The team at Bayside Veterinary Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.
Valerie Christiansen, DVM
Valerie Christiansen, grew up in Fresno, California. She received her degree from U.C. Davis in 1989 and her Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine. Before purchasing Bayside Veterinary Hospital in January, 2006, she worked as an associate veterinarian in Napa for 13 years. Dr. Christiansen is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Napa-Solano Veterinary Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Her family includes husband Barry, children Patrick and John along with many pets. She plays and sings in a church music group and enjoys gardening and bike riding with her boys.
Beverly Daniel, Practice Manager
Beverly (also goes by Bev) is our practice manager as well as a co-owner of Bayside Veterinary Hospital. She has worked in the veterinary medicine field for many years, of which she has spent the last 12 years here at Bayside. Her passion for animals extends far into her personal life, she will never say “no” to a cat in need and her desire to help animals even extends in to our community based pet organizations. She has a slight obsession for Australian Shepherds but will never fully admit it. When Bev has “free time”, she can be found running or scoping estate sales for “Diamond in the rough” antiques that she later sells at her Antique Mall in Benicia.
Barbra Leal, Office Manager/Receptionist
Barbra is a Southern California native who relocated to the Bay Area in 2001. With that comes her loyalty to her hometown hockey team, the Los Angeles Kings. She has been with Bayside since 2004. Her Goal is to make everyone’s visit to Bayside Veterinary Hospital as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.Barbra truly loves what she does, this is shown through her commitment to helping not only our fur clients but by being a genuine friend to everyone that comes to our practice. She started at Bayside as the receptionist and has blossomed into our office manager. She has a memory like no other. In her spare time she can be found chasing after her son Tristan, or enjoying her time with her partner Eric and their house of fur babies.
Stephanie Kenoyer, Registered Veterinary Technician
Stephanie has worked in the veterinary field since 1999 and obtained her RVT license in 2006. She has always had a passion for animals, and her current pets include her two dogs, Gus and Wilma. Since her husband is allergic to cats, she has to get her kitty fix at work! When she isn’t working at Bayside, she enjoys spending her free time with her husband and is very close with her family. She loves yoga, flowers, music, baking, baseball, ballet, reading and outdoor activities like hiking and camping.
Racene Beals, Client Relations Specialist
We adopted Racene in 2015 and she has become a very important part of our front desk team and Bayside family. Racene has had pets all of her life and as a child used to “smuggle” furry creatures into her bedroom so she could take care of them. She is such an enthusiastic person with a clear passion for animals. She enjoys spending her time hiking and just hanging out with her family, which consists of her twin daughters Saharah and Karina, a dog, two cats and two turtles which are all rescues, all accept the twins of course. Racene has a great heart and is an enormous asset to Bayside.
Katharine Poles, Kennel Assistant
Katharine is born and raised in Vallejo, Ca and has worked at Bayside since 2006. During that time she attended both Solano Community college for her A.A in Graphic Design and Illustration along with English and also attended the Academy of Art University for her Bachelors of Fine arts for Animation and Special Effects. Katharine who also goes by Kat loves animals. She has three kitties of her own Bella, Ollie and Symon. During her free times, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, cooking, reading, watching tv/movies and drawing.
Jessica LaCorte, Kennel Assistant
Jessica has worked at Bayside Vet since July 2016. You can also find her spreading magic at the Sunvalley Disney Store! She is currently having a wonderful time planning to have her wedding in Disneyland. Her favorite hobbies are singing, painting, training for half marathons, and baking. She has two cuddly kitties, Christy and Zoe. She has also grown a love for her fiancé’s doggies!
Mouse, wishes she was Office Manager
My name is Mouse and I’m the clinic cat and feline blood donor. Most don’t know this about me but I am the actual Office Manager, SHHH don’t tell Barb! I can usually be found sleeping in various places, or laying on files they are trying to write in, or begging for treats.I have lived at Bayside since 2009, hence why my Bio picture is me as a kitten. I have been here my whole life and love all our clients, even the Canines.