Ken Pawlowski, DVM
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.
DEB MOREY, DVM, DACVECC