Meet Our Veterinary Staff

Mike Sozanski, D.V.M.

East Bay SPCA Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Mike Sozanski graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 1979. He moved to the Bay Area in 1980 and does not miss the winters in upstate New York at all! Although he enjoys all aspects of being a veterinarian, he is especially interested in surgery. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners since 1988. At one point he had 4 cats, a dog, 3 birds, a rat, a rabbit and 3 teenage girls at home— but now has just one dog, Ivy.  During his spare time he enjoys trail running, swimming, travel, photography, and developing web applications.


Cynthia Metcalf, B.V.m.&s.

East Bay SPCA Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Cynthia Metcalf is a California native with a long history in the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Scotland in 2010 (the BVM&S is the international equivalent of the DVM). For the past 3 years she has been practicing large and small animal medicine in Queensland, Australia. In her free time you'll find her gardening with her cats Lenore and Loulou, SCUBA diving or spending time with friends and family.




East Bay SPCA Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Gwen Gadd, Oakland, veterinary, vetDr. Gwen Gadd is a card carrying, non-skiing Colorado native who decided to experience life in the Bay area. She graduated with her degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1996. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has treated everything from stray chickens and hedgehogs to the more conventional dogs and cats. On a personal level, Gwen loves getting lost with her dog Roo, photography, short story writing and pretty much anything that allows her to learn new things.



Amie Knieper, D.V.M.

East Bay SPCA Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Amie Knieper grew up in Texas and attended veterinary school at Cornell University in upstate New York before relocating to the favorable climate of the Bay Area. She enjoys seeing cats and dogs, taking pride in the fact her days are spent improving the lives of her patients, from excited puppies to cranky geriatric cats. Dr. Knieper shares her home with two cats, Figaro and Dot, that she rescued as tiny feral kittens. In her free time, she volunteers with local organizations to provide veterinary care to the pets of the homeless. Dr. Knieper also enjoys cycling, rock climbing, gardening and baking.



East Bay SPCA Staff Veterinarian

veterinary clinic, vet, Dr. WatanabeDr. Watanabe is a Bay Area native, and graduated from veterinary school at University of California, Davis in 2006. She enjoys performing surgeries as well as meeting and playing with her dog and cat patients! She has two cats (Snowshoe and Milkyway) and one dog (Tofu). Dr. Watanabe spends her free time scrapbooking, rock climbing, hiking, and going on new adventures with her family.


Maddies Fund  

East Bay SPCA is a member of Maddie’s® Treatable Assistance Program