Our Team

Our Veterinarians

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. Gary Kitto has been a long-time Northern California resident. He grew up in Maryland and earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He moved to Paradise with his wife Julie in October 2000. They have 3 children, as well as several dogs, cats, birds, and fish. He was the owner and Medical Director of Clark Road Animal Hospital in Paradise, CA for 18 years until the devastating Camp Fire in 2018 when the hospital was destroyed. All the staff and patients were successfully evacuated to safety.

Dr. Kitto has nearly 28 years of clinical experience in small animal medicine and surgery. He has practiced in Baltimore, MD; Yucaipa and Paradise, CA; Walla Walla, WA; and most recently here at Erickson Veterinary Hospital for nearly 2 years. His interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and preventive health care. At home, he enjoys gardening, camping, boating, golfing, being a busy dad, and taking care of all his four-legged family members.

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.

Johanna Thompson, DVM

Bio coming soon!

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

Veterinarian/Surgeon

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.

Daniel Miyamoto, RVT

Daniel has been in the veterinary field since 2013. He grew up most of his life on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. In 2017, he left his home town and moved to California to continue his veterinary career. He currently lives in Magalia with his spouse. In his spare time, Daniel loves reading, watching movies, table-top gaming, and cooking for friends and family.

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 also has a cat named Cheeto and 2 guinea pigs named Poppy and Panda. She loves her job and enjoys helping animals. She also loves family time, drawing, cooking and spending time outdoors.

Maria Amundson

Maria has been a vet assistant for 9 years. Maria loves animals and nature on her days off she loves riding her 2 horses, fishing with her husband and exploring new hikes. She also has 3 dogs and 2 cats. Maria graduated from fire academy at Butte College she also been a volunteer firefighter for the past 2 years.

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.

Amber Noel

Amber is a Chico Native, she has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years. In her spare times Amber loves to kayak, garden and spend time with her family and many pets.

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, Boo 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.

Raina Wright

Client care specialist

Veterinary Medicine has a special place in Raina’s heart. She started here at Erickson Veterinary Hospital as a Kennel Technician in 2015. She then moved to Colorado where she worked as a Veterinary Technician in an Emergency Veterinary Hospital for almost 4 years. When her son was born, she took a break from veterinary medicine to manage a dog training and boarding facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. Being closer to family brought Raina back to Northern California and our hospital. She currently has 3 dogs, 5 goats, and a horse. When she is not at work she is either spending time with her husband and son, or serving as Director to the Miss Butte County Scholarship Program.

Karrisa Ortiz

Client care specialist

Bio Coming Soon.

Animal Care Specialists

Jared Thatcher

Animal care specialist

My name is Jared and I have been in the veterinary field for 4 years, working with both large and small animals. I am currently an Animal -Science major at Chico State pursuing Veterinary Medicine. I have always had a passion for animals and look forward to working with them every day. I have a blue tongue skink named Drea, a cat named Lily, and an Aquarium. I keep myself busy with work and school but enjoy taking pictures, spending time outside, and hanging out with friends.

Kassidy Speirs

Animal care specialist

My name is Kassidy and I was born and raised in Paradise, CA. Ever since I can remember, I have always been passionate about taking care of animals. I am currently working on my Animal Science degree and my goal is to work with bigger animals, specifically farm animals. My furry family includes two dogs and two cats. Animals are my life and it brings me so much joy working with them. When I am not working, I love spending time in nature and spending time with friends and family.