Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Ravi Dhaliwal - Oncology
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline)
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana India
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
All Care Animal Referral Center, Fountain Valley, CAC
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Masters of Science
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Dr. Dhaliwal was born and raised in India. His love, passion and affection to understand the animal kingdom began at an early age and he was heavily influenced by his grandparents to enter the veterinary profession.
After completing the requirements for a DVM program at Iowa State University, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at All Care Animal Referral Center in Southern California. He then joined the University of Illinois for a residency and MS program in small animal clinical oncology. He is board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of oncology and he has further obtained board certification with American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline species.
Dr. Dhaliwal is considered an educator, and he voluntarily serves on various professional associations to expand veterinary internal medicine profession and educate the new, current and future veterinarians. He firmly believes in educating his clients about their pet’s health, managing their diseases and empowering them with the latest approaches available. Since all cancer cases do not need a procedure he is a firm believer of palliative care.
His special interest lies in challenging hematology cases. Over the years he has authored or co-authored 20 refereed publications in peer reviewed scientific journals, 8 research abstracts, and several book chapters and had the opportunity to speak at various scientific and professional forums. During his cancer training program he was a selected participant at the Molecular Biology of Cancer workshop in Aspen Colorado, sponsored by American Association for Cancer Research. Besides being an active member of several veterinary associations he is also an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Dhaliwal has lived in the Silicon Valley community for the past decade. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing. He has a special interest in theatre, music, drama and ballroom dancing.
Dr. Michael Moore – Internal Medicine
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
DVM, Oklahoma State University
Master of Science, Washington State University
Department: Internal Medicine
Dr. Moore obtained his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. After completing his post DVM education, he was on faculty at Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Moore accepted a position in private practice at All Care Animal Referral Center in Fountain Valley California and later became a partner. He is now excited to be in practice in San Jose at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists.
Dr. Moore has lectured extensively in gastroenterology, hepatology, respiratory diseases, endocrinology and neurology and has authored/co-authored over 100 publications. He has given numerous continuing education seminars to specialist and generalists, nationally, internationally and at local veterinary association meetings. While at WSU he was the head of the Small Animal Medicine Section and was responsible for faculty, house officers and staff. Among other duties Dr. Moore was a member of the Deans Advisory Council. Dr. Moore was instrumental in developing a highly significant neurology service while as WSU. He maintained and ran an electrodiagnostic service offering ancillary neurodiagnostic services including electromyography, nerve conduction studies, brain stem auditory evoked responses, electroencephalography, electroretinography, and somatosensory evoked potentials. Additionally, Dr. Moore has achieved excellence in ultrasonography and echocardiography. He has extensive skills in all types of endoscopy. Laparoscopy and interventional radiological procedures such as placement of stents (tracheal and urethral) are a keen area of interests.
Dr. Moore was employed at All Care Animal Referral Center in Fountain Valley, CA as head of the internal medicine section. During his tenure there the internal medicine section grew from a 1 doctor practice to a 5 doctor practice. He influenced the development of a highly successful neurology service. In 2007 VCA purchased All Care Animal Referral Center. Soon thereafter, Dr. Moore was offered a unique opportunity to become part owner. In August of 2013 Dr. Moore divested from this partnership and relocated to San Jose to open Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, serving as the Medical Director.
For leisurely activities, Dr. Moore enjoys spending time with his wife Beverly and his family including three four-legged members Petunia, Reba and Cowboy. He enjoys playing the guitar (rhythm and lead) and is a founding member of a band known as the Idiopathics located in Pullman, WA. He also enjoys carpentry, grilling on the barbeque and Sous vide cooking.
Dr. Robert W. Moore – Surgery
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Robert Moore grew up in Florida surrounded by orange groves and family pets. After attending the University of Florida, he graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 and then completed internship and surgical residency training at Colorado State University along with a Masters in Science during the same period. He completed ACVS certification two years later after moving to Southern California and entering private practice. During his career he founded and served as director for 7 veterinary hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange County and received surgical referral cases during that time. He has worked extensively in the southwestern US region in multiple large surgical and specialty referral practices for the past 10 years.
Dr. Robert Moore’s surgical practice includes advanced orthopedics, soft tissue, neurologic and oncologic related procedures.
His outside of work activities revolve around his family (wife and 4 kids), working on the farm raising Devon cows, and enjoying time in the sky as a private pilot and builder of experimental aircraft.
