Meet our Doctors
Dr. Kevin Alvine
A Central Valley native, I grew up north of Turlock in the small agricultural community of Hughson. At the University of California, Davis, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and my DVM from the University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, I joined Lander Vet and have been a part of the staff family for fourteen years.
I chose veterinary medicine as my profession because I love the practice of medicine and working with animals to help my clients. Other responsibilities at Lander Vet include developing and modifying computer software for billing, point of sale and associated programs.
My free time passion centers around my two wonderful children, Quinn and Rory. Backpacking, hiking, running and photography are among my other interests.
Dr. Thomas Bauman
Received Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from the University of California at Davis and completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at UC-Davis in 2011.
My focus over the past five years, since joining the staff at Lander Vet, has been the analysis of dairy data, individual cow medicine, sheep and goat medicine and small scale agriculture. I really enjoy both agriculture and veterinary medicine. Livestock veterinary practice is the perfect blend of these two interests, which became my primary reason to become a veterinarian.
Working at Lander provides the opportunity to become an integral part of livestock production and working as a team with our livestock producers. Finding practical solutions to the many challenges inherent with livestock production can help contribute to the producer’s success.
In my free time, I enjoy gardening, reading, hiking and taking care of my very small cattle herd.
Dr. Michael Betts
Born and raised in Oregon, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Oregon State University – Go Beavers! Then it was off to veterinary school at Ross University on the island of St. Kitts. My clinical rotation was completed at the University of Illinois and there received my DVM degree. I’ve been on staff here at Lander Veterinary Clinic since graduating.
As a veterinarian at Lander, I most enjoy being outdoors and working with cows (The “Mothers of Civilization” – sent by God) and helping our dairymen, who are the most down to earth people around! It’s the perfect combination of all the things I love to do in the fascinating world of animal medicine.
Spending quality time with my wife, Lynette, (also a veterinarian), and our two daughters, Deryn and Delilah is only paused for a bit during college football season… attention then turns solely to my beloved OSU Beavers!
Dr. Patrick Brinson
Received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University and my DVM from North Carolina State, College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, I joined the staff at Lander in the practice of veterinary medicine.
Growing up in a rural central North Carolina town, I was surrounded by agriculture. Being around dairy producers, their farm staff and working with cattle is the primary reason I decided to become a veterinarian. It’s very fulfilling to help our producers provide a quality, nutritious product to the consumers here at Lander Vet.
Now happily married to my wife, Jenny, we like the company of our two dogs, Piper and Raleigh. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, hunting, hiking and rooting for the NFL Carolina Panthers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Dr. Robert Cherenson
Most folks know me as “Dr. Bob”. I’m originally from New Jersey and received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University and DVM degree from Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Having worked as a veterinarian here at Lander for over 27 years, I still very much enjoy working with livestock and our great livestock producers. I especially love working outside (on nice days). It brings me back to the days when I worked back East and ran a Jersey dairy farm in Massachusetts before moving to California. Problem solving now on behalf of my clients is most rewarding.
My focus is on herd reproductive management, surgery, immunology, internal medicine and overall dairy management. Collaborating with my colleagues on specific dairy issues makes serving a great group of clients very beneficial.
I am married to Lisa, a hospice nurse. We have two young adult children and our first amazing grandchild! I enjoy spending free time in the great outdoors and nature photography.
Currently serve on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Previously served on the AVMA’s Council on Education.
Graduate of Class 29 in the California Agriculture Leadership Program.
Dr. Edwin G. Fisher
Received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis and continued with my DVM degree at UC-Davis.
Since growing up on a small rural farm in Hughson, California, a few miles north of Turlock here in the Central Valley, I’ve focused on the need for secondary school improvement and student success. Over the past 20 years, I’ve served on many Hughson School District Committees, including Ag Advisory and Career Tech Ed.
My decision to become a veterinarian goes back to my roots in Hughson where I knew as a boy I wanted to be a veterinarian. During my years at UC-Davis, I spent a great deal of time here at Lander Vet where I was mentored by Drs. Ron Terra, Norm La Faunce and Gary Daley.
The camaraderie and collegiality for over 27 years here at Lander Vet, not only with others vets, but with our clients and staff as well is most appreciated. There’s always a challenge and something new to learn. Watching clients succeed in livestock production and finding solutions to their many challenges is certainly the most rewarding part of our work.
My high school sweetheart, Jenean, and I recently retired after coaching track & field at Hughson Middle and High School levels for 13 years and as meet director for the annual Hughson & Ross Invitationals. My relaxations include backpacking, family vacations with our four children, antique shopping and conservative principles.
- American Association of Bovine Practitioners
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- California Veterinary Medical Association
- Graduate of Class 31 in California Agricultural Leadership Program
Dr. Bryan Halteman
Originally from Pennsylvania, I received my Associates Degree in Wildlife Technology from Penn State University in 1979 and Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Slippery Rock University in 1982. My Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine was received at the University of California-Davis in 1989. An MBA in Agribusiness was completed at the University of Guelph in 2011.
I’ve practiced at Lander Veterinary Clinic since graduating from UC-Davis in 1989. My interests extend to business and finance, using derivatives (forward contracting, futures and options) to hedge prices for the QMS Division and to offer business management services to Lander Vet clients.
My passion outside the Clinic is directed to Christian international relief and development projects, serving with the Christian Veterinary Mission, Send International and Central Asian Partners to Kenya, Albania and Kyrgyzstan.
Outdoor activities are my favorite pastimes, especially fishing, softball, photography, camping and travel. My two daughters, Moriah and Madelyn share my enthusiasm for animals, sports and travel.
