Our Team

The team at Aggie Animal Dental Center is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our doctors include a Board-Certified Veterinary DentistTM , a Board-Certified AnesthesiologistTM and a veterinarian completing specialty training in Dentistry & Oral Surgery.  We are the only dental specialty private practice in California with a Board-Certified AnesthesiologistTM on site every day*

Our support staff consists of 2 Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs), 2 technician assistants and 2 client service representatives. We treat all of our patients as if they were our own pets, giving them the same loving attention and care. Dr. Lommer has been a Board-Certified specialist since 2000. In addition to being a Board-Certified Veterinary DentistTM, Dr. Lommer is also a Fear-Free® Certified Professional. Watch this video to learn more about why our practice has chosen to implement Fear-Free® techniques. Please let us know if your pet has food allergies or other dietary restrictions, as treats are an integral part of Fear-Free® protocols. If you have an anxious pet, visit Fear-Free Happy Homes to learn about steps you can take to reduce your pet's fear, anxiety and stress.

Why is board certification for veterinary specialists important? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Veterinary Specialties recognizes only medical and surgical specialists that have completed board certification through their specialty organization. In North America, there is only one AVMA-recognized specialty college for veterinary dentistry in horses and pets: the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). Board-Certified Veterinary DentistTM and Board-Certified Equine Veterinary DentistTM are titles reserved only for veterinarians who have successfully completed residency training and have passed the AVDC's certifying examinations.

*There may be occasional days when there is not an anesthesiologist on site.

Doctors and Staff

  • Dr.
    Milinda Lommer
    DVM, Dipl. AVDC; Fear-Free® Certified Professional
    Board Certified Veterinary Dentist ™


    After graduating from Indiana University in 1991 with a B.S. in Biology and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Milinda moved to California to attend U.C. Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with Phi Zeta honors in 1995.

    After a one-year internship, Dr. Lommer returned to U.C. Davis, where she became the first veterinarian to complete UCD's three-year residency program in Dentistry & Oral Surgery in 1999. She received the 1999 Peter Emily Outstanding Candidate Award from the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), and became a Diplomate of the AVDC in 2000, earning the title Board-Certified Veterinary DentistTM.

    Dr. Lommer is an Associate Editor of the Veterinary Dentistry and Oromaxillofacial Surgery section of the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science. In addition, she serves as Chair of the Resident Education Committee for the AVDC, and is a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor at U.C. Davis, where she assists with training residents in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service and participating in clinical research projects. 

    Dr. Lommer has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to community service through extensive volunteer work. From 2014 to 2021, she ran the Boston Marathon 4 times, raising over $45,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2023, she volunteered more than 150 hours to the AVDC, UC Davis and the SF and Oakland Zoos. 

    In August 2023 Dr. Lommer successfully completed the AVDC certifying examination for Zoo and Wildlife Dentistry. 

    Although Dr. Lommer graduated from U.C. Davis, home of the Aggies, the practice is actually named after her first cat, who joined the family when Milinda was 9 years old. Aggie was a devoted companion for over 19 years.


  • Dr.
    Alexander Hawley
    DVM, Dipl. ACVAA
    Board Certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist ™


    Dr. Alex Hawley earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2005. Following a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Kansas State University, he completed a three-year residency in anesthesiology at Tufts University in Massachusetts. 

    He became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and has been on staff at The Sams Clinic since 2009. 

    Since Aggie Animal Dental Center was opened adjacent to The Sams Clinic in 2013, we have enjoyed a collaborative relationship which has benefitted our patients as well as our doctors and staff. AADC is the only private Dentistry and Oral Surgery practice in Northern California with a full-time, on-site Anesthesiologist.


  • Dr. Tanner May
    DVM, Fear-Free® Certified Professional
    Resident


    Dr. Tanner May grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri for his undergraduate studies and then for veterinary school, graduating with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2019.

    After graduation, Dr. May practiced at a small animal general practice with locations in Columbia and Linn Creek, Missouri. He joined the Aggie Animal Dental Center team in January 2022 as a resident pursuing specialization in dentistry and oral surgery.  After completing his residency in 2024, Dr. May will remain on the Aggie team, continuing to provide excellent care to our patients and clients.

