Veterinarians

Veterinarians

El Dorado Hills CA Veterinarian Dr. Ken Pawlowski

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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!

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Nicole McFarlane, DVM

Dr. Nicole McFarlane graduated from UC Davis veterinary school in 2007. She went into private practice after graduation and has worked in a variety of hospitals in the greater Sacramento area, including several specialty and emergency hospitals, as well as small animal general practice. Her veterinary interest includes emergency medicine, surgery, rehabilitation medicine, and preventative care. 



When not treating our furry family members Dr. McFarlane enjoys hiking, cycling, training, and reading, and of course spending time with her husband and 2 pit bulls, Cleo and Marcus.

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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.

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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.

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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.