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Dr. Racelle LaMar
Dr. LaMar moved to Sonoma County in1967 after her father - a naval aviator - started working with Pan Am. Following in her grandfather's footsteps, she attended Texas A & M as a mechanical engineering major. Her senior year, she applied to and was accepted into Texas A & M University Veterinary Medical School.
Moving back to Santa Rosa after working in Oklahoma City for 2 years, Dr. LaMar did an emergency and critical residency and worked for over a decade at the Animal Care Center.
After the birth of her son, she began general practice and ultimately bought Northtown Animal Hospital. She is married to Jeff Penner, has one child and is active in scouting and is an avid hockey mom. Go Santa Rosa Flyers!
Dr. James Brown
Dr. Brown was raised in the Southwest, and his family moved to California at age 16. After high school, he attended UCLA for a short time, and a few years later resumed college at Foothill JC, then transferred to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine DVM Program where he received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Physiology prior to receiving DVM Degree in 1981.
He came immediately to Sonoma County and by the end of the year, began working at Northtown Animal Hospital with Dr. Wright for approximately 3 years. He then accepted a position at the Sonoma County Emergency Veterinary Clinic for 3 years, then owned Rincon Valley Animal Hospital for 17 years before merging with Northtown in 2005.
Dr. Brown has 2 great kids (Zachary and Rilee), 2 adorable grandsons (Jack and Owen), a cat and a dog (Seven and Lacy). His primary hobby is music. After 30 years, he's happy to be making the transition from ownership, and looks forward to staying on here with everyone at Northtown.
Dr. Gabrielle Goetze
Dr. Goetze was raised in the beautiful state of Washington. She moved to California to attend University of California at Davis and graduated in 2008 with a major in Animal Biology with an emphasis in Animal behavior. After graduation, she spent a year working as a veterinary assistant in a busy Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Sacramento before returning to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. During her time in school, she worked with a variety of animal species, including horses, raptors (birds of prey) and primates. After graduating from UCDavis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, she moved to Petaluma.
Dr. Goetze loves working with both dogs and cats, and enjoys all aspects of their care. She is particularly interested in companion animal behavior, and helping improve the human-animal bond.
Dr. Goetze spends her spare time going on adventures with her dog Harvey, and her horse Chance. She also enjoys gardening, quilting and sewing dresses and costumes.