The Team

Our veterinarian and staff are dedicated to helping pet parents optimize their pets health and improve pets lives, always treating your pet with the utmost compassion and care. Get to know our incredible team of veterinary technicians, assistants, receptionists, and more!

Dr. Brian Fam


Dr Brian joined FVC early 2021, when the clinic expanded to full service. He grew up in Egypt where he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Assuit University in 2004. He remained in Egypt for his first three years of practice working in a mixed animal position, that included: companion animals (i.e. cats/dogs), equine, dairy, and small ruminant (goats, etc.). He immediately entered a year-long rotating training in small animal medicine that included further practice in surgery, radiology, and ophthalmology.

With 17 years of experience, Dr. Brian is also a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He continues to be excited and honored to be part of the Veterinary profession and share his experience with FVC. On his free time Dr. Brian enjoys spending time at the beach.

Silvia Villalobos

Hospital Manager

Silvia has been at Foothill Vet Clinic for nearly 16 years. She began as a receptionist when the clinic fist opened (under previous ownership) and is now our wonderful clinic manager.

She loves dogs, but is unfortunately allergic to cats which prevent her from having any of her own. Silvia is a pet parent of three dogs: her 2 yr. old English Bulldog Dante, a 6 yr. old Husky/German Shepherd mix named Max, and a 7 yr. old German Shepherd named Lilo. When she’s not at the clinic helping with other pets, Silvia enjoys spending time with her family going out to eat or catching a movie.

Dennis Barillas

Dennis Barillas

Hospital Director

Dennis is Foothill Vet Clinic’s Hospital Director and one of our wonderful Veterinary Technicians. He joined our team in early 2021 but has been in the Veterinary field for 21 years.

He is IDEXX Lab certified and a member of the CA Association of Veterinary Technicians (CARVTA) as well as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Dennis decided to go into the veterinary field because it is his passion. He has a love and respect for animals that goes into his work in improving pets lives. He enjoys interacting with all clients and helping them care for their pets. Dennis has a 6 month standard Poodle named Toga and a 10 year old female King Snake named Mamba. When he’s not at FVC, he volunteers his time at animals shelters and emergency response, or spends leisure time swimming and dirt biking.

Leslie Palma

Veterinary Technician

Leslie joined the Foothill Vet team early 2021 as a Vet Technician, she has been working in the veterinary field for over five years.

She is a member of the CA Association of Veterinary Technicians (CARVTA) as well as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). She is certified in IDEXX Laboratories, AVMA, and the International Veterinary Dentistry Institute (IVDI).

Leslie is currently in school to become an accredited Veterinarian with long term plans of specializing in Cardiology.

Her love for animals made the decision of going into the animal care field a natural choice; she hopes to dedicate herself to preventive care and diagnosing/treating diseases that may impede an animal from living a full, happy life. Additionally, Leslie is a pet parent to a 3 year old Maltese named Odie, whom she named after the pup in the Garfield cartoon. Leslie spends her free time learning sign language to help children with disabilities as well as helping to train guide dogs for children with Autism.

Francisca Favela

Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Francisca is one of the newer members of our clinic, she joined our team over a year ago in 2020. She primarily works as our receptionist but is a constant source of support to the vets and all pets during their visits.

Francisca loves helping animals, ensuring they are happy and healthy, and enjoys being in an environment that allows her to interact with cats and dogs on a daily basis.

She is a pet parent of a one year old German Shepherd named Sol and a 7 yr. old Chihuahua named Nani. During her free time, Francisca enjoys spending time with her dogs, going out to eat, or simply catching up on sleep.

Ruben Villalobos

Ruben is one of our recent hires at FVC, having joined the team March of 2022. Prior to joining our staff he worked in retail and has extensive experience in customer service. Ruben’s expressed interest in joining the veterinary field to follow in his mother’s footsteps, as she has been in this industry for over 16 years. . Ruben has  three dogs in his household: an English Bulldog named Dante, Husky/German Shepherd mix named Max, and a German Shepherd named Lilo. On his time away from the clinic he enjoys  watching movies, playing games, and hanging out with friends.


Jiselle Sanchez

Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Jiselle is one of FVC’s Vet Assistants. She has been with the team for nearly two years and is enrolled in school, working towards becoming a certified Vet Tech.

She is a pet parent to four big dogs! She has a 4 year old Husky named Hachi and three Shiba Inu/Husky mix: 3 year old Bella, 2 year old Lobo, and 2 year old Rambo.

Jiselle works with animals for the simple love of them and the joy of helping in their time of need, making sure they are well cared for. On her free time, Jiselle enjoys going out to eat or shopping, playing soccer, or relaxing watching tv.

Karina Negrete

Karina joined FVC approximately 7 months ago and is currently a veterinary assistant. She studied Psychology at LA Mission College, during her time there she began working at Pet Supreme caring for the reptile room where she discovered her interest in continuing to work with animals. She was able to transition into volunteering at the clinic to now being part of our team. Karina has several pets, including three dogs, three tarantulas, a snake, cats and a chameleon. Her dogs are an Australian cattle/German Shepherd named Buster, Peewee the Pomeranian, and a terrier mix named Ruby. Her cats are Cali the Calico cat and a tuxedo cat named Apollo. Karina loves the companionship of her pets and the loyalty animals provide. She enjoys interacting with their different personalities. During her time off, Karina spends time playing video games, listening to music, and going bowling or to concerts.

Jenny Melero

Jenny Melero

Jenny joined FVC early 2022, she has been in the veterinary field for over 15 years in roles varying from reception to assisting the veterinary staff.  Jenny has a 3 year old pet cat whom she loves. When she is not t the clinic, Jenny enjoys camping and other outdoor activities, however her favorite pastime is spending time at home relaxing with a movie.

Saul Castaneda

Saul is a veterinary technician at FVC. He has been part of the team for the past 7 months and working within the veterinary care field for nearly three years. Saul has several pets, among them ball pythons, iguanas and dogs. He has been interested in working with animals since he can remember and has turned that passion into a career. . During his free time he enjoys being outdoors and taking part of outdoor activities such as hiking or fishing.

Saul Castaneda