Meet Our Veterinarians and Staff
Our veterinarians in Milpitas are a dedicated bunch, supported by an equally committed staff. We're proud to serve this community and look forward to getting to know you! Meet our team on this page, or better yet, stop in and see us soon!
Dr. Satwinder Bajwa, DVM, MVSc
Dr. Bajwa has been working as a veterinarian since 2009 in the Bay area of California. He earned his master’s degree in Animal Reproduction in India in 2005 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree here in the States after completing a one-year clinical program at Oklahoma State University. Formerly, Dr. Bajwa worked as a veterinarian in Vancouver City in Canada before moving to California to become an associate veterinarian at our hospital. His areas of interest include internal medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Bajwa and his wife, Jaspreet, have two daughters named Keerat and Mona and a son, Fateh. They are also proud owners of three dogs: a Chihuahua named Rocket, a Doberman Pinscher named Chloe, and a Toy Poodle named Gucci. The family loves to play and walk them in their free time. When Dr. Bajwa isn’t working, he enjoys listening to music and watching cricket.
Pamela Novinsky, Practice Manager
Pam started working at Calaveras Veterinary Clinic in 2006 under the previous ownership. She started her career as a veterinary technician and later on became practice manager in 2016. Her favorite part of the job is her patients and their owners. She loves to give proper client education regarding their pets as per their particular visit to Calaveras Veterinary Clinic. She believes in providing the best customer service to all the clients along with the best medical care to their pets.
In her spare time, she enjoys her dog, Scooter, and her horses on whom she competes. Pam has been married for 16 years and has a teenage daughter.
Nicole Bishop, Veterinary Technician
Originally from Washington, Nicole moved to San Jose and started working at Calaveras Veterinary Clinic in October 2018. Her love of animals started at a very young age growing up in Guinea West Africa. People would often bring all kinds of sick and injured animals to her parents to care for and that is what sparked her passion for the veterinary field.
After graduating high school, Nicole entered the Veterinary Technician program in Yakima, Washington and graduated in 2015. She plans to go back to school and get her specialty in either dentistry or surgical assisting. She is also very interested in animal rehabilitation and behavior.
In her free time, she likes hanging out with her three dogs River, Poppy, and Ginger whether it’s a lazy day at home or an adventurous hike in a new area. She recently obtained her divers certification and is excited to get out and explore the waters of California and its marine life.
Alissa Gonzales, Veterinary Assistant
Coming from a cosmetology background, Alissa wanted a change of pace. As an animal lover and eager learner, she was thrilled to join our care team as a veterinary assistant.
Alissa is a dog mom of two pups (Minnie and Violet), who she loves cuddling and spending time with. When she is not at the clinic, Alissa enjoys going to concerts, hanging out with friends, and taking trips with her family.
Candy Nelson, Veterinary Assistant
Candy Nelson is a Vallejo native; she moved to Hollister in 2018. She worked as a pet groomer for three years in Benicia, and then she decided to pursue work in veterinary care for animals. She joined Banfield as a veterinary assistant in 2015 and worked there for three years. Candy expanded her veterinary skills to emergency animal care in Peninsula before she joined Calaveras Veterinary Clinic in March 2018.
Candy spends most of her free time with her husband, Adam, and their two German Shepherds, Otto and Jody. Her favorite place to bring the dogs is Carmel Beach, but when she’s home she’s usually watching reruns of Seinfeld or King of the Hill. She loves helping animals.
Jennifer Tsai, Veterinary Assistant
As a child, she had small “pocket pets,” such as fish, hamsters, and guinea pigs. In college, Jennifer worked with lab animals, such as mice and rats, but she also loves being around animals like dogs and cats. Jennifer earned her bachelor degree in biology, with a concentration in system physiology from San Jose State University. She developed an interest in veterinary medicine when she started working with the Silicon Valley Pet Project as a feline foster parent. Jennifer is an active member of the pre-veterinary club and researcher in an organic chemistry lab from her institution. She is working her way to veterinary school by learning and expanding her knowledge in the veterinary field.
When she's not working, Jennifer enjoys photography, video games, and trying out new food.
Leny Gutierrez, Veterinary Assistant
Leny has always been an animal lover since she was a child. She first started to work at a doggy daycare a few years ago where she was trained to understand dog behavior and how to work and understand them better. She started to work at Calaveras almost five years ago.
She spends free time with her spunky cat, Nova, older cat, Jack, and her dog, Penny. Nova pretty much keeps her very busy since she loves waking her up in the morning with her loud noises and her uncanny ability to knock things to the floor. Nova also loves breaking the TV and sitting in front of her monitor while Leny plays her video games, which causes her to lose competitions. Leny is known as the cat lover at the clinic.
Breana Sims, Receptionist
Breana joined Calaveras Veterinary Clinic in 2017, but then left to join her family members in southern California for few months. She ended up coming back to the clinic, under the new ownership and new staff, with a few familiar faces. She is happy to be back in the Calaveras Veterinary Family. Breana is a certified Medical Assistant, but has always had a love for animals. The recent loss of her and her boyfriend’s dog, Rocko, in November of 2018 took a toll on her, but made her realize how amazing it feels to be in an industry where you can medically help treat animals and put not only the pets, but their owners’ feelings and needs first.
Breana is looking to go back to school this year, and although she might be looking more into pursing human medicine, her love for animals and nature will never leave. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her boyfriend and family, meditating, crystal shopping, and riding motorcycles.
Bio coming soon.