Meet Our Team
Karen Jackett, Owner
Dr. Karen Jackett grew up in Orange County in Southern California. She moved north to attend college in Davis, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in 1983, followed by her DVM degree in 1989. Dr. Jackett started at Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic in 1991, and she purchased the practice in 2004. After so many years here, Dr. Jackett feels a close connection with her many long-time clients and patients, and she thanks the local community for their support over the years.
When not caring for others pets, Dr. Jackett spends time with her own extensive menagerie of dogs, cats, goats, chickens and horses. She enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, trail-riding and showing her horses in cutting horse competitions.
David Johnson, VMD
Dr. David Johnson was raised in Southern California and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from U.C Irvine, and his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career of over 30 years, Dr. Johnson has owned 3 veterinary practices in 3 different states. This diversity of experience and knowledge acquired proves useful in his every day practice of veterinary medicine and interactions with clients and their pets medical needs.
Dr. Johnson shares his life with his wife, step daughter and dogs and cats. Veterinary medicine is a family love as he has both a sister and a son who are veterinarians! Dr. Johnson enjoys spending his free time gardening, fishing and experiencing the beautiful California outdoors.
Kathleen D. Griffin, DVM
Dr. Kathleen Griffin attended Kansas State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. After raising two daughters, she headed West, fell in love with the Northern Sierra Mountains, and settled in the Placerville area.
Dr. Griffin began her association with Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic in 2002, initially by providing relief veterinary services and now as a permanent staff member. When not dedicating her time to the medical and surgical care of animals, Kathy enjoys taking care of the ranch that she shares with her two horses, Millie the Mule, a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Queensland, and three of the best cats in the universe.
Candace Rapp, DVM
Dr. Candace Rapp worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician for 17 years here in the community before returning to academia. After completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science at UC Davis, she attended Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. From zoo medicine in Ohio to farm animal medicine in Nebraska, comprehensive veterinary studies took her throughout the United States. She is also certified in Veterinary Business Management and was 1 of only 2 students in California to achieve acceptance of a Business Honors Portfolio by the Veterinary Business Management Association.
Outside of academia, Dr. Rapp is married to her high school sweetheart, they have two children. She enjoys giving back to the community by fostering for Animal Services and through numerous other volunteer opportunities. Candace enjoys competing in and judging dog agility trials.
Christine, Client Service
Christine was born in Orange County and moved to Northern California 20 years ago. Coming from years of management, she changed her career path for her love of animals. After taking ROP classes in Animal Health and interning at a local animal shelter, she took a permanent position here and has made a great addition to our team.
Christine spends her free time with her husband, 2 children and 6 loving pets enjoying the great outdoors!
Cindy R, Client Service
Cindy has been a resident of Pleasant Valley for over 10 years. She and her husband, Dave share their property with their Terrier Mix, Cecil, and Cecil's kitty, Ida (she is from Idaho!). Although Cindy maintains her RN license, these days she prefers working close to home with four-legged furry patients. Cindy joined Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic in July of 2014 and is known for her warm smile and friendly greeting!
In her spare time, Cindy enjoys cooking, gardening, working in their home vineyard and making wine.
Amy, RVT (Lead Registered Veterinary Technician)
Amy has worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 1987; most of those years have been here at Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic. Over the years, Amy has worked on and off doing relief work for an emergency hospital, where she was able to perfect invaluable skills. Amy's favorite part of her job, of course, is the animals and their owners, but her real love is dentistry and surgical assisting.
Amy stays busy with her husband and their 2 children. She enjoys camping, gardening, and just hanging out with her 3 dogs, multiple cats, and Sulcata tortoise.
Jenni grew up in Pleasant Valley and attended Ponderosa High School where she participated in FFA showing both sheep and rabbits. She attended Sacramento State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development in 2005. Her love of animals sent her back to school in 2010 to attain an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Jenni joined our healthcare team in February 2011.
In her free time, Jenni enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children. They share their home with 3 goats, 2 hamsters, 3 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. Other past times include dog agility and volunteering in the community.
Becky has enjoyed working in the veterinary field for many years, and has worked at Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic on and off over the last 15 years. Becky is trained in disaster response for animals, and is a volunteer for SCLAR. Becky and her husband lives in Grizzly Flats, and share their home with 2 large dogs and 4 cats. They enjoy hiking in the forest with their dogs, and riding their ATV’s.
Lori attended Cosumnes River College, obtaining an Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. Lori has been a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) since 2000, and has extensive experience in Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary nursing. Lori grew up in Placerville and has a huge passion for all animals and the outdoors. Lori’s children are a Siberian Husky/Malamute mix named Ouija and a German Shepherd/Malamute mix named Zero. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dogs, camping, four wheeling, horseback riding, shooting and archery. Lori loves the mountains and exploring new places, and travels whenever she can.
Emily B, CVA
Emily has lived in El Dorado County all her life. Born in South Lake Tahoe, she moved to Placerville when she was 7, and loves to call it home. She is a graduate of Union Mine High school and joined Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic in 2010. She became a Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2015.
Emily enjoys activities outdoors and spending time at home with her own pets, a dog and 2 cats. She also spends her time pet sitting. Although Emily is unsure about what career path to take in the future, she is loving the veterinary field.
Emily N, CVA
Emily was born and raised in El Dorado County. She joined Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic in March of 2012. She is a graduate of Union Mine High school and is currently in the Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster College. Emily loves working in the hospital caring for the animals on a daily basis. In her spare time, Emily loves to spend time with her bunny and kitty at home as well as taking small trips to the coast.
Kristine A, CVPM (Practice Manger)
Kris has worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 1995, and has been with Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic since 1998. Kris has been in El Dorado County since 1986, spending 11 years in South Lake Tahoe, before making her home in Placerville. Kris attended St. Petersburg College, studying veterinary practice management, and received the CVPM (Certified veterinary Practice Manager) designation in 2009.
Kris resides in Pleasant Valley and shares her life with her husband, 2 Labradors and 3 cats. Kris enjoys kayaking, camping and traveling and has been many wonderful places, including the Galapagos Islands. Kris enjoys community involvement as a member of the Pleasant Valley Grange, Fire Safe Council, CERT and SCLAR and is trained in disaster response for animals.
Doreen has been with Pleasant Valley Pet Clinic since 2013, after she retired from a career in dispatch. She was very excited to work with animals, and is our lead boarding care taker. She loves spending time in the kennels with everyone's pets!
Doreen is a lifelong owner and lover of animals with a house full of dogs, almost all senior and/or disabled. Doreen has a soft spot for dogs who need extra TLC, and provides a loving home for them. Doreen's hobbies include cleaning (with special needs dogs she logs extra cleaning time), reading, archery and travel. She and her dogs also share a home with Doreen's husband.