Meet Our Veterinarians
Our veterinarians are passionate about what they do. We strive to help and heal each animal that walks through our doors every single day. And it doesn't stop there. We're also dedicated to building relationships with our clients as well, which is why many of our vets are multilingual and able to serve you in your language of choice. We can't wait to get to know you. Come meet us today!
Dr. Steve Amaro
Dr. Steve Amaro joined Evergreen Veterinary Clinic as a young pup in 1984. He grew up in New Orleans, LA and always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He applied to Vet School as soon as was possible and graduated from Louisiana State University with his degree in 1980. Dr. Amaro then went off to the Big Apple to work at the largest small animal hospital in the world, the Animal Medical Center. He completed a year-long internship in general medicine and surgery and then completed a two-year residency in Neurology. Luckily for him, not only did he learn a ton, but he found the love of his life, Saki. Saki had come down from Maine to complete her Animal Medical Technology Degree at AMC.
In 1983 the two animal lovers and their 14 year old Husky, Yinny, headed west in a 1972 Cadillac Eldorado rag top. They found Evergreen Veterinary Clinic and made their home in Santa Cruz. Dr. Amaro became a partner at Evergreen in 1985 and for the next three decades enjoyed finessing and perfecting the services offered to the community and their beloved pets, as well as raising a son and daughter while being a very active part of their lives. From T-ball coach to Science Fair judge, Dr. Amaro has always loved being a dad and mentor.
Dr. Amaro and Saki have semi-retired to South Carolina where Dr. Amaro has continued to pursue his passion for cooking...whether it’s a nod to his Cuban father, or his New Orleans upbringing, there is always something delicious on the stove. Of course, Dr. Amaro’s home would not be complete without some collection of furbabies. He and Saki have seven cats, Puff Puff, adopted as a feral kitten from the San Jose foothills, and Shaka Zulu, Taz, Trout, Tara, Tail, and Isis inherited when Saki’s mom passed in 2015.
Dr. Barbara Lee
Dr Barbara Lee has worked at the Evergreen Veterinary Clinic since 1984 and is one of the partners in the clinic. She was born and raised in the Berkeley area and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian in junior high school. At that time, her father felt differently about her career goals: he wanted her to follow in his footsteps and be an engineer. Meanwhile, her teachers thought she would excel in languages after taking six years of French! Dr. Lee continued to pursue her dreams and went on to receive her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutritional sciences from UC Berkeley, and then graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Upon graduation, her first job took her to the Evergreen Veterinary Clinic where she has enjoyed veterinary practice ever since.
Dr. Lee’s passions in veterinary medicine are reflected in her service in the community. Over the past 35 years, she has participated in career days from kindergarten classes to the high school level. Dr. Lee has acted as a mentor to several pre-vet students and is very proud to see them fulfilling their dreams as veterinarians. In addition, Dr. Lee and the Evergreen Veterinary Clinic have been actively involved with the Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF) since 1985. Dr. Lee currently serves on the board of directors of NARF, in addition to being a volunteer veterinary consultant for WestieMed, a national Westie rescue organization.
Dr. Lee is a member of Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy, where she participates with her dogs' on-site visits, where animals bring joy and love to those with special needs. Outside of work, Dr. Lee enjoys traveling to tropical places where she enjoys reading, relaxing in the sun, and good food! She is married and has a daughter who is attending Purdue University, majoring in business with an emphasis in the animal industry. Dr. Lee shares her home in Fremont with her husband, their dogs, McKenna and Walter, and their cat, Kona Boy. All of their pets in the past several years have been adopted from NARF or Westie Rescue, and all of their cats have been a result of their daughter bottle-feeding several abandoned kittens over the years and always keeping one out of each litter!
Dr. Malena Arvizu - I Speak Spanish
Dr. Malena Arvizu grew up in a rural community outside of Gilroy. Being raised on a farm with rabbits, sheep, chickens, cats, and dogs, a career in veterinary medicine seemed a natural fit for her. It was a career path which she desired from her earliest of memories.
After high school, she moved to the coast, where she attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received her bachelor's degree in biology. During her time there, her passion for veterinary medicine became cemented by working as a veterinary technician for several years with one of the local specialty groups. She learned a tremendous amount by working with them, and eventually submitted her application for veterinary school.
Ultimately, in 2001, she was accepted to Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Corvallis. She graduated with her DVM degree and received the American Association of Feline Practitioner's Award in 2005. After spending one too many rainy and grey winters in the Pacific Northwest, she returned to the Silicon Valley where she could enjoy the warmer weather, but also be closer to her old friends and family. Soon after her move, she started working at Evergreen Veterinary Clinic!
Shortly after graduating from veterinary school, she married her high school sweetheart, James. They now reside in the rural area of San Juan Bautista. Together, they have 4 four-legged children: a red-eared slider turtle named Cagey, their old and semi-feral cat named Figgy, a crazy and smart Siamese cross named Nitro, and their newest San Benito county rescue - a goofy but sweet Snowshoe cat. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Arvizu is also very passionate about dance in all of its forms, particularly aerial dance. She can often be found teaching and attending local dance classes. She also enjoys watching her husband race their cars, traveling, and drinking good wine with friends.
