Our Veterinarian Doctors
Dr. Penelope Bowden
Dr. Bowden was born in England and at the age of 2 her family moved to southern California where she grew up. She graduated from U.C. Davis with a degree in biochemistry and from University of Georgia with her D.V.M. degree. She worked in Houston Texas for 2 years before moving back to the bay area in 1993.
She started working at Lincoln Ave in July 1993- 19 years!!! And we love having her here.
Dr. Bowden is married, has three sons, numerous dogs, cats, and enjoys the outdoors!
Dr. Maryssa Chiarello
Dr. Maryssa Chiarello grew up on the East coast, in New York and North Carolina. She graduated from New York University. She graduated in 2002 as a Chemistry major. during her undergraduate years, she started working part-time as a veterinary assistant. After graduation, she moved to Kansas City and worked as a full-time veterinary technician for one year. Her next stop was at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, before heading further west to California.
On her days off, Dr. Chiarello enjoys spending time with her dogs, running, hiking, musical theater, and playing the piano.
Dr. Kevin Nagel
Dr.Kevin Nagel grew up in upstate New York and always had dreams of winter sunshine. He attended Cornell University for both his undergrad and veterinary degrees, and graduated with his DVM in 2009. He promptly moved out the Bay Area where he worked for a year on the coast before coming down to LAVC in San Jose. He has broad professional interests, including general small animal (dog and cat) medicine and surgery, eye issues, clinical pathology (looking at stuff under microscopes) and helping the occasional exotic pet. He does his best to encourage he human-animal bond, and believes in LAVC's practice of having pet owners be an integral par of making decisions.
In his free time, Dr. Nagel enjoys brewing his own beer, hiking, camping, reading James Michener books and watching such varied TV shows as Dexter, Mad Men, and Glee. Dr. Nagel enjoys spending time with his dog Meg (8 year old pit bull mix) and cat Darwin (1-1/2 year old domestic short hair).