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6610 Mother Lode Dr. Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 622-3943

Heather Carmody, DVM

Years in Practice: 11

Education:  UC Davis

Heather grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, where her family still lives. She attended veterinary school at UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 2005. She fell lin love with Northern California, decided to stay and joined Placerville Veterinary Clinic immediately after her graduation. In 2010, she became a partner in the practice and full owner in 2014.  She has a special interest in cats, but loves dogs as well. She has a German Shepherd Dog named Kaiser.  Becoming a Veterinarian was Heather's childhood dream, and she is thrilled to have found a career she feels so passionate about.  In her free time she enjoys running, yoga and gardening.

 wharton.pngJohn Smouter, DVM

Years In Practice: 3

Education:  Ontario Veterinary School

Dr. John was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology before heading to the Ontario Veterinary College to pursue his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. John graduated in 2013 and relocated to Northern California with his wife and started working at Placerville Veterinary Clinic. He has special interests in many areas of small animal general practice including dermatology, preventative medicine and diagnostic imaging. Dr. John shares his home with a young Border Collie cross named Hugo and has a barn cat named Casper. Dr John spends his free time hiking, golfing, playing hockey and enjoying the beautiful California weather. 

Dr. Barbara Otrubova

Dr. Barbara Otrubova is a 2006 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York.  She obtained her BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.   Dr. Barbara was born in the Czech Republic and her family immigrated to the United States when she was two years old.   She grew up in the Central Valley of California and after graduating from veterinary school, moved back to California to pursue a career as a small animal general practitioner.  She has a passion for internal medicine and surgery with a special interest in felines.  In her free time Dr. Barbara enjoys being a new mother, gardening, making all types of pickles,  and hiking the Sierras with her husband and her two Scottie dogs Reese and Ralphie.


Alyssa Franzen, RVT, Supervisor

Years in Practice: 6

Alyssa originally joined Placerville Vet in 2007. She left in 2009 to attend Colorado Mountain College's Veterinary Technician program. She graduated in May of 2012 with her Associate of Science Degree. Soon after  she became a Registered Veterinary Technician and came back to  Placerville Veterinary Clinic  She shares her home with her husband Michael, their son Isaiah, and 3 pets Covey, Riggs and June. In their spare time they like to travel, go to baseball games and spend time with family.

Jessica Varozza,  RVT

Years in Practice: 2

Jessica joined us in January of 2015.  Born and raised in Shingle Springs, Jessica has been an animal lover all of her life. A member of FFA, she raised and showed sheep for four years while in high school. She recently graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Consumnes River College . Jessica lives in Placerville where she shares her home with her two dogs Ruger and Ellie, cat Loki and her husband Jake.  In her free time she enjoys camping, horseback riding and working around her home.

Cheyenne Miller,  RVT

Years in Practice: 1

Cheyenne, our third RVT,  joined us in June of 2015. Having been raised in Latrobe for most of her life, she attended Oak Ridge High School. She then continued on to both Folsom Lake and Consumnes River College where she graduated with an AS in Veterinary Technology and became an RVT later that summer. Cheyenne has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember and has worked with a variety of them. She is recently married to her husband Taylor and they share their home with their cat Blue and dog Smokey.


Leslie Ervin,  Office Manager

Years in Practice: 15

Leslie joined Placerville Vet in 2001 as a receptionist and became our office manager in 2007 and loves being in the Veterinary Field. A self proclaimed "sports junkie", she follows baseball, hockey and football on a regular basis. Her favorite teams are of course, are the San Francisco Giants, the San Jose Sharks and the San Francisco 49ers.  When not working or watching sports she loves to travel, cook, wine taste, read, hike, paddleboard and of course, spend time with her family. She and her husband Garth, live close to the office and have a teenage son at home and two grown daughters that live in the area.  Her pet family includes 5 cats (one that is named after her favorite hockey player), and 2 dogs that she adopted from the San Francisco SPCA. 


Donna Mellor,   Veterinary Assistant

Years in Practice: 22

Donna has worked for Placerville Vet as a veterinary assistant since 1995.  She loves working with animals and could not imagine doing any other job.  She has 1 spoiled cat, Henry, and her husband, Jason, at home.  She loves boating, camping and geo-caching with her family.

barnard.pngYukiko Barnard,  Veterinary Assistant

Years in Practice: 13

Yukiko came here from Japan in 1999 and started working with us at Placerville Vet as a veterinary assistant in 2003.  She loves California, especially Placerville after growing up in a very crowded city just outside Tokyo.  She lives with her husband, Tom, 3 dogs - Rocky, Lucy and Charlie and cat - Chibi.  In her free time she enjoys skiing and hiking.

Cassie Craven,  Lead Customer Service Representative

Years in Practice: 2

Cassie joined the Placerville Veterinary Clinic’s crew in November of 2014. She is originally from Nevada City and moved to Chico in 2004. She graduated in 2008 from Chico State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After graduation she moved to Washington and worked at a child development center as a Child, Youth and Program Assistant.  In early 2014, she moved from Nevada City to Placerville where she lives with boyfriend Cason and dog Jixer. They love to take Jixer to the river in summer along with playing hide and seek with him in their backyard.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening going on walks and spending time with family.

Jana Rua,  Customer Service Representative

Years in Practice: 2

Jana joined our team in January of 2015. She was born and raised in Portola, Ca in beautiful Plumas County. After graduating high school she moved to Chico where she attended Butte College. In 1995 she moved to Sacramento for better career opportunities. She later met her husband Leon and they moved to Placerville shortly after. She and Leon have a beautiful daughter Zoey and a dachshund/terrier mix named Holly. In her free time Jana enjoys reading, crafts and traveling the US in their toy hauler in search of the perfect sand dunes.

 Lee Anne McDonald,  Customer Service Representative

Years in Practice: 1

Lee Anne joined the practice in February of 2016 as a receptionist.   Originally from outside of Boston, MA, she has called California home for over 20 years.  Lee Anne lives locally with her husband Greg, daughter Allison, a cranky 13 year old cat named Chipper and 2 dogs, Tbone and Venus.  Lee Anne loves sports, including her New England Patriots.  More so, she loves watching her daughter play basketball and volleyball.  When not attending a sporting events she can be found with her nose behind a book, playing cribbage or hanging out with her family at the river.


Sarah Schmidt,  Customer Service Representative

Sarah, who joined us in February of 2017 is the newest member of the Placerville Vet Clinic team. She was born and raised in Rescue where she grew up with dogs, cats and birds. She attended Folsom Lake College for a few years but then made a move up to Arcata California where she met her husband, and started a family. After having her son, they decided that Placerville was the ideal place to raise him and moved back to the area, where her parents live as well. Her two year old son is her pride and joy. Sarah enjoys traveling, camping, swimming and playing sports with her family. When she’s not at work you’ll usually find her outside exploring with her son learning about plants, bugs and animals. A science fanatic, she also like to spend time reading science blogs and magazines. Sarah’s also had a passion for the health field, which brought her to us, and she truly enjoys working alongside our wonderful patients.

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