Dr. Cyndi Stiglich
Medical Director & Owner
Dr. Cyndi Stiglich was born in Michigan and moved to California when she was 6 years old. As a child she brought home every stray cat or dog she found and even raised ladybugs under her mom's kitchen strainer. She attended U.C. Davis for her undergraduate degree and then became a Registered Veterinary Technician. She was an R.V.T for 15 years and even managed a veterinary hospital for multiple years. She graduated from Ross University of Medicine in 2008 and joined Whipple Avenue Pet Hospital in 2012 as an associate clinician and then became the owner of the practice in 2015. Her special interests include dentistry, oral/facial surgery, general surgery, and internal medicine. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, sailing, and riding horses. Dr. Stiglich treats dogs, cats, and pocket pets.
Dr. Alvin Hong
Dr. Alvin Hong is a Los Angeles, CA native and growing up, his dad would frequently come home with new animals for them to raise and care for. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in sociology and worked in the online gaming industry for several years before attending veterinary school. Dr. Hong graduated from Kansas State University in 2018 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and returned to California shortly after where he began practicing in Ventura County. He joined the Whipple Avenue Pet Hospital team in early 2021. In his free time, Dr. Hong enjoys fishing, hiking and honing his musical skills.
Dr. Laura Balgooyen
Dr. Laura Balgooyen grew up in Plymouth, Michigan. She spent the majority of her high school years at the local horse stable riding, taking care of the horses, and teaching horse-riding lessons. She attended Michigan State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and competed on the equestrian team. After continuing her studies at Michigan State to earn her DVM degree in 2015, she moved to Sacramento to complete a year-long small animal medicine and surgery veterinary internship at a 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital. Dr. Balgooyen’s special interests include many areas of internal medicine and also wellness care. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, traveling, and hiking.