Meet the Team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center
Dr. Cameron Collins
Dr. Cameron Collins grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Davis for both his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine with Honors in 2009. His focus was on small animal medicine with special interests in emergency medicine, oncology, and surgery. During his studies, he collaborated on cancer research projects, was published in two peer-reviewed articles, and received awards for achievements in small animal surgery. After graduation, he completed an internship at Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic where he gained additional education and experience in all of these fields. He was offered a full-time position there working in emergency medicine and general practice. In late 2012, he accepted a position at South Davis Veterinary Center and was voted #1 Veterinarian in Yolo County 4 years in a row. He is taking his experience and his dedication to enhancing the human-animal bond to East Sacramento, where he has resided since 2014. Dr. Collins and his wife, Marisa, love exploring the outdoors, hiking, skiing, and traveling the world. They just recently welcomed their twin babies, Andersen and Crosby, to join their fur-babies Colby, Zita Marie, and Stella Rae.
Dr. Machal Scharbrough
As a child, you could always find Dr. Machal Scharbrough at her grandma’s farm playing with the dogs, bathing the horses, and trying to find the farm cats. Dr. Scharbrough’s true passion for Veterinary Medicine started when she adopted her first dog while her husband was deployed for the military. With her hands-on experience managing a slough of complicated medical conditions, she began to fully understand how special, profound, and impactful the relationship between pets and their humans could be. This led her to begin her pursuit in Veterinary Medicine, where she aims to help animals live long, happy, and healthy lives.
After graduating from the University of San Diego, Dr. Scharbrough attended UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with Honors. During veterinary school, she was president of the emergency medicine club, helped organize a veterinary clinic for pets of the homeless, and performed research in the field of Ophthalmology. Dr. Scharbrough has a passion for Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, and managing tough rare medical cases. She was highly encouraged by her professors to pursue a specialty residency but found herself drawn to general practice for one main reason: forming strong long-term relationships with pet guardians and getting to know the patients from birth to old age. She is a great asset to the team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center, and we are so lucky to have her join us.
During her spare time, Dr. Scharbrough loves hiking, floating or boating on the river, wine tasting, and spending time with her husband and three dogs (a German Shepherd, a Belgian Malinois, and a Cockapoo). She has a special place in her heart for shepherds but loves all species and breeds, and welcomes the opportunity to meet your furry loved one.
Dr. Lauren Poon
Dr. Lauren Poon was born and raised in Sacramento (Go Kings!). She attended UC Davis for her undergraduate degree, where she graduated with honors before moving to Fort Collins, CO with her partner.
In Colorado, she worked as a veterinary technician and found her love for the field. In 2023, she graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. While in school, she was president of the Integrative Medicine Club, fostered with the Orphan Kitten Project, and volunteered with the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness. Her main interests lie in internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, and behavior.
Dr. Poon is excited to be practicing in her hometown and creating relationships within her community— furry and not! When she isn’t in the hospital, she enjoys tending to her plants, traveling with her partner, skiing, trying new foods, and spending time with her fur babies (Astro, Nori, and Maki).
Dr. Katie Castillo
Dr. Katie Castillo grew up in the small town of Los Lunas, New Mexico. For her undergraduate studies, she attended the University of Arizona where she earned her BS in Veterinary Science in 2014. She then attended UC Davis for veterinary school where she graduated in 2018. Dr. Castillo’s first year of practice was in urgent care and general practice in Fairfield, California. She then moved to Austin, Texas where she joined a general practice for the next 3 years before moving back to Sacramento in 2022 to join the team at East Sacramento Vet Center.
Her specific areas of interest are Internal Medicine and Surgery. What Dr. Castillo loves most about ESVC is the ability to focus on both of those specialties while also forming long-term bonds with her patients and their families. As Dr. Castillo’s own fur baby, a German Shepherd named Zona, has entered her senior years, she has also gained a specialist interest and passion for geriatric medicine and pain management.
Dr. Castillo and her husband, Alex, enjoy travelling, trying new restaurants, spending time in the outdoors, and hanging with their pup Zona.