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. Heidi Denenholz
Dr. Heidi Denenholz wanted to become a veterinarian since the age of 5 and grew up in a house always full of cats and dogs. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College as a dual major in Organismal Biology & Ecology and Spanish in 2009, she officially decided to pursue veterinary medicine, and took additional college classes while working as a veterinary assistant in order to meet the requirements for vet school. Dr. Denenholz graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. During veterinary school, she was the vice president of International Veterinary Outreach, a 501(c) non-profit organization started by UC Davis veterinary students to provide semi-annual free clinics to animals in rural Nicaragua. She completed a 1-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Pet Specialists of Monterey in 2016. Dr. Denenholz joined Whipple Avenue Pet Hospital in 2018, and often goes by "Dr. D" since it is easier for clients to remember.
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.