    Dr. May enjoys making a difference In the lives of animals by restoring oral health, and his favorite aspect of dentistry and oral surgery is working with animals in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. After he achieves Board Certification, he plans to pursue a Certificate in Zoo and Wildlife Dentistry. In December 2023, Dr. May, Dr. Lommer and a team of Doctors and Technicians from the Oakland Zoo traveled to the ARCAS Wildlife Rescue Center in Flores, Guatemala, where they successfully removed a badly infected canine tooth from a jaguar that had been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade as a kitten.

  • Jennifer Tacy
    RVT, Fear-Free® Certified Level 3 Professional
    Practice Manager


    Jennifer has been working in the veterinary field for over 25 years. She gained most of her experience working at San Francisco Pet Hospital as a Registered Veterinary Technician and Hospital Manager. She cultivated long term client/patient relationships for the 20+ years she was there. 

    Jennifer earned an American Red Cross Animal Rescue Award in 2010 for helping save a Maltese from a dog attack. She also worked with New Door Ventures, a youth program geared to giving young adults their first job experience, and sponsored numerous young adults with internships at SFPH. 

    At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, she joined Claremont Veterinary Hospital with new ownership to elevate its client relationships and patient care. She joined Aggie Animal Dental Center in March 2024 and aims to build more relationships with our clients and their companions. While she is an animal person, she currently (amazingly) only has two cats, both magnificent black females named Milton & Bradley.

  • Renee Artigues
    Fear-Free® Certified Professional
    Veterinary Assistant


    A California native, Renee attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, graduating in 2016 with a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, and returned to California in 2018. After working at the San Francisco Zoo, Renee joined the staff of Aggie Animal Dental Center in January 2019 as a Client Service Representative. She became a Veterinary Assistant in January 2023 and is currently attending classes at Santa Rosa Junior College to qualify to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

  • Wendy Baten
    Fear-Free® Certified Professional
    Client Service Representative


    With extensive experience in customer service (and having been a receptionist in a medical office for humans!), Wendy is cheerful, professional, and loves to cuddle our patients. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Wendy has been part of the team at Aggie Animal Dental Center since February 2019. Before each patient's visit to AADC, Wendy requests and reviews medical records from the pet's other veterinary providers, summarizing many pages of important information into the clinical record of the pet's visit with us.

  • Ophelie Birrer
    RVT, Fear-Free® Certified Professional
    Registered Veterinary Technician


    Ophelie grew up in a small farming town in rural France, where she loved being around animals of all kinds. After receiving diplomas in Animal Husbandry and Animal Care from Lycée Charles Baltet in Troyes, France, Ophelie worked as a kennel attendant at a dog breeding and training facility and volunteered with rabbits, horses, sheep and cattle in France before relocating to California in 2009. While working as a handler at Camp K9 in Corte Madera, she completed the veterinary technician course of study at Santa Rosa Junior College and began working as a veterinary technician at a small animal hospital in San Rafael in 2017. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2019 and joined the team at AADC in July 2020.

  • Maria Cantu-Torres
    Fear-Free® Certified Professional
    Client Service Representative


    Maria earned an Associate of Science degree from Heald College in Concord, CA in 2008 and has worked in customer service for over 15 years. Her love of animals led her to begin working as a CSR in the veterinary field in 2017. She joined the Aggie team in January 2023. She excels at helping clients both on the phone and in person. Maria also keeps the office jovial with a 'Dad Joke of the Day' and is our Social Director, planning celebrations for each staff member's birthday and work anniversary and planning fun outings for the AADC team.

  • Fear-Free® Certified

    Dr. Lommer, Dr. May and all of the supporting team members at Aggie Animal Dental Center are Fear-Free® Certified. Watch this video to learn more about why we have chosen to implement Fear-Free® techniques in our practice. If you have an anxious pet, visit Fear-Free® Happy Homes to learn about steps you can take to reduce your pet's fear, anxiety and stress.

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Aggie Animal Dental Center

Monday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed