SAGE Leadership Team

SAGE Leadership Team

Medical Directors

VIVIAN W. LAU, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Specialty Medical Director, SAGE Redwood City

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Background and Education:
Veterinary School: University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada
Internship Training: Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY (Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Emergency and Critical Care)
Neurology Internship Training: Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, TX (Small Animal Neurology)
Residency Training: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Certification: Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) (2017)

Dr. Vivian Lau’s study of animals and her work to help them has taken her around the world. She started her veterinary career at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. During vet school, she spent a summer on the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Global Vets India team. The following year she traveled to Palau where she served as a veterinary assistant to the Koror State Government veterinarian. She completed her residency in veterinary neurology at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. During her residency, she also completed a Masters of Science degree investigating the effects of cell therapy on ischemic stroke. Her previous veterinary experience spans medicine, surgery, emergency and critical care.

Vivian has presented extensively at veterinary symposiums on topics that include ischemic stroke, stem cell therapy, seizures, movement disorders, and inflammatory neurologic disorders. Her research has also been widely published in scientific articles and other publications.

Vivian’s areas of veterinary interest include spinal cord injury, inflammatory neurologic disorders, seizures, and central nervous system neoplasias.

When she is not practicing veterinary neurology, Vivian enjoys hiking, running, reading, and travelling. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their three furry rescues.

SARAH MIHALEK, DVM MS CCRT CVAT

ER/CCU & Urgent Care Medical Director, SAGE Redwood City

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Dr. Sarah Mihalek grew up in Redwood City and from the age of 4, knew she was going to be a veterinarian. She achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona. In her senior year in college, she had doubts about practicing animal medicine and considered human medicine instead. She became certified in phlebotomy, worked in a human hospital for a short time, then promptly decided veterinary medicine was the path for her. She moved to the island of Grenada in the West Indies for veterinary school where she also completed a Masters in Wildlife Conservation and Medicine and was lucky enough to get to spend some time in Uganda for that program. From there, she moved to upstate New York for her clinical year of veterinary school at Cornell. In the beginning of her career, she practiced mixed animal medicine in the Midwest. She returned to California in the beginning of 2012 and has been practicing all around the state since. She loves to say she hasn’t met an animal she won’t treat (she has been known to perform surgery on all sorts of animals including coati, fish, chameleons, and everything in between). These days her interests are focused around improving the quality of life for her patients through a multimodal approach with the hope of decreasing pain and discomfort and also improving their ability to be independent and get around comfortably. She has completed certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in veterinary acupuncture and rehabilitation therapy. Here at SAGE, her skills are put to work in the Urgent Care, Emergency, and Rehab departments.

In her off time, she enjoys anything that takes her outdoors, but most of all, she loves to hike. She can often be found in the gym moving some heavy weights or in the yoga studio. She shares her home with her three rescue French Bulldogs, Newt, Toad, and Frannie.

 

SARAH SILVERMAN, DVM

Assistant Medical Director, SAGE Redwood City

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Background and Education

Veterinary School: Purdue University
Internship Training: Washington State University, Florida Veterinary Specialists and Cancer Treatment Center
Residency Training: University of California, Davis
Certification: Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) (2014)

Dr. Sarah Silverman earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Quinnipiac University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Following veterinary school, Dr. Silverman completed a small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at Washington State University, which was followed by cardiology specialty internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists and Cancer Treatment Center. She then completed a three-year residency in cardiology at the University of California Davis. Prior to joining SAGE, Dr. Silverman worked as a cardiologist in private practice in Illinois.

When she’s not practicing, Sarah enjoys hiking, drinking wine, and listening to live music. She’s the proud owner of a dog and two cats.

MICHAEL KISELOW, DVM, DACVIM (ONCOLOGY)

Specialty Medical Director, SAGE Campbell

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Background and Education:
Veterinary School: Cornell University
Internship Training: Garden State Veterinary Specialists, New Jersey
Residency Training: Cornell University
Certification: Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology) (2008)

Dr. Kiselow is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he earned a BS in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Mike received his DVM from Cornell University in 2004, and subsequently completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Mike then returned to Cornell to complete his medical oncology residency, and became board certified in Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2008. He joined SAGE Centers that year.

Dr. Kiselow enjoys collaborating with other SAGE specialists in order to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment for patients with complex diseases. When not practicing, Mike enjoys many activities including hiking, triathlon, snowboarding, yoga, cooking, and live music. Dr. Kiselow’s passion for veterinary medicine also includes volunteer work: while in veterinary school, he traveled to multiple locations in the U.S. and Central America with Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS), providing medical attention to pets in underprivileged communities

ELIZABETH KOLLAR, DVM

ER/CCU and Urgent Care Medical Director, SAGE Campbell & Regional Medical Director of SAGE’s Community of Hospitals 

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Background and Education:
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Internship Training: San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Kollar is a graduate of UC Davis, where she earned a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. She received her DVM from UC Davis as well in 2005. Following veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists (2006). Dr. Kollar came to SAGE from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a post-doctoral fellow at the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Prior to the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Kollar was an emergency clinician at Greenback, VCA Brookline, and North Shore Animal Hospitals.
Dr. Kollar particularly enjoys the challenges of emergency medicine and surgery. When not practicing, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter doing outdoor activities like hiking or biking. They also travel around the world for scuba diving vacations and bike trips. She is the proud owner of two dogs, Merlin and Bodhi, and a cat, Princess Buttercup. Beth was drawn to veterinary medicine by both her interest in science and love of animals.

