Rialto Animal Hospital

1460 North Ayala Drive
Rialto, CA 92376

(909)875-6161

www.rialtoanimalhospital.com

Meet Our Care Team
  Our Doctors!





Dr. Jeffrey A. Creswell

Dr. Creswell was born and raised on a farm in Iowa (a good ol' Iowa boy!).  He is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine 1981.  In June of 1981, he moved to California to begin practicing small animal medicine.  He has been a full-time staff veterinarian at Rialto Animal Hospital since February 1982.  We can't say enough good things about Dr. Creswell... caring, compassionate, and committed to giving his patients the best possible care, he'll leave many of you asking if he see HUMAN patients (many of our clients have already asked!!)

Dr. Creswell's hobbies include spending time with his family, golfing, and reading. He especially loves being the best Grandpa in the world to his three grandsons and two granddaughters!

Dr. Creswell's patients include dogs, cats, rabbits, and rats. (Unfortunately, he is highly allergic to hamsters and guinea pigs...Sorry!

 

 

Dr. Shannon T. Juarez

Dr. Juarez, a Rialto native, knew at the young age of ten that she wanted to become a veterinarian.  Her aspirations were no surprise to her family and friends because of her compassion and dedication to all living creatures great and small.  She completed her undergraduate and masters degree in animal science at the University of California, Davis.  Prior to attending veterinary school, she worked in the dairy industry as a marketing representative.  Dr. Juarez completed her veterinary degree at Western University of Health Science, College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2007 and has joined our team as a full-time staff Veterinarian.  However, Dr. Juarez is no stranger to our practice.  During her four years at veterinary school, she worked during her summer and holiday vacations at our hospital.   In her spare time, she enjoys camping, swimming, cycling, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband and four-legged kids, dogs Bridget and Andre and her cat Jordan.   Dr. Juarez also has a huge heart and another passion... she has traveled to Ghana, Africa with a team of professionals and has worked to improve the lives of the underprivileged people of Ghana. She is a "perfect fit" here, with the same admirable qualities that we love so much in Dr. Creswell.

Dr. Juarez's patients include dogs, cats, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits and chinchillas.

 

 

Dr. Heidi Schroer-Newell

As long as Dr. Schroer can remember, she has always loved animals and knew that becoming a veterinarian would be her passion and livelihood. She received her undergraduate degree in 2006 from Cal Poly, Pomona, and her dream came true in 2011, when she graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She is an enthusiastic surgeon and thrives on challenging surgical procedures and learning advanced techniques. Her other professional interests are in internal medicine.

Dr. Schroer was born in Berlin, New Hampshire and grew up in Southern California. Prior to starting veterinary school, Dr. Schroer worked with our team at Rialto Animal Hospital for a year. We are very proud to say that she also spent a year on the tiny island of Pohnpei, one of the Pacific Islands of Micronesia, where she taught English and Biology to the native children. We feel honored that Dr. Schroer is working by our side as our doctor, and are confident that you will love her as much as we do (and we love her a lot!!)

Dr. Schroer loves the mountains and the beach, especially palm trees and sand. Her interests include hiking, beach trips, playing with her two dogs and cat, family time, and spending quiet moments with her husband, Mike, and their two absolutely ADORABLE son and new baby girl.

Dr. Schroer's patients include dogs and cats.

 

 

Dr. Andrea Wolf

We were thrilled to welcome our 4th Veterinarian back in late 2013. After an extensive search for a Doctor that would be the perfect fit for our hospital, we finally found her!  (And she's even bilingual in Spanish!!!)

Growing up, Dr. Wolf always knew she wanted to be a Veterinarian. She fulfilled that dream in 2011 when she graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wolf focuses on delivering high standards of medicine and compassionate care for her patients. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine and dentistry and she is a strong advocate for gentle feline handling.

Dr. Wolf is enthusiastic, gentle, patient and passionate in her care for pets and their people. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and swimming. You can find her in our hallways singing and always has a big smile on her face. She is a self-proclaimed “book worm” and a fearless chef.  And the BEST thing our resident 'chef' cooked up was her new baby girl, Malina!!! Congratulations to their wonderful family!

