Meet Our Staff
Dr. Jennifer Sweet,
Dr. Sweet graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and practiced for five years in various veterinary hospitals in nearby Fair Oaks before opening Blue Ravine Animal Hospital in Folsom in 2000.
Dr. Sweet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from UC Davis and completed graduate studies at California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. She specializes in small pet animals.
Dr. Sweet is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, AAHA, and SVVMA and is the proud owner of a Saluki, two City of Folsom shelter cats, and many tropical fish. Dr. Sweet and her husband, Greg, have two beautiful children, a daughter, Madeline Grace, who was born on their 10th wedding anniversary and a son, Nathaniel James. She enjoys gardening, playing with her children and dog, cooking, and designing birthday cakes.
Dr. Jackie Thomas,
Dr. Thomas graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After graduation, she worked at hospitals in Stockton and Fair Oaks. She joined Blue Ravine Animal Hospital in March 2007.
Dr. Thomas is originally from the Pacific Northwest and holds Bachelors degrees in both oceanography and zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, and SVVMA.
Dr. Thomas lives in Folsom with her two dogs and cat, all of whom “just came home for one night” and never left. She and her husband, Dave, are the proud parents of a fabulous son named Eric. She enjoys cooking, traveling, painting, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Christina Riffle-Yokoi,
Dr. Yokoi grew up in Gold River and knew from a very young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She was a volunteer at Blue Ravine Animal Hospital for six years prior to graduating from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine. Her primary interests are in dogs and cats, and she has a particular soft spot for senior pets.
Dr. Yokoi is a member of the AVMA, CVMA and AAHA. She has a West Highland White Terrier, Daisy (named after Daisy Duck) and a former City of Folsom senior rescue dog, Ernest. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include playing soccer and racquetball, traveling, and enjoying good food.
Dr. Katherine Wolf,
Dr. Katie Wolf is a graduate of UC Davis and was a registered veterinary technician for 10+ years prior to completing vet school. Dr. Katie Wolf holds a BS degree in Biology/Zoology from San Francisco State University and completed coursework for her Masters degree in Biology/Genetics at CSU, Dominguez Hills.
Dr. Wolf previously worked at Blue Ravine Animal Hospital for over 2 years before heading overseas for a year to work in Thailand, Laos, and Nepal with nonprofit groups to address rabies and street dog population control. She is very excited to be back in general practice, reconnecting with old patients and meeting new ones!
Her veterinary interests include the special needs of brachycephalic breeds such as bulldogs, working with rescue groups, ophthalmology, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and the concept of One Health (where animal, human, and environmental health intersect).
Dr. Wolf is originally from Pennsylvania but has called 6 US states, Hong Kong, and Japan home over the years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, satisfying her wanderlust by traveling to obscure corners of the world, street dog medicine, international veterinary volunteer work, yoga, and asian cooking. She is a bulldog enthusiast and is the proud owner of an English bulldog named Coco and an American bullnese named Bodhi.
Dr. Michelle Rivera,
Dr. Rivera graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Immediately after school she and her husband moved to Orangevale to be closer to her mother. Dr. Rivera practiced at various veterinary hospitals in the Sacramento area before joining Blue Ravine Animal Hospital in November 2015.
Dr. Rivera is originally from Bellflower California and holds a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, and SVVMA.
Dr. Rivera lives with her husband and their many furry, feathered, and scaly children. They are not yet blessed with human children so they have overcompensated with the non-human version. She enjoys spending time with her various pets, family, and friends.
Patti has been working as the head receptionist and office manager at Blue Ravine Animal Hospital since its opening. Patti also has more than 15 years of experience as a veterinary technician.
Patti has bred and shown bulldogs for more than 20 years, and she heads the Northern California Bulldog Rescue program. She helps place more than 100 rescued bulldogs (French and English) each year.
Patti is the proud owner of a ranchette, and her animals include cows, sheep, pot belly pigs, cats, and several bulldogs.
RVT, Practice Manager
Katie graduated from UC Davis with a BS in biological sciences. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1997. She has been with Blue Ravine Animal Hospital since 2003 after moving from the Bay Area with her husband.
Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and family of 3 children, 5 kitties (Miss Meere, Baby Bioux, Mr. Mansip, Myrna-Myrna, and Isyoubeebee), 2 dogs (Niobe and Jewel), fish, and a multitude of frogs residing in her pond! She also enjoys gardening, singing, oil painting, and following the SF Giants and SJ Sharks.
