Dr. Brandon CohenMedical Director
Dr. Brandon Cohen has been with Sunset Animal Hospital since July 2016. Even though he is a new veterinarian, he has 3 years under his belt as a veterinary technician. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry at Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay). Dr. Cohen received his BVMS (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery) from Glasgow University in Scotland. In addition to his education, he has done several internships in the UK, United States, Thailand and Mexico, which in turn, gave him a broad range of experiences with veterinary medicine in different cultures. He continues to develop his special interests in Exotic medicine, Marine Mammal medicine and Emergency and Critical Care medicine through continuing education. Finally, to complement his education and experience he completed a rotating internship at Animal Specialty and Emergency Center in Los Angeles which covered Internal Medicine, Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care, Radiology and Cardiology.
Now that Dr. Cohen has finished his long journey of vet school and with the support of both families, he has had time to focus on starting a family with his wife Leticia and this past January they welcomed their newborn son Alastair to the family. When it comes to “me time”, he likes to read Stephen King novels, listen to music particularly rock, metal and his guilty pleasure Lady Gaga! To exercise his surgery hands, he loves to play all video games! Finally, to balance his life by getting outdoors he likes to run, hike and camp. The Cohen house is filled with a variety of 'fur babies' to love, starting with “Fenrir” who is a sweet Chihuahua that has a larger than life attitude and a love for being picked up and carried, “Ardbeg and Tyr” his two Australian Kelpies who are brother and sister from a different litter that love to run, hike, and create mischief, the protector of the house and Alastair's resident nanny cat “Willow” a rescue kitty from his internship that never leaves their side, “Turtle without a name” a Red Eared Slider Turtle (yes, that is his real name), Jörmungandr Shoelace the juvenile corn snake, 'Demona' the gargoyle gecko, and his two furry cohorts, the ever elusive 'Tarot” who is sister to Dr. Miller's cat 'Harper and is often found sleeping in the Doctor's office and 'Rune' who is cousin to 'Tarot' and 'Harper' and enjoys coming to work and helping Dr Cohen make adorable videos of Alastair laugh while 'Rune' runs amok through the house.
Dr. Cohen’s favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is being able to help a part of this world that cannot always help themselves. 'One Health' is very important to him and he can use that concept in this field as he treats pets, while experiencing the grateful attitudes from the people who love them.
Julie Robinson, RVT, BAHospital Administrator
Julie became Sunset’s Hospital Administrator in October of 2013 and comes to us with a broad base of veterinary industry knowledge as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She graduated an AVMA Accredited school for Animal Health Technology in 1992, shortly after she started working for a national Avian and Exotics Veterinary Diagnostic lab and hospital for 8 years. In 1999, she started working in Emergency and Critical Care and eventually went full time in this position taking on an unofficial role to help coach veterinary interns as they obtained clinical experience. The years that followed, she gained skills and knowledge in Oncology, Neurology, Surgery and General Medicine. More recently in the last 7 years, Julie has functioned in management roles and in 2011 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management with a Concentration in Human Resource Management.
Her special interests are Safety, Leadership, Communication and Training, which she feels yields the best outcome for client service and patient care. In addition to her interests, Julie joined the National Veterinary Response Team in 2007 to be an emergency responder in the event of a disaster, under the Department of Health and Human Services. Ask her about her first deployment to Hurricane Sandy in 2012!
Julie’s small family includes an adult son named James, a very loyal Border Collie named “Sophie”, and three cats “Sassyfrass”, “Sylvia” and “Sidvicious”. In her busy role as administrator she has some time for a few hobbies, which are sewing, refinishing furniture, softball and seeking out creative outlets.
Julie says that her favorite part of veterinary medicine is nurturing the human –animal bond, whether it is between clients and their pets or staff and their patients. It starts with staff that communicates effectively, management that provides exceptional leadership, training and structure and the knowledge base and tools to deliver a high standard of medicine.
Laura MadrigalAdministrative Assistant
Laura came to Sunset in June 2006 as a Client Service Representative and is now our front office supervisor. Prior to her job at Sunset, she worked as a manager and buyer in the paper industry for 8 years. She graduated with an AAS in 1986 and a BA in General Business in 1988. Laura is an integral part of our management team!
In her me-time, Laura loves to bake, read, assemble puzzles and photographing. She loves to go camping with her husband of 18 years, Joe; her daughters Elizabeth and Rose. She loves to spend time with her son, Daniel and his wife, Rebecca and their son’s Gabriel and Elijah. Daniel and Rebecca also have a little one on the way! Her family is not complete without the furry ones! She has 'Peggy Sue' a Silky and 'Holly' her fiery little Chihuahua!
Laura says her favorite part of veterinary medicine started when she was a child and her father trained the family German Shepherd to play and walk the kids to their bus stop for school. So for that reason, she is doing what she loves to do and that is working with pets and their people!
