Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™: Our Staff

Qualified, Passionate, Committed

To us, roles are secondary to the level of care we provide. Patients see multiple people when they visit, and here, you can too.

We are so committed to bringing your pet the best possible experience, that we go the extra mile and encourage non-registered assistants to become RVTs. Both the medical and reception staff at MPAH are offered continuing education funds from the Hospital. MPAH also offers staff on-site lectures by exceptional educators -- like Nancy Shaffran, RVT, VTS of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society.


The Front-line: MPAH Reception Team

Meet your advocates and "go-to" contacts - they are invaluable liaisons to the medical staff. From making an elusive time slot work, to providing critical guidance or aiding in a difficult decision -- they're with you, and your pet. Most have been serving our client and patient community for many years, and they are very familiar with the range of services MPAH offers.

Hands-on Patient Care: RVTs & Assistants

Our nursing staff is top-notch, and we'd like to separately recognize our Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) team. Their training as licensed veterinary nursing professionals and expertise, makes a difference in your pet’s care and experience at MPAH. The number of RVTs we have on staff (12) sets us apart from other practices. The California Veterinary Medical Board provides licensing information and many other resources online, including license look-up and information for consumers.


The Experts: Veterinary Doctors

Janet Lowery, DVM
Graduate of: University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine
Year: 1981

Dr. Lowery completed her internship at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. She practiced emergency medicine for 14 years at South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Palo Alto before becoming a partner in the Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™ in 1996.

Dr. Lowery earned her DVM at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois in 1981. She completed her internship at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital and then practiced emergency medicine for 14 years at South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic (SPVEC) in Palo Alto where she earned the trust of many Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™ clients through her expertise and compassionate care in emergency situations.

She joined head nurse, Holly Bourne, RVT and administrator, Carol Schumacher, RVT in purchasing the Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™ from Drs. Bradford and Sondag in 1996. She maintains her status as a director of SPVEC, as well as a director position with Scout’s House, the rehabilitation center next door.

Dr. Lowery’s special interests are internal medicine, emergency and critical care medicine and physical rehabilitation. She partners with a physical therapist at Scout’s House to evaluate and treat animals who require physical rehabilitation. They have become respected leaders in this emerging collaborative care specialty. Outside the hospital, her hobbies include western saddle riding with her horse, and taking care of her cats.

Mia Tomola, DVM
Graduate of: University of California School of Veterinary Medicine at Davis
Year: 2006

Prior to attending Veterinary School, Dr. Tomola worked as nursing supervisor at the well respected, Veterinary Surgical Associates in San Mateo. She joined Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™ after graduation and now enjoys a very loyal following of clients who have worked with her. While most of her patients are cats and dogs, Dr. Tomola enjoys treating rabbits and pocket pets as well. She lives on the coast with her husband, 3 dogs and 4 rescue cats. She enjoys walks on the beach with the dogs.

Theresa Voss, DVM
Graduate of: University of California School of Veterinary Medicine at Davis
Year: 1989

Dr. Voss came to Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™ after graduating from veterinary school during the tenure of the previous directors, Drs. Jan Sondag and Bob Bradford who mentored her for her early clinical practice. Her special interests include veterinary dentistry and treatment of exotic pets - including rabbits, rats, hamsters, and reptiles. Currently, her office hours are limited to Fridays and Saturdays twice a month as she helps raise two young daughters with her husband, Bill in the foothills of the Sierra.

While she enjoys her rural veterinary work, Dr. Voss appreciates the connection to Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™ for access to leading edge medicine and skilled professional nursing.

Sarah Santiago, DVM
Graduate of: University of California School of Veterinary Medicine at Davis
Year: 2006

Dr. Santiago received her DVM from the University of California, Davis in 2006 and moved to New York City to participate in a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists. After completion of this program, she stayed in Manhattan's Upper West Side to practice medicine for a few years before she heard California calling her back. Upon returning to the West Coast, Dr. Santiago practiced in the South Bay prior to joining the team at Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™. She now lives on the Peninsula with her husband, daughter and French Bulldog, "Piglet." She enjoys traveling and baking in her spare time.

Lindsay Forgette, DVM
Graduate of: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Year: 2015

Dr. Forgette received her MS and DVM from Tufts University. Prior to Tufts, she worked with laboratory animals at Yale, and earned her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from UConn. She left New England to join her partner in New Mexico, and fell in love with the West. Before joining Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™, Dr. Forgette practiced veterinary medicine at VCA in San Carlos. She and her partner, share their home with a delightful little poodle puppy, named Archer. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and painting, as well as outdoor and indoor rock climbing.

Celia Megdal, DVM
Graduate of: University of California School of Veterinary Medicine at Davis
Year: 2020

Dr. Megdal received her DVM from the University of California, Davis, as a member of the Phi Zeta National Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine. While earning her DVM, she completed Veterinary Externships in at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Tampa's Lowery Park Zoo, and Georgia Aquarium. Prior to UCDavis, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Cognitive Neuroscience with focus in Animal Cognition. Dr. Megdal and her fiancé, share their home with a delightful Silky terrier mix, named Glitch. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, graphic design, as well as scuba-diving and exploring nature.