Doctor's Bios

Dr. Brian Arnold

Graduated Cornell University 2001

Dr. Brian Arnold graduated from Comell University in 2001. For nine years he practiced dairy medicine in rural Pennsylvania prior to joining Lander Veterinary Clinic in May of 2010. He grew up on a dairy in northeast Pennsylvania that was founded by his grandparents in the 1940s and is still operated today by his father. His favorite professional interests are his herd checks and calving.

Dr. Arnold has been married to his wife Sarah since 2005, and has a small dog and two cats. Personal interests include hiking California's state parks, reading, and going to the beach.

Kevin Alvine, DVM

B.S. Animal Science, UCD, 1998
D.V.M., University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2002

Dr. Alvine in a native to the area growing up in Hughson, CA. He is the proud father of two wonderful children Quinn (9) and Rory (4). He graduated from UC Davis in 2002 and joined Lander Vet the same year. While focusing primarily on dairy practice, Dr. Alvine enjoys working with small ruminants and camelids. When not practicing veterinary medicine Dr. Alvine is actively involved in managing QMS, the clinic’s drug and dairy product sales company. He is also the clinic software developer, having written or modified the billing and point of sale programs as well as numerous other associated programs. Other interests include backpacking, hiking, running, and photography.

Thomas Bauman, DVM

Graduated University of California, Davis SVM 2011

Dr. Thomas Baumann is a native to the area, and was pleased to be able to return to the locality when he joined Lander Vet Clinic. His special interests include dairy record analysis and individual cow medicine, as well as herd reproduction. He enjoys gardening and reading in his sparetime.

Dr Michael Betts

Animal science from Oregon State University in 2002.

Dr Michael Betts was born and raised in Oregon. He received a B.S. in animal science from Oregon State University in 2002. He attended Ross University in St. Kitts, completing his clinical rotation at the University of Ilinois and graduated in 2006. He has been working at Lander Vet since he got out of school. Dr. Betts is happily married and enjoys spending time with his wife, Lynette and daughters Deryn & Delilah, when he isn't distracted by college football games.

Dr. Patrick Brinson

Animal science from North Carolina State University in 2010 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.

Dr. Patrick Brinson grew up in a rural town in central North Carolina. While he was always surrounded by agriculture he was first introduced to cattle through FFA in high school. Since that point he has taken every opportunity to be around and learn about cattle. He attended North Carolina State University where he received his B.S. in animal science in 2010 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. His special interests include bovine herd health, reproduction, and creating and implementing treatment protocols. Outside of work he enjoys camping, hunting, hiking, and Wolfpack sports.

Robert B. Cherenson, DVM

B.S. Animal Science, Rutgers, 1980
D.V.M., Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1984

Dr. Bob, a New Jersey native, has been a dairy practitioner since graduation in 1984. Having practiced in New York State and New England, prior to joining Lander Veterinary Clinic in 1990, he is familiar with a broad range of dairy management systems.

Prior to moving to California, he ran a 60-cow Jersey dairy farm in Massachusetts, where he was active in regional farm politics. Additionally, he has been responsible for the clinic's QMS 550- cow Jersey dairy since it began in 2003. He is currently involved in grain farming in Indiana as well.

His professional interests lie in reproduction, surgery, calf raising, mastitis and general medicine. Additionally, immunology and overall dairy management are focus areas.

A graduate of Class 29 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Dr. Cherenson has participated in numerous community and professional leadership arenas. Currently he serves on the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education (COE) which is responsible for the accreditation of US, Canadian and several foreign veterinary colleges.

Married to Lisa, a registered nurse, they have 2 young adult children. They enjoy traveling, yoga, photography, politics and appreciating the beauty of nature.

Conner Enz, DVM

 D.V.M., University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, 2013

Edwin G. Fisher, DVM

Additional Education: Dale Carnegie Course
California Agricultural Leadership Program Class XXXI.

American Association of Bovine Practitioners
American Veterinary Medical Association
California Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Fisher is a native of the Central Valley. An active 1982 graduate of Hughson High School, he was an FFA State Farmer, CSF Lifetime member, Bank of America Plaque winner, California Boy's State honoree, Twelve-Sport Award recipient, 6-time Trans Valley League event champion in Track & Field, and class Salutatorian.

He attended the University of California at Davis for only three years prior to entering the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He was a Regent's scholar, pursued a track in food animal medicine and was classmates there with both Dr. Halteman and Dr. Jeffus. They all graduated veterinary school in 1989. During his summers in college, he worked as an AI technician/herdsman on a local dairy and volunteered at Lander Veterinary Clinic for seven years, being mentored by Drs. Ron Terra, Gary Daley, and Norm LaFaunce.

Dr. Fisher joined Lander Veterinary Clinic in June 1989, and became a partner in 1992. After 22 years in practice, he has broad expertise in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, herd health, and records analysis. He currently has particular interest in bovine reproduction, and swine herd health.

In 1986, he married his high school sweetheart, Jenean. They have four wonderful children: Kasey is pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy, Lucas is entering the United States Marine Corps, Aubrey is majoring in Foods and Nutrition, and Jonah is interested in Computer Engineering.

Dr. Fisher has a passion for school improvement and student success. He has served on numerous committees at Hughson Unified School District over the past 20 years including School Site Councils, Ag Advisory Committees, Career Tech Ed Committees, Sober Grad Night, Setup & Cleanup Chairman, and two School Bond Committees (one as chairman and one as treasurer). He and Jenean have also coached track & field at Ross Middle School for the past 9 years and is meet director for the annual Hughson Invitational. His hobbies include: Backpacking, hiking, landscape planning, family vacations, and conservative principles.

