Primary Care Veterinarians

Meet our Primary Care Team

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.



Dr. Catching is very excited to be joining the team at Insight Veterinary Wellness Center. She has over 16 years of small animal practice experience. Ever since she was 12 years old, she knew she wanted to be a vet and care for baby animals. She grew up in Elk Grove and spent a lot of time in El Dorado Hills over the years visiting family friends (and the growth seen in both cities has been remarkable over the past 35 years). After graduating from Elk Grove High School, she attended UC San Diego with a major in General Biology. She then completed her veterinary degree at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduating she completed a yearlong internship at a specialty and emergency clinic in the Bay Area. She then went on to practice at a very busy emergency and general practice hospital in Elk Grove for 14 years and more recently at a clinic in Sacramento.


Her special interests include preventative care, geriatric care, dermatology, nutrition, therapeutic LASER, and practicing low stress handling. Dr. Catching is Fear Free Level 3 Certified. She especially loves puppy kisses. She has a super mutt named Rosie and a little rabbit named Scout. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, camping, visiting wineries, eating good cheese, gardening, and spending time.



Deanna Chung, DVM

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.


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.


Ashley Nola, DVM
The first word Dr. Nola ever spoke was “kitty” and she has been passionate about all animals ever since. Admittedly, she has a soft spot for cats and has fostered countless litters of orphan kittens over the years.
She attended college at UC Davis with a major in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. During that time, she worked as an ICU technician at the veterinary school’s equine hospital and as a research assistant in the J.D. Wheat Orthopedic laboratory. She then attended veterinary school at UC Davis where she took an active role in student leadership. After school, she worked at a busy emergency and general practice in Elk Grove before coming here to Insight – where she is very excited to be joining the team!
Dr. Nola believes it is important to give back to the community. She feels fortunate to have been trained in veterinary emergency response and has volunteered her time at the Napa, Paradise, and most recently Caldor fire evacuation sites. She is also a member of the board for the local Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association.
In her free time, Dr. Nola can be found riding her horse Jett, backpacking in the Sierras, and enjoying good food with friends. She lives in Midtown Sacramento with her partner George and their two pets – a Boxer/Pitbull mix named Chuck and a big fluffy cat named Remy.


Leslie Silva, DVM

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.