El Dorado Hills CA Veterinarian Dr. Ken Pawlowski


Ken Pawlowski, DVM

Dr. Pawlowski’s mom was never quite sure what to expect as the next “pet” being brought home – be it a snake, lizard, frog, baby bird or even a tarantula! As a child he didn’t plan on becoming a veterinarian, but knew he wanted to work with animals, and planned to become a zoologist. After high school he attended Moorpark College and earned a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management where he worked with a wide variety of animals including an olive baboon named Rosie, numerous other primates, a camel, a bison, a mountain lion, numerous parrots and an adorable California ground squirrel that gave the cutest kisses! After Moorpark he went to San Diego where he trained sea lions and dolphins for the U.S. Navy.
While at Moorpark College and on the Naval base Dr. Pawlowski met a number of veterinarians who influenced his decision to pursue veterinary medicine. He moved to Sacramento to complete his undergraduate studies at CSU, Sacramento earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Conservation and a multidisciplinary Certificate in Resource Management. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from CSUS, he was accepted to the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Pawlowski graduated from U.C. Davis in 1996 and began working for Banfield in South Sacramento. After 6 years, he and wife, Kristi, opened their first Banfield Charter Hospital in Folsom, and five years later open their second one in Lincoln. In 2016 they sold their hospitals back to Banfield and Dr. Pawlowski took some time off to pursue his love of fishing.
In addition to treating dogs and cats, Dr. Pawlowski enjoys seeing and treating all types of exotic animals including birds, rabbits, rodents (guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas, hamsters and mice), reptiles (snakes, bearded dragons, iguanas, geckos and other lizards), amphibians, sugar gliders and just about anything a client wants to bring in.
Dr. Pawlowski also has a passion for organized veterinary medicine and is a Past-President of the California Veterinary Medical Association as well as the local Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association, and was Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Political Action Committee.
Dr. Pawlowski loves traveling with Kristi as well as exploring new restaurants and going to the theater. He enjoys running with his dog, Rowlf – mainly because it gets out some of his (Rowlf’s) energy! He also loves SCUBA diving and all kinds of fishing, but especially sportfishing and he is a severe chocoholic!


Kerstin Amend, DVM

Dr. Amend knew from a young age she wanted to be a veterinarian and could regularly be found bringing home injured wildlife to nurse back to health. After finishing high school in the Florida panhandle, she moved to Gainesville, Florida to pursue her bachelor’s in Animal Science with a focus on Animal Biology at the University of Florida. Go Gators! During her time in undergrad she continued caring for wildlife while interning and volunteering with the wildlife rehabilitation center. After finishing her bachelor’s, Dr. Amend returned home and spent two years as a veterinary technician and continued her work with the wildlife rehabilitation center. She then moved to Manhattan, Kansas to attend Kansas State University for her veterinary education. She initially planned to pursue a career in wildlife and zoologic medicine, however, found a passion for exotic animal medicine after spending a summer at an all companion exotics practice in New Orleans. This is ultimately what lead her into private practice. Upon graduation from veterinary school in 2017, Dr. Amend moved to the Sacramento area to begin practicing. For the past 3 years she has been working extensively with companion exotics and can’t wait to continue offering these often-forgotten pets excellent care! In addition to companion exotics, Dr. Amend’s passions include lifelong preventative care and end of life palliative care.


Dr. Amend has two critters of her own, a female orange tabby named Scarlet and a female German Shepherd named Leala- the best adventure buddy one could ask for!

Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Amend is an outdoor enthusiast and can be found spending her free time enjoying all the nature the area has to offer with her four-legged companion. Her interests include; hiking, camping, SUP, beachcombing, tide pool exploring, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. She is also an avid soccer player and can be found playing in several leagues around the area. Dr. Amend also enjoys traveling with friends across the country as often as their busy schedules allow.


Gloria Frazier, DVM

Dr. Frazier is one of our General Practitioners.  She was raised on O’ahu, but has lived in California for the last 18 years.  She earned her bachelor’s in Veterinary Science from UC Davis and graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She joined corporate small animal practice with Dr. Pawlowski and Kristi as a new graduate and we’re excited to work with her once more in private practice!


