Emergency Veterinarians

Christian Robison

DVM, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Robison received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 1995, and completed his internship the following year at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. He remained in Santa Cruz in general practice until 1998 when he joined the newly created PSCVS. Dr. Robison is known for his great and abiding love and advocacy for all creatures, as well as for his exceptional skills and wide-ranging knowledge in emergency medicine.

Mark Saphir

DVM, Emergency Medicine

A native of Chicago, Dr. Saphir graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and finished his clinical year at Colorado State University in June 2007. He then completed an internship in small animal emergency and critical care and surgery at Animal Urgent Care in Escondido, CA. He enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine and has special interests in emergency surgery and trauma. Dr. Saphir shares his life with Stewie, his yellow labrador and his 3 cats Gus, Gonzo, and Tonka Truck. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, backcountry camping, skiing, traveling, and is a diehard Chicago sports fan.

Jessica Kurek

DVM, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Kurek graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, where a dynamic emergency caseload provided her with a wide breadth of experience in emergency medicine, trauma, and critical care. Her special interests include emergency surgery, trauma, infectious disease, and wildlife medicine. She joined PSCVS in August 2010. She is excited to be helping animals back near her hometown and spends her life outside of work with her wonderful family and pets. She also enjoys backpacking, dance, running, and water sports in her free time.

Sara Heidelberger

DVM, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Heidelberger graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and completed a rotating small animal internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital in San Diego the following year. She loves wildlife medicine as well as emergency medicine, and enjoys volunteering at an exotics spay/neuter clinic and the Marine Mammal Center. She spends her spare time exploring the world with her Aussie pup Charlie, and enjoying beach life to the fullest.

Johanne Lu

DVM, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Johanne Lu obtained her DVM degree from the University of California, Davis in 2004. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Animal Specialty Group (Los Angeles, CA). She went on to practice general and emergency medicine at a 24-Hour hospital in Los Angeles. She recently relocated to Northern California and joined Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital in 2017. Her professional interests include surgery and emergency medicine. In her free time, Dr. Lu enjoys spending time with her husband and their rescue dog, Einstok. She enjoys hiking, pottery, snowboarding, scuba diving, and travel.

Katie Jensen

DVM, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Katie Jensen grew up in Morgan Hill, California. She has always had a passion for helping animals and began working as a veterinary technician at a young age. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California Davis and during her undergraduate years she lived in an apartment above the veterinary hospital where she worked. She then went on to become a Registered Veterinary Technician working in a busy 24 hour emergency practice in San Francisco.

Dr. Jensen is proud to have earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in Massachusetts but she’s glad to be back home in the California sunshine. Dr. Jensen’s professional interest include emergency medicine, dentistry and general surgery.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, their Boston Terrier Mickey, their one-eyed rescue cat Willie and their 5 chickens. Dr. Jensen also enjoys yoga, quilting and hiking the beautiful central coast.

Alexander Nicki

DVM, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Alexander Nicki obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in Canada in 2001, after which, he applied and was chosen for an internship at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital, where he completed rotations in small animal medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery. After completion of his internship program, Dr. Nicki went into small animal emergency practice in Salt Lake City, Utah at a 24-hour emergency hospital. He returned to Santa Cruz in 2003 to become an associate veterinarian with the emergency service at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. His professional interests include emergency medicine and surgery. Dr. Nicki is a member of the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

He spends his free time hiking, running, mountain climbing, and camping and has traveled extensively in Asia, South America, and Europe. Dr. Nicki shares his home with his Border Collie, Aiden.