Dr. Claudia Lau

All we can say is that we feel EXTREMELY blessed to find and welcome our 8th DVM to join our RAH family! After a nationwide search, we found our perfect new veterinarian was nearly in our backyard!

Dr. Claudia Lau was raised in San Gabriel, CA but has become familiar with the Inland Empire after residing here since 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from UC Riverside. After graduation, she worked at a veterinary clinic where her interest and love for dermatology began. Dr. Lau's lifelong dream became a reality when she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. As a Fear-Free Certified Professional and owner of a very sassy feline, she recognizes the stress that patients and clients may experience during veterinary visits and hopes to incorporate various fear-free techniques for all patients to RAH.

In her free time, Dr. Lau enjoys playing the piano for her two cats Molly and Mason, hiking, or spending the day at Universal Studios. She is a proud Hufflepuff!

 Dr. Scott Creswell

No, your eyes are not deceiving you... Dr. Scott is Dr. Creswell's son! We are so happy and proud to have two generations of "Creswell" working at Rialto Animal Hospital and we have no doubt that you will be just as delighted!

Throughout his childhood and early adult years, Dr. Scott grew up watching and helping his dad at Rialto Animal Hospital. He soon realized that he had the same calling to veterinary medicine and decided to attend Western University of Veterinary Medicine so he could work alongside his dad as a veterinarian. In March 2017, his dream was realized as he became our 5th doctor to join our team. Dr. Scott is an integral part of our dental health team and continues to pursue education about new and advanced techniques to bring to the dental team in order to ensure our patients are being given the best dental care possible. He also is passionate about surgery.

Dr. Scott is a self-professed "foodie" and while some of his hobbies include "anything in the mountains", hiking, and playing basketball... enjoying his beautiful toddler girl and baby boy (Dr. Creswell's 4th & 5th grandchilden!) understandably takes up most of his free time these days. 

Dr. Kailey Beckman

Dr. Kailey Beckman grew up in Temecula, California and let us tell you, we are beyond thrilled that she joined our team last year in October! (When you see her congratulate her on her one-year anniversary with us!) While Dr. Beckman is fairly new to our team, she has been a veterinarian for three and a half years. Dr. Beckman completed her undergrad schooling at UC Davis and then graduated with her Veterinary degree from Western University. We love her creative, artistic nature! Chances are if you’ve met her- you know how much she LOVES all things Disney. She not only enjoys visiting Disneyland but she also makes stunning custom Mickey Mouse ears in her free time! When she isn’t at work or Disneyland she is usually home with her boyfriend, Anthony, watching movies or going out hiking. Dr. Beckman is a verified cat lover, she adores her three feline family members, Merlin, Archimedes, and Henry. She also has a cute little chameleon named Little Dude! Dr. Beckman is amazing with surgery and has a special interest in feline medicine. Everywhere she goes she spreads pixie dust and laughter, we are so appreciative of her magical energy!

Dr. Katherine Fischbach

How did we get so lucky?!! This amazingly talented DVM has joined our SENSATIONAL doctor team as of June 2020! We are so very excited for our families to meet her and experience the wonderful care she provides to all her patients (and our pet parents!)

Dr. Fischbach appears on paper as an Indiana transplant; however, she was actually born in Los Angeles. Her interest in veterinary medicine was piqued early, so consequently her childhood dog was subjected to frequent 'exams'. She earned her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Afterwards, she returned to Indiana to attend veterinary school at Purdue. Growing up in Indiana, Dr. Fischbach's ambition was to someday return to California. In June 2020, she made her dream a reality by joining our team here at Rialto Animal Hospital.

Dr. Fischbach's areas of interest include providing medical care to pets of all life stages, opthalmology, and exotic pets (especially guinea pigs). When not at the hospital, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and entertaining her cat Hobbes. 





