Medical Team

Our professional team of veterinarians will care for your animal companion with the highest standards and compassion. They are available in times of need when the family veterinarian is unavailable or your pet requires emergency care. Our veterinarians play a supportive role in making sure that the family and family veterinarian are well informed and actively participating in decisions made for the pet’s care. 


Scott Christopher, VMD, CCRP, Practice Limited to Surgery


Dr. Christopher completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and spent several years at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Pennsylvania where he helped identify a tumor suppressor gene. This was followed by working with bone marrow transplants and gene therapy in dogs at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

He went on to complete a small animal rotation internship at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. During this time, he became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). He then completed a fellowship in Canine Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation at Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. Following his time at VOSM, he completed an orthopedics fellowship followed by a small animal surgery residency at Iowa
State University.

Dr. Christopher has a special interest in canine orthopedics, rehabilitation, and sports medicine. He has been published on various topics including canine cruciate ligament disease outcomes and various Continuing Education events including canine cruciate ligament stabilization, external skeletal fixation, fracture fixation, and spinal surgery. 

 In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his children as well as biking, hiking, running, and swimming. His house is currently run by an Australian shepherd, Arthur, and a little cat named Dash. 



 Amy Brown, DVM

Associate Veterinarian


DrBrown Education:
 University of California, Davis – B.S. Physiology
 University of California, Davis – School of Veterinary Medicine


 Member of:
 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society
 American Veterinary Medical Association




Jennifer Curtis, DVM

Associate Veterinarian


Dr. Jennifer Curtis graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.  She also received her masters degree in Preventative Veterinary Medicine (mpvm) at UC Davis.  She previously worked at Atlantic Street as a technician prior to beginning vet school.  Dr. Curtis began working relief shifts in 2012 and joined us full time in December, 2018.


Dr. Curtis loves to travel and has lived abroad in Spain, Ecuador, Cameroon and Australia!  She enjoys working with wildlife and large exotics such as large felids, bears, primates and elephants.  She has 2 children, Izzy (4) and Max (2). 






 Jose De La Espriella, DVM

 Associate Veterinarian


Dr. De La Espriella is originally from Connecticut. He finished his undergrad at University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Pathobiology and Veterinary Science.  He then attended veterinary school at Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine.  His special interests in emergency medicine include emergency diagnostic imaging, ophthalmic emergencies, and cardiac emergencies. His personal hobbies include swimming, hiking, exercising, playing board games, and roller blading. He has two pets, Eevee, the cat and Yunka, the dog.

Dr. De La Espriella joined Atlantic Street in July, 2019. 




 Amy Furtado, DVM

 Associate Veterinarian


 Dr. Amy Furtado graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. degree in Biology, minor in   Chemistry in 1996. She continued on at the University of California, Davis where she graduated with her DVM in   2000.  On July 1, 2000, Dr. Furtado joined Pet Emergency Center and has been an emergency veterinarian ever   since.

She enjoys all forms of emergency and critical care but has a professional interest in traumatic wound care,   cytology, hematology and endocrine diseases. Dr. Furtado is also a member of the Veterinary Emergency and   Critical Care Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association.

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Debbie Hench, DVM

Associate Veterinarian


DrHench Dr. Debbie Hench has been an emergency veterinarian at Pet Emergency Center since 2004 and where she has   spent her entire 12 years of her veterinary career. She graduated in 2000 from the University of California Davis,   with highest honors, receiving a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. She finished up with her DVM from   Davis in 2004 as a member of the Phi Zeta Lambda Honor Society.

She is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the California Veterinary Medical   Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and toxicology.

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Tracy Stein, DVM

Associate Veterinarian


 Dr. Tracy Stein was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Diego, moving to Davis in   1995.  The thought of becoming a veterinarian has been top of mind since she was 8 years   old.  She remembers having a parent come to her classroom to discuss what a veterinarian   did and vividly remember the abdominal radiographs that showed a dog had eaten a rock.     At that young age, she knew she wanted to be able to help animals and found her passion and drive to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Originally, Dr. Stein joined Pet Emergency Center as a technician in 2000 and rejoined the practice in 2009 as an Associate Veterinarian, with a temporary relocation to Minnesota (2011-2014) to support her husband through a veterinary surgical residency.   Dr. Stein’s true passion is emergency medicine, and working with such a strong team to provide exceptional care for the pets that visit the hospital.

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Sarah Whitley, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

  Dr. Sarah Whitley has been working as an emergency veterinarian at Pet Emergency Center since   2006.  She graduated from the University of California Davis, with honors, receiving a B.S. in   Animal Science with equine specialization in 2000. She graduated from the University of California   Davis with a D.V.M in 2006 as part of the Phi Zeta Honor Society.

She is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society as well as the California   Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Whitley has a passion for emergency and critical care and feels   that the Pet Emergency Center is where she is meant to be.  She loves practicing with a staff and   other doctors that share her passion for high quality emergency care.

Read more about Dr. Sarah Whitley.