Doctors

  • Ann Bittaker, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)

    Dr. Ann Bittaker, Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Certified in Canine and Feline Medicine, graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. She completed an internship at the Sacramento Animal Medical Group in 1990, and has been with Douglas Blvd. Veterinary Clinic ever since. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Joe, as well as riding her hunter/jumper horse, gardening and spending time at the beach.

  • Linda Nickens, DVM

    Linda Nickens graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.  She completed a small animal internship at the Sacramento Animal Medical Group in 1993.  She has been at Douglas Blvd Veterinary Clinic since 1993.  When she is not driving her 3 kids to sports and Scouting events, she enjoys boating, swimming, camping, fishing, rafting, kayaking, and cooking.  Linda enjoys vacations at lakes or beaches with her immediate and extended family.

  • Diane Chesebro, DVM

    Diane Ahrendt Chesebro graduated from UCLA with a BS in nursing in 1979, followed by employment for several years as an ICU nurse.  She attended Washington State University Veterinary School, graduating in 1986.  Dr. Chesebro owned a small animal practice in Key West, Florida for 11 years.  She returned to California in 2000 and has worked at Douglas Blvd Veterinary Clinic since then.  In her free time, she enjoys cycling, skiing and raising service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence.

  • Daniel Foster, DVM

    Dan Foster attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2010. He spent 2 years working for a veterinary orthopedic surgeon in Mill Valley, CA before attending vet school. Dan graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Dan worked at Douglas Blvd Veterinary Clinic as part of the Summer Work Experience Program in 2013 and 2014, where he also enjoyed the responsibility of being the hospital handy-man.
    In his spare time, Dan likes to spend time with his wife, Erin, and their animal children, Lucy, Westley, and Mo. They enjoy being outside, especially in the UC Davis Arboretum where they walk and run with their dogs. If they are not outdoors, you will find them staying busy working on projects around the house and entertaining friends and family.

  • Kelsey Giardina, DVM

    Kelsey Giardina earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2012 from UC Davis, and then went on to graduate from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

    Kelsey and her husband, Anthony, enjoy living up in the mountains of Colfax with their dog, Archie, and two cats, O’Malley and Clover. In their spare time they enjoy hiking, quading/dirtbiking, and just relaxing and enjoying a good book! Kelsey also enjoys training with Archie, and hopes to one day enter Obedience and Rally-O competitions with him.

  • Ashley Morris, DVM

    Ashley Morris grew up in Los Angeles where she discovered her love for animals after getting her first dog and best friend, Tyler, at 8 years old. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science at UC Davis in 2015, then continued on to graduate from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. After 8 years of schooling, Ashley fell in love with the Sacramento area, and she is very excited to be joining Douglas Boulevard Veterinary Clinic!

    Ashley has a passion for the human-animal bond, and works hard to foster that bond between her clients and patients. She loves radiology, imaging, dentistry, dermatology, behavior, and puppies and kittens. 

    Outside of the veterinary world, Ashley enjoys playing on a recreational volleyball team, tending to her succulent garden, singing and listening to music, and her hobby of making hand-made wire jewelry. She also loves spending time with her two cats Shasta and Walt 

  • Pattie Lawler, DVM

    Dr. Lawler is a 2009 graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, with a BA in Psychology from University of Maryland. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a dog trainer and veterinary technician. While she was stationed in Germany with her husband, she pioneered a Pet Visitation Program for the soldiers at Landstuhl Army Hospital and taught Pet First Aid classes for the American Red Cross. Dr. Lawler has an interest in canine behavior, recently completing a Don Low Fellowship with the Veterinary Behavior Service at UC Davis. She especially enjoys nurturing the Human-Animal Bond through preventative medicine, positive training and early intervention in both medical & behavioral issues. She completed her Fear Free Certification and is committed to handling her patients with care and compassion. Dr. Lawler lives with her husband and 4 dogs: 2 Standard Poodles (Turner & Garvey) and 2 Papillons (Louis & Frankie). They enjoy traveling, hiking, attending sporting events and hosting game nights with friends & family. Dr. Lawler also enjoys training her poodles using positive reinforcement and clicker training and is working towards their titles in Trick Dog, Parkour and Rally-O.