 Meet Our Support Team


Lisa Norkunas, RVT and Hospital Director has been with Rialto Animal Hospital since 1995. As a child, she and all those around her knew it was "her calling" to work with animals and work in the field of medicine. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly Pomona in 2003 and remains a member of the Golden Key Society. She received her Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) certification shortly after graduating, accepted our hospital manager position in June 2003, and became the hospital director in December 2005. She is member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the North American Business Association and VSG Veterinary Management Group. Rialto Animal Hospital, our clients and their pets are her "second family"!

For those long-time friends of RAH that remember our Golden Retriever mascots. Maverick and Montana, Lisa was their proud mom! "The Boys" will always be close to their hearts and live on in the hearts of the many lives they touched over the years. Today, her family has two more Golden Retriever, Ryder and Gunner. They also recently became a horse family with the additions of their Appaloosa "Summer" and Kentucky Mountain horse "Lexi"

When Lisa is not working, she loves spending time with her husband, her children (Kayla, Nathan and Ella), and her hour legged kids. She is a 'country girls' at heart that enjoys riding horses, country music, and dancing (good luck keeping up!), boating, waterboarding, traveling, hiking, working out, Disney-everything, reading, playing softball. She has been a Girls Scout leader for many years. You can also catch her most weekends cheering (and sometimes even refereeing!) at her kids' soccer games.



Alondra Luna, Hospital Manager and veterinary assistant joined the Rialto Animal Hospital family in 2003 after working for a few years for the San Bernardino Humane Society. From an early age, she knew that caring for the furry family members was not only her passion but her calling. When at work, you can be sure that she strives for improvement, growth, continual learning and providing both clients and patients with the best care.

She received her Bachelors of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine (Animal Health Science) from Cal Poly Pomona in 2006 and a few short years there after 2009, became assistant manager. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and VSG Veterinary Management Group.                                                                    During her spare time she enjoys DIY projects and spending time outdoors adventuring with her fur child Willow. Golden's hold a very special place in her heart as Roxy (pictured) lost her cancer battle in 2017.

Our Client Service Representatives They are the first smiling faces you will see when you visit Rialto Animal Hospital. First and foremost in the care of you and your pets and provide assurance of the care you will receive during your visit. They are here to make you feel welcome and comfortable!

If you've been a long-time friend and client of Rialto Animal Hospital, you know Diana! She has been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of pets and their people since 1995 as a customer service representative. Diana has been the friendly face and voice of our hospital for over two decades and the knowledge she has to share is immeasurable! After helping her patients and pet parents, Diana goes home to spend time with her husband and four "kitty kids" Clicker, Joy, Star and Lilly.

During her free time, Diana loves spending her time in the fresh brisk mountain air, doing all things crafty, cooking for her husband, and baking the best-tasting pies, fresh salsa, and lemon bars we've ever tasted (which makes us really love to support her baking/cooking hobby!)

We are THRILLED that Sam is apart of our Customer Service team!! Some of you may recognize her.... because you've trained with her! Sam has always been an animal lover and knew she wanted a career centered around them. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Loma Linda University and has also earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) title through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Sam is also a Fear Free Certified professional trainer! She has been training dogs for nearly 15 years and loves every minute of it! She got her start as a puppy raiser training service dogs and also has experience in therapy work. Sam has extensive knowledge in dog obedience and behavior and has helped many pet parents by teaching individual lessons and group classes. Sam is most passionate about training because she can use the talents she has acquired to help dog owners create better bonds with their four-legged best friends, making a difference in the lives of both people and pets. So dogs... if you're having trouble with your humans, bring them in to talk to Sam!!
When she is not working, Sam enjoys hanging out with her family, friends, and all her pets (dogs, a cat, rabbits, fish and a turtle!), crafting/sewing, going to Disneyland (Yes!! Another Disney fan!), and going on off-roading adventures with her husband and her Golden Retriever, Levi.
     Sadly Sam had to say goodbye this past year to her precious boy, Levi. Levi made sure someone would take care of his girl though. Sam now has another golden boy named Kit to adventure with.


Each of our amazing veterinary assistant and technician team members bring unique background and experience to our hospital.  Most have had formal training, either through an accredited technician program or a University. Over 60% of our team are college grads, with nearly early 40% of our team having earned four-year college degrees. These people work hard, and they are devoted to doing their best for our patients and their people! 