Dr. Frazier’s passion lies in fortifying and nurturing the human-animal bond, specifically with dogs and cats.  She understands that her role is to help families navigate and optimize their pets’ health, from the formative years of youth and throughout their entire lifetime, via good veterinary preventative care, nutrition, husbandry, and socialization. 


Dr. Frazier’s most important title in life is, “Mom.” She and her partner have two children, William & Ava. Her family also includes a sassy cat named Ninja, a happy-go-lucky American Staffordshire Terrier named Rosco P. Coltrane, and an attention-loving French
Bulldog named Boss Hogg.  In her free time, she’s with her family, hiking and gardening.


Amy Maskey, DVM

Dr. Maskey moved to California from Michigan in 2015. She drinks pop, not soda :). She received her BS and MS degrees from Northern Michigan University, and her DVM from Michigan State University. After graduation, she completed an internship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery in south Florida and has worked with all kinds of animals, from tarantulas to monkeys. She has a special interest in avian medicine and surgery. She shares her life with a crazy Moluccan Cockatoo, a mellow Blue, and Gold Macaw, 4 wonderful cats, a European Legless Lizard, and a tank full of freshwater fish. She enjoys the outdoors, birdwatching, fishing, boating, and the California sun.



Katey Wahlen, DVM

Three-year-old Katey told her father “she wanted to take care of the animals.”

From the age of 17 Dr. Wahlen has worked every job in the veterinary world from dog bather, receptionist to veterinary assistant. “I have a deep love and respect for my patients, clients, staff and the magic of what medicine can achieve.”

Born and raised in southern New Mexico, Dr. Wahlen received her BS in Biology from New Mexico State University.


During her undergraduate studies, she met a wildlife vet who offered her a dream opportunity… come to Belize and help establish the first wildlife veterinary hospital in the country. During her time in Belize with Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand, Dr. Wahlen helped the Peace Corp put on Spay and Neuter clinics, bottle fed orphaned manatees and rehabilitated parrots and monkeys. This experience solidified her love and resolve to pursue veterinary medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2017 with her clinical year completed at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wahlen then went on to complete a small animal surgery and medicine internship at the famed VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital where Animal Planet filmed the show “Emergency Vets” in Denver, CO.


Dr. Wahlen moved to the city of trees on a whim several years ago on the urging of friends. They claimed she would love it and they were right. She has done overnight emergency practice, been on call for emergency surgery and even managed a small local practice within the Sacramento area.


In her spare time, Dr. Wahlen, is usually trail running in the Sierra Nevadas with her German Shepherd Neeko and Australian Shepherd Ember, SUP or working out at her Crossfit gym. Her cat, Chile Pepper, came into her life as a patient. He was going to be euthanized after he shattered one of his front legs. After a 2am emergency surgery, he now lives with her as the boss of the house. When in the hospital, we refer to him as Dr. Pepper.


Kate Behnke, DVM

Dr. Behnke is thrilled to join the Insight Vet family! Originally from the Bay Area, Dr. Behnke spent her high school years fostering kittens from the local SPCA. She raised dozens of kittens ranging from bottle babies to mamas with their litter of kittens. After graduating from high school, she moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University. She was involved in a jazz ensemble as the vocalist and was passionate about her a cappella group, Green Envy. She was also very active in the local SPCA and got her start as a veterinary clinic volunteer where her foundation in veterinary medicine was built. She also spent one spring break in Nicaragua on a spay and neuter campaign with World Vets.

Dr. Behnke attended Ross University for her veterinary degree. She was the fundraising chair and was active in the emergency club. She attended Auburn University for her clinical year, where her passion for emergency medicine blossomed. Dr. Behnke completed a rigorous year-long internship with emergency emphasis at California Veterinary Specialists in Southern California.

Since the completion of her veterinary training, Dr. Behnke has worked at several specialty referral centers providing emergency care throughout California. She also dipped her foot into general practice prior to coming to IVWC to be able to provide clients and their pets a more well-rounded approach for their emergency visits.

Dr. Behnke lives in Sacramento with her partner Rob, who is a dentist. They live with their three cats, Nola, Mila and Evy. In her time off, Dr Behnke can be found traveling the world, biking the river trail, or exploring California’s food and wine culture.




