best known Phoenix areas full service veterinary hospitals, Mesa Veterinary Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. Edsall’s experience comes from working at several animal hospitals and zoos. He worked at an emergency and referral hospital for 11 years in Tucson, Arizona and was also an on staff veterinarian at the A.Z.A accredited zoos at Reid Park Zoo and Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. He joined Atascadero Pet and Emergency Center in Atascadero in January 2006 and was a partner until 2014.

Dr. Edsall’s compassion for animal medicine shines through with his incredible bedside manner and his way of communicating with clients and their pets, his testimonials speak for themselves. He is extremely excited about opening Las Tablas Animal Hospital and sees a strong future for what his new state of the art animal hospital will be able to offer to clients and pets in San Luis Obispo County.

Dr. Edsall lives with his wife Aimee and their twin boys in Templeton with their two dogs and two cats. They enjoy the outdoors, the beach and traveling in their spare time.

Lariann Baretta, DVM

Lariann Baretta, DVM

Dr. Lariann Baretta graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After graduation she completed a one-year internship at VCA Emergency and Referral Hospital in San Diego where she obtained additional training in medicine, surgery and critical care. She worked at a small animal general practice hospital and a multi doctor emergency hospital in Northern California until moving to Paso Robles. Her special interests include ultrasonography, internal medicine (especially chronic diseases) and oncology.

Her undergraduate education is a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Ecology at UC Irvine. Between obtaining her undergraduate degree and starting veterinary school she worked primarily in wildlife biology and travelled in Alaska and Central America.

Dr. Baretta is an avid cyclist and participates with her husband Bill in multiple charity bike rides throughout the year. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the central coast on foot or bike, road trips and spending time with her husband and their two standard poodles Holly and Ajax.

Michael Sagartz, DVM

Dr. Michael Sagartz knew he was going to become a veterinarian from the time he was four years old. He had just observed his father perform a C-section on a distressed and exhausted cow in labor. The miracle of that surgically-assisted bovine birth amazed and imprinted strongly on him, and led him to pursue a lifetime of exploration in the art and science of veterinary medicine.

He attended veterinary school at Kansas State University. Upon graduation, he moved to Boston, where he gained experience and skills while working in a busy, multi-doctor, small animal veterinary hospital group for the next few years. Ultimately, he decided to escape the cold New England winters in favor of the warm, southern California climate.

He purchased a very busy small animal hospital in Orange County, which he owned and managed for many years, before relocating to this beautiful paradise on the central coast in 2011. He lives here in San Luis Obispo County with his daughter, Becca, his young Golden Retriever, “Cinco,” and his three-legged cat, “Tadpole.” He enjoys hiking the coastal trails, archery, and wine-tasting, and has become a huge advocate for the health and mindful benefits of yoga, which he practices on a near-daily basis.

Dr. Lucy Gutierrez

“Lucy” Gutierrez, DVM

Dr. Lucy Gutierrez graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She also has a degree from University of Sussex, Great Britain with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and with a minor in German, in 1993. Some of Dr. Lucy’s special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and animal behavior.

In her spare time Dr. Lucy enjoys spending time with her husband Jason, who is a cabinet maker at Sligh cabinets in Paso Robles and their 2 children Robin (8 yrs) and Gabriel (5 yrs) who attend Templeton schools. Some of her hobbies include salsa dancing, folk music, singing, reading historical fiction and volunteering at her kids’ schools.

We said goodbye to Dr. Lucy in June 2017. We wish her and her family the very best in their new adventures back in England!

Our Veterinarian Partners

Roxane McKenna DVM

Roxane McKenna, DVM, CVA

After graduating from UC Davis with my DVM degree in June 1994, I initially practiced Mixed Animal Medicine in the Central Valley, CA for 2 years. I then transitioned into strictly Small Animal Medicine and in 1997, I accepted a job as an Associate Emergency Veterinarian at the Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic (CCPEC) in Arroyo Grande, CA. In January, 2001, I became a co-owner of CCPEC and continued my work there as an ER DVM until we sold the practice in July, 2015.

Over the years, I expanded my veterinary skills to include Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and in 2011, I completed the course work to earn my Certified Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) status. Since then, I have been actively utilizing Acupuncture and TCVM techniques to enhance my patients’ quality of life culminating in becoming the sole proprietor of Central Coast Veterinary Acupuncture in June, 2016.

I currently utilize acupuncture, herbal medicine, veterinary Tui-na (Chinese medical manipulation), nutritional counseling, ion pumping cords and essential oils techniques to enhance patient response depending on the treatment goals. If you have any questions regarding the variety of ways acupuncture and TCVM can be beneficial to your companion or would like to arrange for an acupuncture treatment, I can be contacted at either ccvacupuncture@gmail.com or (805) 709-0435.