Lori Dabaco, DVM.
Owner, Surgeon, Triathelete, Mom.

Dr. Lori Dabaco is the owner and CEO of Eden Pet Hospital. Dr. Dabaco graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and has been practicing small animal medicine in the SF Bay Area since.

She gained much of her experience working at a busy practice in San Francisco with a Board Qualified Surgeon, ultrasound and endoscopy. She later relocated to the East Bay and has been an owner and Chief of Staff for Eden Pet Hospital since 2004.

Her current special interests include oncology, geriatric medicine and soft tissue surgery. Her extracurricular work has included volunteering at the Window Rock Veterinary Clinic in the Navaho Nation, Arizona and wildlife rehabilitation in Guatemala. Currently, Dr Dabaco serves as the Supervising Veterinarian for the Tri-Valley Chapter of Fix Our Ferals.

When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Dabaco enjoys swimming, cycling and spending time with her husband and children and their menagerie of four-legged creatures.

Sheila Chen, DVM.
Internal Medicine, Dentist, Water Skier.

Dr. Sheila Chen obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 1999 and has been practicing small animal medicine in the Bay Area ever since. She was a general practitioner in Palo Alto and eventually returned to her hometown of Castro Valley in 2008.

Dr. Chen's special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine and dentistry. She understands the importance of listening to and educating clients about the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment options available for our furry friends.

When not working, Dr. Chen enjoys competitive water skiing, snowboarding, hiking and many other outdoor activities. She shares her home with her 13-year old rescued yellow Labrador Retriever "Corona" and her 14- year old rescued cat named "Bartholo-MEOW."

Laurie Droke, DVM.
Pediatrics, Dermatology, Scuba Diver.

Dr. Laurie Droke is originally from Ft. Worth, Tx and graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Immediately after graduation, Dr. Droke moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She practiced as a small animal associate veterinarian in Palo Alto until 2008. That year she accepted an international veterinary position at a small humane society on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. This position led her to open her own small animal hospital on the island called San Pedro Animal Hospital in December of 2009. In addition, she co-founded the San Pedro Animal Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide spay/neuter services and medical care for pets from needy families in Belize.

Dr. Droke returned to the Bay Area in 2013. She still visits Belize several times a year to manage her animal hospital and animal foundation there. She lives in Santa Clara with her golden retriever Jambo and her deaf and blind kitty Thelma. Her favorite hobbies are hiking with Jambo, yoga, tennis and scuba diving.

Melissa Hardy, DVM.
Diagnostician, Humanitarian, Backpacker.

Dr. Hardy earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Since moving to California, Dr. Hardy has been involved in the East Bay community by volunteering and/or working with, Fix Our Feral, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Solano Feral Cat Group, Tri-Valley Fix Our Feral, VIP Pet Care, and Human Society Veterinary Medical Association-RAVS.

Dr. Hardy has 3 dogs and two parrots. She enjoys hiking and has backpacked locally in Yosemite National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Other leisurely activities include spent with friends and family, gardening, fishing, enjoying Big Sur, fine dining in the city, and exploring California.

Bill Rivers, DVM.
Ultrasonographer, Radiologist, Traveller.

We are very pleased to have Dr. Bill Rivers as our consulting radiologist. Dr. Rivers performs the more complicated ultrasound examinations on our patients, and helps us interpret our more complicated x-ray studies on our patients.

Dr. Rivers graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, and after an internship with Dr. Steven Ettinger in Los Angeles the following year, practiced general small animal medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years.

Dr. Rivers then completed specialty training and a PhD in Radiology from the University of Minnesota and became board certified as a specialist in Veterinary Radiology by the American College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. After being on staff at two veterinary schools and a private specialty practice, he established his Bay Area Consulting practice in 1989.

RVT's & Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

RVT stands for Registered Veterinary Technician. This is a nationally recognized license similar to a Registered Nurse. An RVT receives 2 years of post-secondary education specializing in animal diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. The role of an RVT is to assist the Veterinarian by providing technical support and nursing care to our animal patients. Veterinary Technicians perform many of the same functions of RVT's but have not yet taken the RVT licensing examination. Our VT's have an average of 5-8 years of on the job training and work experience at our hospital and others. RVT’s and VT's are responsible for the following areas of patient care:

Induction and maintenance of anesthesia
Performing ancillary diagnostic tests such as processing blood work, performing urinalysis and running fecal analyses
Dental scaling and polishing
Restraint and collection of samples for analysis
Monitoring status and comfort of patients
Specialized techniques for providing nutritional support
Taking and developing digital radiographs
Assisting in surgery
Understanding and implementing infectious disease control and safety protocols
Competence in venipuncture and catheter placement
An understanding of basic physiology which allows them to alert our doctors of subtle changes in patient status based on physical and laboratory exam findings.


Second only to our focus on the highest quality care for your beloved pet, our focus on customer service is paramount. Our receptionists have over 30 years of combined experience in veterinary care, and therefore they are experts in offering the right kind of advice to help guide you in your next office visit or triage your urgent care.

Tracy, Debbie, Cheryl and Lisa are here to make your experience at Eden Pet Hospital a positive one. Please be sure to let them know if there is any thing we should be doing better.