Bryan D. Halteman, DVM MBA

Associate in Wildlife Technology, Pennsylvania State University 1979
B.S. Biology, Slippery Rock University 1982
D.V.M., University of California, Davis 1989
MBA in Agribusiness, University of Guelph 2011

Dr. Halteman has practiced at Lander Veterinary Clinic (LVC) since graduation in June of 1989. He has been a partner at LVC since 1993 and practices dairy production medicine (75%) with a specialty in bovine embryo transfer (25%). His administrative responsibilities include acting as managing partner and CFO of Quality Milk Service, Inc. (QMS) which operates a dairy pharmaceutical/supply business and a 500 cow Jersey dairy farm.

Dr. Halteman's interests extend to business and finance. He actively uses derivatives (forward contracting, futures, and options) to hedge milk price (cheese) for QMS Dairy. In addition to LVC and QMS business management, Dr. Halteman offers business management services to current LVC clients.

Dr. Halteman also has a passion for Christian international relief and development projects and has served with Christian Veterinary Mission, Send International, and Central Asian Partners to Kenya, Albania, and Kyrgyzstan respectively. He also had the privilege to participate in a large embryo export project (500 Jersey embryos) to Australia.

Dr. Halteman enjoys a variety of outdoor activities especially fishing, softball, photography, camping, and travel. He has two daughters, Moriah and Madelyn, who share his enthusiasm for animals, sports, and travel.

• CA Food Animal VMA

• AABP Finance Committee
• Alternate Delegate representing the CA Food Animal VMA in the CVMA House of Delegates

Kavishti A. Kokaram, D.V.M.

Graduated TUFTS, 2007

Dr. Kokaram grew up in a fairly small town outside of the capital city of the little Caribbean island of Trinidad and went to the University of Maine at Machias where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in Marine Biology and minor in Chemistry. From there, he went on to graduate from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, in North Grafton, MA in 2007.

Special veterinary interests include ultrasound and fetal sexing, herd health management and problem solving, small ruminant and camelid

Dr. Norman LaFaunce

Dr. LaFaunce was born and raised in Northern California. He attended the University of California at Davis as an undergraduate and received his DVM in 1970. He then studied at Cornell University on an NIH fellowship and received an MS degree in Theriogenology. He practiced in Cortland, NY for one year before returning to California and joining Lander Veterinary Clinic in 1973. He returned to Cornel in 1979 as an Assistant Professor in the department of Clinical Science. He returned for good to Lander Veterinary Clinic in 1981. He is has been married to his wife Barbara since 1971 and has two grown daughters. His main interest is reproduction and he is board certified with the American College ofTheriogenology.

Lori L. Lenihan, DVM

B. Sc. Agriculture, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada- 1996
D.V.M.- Atlantic Veterinary College (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada)- 2005

Dr. Lenihan was born and raised in the province of Nova Scotia, a small province on the east coast of Canada (we have provinces instead of states). Upon graduation she immediately came to Lander Veterinary clinic and began working as a new graduate in June of 2005. Prior to attending vet school, Dr. Lori worked as a pharmaceutical representative for Bimeda-MTC Animal Health for two and a half years and prior to that she worked on a dairy farm in Onslow, Nova Scotia, for five years milking cows and helping to run the dairy. She is extremely passionate about everything COW!!! Her love for cows is the reason she moved half way across the world to work for Lander. 

Dr. Lori's areas of interest at work are ultrasound (reproductive and fetal sexing) and non-reproductive ultrasound, on farm or in clinic student and herdsman training/teaching, consulting (primarily calf and fresh cow transition management, and setting up protocols on the dairy). She is also passionate about animal welfare and often has a variety of rescue animals in her back yard (ducks, cows, cats, dogs ... ). She is the student coordinator for the clinic and is responsible for setting up externshlps with students from all over the world.

Outside of work, Dr. Lori can usually be found participating in or watching some sporting event. She is the Vice President of the Northern San Joaquin Medical Association (NSJVMA), alternate delegate for the House of Delegates for the CVMA and is a member of the CVMA, AABP and AVMA. She plays in two soccer leagues, two softball leagues and has recently become a cycling addict. She also enjoys camping, hiking and social events.

Halley Oliveira

Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine DVM, 2015

Dr. Halley Oliveira grew up in Sacramento where she was involved in 4-H. She received her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science at UC Davis in 2011 and completed her DVM at Cornell University in 2015. She attended Cornell’s 2014 Summer Dairy Institute. Dr. Oliveira joined Lander as a new graduate. Her special interests include worker training and milk quality evaluation. She has been married to her husband Kyle since 2011. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, camping, running and loves to try new outdoor sports.

Thomas Perona

Bachelors of Science, California Polyechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2006 D.V.M., University of California Davis, 2006 (Honors)

Tom is a “local” and was born and raised in Denair, California which is Lander Vet’s service area. He joined Lander Veterinary Clinic after graduation in 2011. Tom’s interest in food animal medicine stemmed from the wonderful summertime job opportunities that were available to him while growing up in a rural area of San Joaquin Valley of California. He has worked for both dairy and beef operations while growing up. His professional interests are bovine health and reproduction, bull breeding soundness exams, and herd health.

Dr Amanda Price

Bachelors, Masters, and Veterinary degrees from UC Davis

Her master's thesis was "Risk factors for Johne's disease on California dairies". She has been on mission trips to Mexico and Kenya. Her areas of interest at Lander Vet are client education,records analysis, and health assessments.

Dr. Michael Steine

The Royal (Dick) School Of Veterinary Studies, 1999
Herd health management, computerised record analysis, nutrition

Dr. Michael Steine specializes in herd health management, computerised record analysis, and nutrition. Dr Steine started working for Lander Veterinary Clinic in 2005. 

Dr Steine enjoys riding his bike and skiing in Bear Valley. 

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