Dr. Chris Shacoski

Dr. Chris Shacoski is a SPEC owner and Hospital Director. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 1993. After three years in small animal general practice in the Eastern U.S., he and his wife, a veterinary specialist in reproduction, relocated to California. Chris began working as an emergency veterinarian in 1996 at Veterinary Emergency Services (VES) in Fresno, where he spent two years. While at VES Chris had the opportunity to work closely with veterinary emergency and critical care specialists, including Dr. Roger Gfeller. Chris then returned to small animal general practice for two years before joining the Bay Area Veterinary Emergency Clinic (BAVEC), where he served as both a staff emergency doctor and as a co-practice manager prior to joining SPEC. He is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society. Chris’ primary professional interests are in emergency and critical care medicine, strategic planning, and practice innovation. His hobbies are soccer, fly-fishing, hiking, reading, and many sports.

Dr. Kathy LeBert

Dr. Kathy LeBert is originally from Taiwan and moved to Southern California as a nine-year-old. She graduated from Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and joined the US Army Veterinary Corps for the next 8 years. She developed an interest in Public Health while in the military and became a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in June 2018. She has been stationed in Louisiana, Japan, and finally Travis Air Force Base in California where she became a relief veterinarian for SPEC until completing her obligations with the military. She joined SPEC full time in November 2018. In her free time, Dr. LeBert enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and multiple animals, hiking, running, and camping. 

Dr. Ilsi Medearis

Dr. Ilsi Medearis is Chief veterinarian at SPEC.  Ilsi grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.  She initially worked as an equine practitioner in Portola Valley, CA, and later worked as a staff veterinarian at the Peninsula Humane Society.  Ilsi returned to the Davis area in 1992 and began working at SPEC as a full-time emergency veterinarian where she has remained on staff since.  Ilsi  is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society.  She is certified as a mixed animal veterinary acupuncturist through the Chi Institute, and is currently studying traditional Chinese veterinary Herbology.  She is passionate about integrating her 20 plus years of emergency experience with her more recent education in tradition Chinese Veterinary medicine.  Ilsi  is an avid equestrian and enjoys riding with her husband and their equestrian partners, Timon and Indilove Chatelet.

Dr. Ruben Pacheco

Dr. Ruben Pacheco is a full time staff veterinarian at SPEC. Originally a tiger trainer at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, he found himself spending more time at the vet clinic helping out with various procedures and treatments. After being persuaded by his wonderful wife, Nancy Pacheco, he made the switch from trainer to doctor and graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Upon graduation, Ruben started working at SPEC to improve his technical skills and was recently hired on full time. His interests include surgery and emergency medicine. Ruben lives in Roseville with his wife and very stubborn English Bulldog, Buddy. Outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with his two nephews, and The Walking Dead.

Dr. Melanie Spaink

Dr. Melanie Spaink graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2018. She loves ER medicine because it allows her to work in a fast-paced environment where every day presents a new challenge. Dr. Spaink enjoys how the collaborative efforts of technicians, support staff, and other doctors allows her to deliver life-saving care to her patients. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and paddle boarding with her two dogs, Emma and Alice.

Dr. Kristin Trott

Dr. Kristin Trott is a staff veterinarian at SPEC. Originally from the north Bay Area, she graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. While pursuing her veterinary degree, she also obtained a PhD in Immunology with an emphasis in infectious diseases at UCD. After graduation, she practiced at a busy small animal and emergency clinic in the area until joining SPEC in 2017. Besides emergency medicine, her special interests include surgery and dermatology. While not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, caring for their multitude of cats, chickens and dogs, gardening, and cooking.

Dr. Jessica Walsh

Dr. Jessica Walsh is a staff emergency doctor at SPEC. Jessica grew up in a rural town in the foothills of Northern California, which fostered her love for the outdoors and animals. She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She spent two years in a busy general/emergency day practice before transitioning to emergency medicine exclusively. She was a veterinary technician at SPEC from 2005-2010 and is excited to return as a doctor! In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, camping, hiking, and reading

Dr. Olivia Winson

Dr. Winson is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, originally hailing from Toronto, Canada. Dr. Winson has worked in and around the Bay Area, primarily in emergency and critical care. She completed a demanding emergency medicine-focused internship with rotations through Surgery, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Oncology, and Ophthalmology. Dr. Winson has a strong interest in surgery, and has carried out research in the fields of skin transposition flaps and canine cruciate ligament injuries. While not working, you'll find her trail riding, horse jumping, or at the beach with her dogs, Lucas and Michele.

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It takes a special kind of doctor to dedicate her or himself to the veterinary emergency and critical care field – one willing to face long hours, challenging medical and surgical cases, distressed pet owners, and stressful working conditions. Despite these hardships, emergency doctors thrive on the opportunity to help clients and pets at a time of real need. They enjoy the intellectual challenge of managing diverse and complex medical conditions in a constantly changing, fast-paced environment. Succeeding in this field requires highly developed medical skills, strong empathy for clients, and true compassion for patients.