Dr. Sherry Appel – Surgery
Sherry L. Appel, JD, DVM, DVsC, CCRT
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Appel earned her first degree in mathematics/computational science from UCLA. Thereafter, she obtained her Juris Doctorate (law degree) from Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley. Dr. Appel left her career as a corporate attorney to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian, taking her veterinary pre-requisites while working full time. After graduating sixth in her class at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, she did an internship at the University of Missouri. This was immediately followed by surgical residency at the University of Guelph in Canada, earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Science in 2009. In 2010, she became a board certified surgeon. Dr. Appel joined the practice of Dr. Gary Brown, a renowned veterinary surgeon, and fine-tuned her skills. While there, Dr. Appel became a preceptor for Western Veterinary College and enjoys teaching veterinary students clinical approaches to solving patient concerns. As part of her own continuing education, she became certified in canine rehabilitation.
Dr. Appel is skilled in a wide range of procedures. She has successfully tackled complex orthopedic challenges from angular limb deformity to limb lengthening, and treating non-healing fractures with use of cutting edge biologic innovations such as recombinant bone morphogenic protein. Beyond orthopedics, her practice includes neurosurgery, soft tissue surgery, and oncologic/reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Appel joined Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists (SVVS) because the practice strives to provide the best medicine, the best care and because of its commitment to the community it serves. Please reach out to Dr. Appel when you want a doctor to take the time to understand the needs of you and your pet, and to address your concerns, whether they are simple or complex.
Away from work, Dr. Appel lives in south San Jose with her husband and rescued cats with medical problems. She enjoys outdoor activities, and loves to see dogs hiking in the local parks
Dr. Cheri Nielsen – Surgery
Dr. Cheri Nielsen has been providing innovative and compassionate surgical care in the SF Bay Area since 2006, and is thrilled to help South Bay pets at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists. She has a particular passion for minimally invasive procedures (i.e.laparoscopy/thoracoscopy) and also for the advanced reconstruction techniques required with many cancer surgeries. Dr. Nielsen is skilled in a wide range of procedures and her surgical practice includes orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue, and oncologic/reconstructive surgery. Patient comfort and client communication are top priorities for Dr. Nielsen, who feels fortunate to work with such a dedicated and skilled nursing staff round the clock at SVVS.
Dr. Nielsen earned an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in applied mathematics. It wasn’t until her second year of medical school at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, when her own dog needed the services of a surgical specialist, that she became aware of veterinary surgery as a career option. This opened the door to a life-changing decision; she left Johns Hopkins to pursue a veterinary career. She earned her DVM degree at UC Davis while concurrently completing an MS degree in biomedical engineering then continued on to a one-year clinical internship at Colorado State University. She completed a three-year surgical residency at the University of Minnesota and successfully fulfilled the rigorous credentialing and examination requirements to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in small animal surgery.
Away from work, Dr. Nielsen and her husband (also a veterinarian) recently returned from hiking the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico, pursuing a lifelong dream for them both. She also enjoys trail running, cycling, gardening, and most any type of active or outdoor activity. They share their home with Nigel, an aggressively social three-legged cat, who came to them by way of the Humane Society and who has never met a dog (or person) he doesn’t like.
Dr. Carrie Jurney – Neurology
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
Dr. Jurney completed her residency at the University of Pennsylvania and was boarded in 2009. She moved to the Bay Area and has practiced both locally and as a locum consultant. Dr. Jurney received her advanced neurosurgical certificate in 2011 and is a founding member of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society.
She is an enthusiastic clinician, who particularly enjoys neurosurgery, neurocritical care and takes interest in inflammatory brain diseases. As a lover of neurology and an enthusiastic teacher, she takes delight in helping her patients, their owners and her referral veterinarians navigate the challenges of neurologic disease.
Dr. Lilian Good - Emergency
Dr. Lillian Good joined the team at SVVS as a Criticalist to better serve the needs of our most ill and injured patients. She completed her veterinary education at Cornell University, and pursued internship and residency training at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. She obtained board certification with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2004. Dr. Good has been practicing in Northern California for the past 13 years, and is excited to now be of service to the greater San Jose area. She loves taking care of patients and their families to speed their recovery and return to loving homes.
When not taking care of her veterinary patients, Dr. Good enjoys spending time with her 2 legged and 4 legged family. Hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, snowboarding, and playing with kids fills her out of work life with fun and happiness.
Dr. Ryan Wheeler- Emergency
Dr. Ryan Wheeler grew up in the East Bay always knowing he wanted to practice veterinary medicine. He graduated from Chico State University and attended veterinary school at Ross University with his clinical rotations done at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wheeler was the first non-University of Minnesota student to receive the emergency and critical-care award.
Dr. Wheeler pursued further training by doing a small animal emergency and surgery internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He completed his residency in emergency and critical care in the East Bay in January of 2016.
