Our commitment to you is to continue to offer our world-class service and a state-of-the-art veterinary facility.
Your pet’s annual vet check-up will include a total physical exam, with a thorough investigation of your pet’s head, body, and tail and all their assorted cavities. Because even the most cooperative pet may not readily go along with a tooth and gum brushing, an annual cleaning by your veterinarian may be in order. Like you, your pet can lose their teeth due to decay and neglect. It’s a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the vet but also of notes on things like your pet’s elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet’s behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. Take this notebook when you visit the vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain the results of your pet’s medical tests. Also, if you need to change vets, it’s good to have this journal to provide a complete medical history.
Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate, and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. Try to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Try to have it convenient. Choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to undertake surgery and perform procedures requiring anesthesia, such as teeth cleaning. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia—especially for very old, very young, or very ill pets—your veterinarian will likely suggest a few exams, including a chest X-ray and lab work of blood and urine, before your pet is anesthetized. During the procedure, they might need an IV drip; antibiotics may be necessary before and after.
Dr. Singla may refer you to a specialist—a veterinarian who has completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care—if your pet must undergo a procedure that requires more precise knowledge and experience.
Meet the team!
Dr. Shikher Singla, DVM
Dr. Singla's Bio
Dr. Shikher Singla is a general practitioner and co-owner of Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Deepti Pal, DVM
Dr. Pal's Bio
Dr. Deepti is an associate veterinarian. She has about 14 years of veterinary experience. She enjoys the outdoor with her family and her rescue dog, Goldy.
Dr. Caroline Kim, DVM
Dr. Kim's Bio
She went on to pursue her undergraduate career at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In 1992 she graduated cum laude from the pre-medical program with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. She majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. She returned to California to attend veterinary school at the University of California at Davis. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996.
Dr. Kim has a particular interest in surgery. She completed a surgical externship at the Animal Medical Center in New York in 1995. She is certified in performing Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) cases and has a great interest in orthopedics. She also received training in laparoscopic surgery at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas.
Before coming to Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Kim worked for almost 20 years in the Marina-Pacific Heights neighborhood. After a large corporation bought her hospital, she decided to look for another practice owned and operated by veterinarians. She came full circle when she met Dr. Singla and found her new work family at Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital. She believes that this practice has done a great job of keeping up its close ties to the local community. It has a warm, neighborhood feel while maintaining a high quality of service, along with futuristic upgrades in technology.
Dr. Kim is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is APHIS certified. When she is not caring for her patients, Dr. Kim spends time with her human family and her two orange cats at her home in San Francisco.
Dr. Mukul Padalkar, BVSc & AH, MVSc
Dr. Padalkar's Bio
She graduated from Bombay Veterinary College, India, in 2010 and earned a Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She was a general practitioner in India for 5 years, where she also worked at a first-of-its-kind diagnostic lab and performed ultrasound scans. She then completed a year-long rotating internship at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Following the ECFVG certification, she joined the Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital family in July 2020. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Ultrasound Society of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
What Dr. MP finds most rewarding is being able to make a difference for her patients and their families; whether it’s a wellness exam for a newly adopted pup/kitten, or a diagnostic/treatment plan for a pet who has suddenly become sick or providing palliative care for a geriatric one.
She enjoys working at Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital because it allows her to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds while pursuing her professional interests in diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine, and surgery.
In her free time, she indulges in various artistic ventures or explores the outdoors with her husband.
Dr. Fady Baskhsaron, DVM
Dr. Baskhsaron's Bio
Dr. Lori Drourr, Cardiologist
Dr. Drourr's Bio
Dr. Tahir Magrey, DVM
Dr. Magrey's Bio
My dad was employed at a University where I spent my whole education career from kindergarten up until my 4th year DVM and post-graduation. In the Junior branch of the University school as a student, after school hours, I used to sneak through the veterinary facility to go to my dad’s office. I saw teaching staff & DVM students dealing with pets and large animals. These moments are the beginning of my interest in veterinary sciences.
I started working in a small animal hospital in February 2011 in Canada. I came to California in 2015 to secure a California Veterinary license and worked for five months, and went back to Canada. Then I joined Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital in August 2020. Conversations with professors stayed embedded in my mind and I had a dream which God materialized and now I am here.
Dr. Sophia Rana, DVM
Dr. Rana's Bio
Born and grew up in Delhi, India and graduated from Bangalore Veterinary College in 2015 . Watching my father, also a small animal veterinarian, is what inspired me to get into the field of veterinary medicine. Completed my PAVE prigram from LSU in 2017 and worked in India for 3 years before moving to the US and working at Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital. My main interest lies in small animal surgery and medicine. I like to read and play lawn tennis during on my free time.
Dr. Philip Watts, BVSc, MANZCVSc, FANZCVS
Dr. Watts' Bio
I grew up in a small country town Kingaroy (aborigine for red earth) in Queensland, Australia. I was the middle child of eight siblings and worked from a young age to put myself through college. In 1981, I obtained my Bachelor of Veterinary Science from The University of Queensland, Australia. After employed in a large animal practice for two years, I returned to The University of Queensland in 1984 for a general small animal internship. I earned my Member of Australian College of Veterinary Science qualification in Small Animal Medicine (MACVSc) in 1987. Having decided that large and small animal medicine was not for me (too much hard work and thinking involved), I returned to The University of Queensland yet again to start a surgical internship followed by a surgical residency. In 1992, I completed my specialist qualifications in surgery, Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons (FACVS). In 1993, I moved to The United States and spent a sabbatical year in surgery at Colorado State University and North Carolina State University to perfect his surgical skills. I then returned to teaching surgery residents and students at The University of Queensland. I opened my own surgical practice in 1995 in Brisbane, Queensland.
In 2000, thinking it was for only a year, I accepted a teaching position in small animal orthopedic surgery at University of California. That year extended until 2004. Deciding it was time to return to private practice, I looked both back at home in Australia and in The United States. At that time San Francisco did not have a resident surgeon so I joined San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, eventually becoming a part owner of the practice in 2006. VCA bought the practice in 2010 and I stayed on until July 2017. At that time, we had built up the surgical practice employing 3 full time surgeons. I had already been working at Berkeley Dog and Cat so it seemed an easy choice to relocate to the East Bay and to continue to do some mobile surgery. I also had a great year at Andrew Sams Clinic where I have just recently left. It is a fantastic clinic with great staff.
I live part time in Noe Valley with Billy, a beagle lab rescue dog from Mexico and Chewy, a puppy terrier cross I recently adopted from the SPCA . I spend almost every weekend at my 80 acres farm (Field and Pond) in Winters (just near Davis). I am still president of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association (SFVMA) and miss our quarterly meetings. I look forward to meeting with you and your pet.