Dr. Gary Richter

Gary Richter examining a canine patient

Gary Richter, MS, DVM is certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as veterinary chiropractic. As owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, Dr. Richter understands the benefits of both conventional and holistic treatment methods. His professional goal is to provide a center where pets can receive effective holistic and regenerative therapies in conjunction with the highest quality Western medical care. He also places great emphasis on the well being of the pet owner, knowing that a sick pet can cause great strain and strong emotions. He instills this understanding in his staff and works to ensure that both pet and owner are treated with the utmost care and respect.

Dr. Richter’s professional interests are the integration of holistic and general practice veterinary medicine, regenerative medicine, and educating professionals and pet owners on the benefits of integrative care. Dr. Richter is a past-president of the Alameda County Veterinary Medical Association and continues to serve as the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Alameda County veterinary disaster response coordinator.

Dr. Richter and his two hospitals have been the recipients of over twenty local and national awards including “Best Veterinary Hospital”, “Best Veterinarian”, “Best Canine Therapy Facility” and “Best Alternative Medicine Provider”.  Montclair Veterinary Hospital and its associated non-profit, The Pet and Wildlife Fund, was named a “Pillar” of Oakland for years of community service helping pets and wildlife in need.  PetPlan also named Dr. Richter as one of the top ten veterinarians in the United States for 2011 and Montclair Veterinary Hospital as one of the top ten veterinary hospitals in 2013.

Dr. Gary Richter is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science, a Masters of Science in Veterinary Medical Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with honors, Dr. Richter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. He began his career as a full-time emergency medicine clinician and general practitioner in Berkeley, California. Dr. Richter has been the owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital since 2002 and Holistic Veterinary Care since 2009.

Dr. Allison Grange

Allison Grange, BVetMed

Allison Grange, BVetMed, was born and raised in the East Bay, and knew from a very young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She received a BA in Integrative Biology from U. C. Berkeley in 2001. She completed her veterinary degree at Royal Veterinary College in London in 2007.

It was there that she met her husband, another veterinarian. They lived in London, San Diego, and Boston before returning to the Bay Area, where Dr. Grange worked at Broadway Pet Hospital before joining Montclair Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Grange's special interests include feline medicine and internal medicine. She enjoys skiing, dance, and spending time with her husband, 4 cats, and nutty Golden Retriever.

Dr. Cynthia Lynn

Cynthia Lynn, DVM

Cynthia Lynn, DVM, grew up in Minnesota, where she had a wide variety of pets growing up. After attending Carleton College in Minnesota, earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Yale. She subsequently attended U. C. Davis, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1997.

Dr. Lynn's first job was at Montclair Vet Hospital, working for Dr. Harris, the founder. After moving away for several years, she came back to the Bay Area and MVH, where she has enjoyed practicing since 2005. Her particular interests are dentistry and treating avian and small mammal patients (in addition to dogs and cats).

Dr. Lynn has been particularly glad to see the practice thrive and expand, and enjoys her relationships with her patients and clients. In her off duty time she enjoys exploring the Bay Area outdoors, as well as history and the arts. She has also traveled extensively throughout the world. She shares her home with her son and their 2 cats.

Dr. Noël Grandrath

Dr. Noel Grandrath with feline patient

Dr. Noël Grandrath earned her Bachelor of Science from St Lawrence University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from U. C. Davis.  She began practicing small animal medicine in the Bay Area and joined Montclair Veterinary Hospital in the spring of 2009.  She enjoys general practice and especially likes puppy check-ups and working with large dogs.

Noël and her partner Diane share their home with dogs Nikki and Murphy and cat Chester.  She enjoys most outdoor activities including hiking, trail running, cycling, skiing, and swimming.  She also likes to watch professional sports, especially the Oakland A’s.

Dr. Byron Bowers

Byron Bowers, DVM

Byron Bowers, DVM, holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Piano Performance and German. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2012. As a Bay Area native, he was eager to return home, and completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency in 2013. Dr. Bowers did local relief work before joining Montclair Veterinary Hospital in 2014.

His professional interests include general practice, emergency and surgery. He is a member of the CCVMA, CVMA and the AVMA.

Dr. Bowers enjoys spending time outdoors, including camping, flying and gardening. He and his wife Sarah live in Walnut Creek with their new daughter, Audrey, and their cat, Lucy.

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Montclair Vet Hospital is extremely proud of its registered veterinary technicians

Montclair Veterinary Hospital is extremely proud of our highly trained veterinary nursing staff. Our staff includes eight Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) and several experienced veterinary assistants that work directly with the veterinarians. RVTs assist with medical procedures, surgeries and dental cleanings. We require yearly continuing education credits from each staff member so that our staff remains highly trained and continually learning updated procedures. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated staff of professionals that enjoy being part of the Montclair Veterinary Hospital Team, while consistently contributing to its high standard of patient care.

Client Care Coordinators

Client Care Coordinators

The front desk staff of Montclair Veterinary Hospital has years of experience helping pets and their owners. Our Client Care Coordinators will help you arrange appointments, admissions and discharges, and they will answer any questions you may have about our practice and policies. The Client Care Coordinators are committed to great customer service and follow-up.

Gracie the Hospital Dog

Gracie the Montclair Veterinary Hospital Dog

Gracie the German Shorthaired Pointer has been sponsored as a candidate in the Montclair Pet Mayor's Race by Montclair Vet Hospital several times. She won Canine Commissioner in 2006, Vice Mayor in 2007, Pet Mayor in 2008, and Furst Officer in 2009, raising a total of _____ for the MVH Pet and Wildlife Fund.

Stella the Hospital Cat

Stella the Montclair Veterinary Hospital Cat

Stella the hospital cat is not only the doyenne of the waiting room, she is now the star of her own book, written by nine-year-old Abbey Richter in 2013.

Stunning Stella, the Hospital Cat is available on Amazon Kindle, published by The Pet Concierge.

Stella lives at the hospital full-time and rules the roost from a basket on the counter, as you can see on the book cover. Some people don't realize that she's a real cat until they touch her.

Fortunately, Stella is good with other animals, never threatening the patients and always cooperating with the hospital dog, Gracie.

Stunning Stella, the hospital cat book cover