Dr. Wheeler's medical interest include fluid and electrolyte therapy, acid base analysis, the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock, and the treatment of traumatic injuries. Dr. Wheeler has co-authored a chapter in the book "Monitoring and Intervention for the Critically Ill Small Animal: The Rule of 20" and he enjoys lecturing and teaching.
Dr. Wheeler enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine. He enjoys taking care of critically ill and injured animals in their time of need and supporting their owners through that difficult time. Dr. Wheeler looks forward to providing exceptional care to the pets and owners of the South Bay and is excited to be part of the Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists team.
In his free time Dr. Wheeler enjoys the outdoors, obstacle racing, CrossFit, and fly fishing.
Dr. Nicole Pacheco- Emergency
Dr. Nicole Pacheco was born and raised in the south Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education in biochemistry and molecular biology from UC Davis, graduating with honors. She continued on in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to receive her DVM, where she graduated with Phi Zeta honors. Dr. Pacheco then completed a rotating internship with intensive experiences in emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery and general practice at PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rose before moving back to the south Bay Area. She has since been practicing as a small animal emergency clinician.
She loves caring for her patients and making them comfortable in the hospital environment. Her professional interests include emergency and internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, and the human animal bond.
She lives in San Jose with her husband, and their adorable Mini Australian Shepherd, CJ. In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, gardening, playing the piano, and spending time with their horses and goats.
Dr. Beau Bedell-Emergency
Dr. Bedell was born in Monterey, and raised in Santa Cruz county. He attended high school at Monterey High where his father worked as a teacher and principal. Dr. Bedell earned a B.S. in Biology from Santa Clara University in 2004 and spent the next two years working as a veterinary technician while completing prerequisite courses for veterinary school. Dr. Bedell was accepted to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, earning his DVM in 2010.
After graduation, Dr. Bedell spent the next five years working in small animal general practices in Sacramento, Mountain View, Dublin and San Martin before making the transition to emergency medicine at SVVS in April 2015. Dr. Bedell relishes the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges presented by the complex cases seen in emergency medicine and loves the feeling of satisfaction that comes with seeing critical patients improve and go home with their happy owners.
Dr. Bedell lives in South San Jose with his wife (Coleen), daughter (Annabelle), son (Renn), two Labradors (Trinity, a former guide dog for the blind and Lucille), and three cats (Hubbard, Macey, and Rocky). Dr. Bedell is a fitness enthusiast and avid golfer who enjoys movies, music and reading.
Dr. Amy Hoover – Emergency
Dr. Hoover was born in Walnut Creek and raised in Livermore. She received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from San Jose State University. She then moved to the South to receive her veterinary degree from Auburn University and graduated Cum Laude. During her veterinary education she had an opportunity to volunteer her time at Noah's Arc. She worked with multiple animals including "BLT" a trio made up of a Bengal tiger, an African lion, and an American black bear raised together after being rescued as juveniles. Dr. Hoover is currently completing her rotating internship at SVVS in emergency, surgery, oncology, internal medicine, and neurology.
Her veterinary interests include surgery, emergency medicine, and internal medicine.
She currently lives in San Jose with her husband (Travis) and her childhood cat (Flash). In her spare time she enjoys singing, going to the beach, and relaxing with friends and family.
Dr. Kristine Chan –Cardiology
Originally from New York City, Dr. Kristine Chan received her BS and DVM degrees from Cornell University. She completed an internship at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and a cardiology residency at the California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, where she achieved board certification in 2009. She subsequently joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Heart Institute as a post-doctoral fellow, for further cardiac training.
She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, an Affiliate member of the American College of Cardiology, and a California Medical Reserve Corps disaster relief volunteer. She volunteers her time to the animals of the Oakland Zoo and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
After her training, she thought she would move back home, but met her husband who was born and bred in San Francisco. So Dr. Chan is here in the Bay to stay! In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking, yoga, and playing fetch with Butters, their rescue cat with an atrial septal defect.
Dr. Amalia Zacher – Dentistry
Veterinarian Dr. Amalia Zacher has been practicing dentistry and oral surgery for more than 5 years, and has been working in the greater San Francisco Bay Area for more than 3 years.
Dr. Zacher graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and then completed a second B.S. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz before applying to vet school. After earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine from UC Davis, Dr. Zacher completed a rotating small animal internship at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, followed by an academic residency and oral surgery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Zacher is particularly interested in oral surgery, periodontal disease and endodontic disease. She published a review of veterinary oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques in the May 2013 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice.
Having grown up in the Bay Area, Dr. Zacher is happy and feels very fortunate to return home and practice her passion- veterinary dentistry. In her spare time, Dr. Zacher enjoys hiking and going to the beach with her long term boyfriend and her dogs, as well as enjoying fiction, natural history and ethnic foods.
At Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, we are here when you need us.