Alex Eastman, DVM


Originally from Hollywood, CA, Dr. Eastman received her DVM degree at the University of California, Davis, in 1997. Prior to that she completed a Masters program at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Eastman is now co-owner of Steinbeck Country Equine Hospital in Salinas, CA with her husband, Dr. Tim Eastman. Her primary veterinary interests are equine reproduction as well as preventative medicine. She also spends time raising three children as well as riding her horse whenever she can.


Claudia Sonder, DVM

Vice President

Claudia Sonder, DVM, a 1995 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine serves as the Director of the Center for Equine Health at UC Davis. Sonder has been practicing equine veterinary medicine for 20 years in the Napa area and is particularly interested in lameness evaluation and treatment of performance horses. The Center for Equine Health is dedicated to advancing the health, welfare, performance and veterinary care of horses through research, education and public outreach.

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Carol Ormond, DVM



Gary Hanes, DVM


Dr. Hanes is a 1978 graduate of the University of California, Davis following his undergraduate studies in physiology at the same school. He spent one year at Texas A&M University as a large animal intern, then 3 years at The Ohio State University as a resident in equine surgery. Dr. Hanes then worked at Southwest Equine Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ but eventually returned to California and became the sole owner of Briarwood Equine Clinic, located in Woodside, in 2002 where he practices general equine medicine. When not caring for patients you can usually find him on his road bike.


Jenna Hahn

Marketing Coordinator

Jenna's background covers the equine and pet industry with a strong emphasis on marketing, sales, and consulting. She received her degree from the University of California, Davis with a double major in economics and organizational sociology and has worked for leading companies throughout the veterinary industry. She currently consults for Idexx Laboratories as an equine digital radiography specialist. A long time horse enthusiast, Jenna has also competed in the show jumping arena.

Katie Flynn, DVM

At-Large Member

Dr. Katie Flynn was raised on a Standardbred racehorse farm in South Grafton, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from University of Massachusetts. In 2001, she received her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. In 2002, Dr. Flynn joined California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health Branch, where she is currently the Equine Staff Veterinarian for the department. Dr. Flynn’s area of interest is equine infectious diseases, epidemiology and biosecurity. In her free time you can find her watching the harness races at Cal Expo.

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Wallace H. Liberman, DVM

At-Large Member

Originally from Detroit, MI, Dr. Liberman graduated from Humboldt State University in 1978 with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a B.A. in Zoology.  He then obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1982, gaining licensure in Michigan, Oregon, and California.  Dr. Liberman has a special emphasis in Equine Orthopedic Disease – Diagnosis, Imaging and Medical & Surgical treatment. Dr. Wally founded Panorama Equine Medical & Surgical Center in Redding, CA in 1985 and has been practicing equine medicine there ever since. In his free time, Dr. Wally can be found supporting local and regional community organizations, working the land with tractors, skiing, exploring the backcountry, or engaging in long-winded discussions about Biology with his three daughters.

County coordinators

Monterey: Laramie Winfield DVM

Contra Costa: Jen Williams DVM

Sonoma: John Kaufman DVM

Placer: Jen Galuppo DVM

Solano: Tom Casselberry DVM

Napa: Claudia Sonder DVM

Alameda: Kerry Pierce DVM

San Mateo: Jerry Parker DVM

Liaison to CVMA: Claudia Sonder DVM