GERARDO MARTIN DEL CAMPO, DVM

ER/CCU & Urgent Care Medical Director, SAGE Concord

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Background and Education:
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Internship Training: Veterinary Specialty Hospital; San Diego, CA

Dr. Gerardo Martin del Campo received a B.S. in Animal Science from UC Davis in 1996, and continued at Davis for veterinary school, receiving his DVM in 2000. After finishing vet school, Dr. Martin del Campo completed a rotating small animal internship in medicine, surgery, neurology, and emergency at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. He has worked as an emergency clinician in the Bay Area since 2001. Dr. Martin del Campo enjoys the unpredictability and variety of emergency medicine, and the challenges those things provide.

When he’s not in the hospital, his interests include spending time with my wife and son, fishing, and golfing. He’s the proud owner of: Fenway, an 8-year-old Boston terrier, Wolfie, a 2-year-old miniature schnauzer mix, and Cherry, a 5-month-old Chihuahua. All three dogs were rescues he encountered while working.

ODETTE O, BSc, DVM, DACVAA 

Specialty Medical Director, SAGE Dublin

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Background and Education

Veterinary School: University of Guelph (2004)
Anesthesia Residency: University of Wisconsin (2013)
Board Certification: American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (2013)

Dr. Odette O graduated from the University of Guelph (2001) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College (2004). After a number of years spent in small animal general practice, Dr. O completed her residency in Anesthesia and Pain Management at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and became board-certified in anesthesia and analgesia (2013).

Dr. O believes Anesthesiology is as much as it is an art, as it is a science. Being able to assess each patient individually and formulate a plan that best suits their specific needs is both the challenge and the beauty of Anesthesiology. The chance to be an integral part of the care team to support both the needs of the patient as well as fellow specialists is truly rewarding to her.

Her anesthesia-related interests include the practical aspects of clinical anesthesia and pain management, as well as anesthesia of unusual species and acupuncture. She prides herself in optimizing patient care and also enjoys teaching anesthesia-related topics to students, technicians, and fellow veterinarians. Dr. O is also an active member of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) including serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Abstract Coordinator, and numerous other committees over the years.

Awards

Bayer Small Animal Resident of the Year, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2013)

Smiths Medical American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists Resident Abstract Award (2012)

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Student Award (2004)

LISSA RICHARDSON, DVM, DACVS

Specialty Medical Director, SAGE Concord

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Background and Education:
Veterinary School: Colorado State University
Internship Training: Animal Medical Center, New York
Residency Training: Animal Medical Center, New York
Certification: Diplomate ACVS (1996)

Dr. Lissa Richardson graduated from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She completed her internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following two years of private practice, Dr. Richardson returned to the Animal Medical Center to complete her residency in surgery. Lissa was a clinical instructor of small animal surgery at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for two years before joining SAGE Centers in 1994. Lissa has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons since 1996. Dr. Richardson enjoys all aspects of surgery; soft tissue, orthopedics, and neurosurgery. Her special interests include reconstructive and paw surgery.

Lissa, along with other SAGE veterinarians, regularly gives presentations as part of Cover Your K9’s day-long first aid class for police dog handlers. She also gives fun presentations to school groups and has been to several Career Day events in local schools. Dr. Richardson is married and has two children and a black lab (adopted from a rescue group). She enjoys mountain bike riding, hiking, skiing, and really anything outdoors.

BETH LIEBLICK, MS, DVM 

ER/CCU, & Urgent Care Medical Director – SAGE Dublin

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Background and Education:
Veterinary School: Colorado State University
Internship Training: All-Care Animal Referral Center, Fountain Valley, CA; North Carolina State University
Residency Training: University of California, Davis
Certification: Diplomate ACVIM (2006)

Dr. Jennifer Strasser is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where she earned a BS in Biology. She received her DVM from Colorado State University (2001). Dr. Strasser completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at All-Care Animal Referral Center in Fountain Valley, CA (2002), as well as an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine (2003). Dr. Strasser also completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California, Davis (2005). She became board certified in internal medicine in 2006. Just recently, Dr. Strasser became certified in veterinary acupuncture (2020) Before joining SAGE, Dr. Strasser spent several years in private practice in Albuquerque, Seattle, and the SF Bay Area.

Dr. Strasser particularly enjoys the challenges of gastrointestinal, endocrine, and urinary tract diseases, and the diagnostic capabilities of endoscopy and ultrasound. When not practicing, Jennifer enjoys yoga, sailing, camping, skiing, and spending quality time with her family. She is the proud owner of two chocolate labs, who also happen to be her favorite hiking companions.

MICHAEL LEVENSON, VMD

Medical Director, SAGE San Fransisco

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An experienced ER doctor (who also does surgery) Dr. Levenson worked at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin prior to joining the SAGE SF team. 
 
Prior to vet school, he had experience with Oncology Clinical trials and was an OR technician at UPenn, and then complete his VMD from University of Pennsylvania. He has done a Small Animal Medicine & Surgery as well as a Surgery Internship (both at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC). He currently also serves as Vice President of Veterinary Research and Development for NaNotics, a company that looks at nano-medicine for treating various diseases.

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