 




 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

Elsa, a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) has been with us since 2004. She is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and is a valuable member of our team. When she is not helping our patients and clients, she is always studying to expand her knowledge. Elsa is detail oriented performs the many of our patient's dental cleanings. We're excited that Elsa has earned her RVT license, thanks to her dedication and hard work!

When Elsa is not tending to our patients at RAH, you can find her spending quality time with her greatest blessings in life... family and her children. She is very active, plays a wide array of sports (which she is GREAT at!), and keeps our team laughing with fun games around the hospital. She has even been known to bring in a ping pong table for some competitive fun and helps put softball games together for us. We are thankful to have her on our team (especially when we are PLAYING teams!:)

 

 

 

Karla has over eighteen years of veterinary experience and has been apart of our team since 2007. She joined us as a kennel attendant but throughout the years her job title has changed due to her dedication to both personal and professional growth. She earned her RVT license af Cal Poly Pomona and has also started a family with her husband. Her family includes two beautiful boys, a Mastiff, and two cats. Karla is passionate about dentistry and is a fabulous trainer because of her bubbly, welcoming personality backed with over a decade of experience. When Karla isn’t working she loves spending time with her family and is currently working on training their Mastiff puppy. (Isn’t she such a super-mom?!) She also loves cooking yummy meals, watching movies with her husband, and working in their garden. Karla l’s fur-baby, Sierra recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly and will be loved and remembered by all who knew her, she was a very special girl. 


If you know Hannah, you know that she is powered by coffee and her love for cats! Most of us can relate!) She is filled with love for our feline patients and her own kitty, Smokey. Hannah grew up in Rancho Cucamonga and came to us with four years of veterinary field experience and her RVT license. We love having her as one of our RVT’s on staff because of the fun, social energy she brings to our team. She is as much of a people-person as she is an animal lover which makes working with her extra special! When she’s not working she loves to ride bikes with her fiancé and go on traveling adventures to places they have never been before. 

 


Christina joined the RAH family in 2016 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The majority of the time you can find her working as part of our dental team, helping treat and prevent periodontal disease. She believes that education, whether providing it to our clients or learning for herself, is the key to being the best advocate for her patients. Christina is always striving to learn new information and techniques in order to improve her skills and patient care. As a child Christina has always loved large dogs and is proud to have two giant fur-babies of her own, Zannah, a Newfoundland, and her big brother Bane, a Great Pyrenees. She also has 3 very spoiled cats (Elliot, Mowgli and Kit).

When not at work Christina enjoys reading, drawing, working out in her home gym and cooking new recipes with her husband. Another congratulations goes out to Christina and her husband as they recently welcomed their first child, a son, into the world!



 Nicole joined our team in September 2007 and is quite versatile in her roles at Rialto Animal Hospital. She can been seen helping our in our exam rooms, at our front desk, but she especially enjoys assisting in our treatment department, where she helps with procedures, surgery, dentistry and the care of our hospitalized patients. She has taken great strides in her role in our treatment department and continues to go above and beyond to ensure your furry family members receive outstanding care.

Nicole and her husband of 17 years enjoy dinners out and spending time with their nieces and nephews. Nicole is continuing the process of obtaining her RVT license!

 

Alex grew up in Moreno Valley and is a woman of many talents! She graduated with a Veterinarian Technician license as well as a cosmetology license in 2019. She found us in June of this year and we have loved working with her- she is an incredibly hard worker! She is passionate about performing dental cleanings and surgeries. In Alex’s free time she enjoys watching Golden Girls with her Corgi, Joel. She also loves to water and care for her houseplants (we have quite a few plant enthusiasts, isn’t that awesome?!) As a creative outlet Alex enjoys knitting and doing glamorous make-up looks! If you ever want to try out a new food ask Alex for a recommendation or two, she’s our experimental foodie who loves trying food of all types!  


