Dr. Lawrence Scharg spent his childhood years in the Detroit area. Throughout his childhood, he knew that one day he would fulfill his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from University of Michigan in 1973. He then transferred to Michigan State University and completed his doctorate degree from Michigan State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After graduation, Dr. Scharg migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area to fulfill his childhood dream of living near San Francisco to enjoy outdoor recreation and the cultural diversity indigenous to this location. In 1984, Dr. Scharg opened Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital dedicating his time in the community by providing families with compassionate and state of the art medical services for their pets. Today, Dr. Scharg continues his passion providing those services that are paramount to the good health of your family pets.
Dr. Scharg has an overwhelming interest in soft tissue surgery, oral surgery, dentistry, oncology, internal medicine and preventive care for all ages of dogs and cats. He has been actively involved with continuing education seminars and programs throughout his career including courses in abdominal ultrasound, oral surgery, soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine. In 2010, he completed a Fellowship in oncology at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Dr. Scharg has been an active member of the Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association since 1984. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa Veterinary Association since 2012.
Dr. Scharg has one son, Ian, who recently graduated form McGeorge Law School in Sacramento in May 2012. He shares his home with his beloved chocolate Standard Poodle, Lulu. When not at the office, Dr. Scharg enjoys his free time road biking, hiking, cooking, gardening, and sailing the San Francisco Bay.
Dr. Godfrey has a strong interest in internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, and dermatology. Dr. Godfrey graduated from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese medicine in 2008, and supplements her Western medicine with acupuncture, whole food therapy and herbs when appropriate. Dr. Summer Godfrey completed her undergraduate studies at St. Mary's College in Moraga. She then attended UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 2005 with a concentration in equine and small animal mixed practice. She worked the next 5 years in the Palm Springs area working primarily with dogs, cats, and polo horses. She currently specializes in the primary care of dogs and cats, and also enjoys treating pocket pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats, as well as reptiles such as snakes and bearded dragons.
Dr. Godfrey grew up in Northern California on 5 acres surrounded every day by horses, dogs, cats, and many other critters. She now lives in Pleasanton with her trio of mutts Sprocket, Woogie, and Pootie, and her fiance, Steve. Their personal lives are centered on family, and they enjoy doing anything around the water such as boating, kayaking, and camping.
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Sufit always knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. Dr. Sufit first started working at a small animal veterinary practice in Northern Virginia at age 16, where her first love, was for animal welfare in combination with veterinary medical care. Dr. Sufit attended Cornell University in New York where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She then went on to receive her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1986, Dr. Sufit moved to California and started practicing at Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital since 1995.
Dr. Sufit is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association. She has served on the board of directors as well as president of the Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Sufit continues to attend many local and national veterinary conferences to stay current with new medical advancements. Her interests include animal behavior, preventive care, geriatric care, internal medicine, dermatology and most of all, human-animal bond. Dr. Sufit strives to keep her patients happy and healthy.
Dr. Sufit shares her home with her husband, Howard, their children, Hannah and Sam, and their pets Lewis, a spaniel border collie mix, and Toby, and a terrier mix. Dr. Sufit enjoys spending her free time gardening, crafting, reading, and hiking.
Dr. Atkin's expertise includes internal medicine, oncology, and emergency medicine. Dr. Atkin presently shares her home with her dog (Harley) and cat (Bongo). In her free time she enjoys skiing, hiking, wine tasting, and traveling.Dr. Ashley Atkin was born and raised in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from UC Davis and received her DVM from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She has contributed her time to benefit numerous humanitarian organizations such as Rural Area Veterinary Services, Mercer Vet Clinic for the homeless, and Fix Our Ferals. In addition, Dr. Atkin was the Vice President of her graduating class at UC Davis Veterinary Medical School. She has organized and run multiple fund raising events for charitable organizations.Dr. Atkin completed her internship at Pet Care Veteriniary Hospital, a 29 doctor, 24 hour emergency, specialty, and wellness hospital in Santa Rosa.