CVMA, AVMA, AARP, CA Food Animal VMA, NSJVMA, SFT, ARV.
Service: AABP Finance Committee; Alternate Delegate to CA Food Animal VMA in the CVMA House of Delegates.
Dr. Kavishti Kokaram
Having grown up on the little Caribbean island of Trinidad, I decided that I should broaden my horizons and be an adventurer, so I left for the United States to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Ecology and Chemistry at the University of Maine.
I got my DVM degree at Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. I initially joined the staff of Northwest Veterinary Associates in Vermont, honing my skills in dairy practice and production medicine for five years before pulling up roots and moving across country to join the staff at Lander Veterinary Clinic in Turlock, California.
At Lander I’ve had the pleasure of being able to work alongside some incredible veterinarians and some truly “salt of the earth” farmers. My special veterinary interests include reproductive ultrasound and fetal sexing, herd health management and problem-solving with emphasis on transition cow management and early calf-care/replacement heifer programs, vaccinology, and small ruminant and camelid medicine.
Working with our clients here in the Central Valley has also had a carryover effect into my position in the US Army Reserves in providing Agricultural support local host nation agencies and insight on public health and preventive medicine.
Today, with my wife, Amanda, and our son Matthias, we live in Denair, California with our four dogs and a vindictive tortoise, fittingly named Diablo. If we’re not volunteering with Stanislaus County Animal Services or various local rescues or adding to our growing band of foster misfits, we’re usually hiking with the dogs, kayaking, rafting down some river or wine tasting.
- American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP)
- National Mastitis Council (NMC)
- Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA)
- American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP)
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Medical Association (NSJVMA)
Dr. Norman LaFaunce
Born and raised in northern California, I attended the University of California-Davis as an undergraduate and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. At Cornell University, I studied on a National Institute of Health fellowship, receiving an MBA degree in Theriogenology.
After practicing in Cortland, New York for one year, in 1973 I returned to California and joined Lander Vet Clinic. In 1979, I returned to Cornell University as an Assistant Professor in the department of Clinical Science. I returned to Lander in 1981 and have practiced here ever since.
I have been married to my wife, Barbara, for 45 years and we have two grown daughters.
Dr. Lori Lenihan
Born and raised in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1998. Prior to attending veterinary school, I worked on a dairy farm in Onslow, Nova Scotia milking cows and helping run the dairy. For over two years I was then employed as a pharmaceutical representative for Bimeda-MTC Animal Health.
My Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine was received at the University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College in 2005. Upon graduation, I immediately began practice at Lander Veterinary Clinic. My passion is for everything COW… It’s the reason I moved half-way across the world to work for Lander!
That same passion extends to animal welfare and my back yard is full of rescue animals (ducks, cows, dogs, cats…) I enjoy working as the student coordinator for the Clinic, responsible for setting up externships with students the world over.
Outside of work, I can usually be found participating in some sports event: playing in two soccer leagues, two softball leagues and have recently become a cycling addict. In between, I enjoy hiking, camping and social events.
Vice-President of the Northern San Joaquin Valley Veterinary Medical Association (NSJVMA).
Alternate delegate for the House of Delegates for the CVMA, member of the CVMA, AABP and AVMA.
Dr. Michael Steine
My Bachelor and Doctorate studies in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery were completed at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, located at Edinburgh, Scotland.
Consulting with our clients in planning sound nutrition programs as part of herd health management has proven to be a welcomed part of my practice in recent years.
For eleven years here at Lander Vet, it’s been enjoyable to have a diverse group of professionals and help from a great support staff. It’s equally enjoyable to be working in agriculture with a set of awesome clients!
American Association of Bovine Practitioners
American Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Sonia Lachapelle
I grew up on a dairy farm in Québec, Canada, and I soon developed a passion not just for cows but for ag in general. In fact, I was pretending to do preg checks in the sand pit when 5 years old, so I figured that I was predestined to be a large animal vet. I love cows and I appreciate the contact with dairy producers and workers.
I graduated from vet school in 2013, worked as a large animal vet in a private practice in Québec for 4 years and then for Boviteq for a year. These positions gave me the opportunity to learn embryology—flush, OPU, embryo implantation. I am now part of the dynamic OPU team at Lander Vet. When not working, I like training for half marathons/triathlons, hiking (Adirondacks, Grand Canyon, Half Dome) as well as being involved with youth programs.
Dr. Blaine Melody
Dr. Tia Simon
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Animal Science at North Carolina State University and then continued to earn my DVM at North Carolina State as well.
Growing up in Clayton, North Carolina I always had a passion for taking care of animals, but I didn’t discover my interest in cattle medicine until I started working at the NC State Dairy Education Unit. Having the opportunity to work on a dairy farm and visit various other beef and dairy operations throughout school really solidified my decision in wanting to work with these animals and producer after I graduated.
I joined the Lander team in June of 2020 and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring California and getting to know the local farmers. In my spare time I enjoy hiking with my dogs Tito and Shirley, camping and training for various running events.
Dr. Karen Taylor
Originally from Georgia, I received my Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Berry College (2013) and my Masters of Science in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from Clemson University (2015). I then attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with my DVM in 2019.
I have worked at Lander since graduating from vet school and have enjoyed living and working on the west coast. My specific veterinary interests include calf thoracic ultrasound, data analysis, herd health, and transition cow management. I also enjoy working with beef cattle and our small ruminant friends.
Outside of work I enjoy hanging out with my husband Pete and our two dogs. I also enjoy craft beer, wine tasting, cross stitching, and reading.