Customer Service Representatives
Ann has lived in Sacramento since 2011, having moved from Southern California, where she lived for 13 years. Originally from Newport News, Virginia, she has lived on the east coast and in Germany and Los Angeles. She has worked as a veterinary receptionist since 2007, both in an animal emergency hospital and in a day practice.
Ann is married to her husband, Chuck, and has two children. David graduated from UC Riverside, and Mary is an honor student who loves animals and rocks. They have several pets, including four cats, one bunny, two fish, and the newest addition to the family, Hayley, a small dog who they recently adopted. Most evenings, all pets can be found snuggling together on the couch. The family also likes to spend time together hiking, camping, quad riding, and antiquing.
Kathy is a Sacramento native, but has lived in Illinois, North & South Carolina, Southern California and the UK. She is a former small business owner who used her customer service skills to grow a new startup which became a leading company in the printing industry. She also worked as Operations Manager and Customer Service Manager at a local pet kennel for six years.
Kathy is married to her husband Bernard and they have a son, two cats, and a Wirehaired Dachshund, “Upsi von Hackelbusch”, who they adopted from Germany in 2001. Kathy’s hobbies are doing craft projects and spending time with any and all animals, including her husband.
Michelle joined Blue Ravine Animal Hospital in 2010. She has been a lifelong animal lover. She and her husband moved to the Sacramento area from Sonoma County about 10 years ago. They share their home with an array of four-legged friends. She has been a volunteer with Northern California Bulldog Rescue for several years and is also involved with her local and national bulldog club.
Natascha is very excited to be part of our team! She looks forward to gaining knowledge in veterinary medicine and to build a career in this field. Natascha grew up in Germany in a sweet town surrounded by farmland - animals have always been a big part of her life. Growing up, she always had pets from zebra finches, turtles, fish, and hamsters to dogs and cats. Animals and their well being are her life. She has a Russian Blue rescue cat, Nino, who is her best friend - she would do anything for him! He even travels to Germany when she visits!
In Germany, she worked as an esthetician for about 9 years. She moved to the US in 2008 and lived in the beautiful state of Montana before moving to San Jose, CA in August 2010. She moved to Folsom in August 2012. She is also a fitness enthusiast and lives a very healthy and active lifestyle. In her spare time, she loves to squeeze in an extra workout, read about and try new vegan recipes, go for a bike ride, watch a good movie and spend time with Nino and other animals.
Tricia has been working in the veterinary field as a receptionist for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, she first started working as a receptionist for a veterinarian in 1988 before moving to Sacramento in 1989.
She met her husband, Eric, in Sacramento, and has three children. At the current time, her other children include her three kitties: Pippers, Rudy Jones, and Oliver Jones - all of which think they are a lion! She plans on continuing her work in this field helping our clients with the care of their pets.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Registered Veterinary Technician
Alison has been working in the veterinary field since 1998. Ever since she was a little girl she wanted a career with animals. At the age of 9 years old, Alison also fell in love with the sport of Dog Agility. She started competing with her miniature dachshunds while in 4-H and then graduated to Jack Russell Terriers and she has been addicted to the sport ever since. In 2004, Alison obtained her Veterinary Technician License from Western Career College. Alison continues her education whenever she can, especially in her favorite interests of veterinary dentistry and animal training & behavior.
Alison recently moved back to her hometown of Placerville with her family where she spends most of her time training her dogs. She enjoys gardening, making homemade dog biscuits, and sitting reading a book with her black cat, Salem. Alison could also spend her entire day training her two dogs Tru, a Shetland Sheepdog, and Blink, a Border Collie, in dog agility.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Andrea has worked in the veterinary field since 1999. She graduated from Cosumnes River College in 2007 with her AS in veterinary technology. For as long as she can remember, Andrea has always had a strong gravitation toward animals of all kinds. Growing up, she raised a multitude of sheep and later won Grand Champion in FFA.
She loves to travel and stay at the beach, where every tide pool and overturned rock is a new and exciting discovery. Andrea enjoys being outdoors, gardening in the sunshine, and spending time with her husband. She has two cats, Summer and Casper, a tortoise, fish, and chickens.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Brianne has been working in the veterinary field since 1997. Since she was a little girl, Brianne had always wanted to work with animals. As a teenager she volunteered with Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue. In 2010, she obtained her license to become a Registered Veterinary Technician and continues to further her education in the veterinary field.
