Staff

Our emergency/urgent care service is backed by a team of highly skilled and experienced  clinicians and technicians capable of providing the most up-to-date diagnostics and therapies for virtually any medical need.

Kristen Aberly: Emergency and Critical Care Supervisor

Kristen has worked in veterinary medicine since 2005. She worked in emergency and critical care for 6 years before transitioning to internal medicine, nuclear medicine and management for 4 years. In 2015, this Chicagoland native relocated to Sacramento, returning to her passion for emergency medicine.

Kristen loves cooking, gardening, music, being outdoors and travels as frequently as she can.  She loves road trips and is close to completing her goal of visiting all 50 states. At home she spends time with her Brussels Griffon, two cats,  bearded dragon and ball python.

Dr. Andrea Carlomagno, DVM

Dr. Andrea Carlomagno is a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal internship at the Loomis Basin Veterinary Hospital in Loomis, CA before working at Vista. Dr. Carlomagno works hard to help you and your pet in the emergency setting no matter what your reason is to visit Vista. She treats all her patients like they are her own with brindle dogs and grey cats holding a special place in her heart. She lives alone but enjoys visiting her family and horse, Juice, in Tennessee. At any given moment you will find her working at Vista or traveling to rock climb.

Whitney Furr, RVT Emergency and Critical Care Supervisor

Whitney’s love for animals started in grade school when she and her childhood friend made a “vet club” where they took care of stuffed animals and bandaged them up. In 2009 Whitney decided to further this club and start a career in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from the Veterinary Technology program at Carrington College California in January of 2011, Whitney became a licensed RVT in May of 2011. Whitney worked in General Practice for 5 years before she joined Vista in 2014 and found her true passion working in Emergency Medicine and is now the Supervisor of the Emergency Department.

In her spare time, Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband who is in the US Air Force and their 1 year old son.  They have a maltese mix named Tobie, who Whitney had rescued and fell in love with. Aside from Tobie, Whitney has helped rescue and rehome multiple dogs and cats and made sure they went to loving homes. Family and friends are important to Whitney, and she makes sure that when she’s not at work, she’s spending time with her loved ones and enjoying all that life has to offer.

Dr. Kari Kato, DVM

Dr. Kato originally grew up in Orange County, CA before attending U.C. Berkeley to complete her undergraduate degree. After college, she worked as a veterinary nurse for several years in both general practice and at an emergency clinic. It was during this time she developed a passion for emergency and critical care. After graduating from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, she completed a one year rotating internship with a focus on emergency and critical care medicine at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in San Diego. She continued to work there as an emergency clinician before moving to the Sacramento area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, and pets.

Laura Kippen, DVM

Dr. Kippen earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She then completed a combined rotating small animal internship between the Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) Centre and University of Calgary. Following completion of her internship, she then worked as an emergency veterinarian for several more years at both the CARE Centre as well as Capital City Animal Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta before moving to Sacramento. When she is not working Dr. Kippen loves to bake, garden, exercise, travel, scuba dive, and of course spend a lot of time with her cat and dog.

Tristan Menz, DVM

Dr. Tristan Menz was born and raised in the Sacramento area. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Tristan then graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After graduation she moved to the East coast completing a one year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency and Critical Care. Her special interests include emergency/critical care, pain management, and avian/exotics. During her free time she is bossed around by her two cats, Piper and Penny, and her Belgian malinois, Brody.

She is passionate about integrative medicine (acupuncture, TENS, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, etc), rehabilitation therapy, and pain management. She also loves to heal smaller creatures, such as pocket pets, avian species, and reptiles.  She is bossed around by her four cats, Penny, Piper, Poppy, and Sebastian and her dogs also keep her in line.

Alexis Smith, DVM – Associate Medical Director

Dr. Alexis Smith received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology at the University of California, SantaBarbara in 1997. She earned her doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis in 2002. Prior to joining our team, she worked for many years at another large emergency, general, and referral practice in the Sacramento area. When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Smith enjoys running, cycling, and gardening.

Dr. Gemma Thomson, DVM

Dr. Thomson originally grew up between the small town of Minden, NV and spent a significant portion of her childhood in southern Scotland where the remainder of her family resides. Dr. Thomson completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, and shortly thereafter moved to Sacramento, CA to begin working up the ranks here at Vista. Dr. Thomson graduated with her DVM degree from the University of California, Davis in 2017 and went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center before returning back home to Vista full-time.

Gemma is beyond elated to finally be back working in the emergency department with the work family who has helped her become the doctor she is today. She has special interests in clinical pathology, emergency/critical care medicine, anesthesia, and undeniably any case that involves cats. She is almost always accompanied by her dog, Stoli, but also has two very high maintenance cats, Fennel and Saffron, who love to tear apart her house while waiting for her to return home from work. On the rare occasion that her life is not consumed by animal love and attention, Dr. Thomson spends her time traveling, camping, snowboarding, sleeping, and eating delicious foods.