Dr. Morey graduated from UC Davis in 1992 after which she pursued a rotating small animal medical and surgical internship followed by a specialty internship and then a residency in emergency medicine and critical care. She has dedicated her career to working in a variety of emergency and specialty practices. She is excited to be able to add her years of experience to the team at Insight.
Dr. Morey has a special interest in helping the very sickest of patients with critical care medicine and emergency surgery. In her spare time she enjoys long-distance cycling, running, walking her dogs Speck and Clover (providing comedic “relief” in the photo), and cooking, reading, and binging Netflix shows.


Dr. Deanna Chung
When Dr. Chung was young, she pet-sat her friends’ hamsters over every school holiday. She eagerly made Lego mazes and toilet paper tunnels for the hamsters to play. It did not matter that they defecated all over her carpet – they captivated Dr. Chung and sparked her passion to create a world of fun toys and games for pets.
After adopting some parakeets, she transformed a corner of her living room into a jungle of sticks, paper, and string that greatly entertained her birds and herself. While she watched her parakeets play, Dr. Chung wondered about the safety profiles and toxicities of the sticks and paper dyes used for the toys. This experience birthed her interest in veterinary medicine.
Her love of birds and science carried over to UCLA where she spent 4 years studying bird, reptile, and amphibian behavior and ecology. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology, a minor in conservation, and two published papers. During her studies, she applied to be a kennel attendant and veterinary assistant at a private practice in Beverly Hills, which solidified her desire to become a veterinarian. She later earned her DVM from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
She is grateful to have achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian, a profession which allows her to advocate for animal health and make a difference in human lives at the same time. Her journey has strengthened her passion in medicine and her love for working with cats, dogs, and exotics.
Dr. Chung also enjoys taking on leadership roles. She spearheaded the growth of a lion dance team while at UCLA. At UC Davis, she was president of the Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club and was an officer of the PRIDE and Wildlife and Aquatic Animal clubs. She also fostered many cats and managed to consecutively adopt out eight adult cats in a single year. In addition, her other hobbies include birdwatching, herping, backpacking, swimming, listening to music, cooking, constructing catios, and cuddling with her purr baby, Georgi.


Dr. Leslie Silva
Dr Leslie Silva grew up in the Bay Area (Burlingame) where she studied microbiology at SFSU and attended Veterinary school at Washington State graduating in 2002. After graduation, she joined a 24-hour Emergency Clinic in Elk Grove and now joins us as an urgent care/day practice doctor. In addition to wellness, she’s also certified with International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Her passion is to optimize wellness and help pets live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Dr. Silva has special interests which include senior care, soft tissue surgery and chiropractic.
During her time away from work, Dr. Silva enjoys international travels that involve animal conservation and anything on a river.


Dr. Sawsan Overton
In the words of Mark Twain- “ Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. Dr. Overton is beyond grateful for the path that brought her to IVWC. “I am surrounded by an amazing, empathetic, hard-working, animal-loving staff every day. I get to be there for the animals. I get to be there for their family during a stressful vulnerable time and help them through it. It combines three things that I love most- animals, healing, and human connections”.
Dr. Overton’s participated in her first veterinary procedure when she was 10 years old, when she helped restrain her neighborhood cat for a veterinarian to clean an abscess. That was when she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. An encounter of a surgery team recovering a horse while leaving one of her veterinary classes at school set her up for her first career path. She spent the first 15 years of her career working to become a horse surgeon. She graduated from University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest Hungary in 2002. She moved to Belgium to train at the University of Liege then to Ontario Veterinary College in Canada. And finally, the University of California in Davis where she completed a surgical residency in equine surgery. It was during her time at UC Davis that her mind started wandering towards small animal emergency and surgery. She took the plunge and changed paths in 2012 and never looked back. She completed a rotating internship with an emergency emphasis at a the Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center. She worked at a 24 hour emergency clinic at Elk Grove shortly after and now joins IVWC as an emergency doctor.
She lives in Davis with her husband who is a WildLife Biologist, her five year old daughter, their Wire-Haired VIzsla and a Birman cat who joins their neighborhood walks. She can be found with her family camping, hiking, or on her own reading a book on how to be a better human being.