Our Team

Our Veterinarians

Judith Vinson, DVM, MS

After receiving a bachelors and a master’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Vinson followed her husband’s work and transferred through three different colleges of veterinary medicine acquiring her DVM from Texas A & M University in 1990.

Her career has been equally peripatetic; with experience in mixed practice, wildlife rehabilitation, emergency medicine and ownership of a Texas practice that serviced primarily bird and exotic animals. With Vinson family ties in northern California, spousal retirement was followed by downsizing and a return to roots. One of the two Vinson sons’ came along for the ride and is finishing an engineering degree at Chico State. The other son remains in the Houston area with his family- including two beloved granddaughters.

Settling into Chico and joining the Erickson veterinary family, Dr. Vinson has enjoyed becoming a member of the community. Enslaved by two tuxedo cats and a basset hound, spare time is often spent with home/garden chores.

Allison McGann, BVMS (DVM)

Dr McGann is a Chico State alum who came back to town after attending veterinary school in Glasgow. She enjoys running, gardening, reading, and spending time with her husband and children. In her spare time, she loves exploring Bidwell with her two Australian Shepherds.

Gary Kitto, DVM

Dr. Kitto has been a long time Northern California resident. He moved to Paradise with his wife, Julie in October 2000 and was owner and Medical Director of Clark Road Animal Hospital. They have 3 chlidren, as well as several dogs, cats, birds, and fish. They have recently returned to Butte County after the devastating Camp Fire in 2018 and are excited to reconnect with friends.

Dr. Kitto has over 26 years of clinical experience in small animal medicine and surgery. he graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine 1993. He has practiced in Baltimore, MD; Yucaipa and Paradise, CA; and recently in Walla Wala, WA. His interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and preventive health care. At home he enjoys gardening, camping, golfing, being a busy dad, and taking care of all his four-legged family members.

Johanna Thompson, DVM

Bio coming soon!

Dr. Justin Uhl, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA


Dr. Justin Uhl graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 2002. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in comparative pathology with emphasis in bone biomechanics in 2008 and completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2010.

After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Uhl pursued a rotating internship followed by a surgery residency at the University of Minnesota. During his residency he served for two years as chief resident and sat on the medical review board at the hospital. He finished his residency in July of 2014 and worked in private practice in Sacramento before starting Summit Veterinary Surgery Service in May of 2018. Dr. Uhl is trained in orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue and minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Justin Uhl has multiple publications in bone plate research, bladder stone trends, temporal lobe epilepsy and osteosarcoma chemotherapy. He has also done research in the areas of interlocking nails and cranial cruciate ligament disease. He has spoken at many continuing education events and is a reviewer for the Veterinary Surgery journal and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. He sits on the ACVS continuing education committee. He is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and Veterinary Society of Surgical Onocology.

When not in the hospital Dr. Uhl enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy and daughters Haley and Madison. He also enjoys spending time running, biking, and swimming and has three dogs and one cat at home.

Lewis Brogan, DVM (retired)

Bio coming soon!

Registered Vet Technicians

Stephanie Roesner, RVT

Hospital Director

Stephanie is a mother of two wonderful sons, Liam & Talan. She loves boating & camping with her husband Robert & and boys. She has three dogs, Aerial, Lyd, and Star. She also loves the outdoors and traveling.

Beata Szilagyi, RVT

Beata has been with Erickson Veterinary Hospital since 2003. She provides thorough and compassionate care for each patient, and is an asset to the doctors and staff. Bea lives in Chico with her family. She enjoys traveling, cooking and coin collecting. She also loves taking care of her pet chinchilla and two dogs.

Veterinary Assistants

Ashley Lockwood

Ashley has been a veterinary assistant for 10 years. She is currently pursuing on getting her license to become an RVT. Ashley is from, Cherry Valley, a small town in southern California. She moved up to Chico a little over a year ago. Ashley has enjoyed helping and working with all types of animals. She enjoys horseback riding, reading, spending time outdoors, spending time with family and friends and hanging out with her 3 year old border collie mix named Trapper.

Eztibaliz Garcia

Eztibaliz has been a veterinary assistant for 5 years and is currently pursuing her license to become a RVT. She has an associate of science degree in veterinary technology from Carrington College. She’s from Williams but grew up in a small town called Maxwell. She is a mother of 2 beautiful kids, Lucia and Jaden. She has 2 dogs named Cookie and Hazel. Cookie is a doberman mix from the animal shelter and Hazel is a husky/pug mix which she had since 8 weeks old. She loves her job and enjoys helping animals. She also loves family time, drawing, cooking and spending time outdoors.

Maria Amundson

Bio coming soon!

Amy Silva

Amy has been in the veterinary field for 5 years now. The first 3 years she was a kennel assistant and then for the past 2 years she has been a veterinary assistant. Amy has always had a strong loving bond towards all animals and hopes to treat and heal them as a veterinarian in the future.

Client Care Specialists

Dawnelle Hartwig

Dawnelle started at Erickson Veterinary Hospital in May 2012 as part of the reception team. She enjoys interacting with clients and their furry friends. She lives in Chico with her husband and their three Chihuahuas: Frankie, Mable and Emma.

Brooke Hambek

Client care specialist

Brooke has always been passionate about animals since she was a child. She was born and raised in chico and started working at a vet hospital at age 18. She has a large variety of pets including a horse, cockatiel, rose hair tarantula, two dogs, and more. She also volunteers for the local wildlife rehabilitation center and has been rehabilitating and releasing injured and orphaned wildlife since 2012.

Jennifer Phillips

Client care specialist

Jenni just recently moved to Chico and has been a client care specialist for a few months now. She graduated from UC Davis with a major in Animal Science and has been working with animals for about 6 years. She is loving getting to know the Chico area through hiking and walking through Bidwell Park. She also lives with 2 labs, Sadie and Beau, who she can’t get enough of! She is always ready to help the clients and patients!

Animal Care Specialists

Brenna Boeru

Animal care specialist

Brenna has been a kennel attendant/animal care specialist here at Erickson VH for almost a year. She is a student at Chico State pursuing a degree in Animal science. She is from Costa Mesa, California and has loved her time in Chico so far. She is involved in Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority at Chico State, and when she isn’t taking care of your pets she loves to hike and cook. After college, she plans on attending Vet School and opening her own practice. She has wanted to become a veterinarian since she was little, inspired by her childhood pets and curiosity about medicine. She currently has a pet of her own, a black cat named Bellamy who is also a patient here.

Tina Karimimanesh

Animal care specialist

Tina’s passion is caring and loving animals. As a kennel assistant, she makes sure all animals have the best care. Her dream is to become a veterinarian in the future and help as many animals as possible.