Jocelyn is one of our veterinary assistants, who came to us in 2009 as a volunteer and we never let her leave! Her quiet, kind, and giving nature has made her a perfect fit for our team. We can't even begin to explain how special a person Jocelyn is to us and how much she gives of herself to our clients and patients! So make sure you get a chance to know her and experience her wonderful customer service yourself... you won't be disappointed!

Jocelyn loves playing sports, particularly soccer and volleyball. She and her husband are now proud parents of three beautiful and busy boys. Jocelyn has one Poodle Mix, Rex.

 

 

Alejandra joined our team this year in September as a Veterinary Assistant. She went to Stanbridge University where she earned an associate’s degree. Alejandra grew up fairly local in Riverside and has been in the industry for 5 years. We love having her on our team because of her big caring heart for animals. While working with patients  she is soothing and gentle and enjoys showing pets that visiting the vet doesn’t have to be scary and nerve-wracking. Alejandra’s favorite humans are her Mom and boyfriend of 11 years, Rudy. Her English Bulldog, Miklo, is the light of her life (let us tell you, he is adorable!) Alejandra is another one of our Disney fanatics and enjoys collecting Diamond Edition Disney Pop figures. She also enjoys going roller skating and searching for the perfect new resteraunt. (Yum!)

Jasmin joined our team this year in May as a kennel attendant and we hit the jackpot when she did! She is an animal lover to her core and really loves bigger dogs. She has a German Shepherd named Coco and a Labrador mix named Luna. Her favorite part about working at Rialto Animal Hospital is spending time with her co-workers and getting to work with animals. Jasmin came to us with a certificate in veterinary assistance and plans to start an RVT program this November. (We are so excited for her!) On her days off you can find her on long hikes with her fur babies or baking sweet treats! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry is one of our veterinary assistants who joined the Rialto Animal Hospital family in 2016. She had been a long time client previously and has worked with animals in many different capacities for over 35 years. From co-owning and managing a boarding/grooming kennel to working in a reptile store, to dog training, to behavior evaluations and adoption counseling at a local shelter, she enjoys anything that involves furry, feathered or scaled critters. 
Sherry's free time is spent with her family and friends and she enjoys camping, lazy days at the beach or lake, hiking, kayaking, gardening, and attending her oldest son's skateboarding events. Her youngest son serves is serving in the US Navy. Sherry also became a grandma in 2020 and loves spending as much time as possible with her very adventurous granddaughter. Sherry has a personal menagerie of pets that include 5 dogs (“Piper” pictured, also “Halligan”, “Cricket”, Penelope” and “Abigail” and grand-dog “Chica”), a cat “Banjo:, tortoise “Yertle”, ball python “Priscilla” (who she acquired in 1990!!), bird “Quinn”, rabbit “Fergie”, leopard gecko “Lydia” (technically her grand-gecko), a beta fish and an aquarium of guppies.

 

For as long as she can remember, Sabrina has been passionate about two things, pets and traveling! She joined our team in May of 2015 after earning her associates degree in veterinary technology at Carrington College. Before earning her degree she volunteered at the Humane Society while also working at Petsmart. While volunteering her love for household pets grew and she adopted two dogs of her own, Razzle and Tank. Her favorite part about being an exam room technician are the puppy visits! Sabrina is a very gentle and soft spoken person, making for an amazing introduction to our clinic for our patients and their humans. She lives a very healthy lifestyle and enjoys educating clients about the importance of diet-management and assists with their pets weight loss. In her personal life she enjoys working out and lifting weights with her fiancé Jeff. They also love traveling together and recently went on a trip to Tulum, Mexico! When you see her be sure to ask about all of the beautiful places she has visited around the world and where they plan to go next! 

Elizabeth was born and raised in southern California and decided to enter the veterinary field six months ago when she found us! She has always had a nurturing, loving nature making her the perfect fit for our team. She is a wife and mother of two children and if that isn’t impressive enough- she has two dogs, one cat, and six bunnies that she loves dearly. While taking care of such a great big family she is also in school to earn her RVT license. In her scarce free time she makes it a priority to get outdoors with her family where they go on hikes and camping trips. Elizabeth is also a DIY-er and is always on the hunt for new projects to work on around the house. 

