Our Team

The team at Aggie Animal Dental Center is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our doctors are Board-Certified Specialists*. Our support staff consists of 3 Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs), a non-registered technician with 15 years of experience, and 2 client service representatives. We treat all of our patients as if they were our own pets, giving them the same loving attention and care. 

*Why is board certification for veterinary specialists important? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Veterinary Specialties recognizes only medical and surgical specialists that have completed board certification through their specialty organization. In North America, there is only one AVMA-recognized specialty college for veterinary dentistry in horses and pets: the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). Board-Certified Veterinary DentistTM and Board-Certified Equine Veterinary DentistTM are titles reserved only for veterinarians who have successfully completed residency training and have passed the AVDC's certifying examinations.

Doctors and Staff

  • Dr.
    Milinda Lommer
    DVM, Dipl. AVDC

    Dr. Milinda Lommer grew up in western New York and southern New England. She graduated from Indiana University in 1991, with a B.S. in Biology, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1995, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with Phi Zeta honors from U.C. Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine.

    In 1996, having completed a private-practice internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Lommer returned to U.C. Davis, where she became the first veterinarian to complete the three-year residency program in Dentistry & Oral Surgery. She received the 1999 Peter Emily Outstanding Candidate Award from the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), and became a Diplomate of the AVDC in 2000, earning the title Board-Certified Veterinary DentistTM.

    That same year, she opened Aggie Animal Dental Service, operating in affiliation with two general veterinary hospitals in San Francisco and Marin County. The practice became Aggie Animal Dental Center with the opening of our own facility in 2013. Dr. Lommer is a member of the Editorial Board of the Veterinary Dentistry and Oromaxillofacial Surgery section of the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science. In addition, she serves as a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor at U.C. Davis, assisting with training residents in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service and participating in clinical research projects.

    Although Dr. Lommer graduated from UC Davis, home of the Aggies, the practice is actually named after her first cat, who joined the family when Milinda was 9 years old. Aggie was a devoted companion for over 19 years.

  • Dr.
    Amy Fulton
    DVM, Dipl. AVDC

    Dr. Amy Fulton grew up outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before attending Cornell University in upstate New York, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She continued at Cornell, attending the College of Veterinary Medicine, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2009.

    After successfully completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and emergency at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, Dr. Fulton dedicated herself to a 3-year residency in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She completed this residency program in August 2013, after which she worked in Sacramento, practicing specialty veterinary dentistry. Dr. Fulton became a Board-Certified Veterinary DentistTM in 2014, earning her Diploma from the American College of Veterinary Dentistry. Dr. Fulton also volunteers at U.C. Davis as an Assistant Clinical Professor.

  • Dr.
    Alexander Hawley
    DVM, Dipl. ACVAA

    Board-Certified AnesthesiologistTM Dr. Alex Hawley earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 2005. Following a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Kansas State University, he completed a three-year residency in anesthesiology at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and has been on staff at The Sams Clinic since 2009. 

    Since Aggie Animal Dental Center was opened adjacent to The Sams Clinic in 2013, we have enjoyed a collaborative relationship which has benefitted our patients.

  • Renee Artigues
    Client Service Representative/Veterinary Assistant

    Renee joined the staff of Aggie Animal Dental Center in January 2019 after having worked in the San Francisco Zoo's summer camp program. A California native, she attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, graduating in 2016 with a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, and returned to California in 2018.

  • Wendy Baten
    Client Service Representative

    Wendy joined Aggie Animal Dental Center in February 2019. With extensive experience in customer service (and having been a receptionist in a medical office for humans!), Wendy is cheerful, professional, and loves to cuddle our patients. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. 

  • Bridgit Bewley
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Born and raised in San Francisco, Bridgit has always been surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes. After serving for 8 years as a Medic with the US Army and Army Reserve, she decided to dedicate her passion to serving animals, and began working in a veterinary emergency clinic in 2011. She has been a valued member of the Aggie family since July 2013, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2019. 

  • Ophelie Birrer

    Ophelie grew up in a small farming town in rural France, where she loved being around animals of all kinds. After receiving diplomas in Animal Husbandry and Animal Care from Lycée Charles Baltet in Troyes, France, Ophelie worked as a kennel attendant at a dog breeding and training facility and volunteered with rabbits, horses, sheep and cattle in France before relocating to California in 2009. While working as a handler at Camp K9 in Corte Madera, she completed the veterinary technician course of study at Santa Rosa Junior College and began working as a veterinary technician at a small animal hospital in San Rafael in 2017. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2019 and joined the team at AADC in July 2020.

  • Alli Smith
    Veterinary technician

    Alli joined Aggie Animal Dental Center in February 2019 after having worked for 11 years in a small animal hospital in west Marin, and in an equine veterinary hospital prior to that. Also a certified massage therapist, Alli is equally skilled with people and pets, and you will see her smiling face throughout our clinic as she assists both the reception staff and the veterinarians.

  • Ashley Vallejo
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Ashley has been a member of the Aggie Animal Dental Center team since April 2012. Growing up in the North Bay, Ashley volunteered with the Puppy Petters program at The Assistance Dog Institute and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Shortly after high school, she began working as a kennel attendant in a small animal hospital in Petaluma, and within a year began training to be a veterinary assistant, then technician. Continuing to work full-time, she attended Santa Rosa Junior College’s veterinary technician program, and successfully passed the certifying examination process to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2012.

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

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