Karen Miller, RVTSupport Team Manager
Karen came to Sunset part time back in December 2013, to help us out on some computer organization for the hospital; since July 2014, she been with us full time! Karen has been in the veterinary industry since 1988!! She did Emergency for 6 years, general medicine for 18 years, 2 years at the UC Davis Teaching Hospital and 1.5 years with small animal and exotics. She graduated from Western Career College, an AVMA Accredited school for Animal Health Technology in 1988. She is now our Inventory Control Analyst, taking care of our hospital inventory in addition to being our dental RVT, she is our primary technician doing all the complicated dentals for our clients.
Karen’s special interests are raising bottle baby kittens, which she has been doing it for 18 years! She also has been volunteering for “Trap, Neuter and Release” for 4 years now! She has single –handedly contributed to decreasing the number of unwanted animals in Solano and Contra Costa County! Good Job Karen!!!
In her limited free time, she loves crafts such as needlepoint, cross stitch, knitting and crocheting. She is also a member of Diablo Buckskinners, which promotes and preserves the history of the sport of Black Powder Shooting. Karen has been married for 25 years; her husband served our country for 20 years in the United States Air Force and now is retired. Their son has followed in his father’s footsteps and is now serving our country in the United States Air Force, stationed in Georgia. Her daughter is currently attending the Solano Community College. Her furry family of kitties (the ones that take up permanent residence of the home) are Snugglebug, 18 years old and Purrs A lot and Swiper both 4 years old!
Karen’s favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is the animals, of course. Medicine comes in a close second, because she is always learning, as new things are constantly being discovered to improve the lives of our pets and the bond we have with them. Consequently, she feels blessed to have been in the veterinary industry all of her adult life. She says she truly loves her job!!!
Robin Underwood, BSFront Office Manager
Robin has been with Sunset since January 2012, as a Pharmacy Assistant. Robin has worked at Starbucks, which has contributed greatly to her outstanding client service! Prior to that she had a career of being a wonderful mother to her two children and wife to her husband! She has a double major with a BS in Sociology and a BS in Social Work. Robin has really grown this year at Sunset, as she not only takes care of our patient’s pharmaceutical needs, but she also has taken on the task of ordering the food for our patients. She really has educated herself on the diets that we carry and the disease processes associated with them. She is our go-to person when it comes to educating our clients on nutrition for preventative health and treatment!
Robin also enjoys nutrition at home, as she loves to be a gourmet cook for her family! She is very much involved with her church and teaches Sunday school to the teens. Her most favorite leisurely pleasure is fishing on a boat with her husband, because she gets to relax and read a good book while her husband catches the fish! She has a special fascination with the Canadian culture and goes to Canada any chance she gets! Robin has a son, daughter and two furry family members; 'Chewie', the Shih Tzu and 'Marco', the Labrador.
She says her favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to watch the human-animal bond in action every day! Whether it is with the clients and their pets or with our staff and their patients!
Jasmina GrijalvaSupport Team Supervisor
Jasmina has been with Sunset since October 2013, as a veterinary assistant. She has 4 years experience in the industry and graduated from Carrington College, an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program with an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology. She plays an essential role in the practice by providing clients education and doctors assistance in the exam room.
Jasmina spends her free time playing her favorite sport softball, shopping, doing hair and makeup and most importantly she cherishes spending time with her furry friends. Her dogs are her life! She has a 4 year old Chihuahua named “Gucci”, a 1 year old German Shepherd named “Tru” and 3 year old Pomeranian named “Ozzy”.
Jasmina’s favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is everything! For the sake of the question, she would narrow it down to the fact that she loves to be a part of saving lives when it comes to critical emergencies that come in. It keeps her on her toes as she gets to problem-solve with the team in figuring out what is happening with the patient in the moment and being able to respond in a timely manner. In addition, she loves learning new things every day and gaining so much knowledge to be able to educate our clients to make their life better along with their furry family members. She says, “all-in-all, I love my job and how rewarding it is!”
Timathy PerezSupport Team Supervisor
Tim joined the Sunset team in June 2014, as a veterinary assistant with 10 years of experience in the industry! He has an extensive background in management in other trades and the veterinary industry. He is a natural leader with experience in general practice, emergency and critical care, and pet hospitality! Since Tim has started at Sunset, he has been a critical component to being able to offer our clients Emergency and Critical Care. He enjoys being involved in saving lives and easing our client’s anxiety when they are faced with an unexpected crisis.
Tim is not a homebody as he would prefer to be in the outdoors backpacking, mountain biking, and kayaking! Or anything outdoors! He never goes alone though, because he always has his furry companion, 'Dutch Alexander Super Pup', the Border Collie to share the fun!
The part of veterinary medicine that Tim enjoys the most is being able to experience the bond between the owners and their beloved companions!