Dr. Monika Scott - I Speak Greek
Dr. Monika Scott likes to call herself a repeat offender. She started working at Evergreen Veterinary Clinic in 2006. She left in 2009, only to come back in 2016 because she couldn’t stay away. She loves being part of the Evergreen family. While Dr. Scott was on hiatus from Evergreen, she was working as a small animal veterinarian in the Monterey/Salinas area where she lives and plays.
Dr. Scott knew from a young age she had a connection with animals: she was always drawn to them and spent hours content in their company. She grew up with rescue dogs and spent several summers in Greece surrounded by farm animals and stray cats. Dr. Scott did not seriously consider a career in veterinary medicine, however, until she was a graduating senior at UC Santa Cruz. She had an internship at the District Attorney’s office, was running a bait and tackle shop on the Capitola Wharf, and was also working part-time as a kennel assistant at a veterinary clinic. She found her passion at the vet’s office.
So, Dr. Scott went back to school after receiving her B.A. in Psychology and started taking the required prerequisites for veterinary medical school. In the process, she decided to get another degree and received her B.S. in Biology from California State University Sacramento.
It was then on to Veterinary Medical School at Kansas State University where her husband Michael had also just received a post-doctorate position. Although they enjoyed their four-year stint in the Midwest, the Scotts were eager to return to California. In 2005, soon after receiving her DVM, they settled on the Monterey Peninsula where Dr. Scott’s husband had accepted a position at California State University Monterey Bay teaching Mathematics.
Dr. Scott loves living on the central coast with her husband and young son, who includes, among his many career aspirations, veterinarian. They share their home with two rescue cats: Eris, the goddess of chaos and strife, and Boots, the cat with no boots. They also have a mixed breed rescue dog named Barley who is a happy dog living for food and adventures. They love the outdoors and try to spend the majority of their free time embracing it. Dr. Scott is an avid hiker and runner. She has completed several marathons and half marathons, as well as shorter distance races. She is even a two time Boston to Big Sur finisher and plans to continue to run the Boston Marathon as long as they will let her in. She also plans to run well into old age. Future running goals include tackling an ultramarathon distance. She also recently completed her Road Runners Club of America coaching certification.
Dr. Scott sees cats and dogs. She enjoys practicing medicine and loves getting to know pets and their families. She believes in the human-animal bond and hopes to protect and promote that bond through her role as a veterinarian.
Dr. Kieu Vuong - I Speak Vietnamese
Dr. Kieu Vuong was born in Vietnam and came to the US when she was 11. She resided in San Jose throughout middle and high school, then attended UC Davis and received her Bachelor degree in Animal Science. During her studies at UC Davis, she did an internship at a veterinary clinic which helped her realize her passion for veterinary medicine. She went on to earn her Doctor in Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. Not a big fan of Michigan’s weather, Dr. Vuong decided to fly back home to San Jose shortly after graduation.
Dr. Vuong has a special interest in surgery and shelter medicine. She received extensive training in spay and neuter at San Jose Animal Care Center as a student, and she continues to volunteer at the shelter on her days off from the clinic to provide medical care and perform surgeries on shelter animals. It was here that she developed a huge love for Pitbulls. In fact, she adopted her first Pitbull, Koda, when he sat on her lap while she was performing an exam on him at this shelter.
Outside of work, Dr. Vuong enjoys spending time with her current Pitbull, Kaylee, whom she adopted from Lucky Dog Rescue on Jan 2018. As with Koda, she likes to take Kaylee to parks and other public areas to show people how sweet Pitbulls are. One of her dreams is to provide hospice cares for Pitbulls with cancer.
Asides from veterinary medicine, Dr. Vuong also enjoys doing crafts in her free time. She learned how to crochet at the age of 12 from her mom, and it remains her favorite craft of all time. She particularly loves to make amigurumi’s (stuffed toys). In addition to crochet, she also likes to create clay models, 3D origami’s, knitting, needle felting, and cross-stitching.
At Evergreen Veterinary Clinic, we want to be the hub for your pet's health care, which is why many of our referral specialists come straight to us. When your pet needs a special diagnostic or surgical procedure, you shouldn't have to worry about going anywhere else. Meet our specialty veterinarians below!
Radiology and Ultrasound: Dr. Larry Kerr, Dr. Mark Lee, and Dr. Eric Garcia
Ultrasound and Radiographic review are provided in-house by Drs. Larry Kerr, Mark Lee and Eric Garcia. As in human ultrasound imaging, this technique uses a lubricating gel and probe that passes over the abdomen and chest regions of the patient to assess soft tissues and detect diseases, cancers, and pregnancy.
Our Radiology Specialists also review each patient’s radiographs. We’ve been very pleased to work with these Board Certified Radiologists for many years.
Cardiology: Dr. Richard Kienle
Cardiology services are provided in-house by Dr. Rick Kienle. The initial patient evaluation will be performed by our staff doctors, and patients are then referred to Dr. Kienle if they need a more specialized evaluation, diagnostics or treatment. Dr. Kienle is a board certified veterinary cardiologist with whom we have worked closely for many years with great satisfaction.
Surgery: Dr. Ron May-Pumphrey
Many routine orthopedic and specialized surgeries can be performed in-house by Dr. Ron May-Pumphrey. Patients are generally admitted in the morning, and depending on the time of surgery, patients will be able to go home that evening or the following day. We have been using the services of Dr. May-Pumphrey for many years and have always been very pleased with the care our patients receive.