 

Gina started her career at Rialto Animal Hospital as an intern in 2014, and we liked her so much that we couldn't let her leave! She has now been a pivotal part of our exam room team for many wonderful years. During your visits with us, her bright smile and sweet nature will calm any nerves and warm your heart. 

Our self-proclaimed resident "hippie" enjoys creating art, tie-dye, drawing and making things beautiful. She loves Disneyland. She is a recently converted "Star Wars Geek," who loves her Chihuahua Peanut... He even has his own car seat and you bet he goes everywhere! Gina makes our staff complete, and we wouldn't have it any other way!!

Kathya joined our team as an exam room assistant in September of last year, and is another one of our locals! She grew up in San Bernardino and went to a trade school for Veterinary exam room assistance. She came to our team with over five years of experience in the veterinary field and we are so thankful she did because she is such a fun person with many eclectic interests and hobbies. Kathya is a creative artist and loves knitting and singing. When she isn’t creating she spends her time learning new languages, hiking, and working on Sudoku puzzles. Kathya has four dogs: Nebula, Jade, Molly, and Bruno. She also has one cat, Sylas, and a rabbit named Gaia. Kathya loves visiting new places with her fur babies and the human she cannot live without, her Mom. (Awwww!)

Dasiah joined us this past September as a Veterinary Assistant. She has been in the veterinary industry for 3 years and received her veterinary assistant certification at the American College of Healthcare. While attending school she also completed a bird handling certification due to her passion to connect with all species and their owners! In addition to being an amazing coworker and assistant, Dassiah is also a mother to her beautiful daughter and an adorable Miniature Pinscher, Mario. Dasiah really values spending time with her family anywhere “outdoorsy” They go on frequent hikes and love taking walks to the park. We love that Dasiah enjoys snacking on sweets because here at RAH it seems we are never in short supply!  

 

 

Meet Stephanie! We were ecstatic when she joined our team as another 'elite' patient care advocate in January 2018 as she was finishing her schooling. She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino in June 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Biopsychology. Upon completion of school (we now have her full time!!), she has been training to work in exam rooms where we are sure she will impress you as much as she has impressed us with her beautiful personality, smile, and caring ways! The things she enjoys most about her career is working with such a supportive staff and getting to meet new fur babies every day. She says she fell in love with the veterinary field when her best friend (who actually works here too... thank you Emily!) introduced her to the job. After snuggling with her patients each day, she gets to go home to her own fur kids, Lady, Shei, and Mochi.

Brenda is a Rialto native and recently joined our team in April of 2021. She is our resident self-proclaimed thrill seeker! When she isn’t her free time studying and working towards her Bachelors degree in veterinary science, she is cliff diving and bungee jumping. (Isn’t she SO brave?!) Her other hobbies include going to the gym, hiking, and dancing in the traditional ballet Folklorico style. Brenda currently has two dogs that live an active lifestyle with her and one chameleon. While at work you can often find her cuddling puppies and spending lots of time bonding with our boarded patients. 

Erick is one of another of the "elite squad" of patient care advocates here and is currently attending CBU working toward his veterinary degree. Erick loves all animals and volunteered at local animal shelters for 3 years to learn as much as he could about his passion in helping animals. Erick enjoys video games, playing sports (especially soccer, volleyball, and football), and writing short stories and poems.


Lexy is one of the smiling faces behind our social media platforms. Although you may not see her often, her loving presence shines through to all of us here and to those who have talked with her online. Lexy has been with RAH for five years and while her role with us has changed due to her health, we have loved and supported her all the way through her journey. Lexy’s love for animals began at an early age through watching her neighbor provide love and food to stray animals. Through finding and helping stray animals together, Lexy and her neighbor Wendy became family. Just like our many team members, she loves and appreciates all of the different bonds that animals can help create. Even though Lexy is pretty introverted these days, she loves to play boardgames with her friends! She knows how to play over 300 different games and out of all of them her favorite game is called Five Tribes. (Can you believe she doesn’t know how to play chess?!)