Meet the Caring and Compassionate People of Story Road Animal Hospital
As with most things in life, it’s the people who make the difference – and it’s the people who matter most. Thanks to our incredibly loyal clients who refer friends, family, coworkers and neighbors, our hospital continues to grow. We are eternally grateful. We couldn’t do it without you.
And we couldn’t do it without our dedicated staff – many of whom have worked here for several years. When you bring your pets to our animal hospital, you’ll feel a warmth and familiarity that is hard to find in these days of big-box corporate veterinary medicine. Please stop by to meet our staff…our family. We’d be delighted to see you!
Meet Our Veterinarian
Ronald Weiner, DVM
Dr. Weiner grew up in a lower income area of Los Angeles. He understands the financial challenges and is committed to serving all pet owners in our Latino and Little Saigon communities of South San Jose.
He has been working for 30+ years as a small animal veterinarian and practice owner in Santa Clara County. He studied at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and interned at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital spending three years working under various specialists. He is a longtime supporter of the local Bill Wilson Center, and has sponsored dozens of students through his own work/study programs at Story Road Animal Hospital.
When not working at the animal hospital, he enjoys hiking and cycling. He travels frequently to Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita. He lives with his wife, Deborah, and their German Shepard, Maggie.
In his own words:
“Working at Story Road Animal Hospital represents the fulfillment of a desire I have to give back to the community we serve. This veterinary hospital is somewhat unique in the valley, as our prices are significantly lower than other veterinary clinics in South San Jose and our staff proudly represents the community in their heritage, lifestyle and language. It has been an honor to serve the pet owners in this community and to carry out the values that were initiated by Dr. Hoisen, the original owner. I’d like to personally welcome you to stop by our neighborhood hospital anytime during open hours. We’d be delighted to meet you.”
Meet Our Staff
In her own words:
“In this type of work environment, there are times that I feel very vulnerable, but then those feelings are compensated when I get to watch the patients going home for good. It’s a great feeling – that we were able to make a difference.”
“I feel fantastic when I go out into the lobby and people smile when they see me – recognize me, and vice versa. It’s very special to work in a place where people are always telling us how great and fantastic we are.”
Esmeralda was born in California and grew up between California and Mexico. Her dad has a huge farm with lots of animals where she learned to love them all. She has been working at Story Road Animal Hospital since 2006. She has a warm and wonderful way with our clients and their pets. She loves to go out into the lobby and chat with the clients to make sure they feel as welcome in our hospital as they would in her home.
In her own words:
“Being surrounded by animals while growing up, and now in my career, is the best experience…ever. I figure if I were a client, I would like someone to gently handle and truly care for my pets the way they are cared for here at Story Road Animal Hospital. Since I’ve been working here for over nine years, I’ve had the opportunity to build long term relationships with many of our clients. Clients place trust and confidence in me every time they bring in their pets. This is so important to me. I will never take it for granted.”
Mariana started volunteering at Story Road Animal Hospital in 2006. She was hired as our receptionist in December 2009. She was born in South San Jose and has lived on the east side of San Jose her entire life. She has two dogs of her own, a Labrador Retriever named Maya, and an Australian Cattle Dog named Taco.
She is currently a full-time student at both Evergreen Valley College and San Jose City College. She would like to transfer to San Jose State University in the spring of 2016 pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. During her free time, she dances with an Aztec dance group named Movimiento Cultural Anahuac here in San Jose.
Meet Our Alliance Partners
Bill Rivers, DVM, PhD, ACVR
American College of Veterinary Medicine Board Certified Veterinary Radiology Specialist
We are so fortunate to have Dr. Bill Rivers as our consulting radiologist. His expertise in veterinary radiology (x-rays) is an integral component of our diagnostic protocol. The best treatment plan begins with the correct diagnosis. Reading, interpreting, and making an accurate diagnosis from radio-graphs is an art and science. And lucky for us, for you, and your pets, Dr. Rivers is one of the best.
Dr. Rivers attended veterinary school as the oldest of five children – and the first in his family to ever attend college. He did so with the assistance of federal education loans. After graduating from UC Davis Veterinary School in 1984, he completed a rotating internship with Dr. Steven Ettinger in Los Angeles the following year. He then returned to the bay area and practiced general small animal and emergency medicine for the next seven years before completing his training in radiology with a clinical research degree at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. He then spent a year as visiting instructor at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by another year in a specialty practice in Dallas, Texas. He now resides in the bay area offering professional services through his mobile radiology consulting practice.
Michael Moore, DVM
Continuing with our goal to be the most flexible and accommodating animal hospital, we’ve recently partnered with several individual veterinary specialists. Please click through and take a moment to meet Dr. Michael Moore – with Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists.
Ravi Dhaliwal, DVM
Continuing with our goal to be the most flexible and accommodating animal hospital, we’ve recently partnered with several individual veterinary specialists. Please take a moment to meet Dr. Ravi Dhaliwal – Board Certified Oncologist with Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists. Please click through and meet Dr. Dhaliwal.
Randall Fitch, DVM
Dr. Randall Fitch received his DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. After graduation, Dr. Fitch completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Washington State University, followed by a three-year small animal surgery residency at Auburn University. He was retained as a research fellow for Scott-Ritchey Research Center before becoming an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedics at Louisiana State University, where he served for four years.
Dr. Fitch went on to accept a faculty position at Colorado State University before entering private practice in 2003. During his academic tenure, he received multiple teaching and research awards in small animal orthopedic surgery. Dr. Fitch is the current President of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association and is recognized as a leader in advancing the understanding and treatment of orthopedic and sports medicine conditions.
The author of numerous scientific articles, Dr. Fitch continues to lecture nationally and internationally on topics related to sports medicine, the canine stifle (knee), juvenile bone and joint diseases, arthroscopic diagnosis and treatment, muscle and tendon injury, shoulder instability, hip dysplasia, pelvic injury, angular limb deformities, intervertebral disk disease, and fracture fixation.
Areas of Specialty: Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Emergency Surgery