About Five Cities Veterinary Hospital
Five Cities Veterinary Hospital was opened in May of 2007 by Drs. Gerrit and Kimberly Berg. Together, they had a vision for a veterinary hospital that provided compassionate, high-quality care in a positive and friendly environment where pets are treated like family members. Having both grown up as avid animal lovers, they understood the value and importance of the bond between pets and owners. Drs. Berg sought to create a veterinary hospital where this bond would be honored and where pets and their owners alike could feel their unique needs were being met.
Meet the FCVH Team
Gerrit Berg, DVM
Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Gerrit attended undergraduate at Saint Johns University earning a degree in biology. He then served 3 years in Thailand with the Peace Corp before deciding to return to complete his education at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He initially worked in the equine industry and spent 5 years at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos as the primary anesthesiologist and ultrasonographer. He decided to transition to small animal medicine shortly after his first daughter was born so that he could have more time at home with family. Dr. Gerrit has special interests in soft tissue surgery, breeding, and dentistry. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hiking, basketball and spending time with his family.
Kimberly Berg, DVM
Dr. Kimberly is a native Californian who grew up in the greater Los Angeles area. She attended undergraduate school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she earned a BS in biochemistry. She then went on to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine completing her education in 1999. Since then she has worked at a number of veterinary hospitals up and down the Central Coast as a relief veterinarian up until the opening of Five Cities Veterinary Hospital in 2007. Dr. Kimberly has special interests in internal medicine, ultrasonography, feline overpopulation management and preventative medicine. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, singing, knitting, hiking and being a mom to their three daughters.
Desi Alarcon, Veterinary Technician
I love the clinic because it gives me the experience I need to become a Vet. I learn a lot from both Dr. Kim and Dr. Gerrit. I love that our practice is fun and light-hearted as well. My hobbies include going to the beach with my cat and dog, and making jewelry.
Josh Carreira, Customer Care Specialist
I have a miniature Schnauzer named Athena who’s a burly gurly and an adopted cat named Diego with a silly little walk because his leg was reconstructed after being hit by a car. I also have some earthworms! Hobbies include hiking, yoga and collecting/growing/caring for weird plants. My favorite thing about FCVH is my amazing coworkers and, of course, all the animals!
Shay Lewis, Customer Care Specialist
My favorite part of working at FCVH is getting to help animals. I have a kitty I adopted named Saffy and she’s a sassy girl! My hobbies are music, photography and cooking.
Sonia Palacios, Veterinary Technician
I own two mini Rex rabbits, CheChe and Cash, and an English Bulldog named Ace. I enjoy working with everyone (coworkers, pet patients and clients) in areas in the clinic where help is needed. I love listening to music and cheesecake!