Brianne recently moved back to her hometown of Shingle Springs with her family. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and four-legged family members. Brianne has three rescue cats: Foxy, Pete, and Frank; and a Golden Retriever named Cleo. Brianne loves that her job is always exciting and enjoys caring for all animals.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Animals have always played a huge part in Jacquie's life. She grew up with both dogs and cats. In her teenage years she got into horseback riding and training, making it clear that animals were a necessity in her life. After that realization she attended Carrington College and graduated in March 2017. Soon afterward, she became a Registered Veterinary Technician.
At home Jacquie has two cats, Athena and Zeus, and one horse, Penny. When she's not at work she's training her horse in both dressage and on the trail, with goals of competing in endurance horseback riding. The ultimate goal for her will be competing in the Tevis Cup with her mare Penny.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Jolene has been working in the veterinary field since 2008. She graduated from Foothill College in 2011 with an AS in Veterinary Technology. In 2014, she obtained her license to become a Registered Veterinary Technician and continues to further her education in the veterinary field. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also has two dogs, Ruby and Mochi, both who are rescues.
Jacqui, also known as Jax, has been in the veterinary field since 2001. Her experience with animals, however, started at a much younger age. As a little girl, she would bring home lost or stray animals, care for them, and then try finding them homes.
Jax enjoys spending time with her husband and fur kids. Jax has three dogs, Phoenix, Envy, and Lexi, along with three rescue cats, One-Eyed Willie, Drake, and Ninja Fury. In her free time, she enjoys camping, riding horses, road trips, cooking, and spending time with furry friends through pet sitting.
April has been in the veterinary field since 2007. April knew from a young age that her place was to help animals and to this day she strives her best to do just that. April is in the process of finishing her veterinary degree. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and their four legged family member "Autumn the Pitbull". In her spare time, she enjoys photography, 5K runs, and being a mom.
Chris joined our hospital in early 2015. He graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Science in Animal Science. He has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since he was in 4th grade and is now finally on the last leg of making that dream into reality.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his church friends, playing with his cat Arina, and all things music, whether it be listening to music, playing a myriad of different instruments, or singing (you may even catch him singing once in a while in the hospital!).
Exam Room Supervisor/Veterinary Assistant
Kayla has only ever had animal-related jobs. Previously she worked as a groomer for 2-1/2 years, in animal retail for one year, and began working in the veterinary field in January 2010. Kayla plans on furthering her education and becoming a registered veterinary technician.
She currently has two fur-babies: Layla, an English bulldog, and Smudge, a Snowshoe. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, amusement parks, camping, and anything to do with the water.
Rashmin has been in the veterinary field since 2014. She graduated from University of California Davis as an Animal Biology major in 2014. She always knew she wanted to become a veterinarian and is currently working her way toward that goal. Her family members would always call her the "Animal Whisperer" because many lost animals seem to find her when in need of help!
In her spare time, Rashmin loves to be around and cuddle her furry friends and also experiments in Makeup Design.
Misty has been grooming dogs and cats for more than 25 years. She previously owned her own grooming shop in Fair Oaks.
Currently, Misty is spending extra time riding horses, enjoying her many cats and dogs, and volunteering with the Folsom Lake Mounted Trail Unit. When not showing dogs or riding horses, Misty spends time quilting or camping.
Bela has loved caring for all animals for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with training in 2015 after training her own dog "Princess". She later became an AKC Certified Dog Trainer to further her understanding of dogs and the way they think and act. After two long years of training she was ready for the next step and decided to join the amazing staff here at Blue Ravine Animal Hospital. She loves teaching our rescue dogs basic commands and caring for them as if they were her own.
Savannah was born and raised in Sacramento. She joined us in January 2017 as a kennel assistant. She has a burning passion to help and rescue animals and would always bring them home as a child. She currently lives with her boyfriend, Anthony, and their fur babies: Maui the joyful pitbull/boxer mix and two very spunky orange cats named Brother and Keanu. In her free time she enjoys going on nature adventures and hiking with Anthony and Maui. She plans on becoming an amazing vet tech at Blue Ravine Animal Hospital!