Our Bakersfield, CA Veterinarians

Stiern Veterinary Hospital Veterinarians

Bakersfield CA VeterinariansEric Bollier, DVM - Veterinarian/Owner

A 1980 graduate of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Eric Bollier grew up in a suburb of Kansas City known as Prairie Village. There, his love of animals was fostered through his many family pets – dogs, cats and guinea pigs.

"Between a love for animals, a strong interest in caring for and being around them, as well as my interest in the biological sciences, veterinary medicine was a natural fit for me," he says.

For the past 35 years, Dr. Bollier has been sharing his passion with clients and patients of Stiern Veterinary Hospital. He considers the relationships he has developed with them over the years a rewarding aspect of his career.

"Being able to effect a positive outcome in a challenging case has got to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my job," he says. "After all, keeping pets as healthy as possible is the main reason why I chose a career in veterinary medicine."

Dr. Bollier is a member of the American, California, Kern County and Sierra Veterinary Medical Associations and the Veterinary Information Network. He is a former officer of the Kern County Veterinary Medical Association and past member of the Bakersfield SPCA's Board of Directors and Advisory Board. His veterinary interests include general medicine and surgery, internal medicine and orthopedic surgery.

In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, fly-fishing, hiking, camping, snow-skiing and off-roading, as well as travel, concerts, photography, and local events. He has a smaller-than-average-sized hound dog named Ranger, who isn't very fond of cats – hence why he currently has none. He has two adult children, a son who is a firefighter and a daughter who is a horticulturalist.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansRose Rakow, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Since she was six years old, Dr. Rose Rakow knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. After hearing a veterinarian speak to her second grade class, she returned home with a clear vision.

"I went home and told my family that's what I was going to do, and I stuck with it," she says.

Dr. Rakow attended the local junior college for two years before enrolling in the Animal Science program at California State University Fresno and graduated in 1987. She attended Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1992.

In 1993 Dr. Rakow was working at our newly acquired sister hospital, North of the River Veterinary Hospital and joined the Stiern Veterinary Hospital team in 1995. She is interested in veterinary surgery, orthopedics, pocket and exotic pets, and being a general practitioner. She is a member of the American, California, and Kern County Veterinary Medical Associations, as well as the Veterinary Information Network and the California Ferret Association. She is Board President of the Bakersfield SPCA and is an adjunct professor at Bakersfield College.

She says watching pets heal and return to their healthy selves is the most rewarding part of her job. She enjoys being able to witness a puppy or kitten grow up and age along with their human families, and then seeing the next pet the family welcomes after experiencing a loss.

At home Dr. Rakow has six pets. Her canines range in size and include Linus, a Dachshund; Molly, a Walker hound; and Barney, a Saint Bernard. Her three cats are named Sam, Emily and Kai. In her free time, Dr. Rakow enjoys "trying not to kill the house plants and some crafty things like candle making, crocheting and knitting." She also spends time reading, going to the movies, deep sea fishing and racking her brain with puzzle games.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansNicole Paulden, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Nicole Paulden grew up in Bakersfield, California as a young girl with aspirations of one day becoming a veterinarian. Since her early childhood, Dr. Paulden had dreams of becoming a veterinarian and working with animals to provide a better quality of life. Her continued love of animals and science throughout her education motivated her and kept Dr. Paulden committed to fulfilling her childhood dreams, as she is proud to be one of our extraordinary veterinarians here at Stiern Veterinary Hospital. Some of Dr. Paulden’s professional interests include general medicine, surgery, and dentistry.

After completing her undergraduate education having studyied Animal Science at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Dr. Paulden went on to further her education at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Having graduated in 2018, Dr. Paulden is excited to start her career with Stiern Veterinary Hospital, and feels it is great place for growth and is an incredible opportunity to work with amazing people and their pets.

"The most satisfying part of being a veterinarian is knowing that each day I get to care for animals and I am able to play a part in helping people take the best possible care of their pets." Dr. Paulden says.

At home, Dr. Paulden looks after her Husky mix named Hagen, whom she loves dearly. In her spare time, Dr. Paulden enjoys baking, traveling, reading, and hiking outdoors.

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Southwest Veterinary Hospital Veterinarians


Bakersfield CA VeterinariansMark Holland, DVM - Veterinarian/Owner

A 1998 graduate of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mark Holland grew up on a farm in Bucyrus, Kansas.

"At some point while growing up I realized I didn't want to sit on a tractor for the rest of my career," he says. Dr. Holland knew he wanted to stay involved with the farming industry. "Veterinary Medicine seemed like a perfect opportunity. I had no idea the journey I was about to embark upon."

Dr. Holland was hired at Southwest Veterinary Hospital right out of veterinary school. Before then he gained experience through working at a mixed animal practice, a small animal emergency and referral center, and in the Rabies department of Kansas State University's Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory.

His favorite part of being a veterinarian is in developing relationships with clients and working alongside others who share common goals. "The positive feedback and happy patients help drive us through our day," he says.

Dr. Holland is most interested in veterinary surgery and is a member of the American and California Veterinary Medical Associations and the Veterinary Information Network.

Outside of work, Dr. Holland is an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a father to two daughters, Olivia and Stella (who consistently make him proud). He has a Shih-Tzu named Mattie and enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, water sports, and skiing during the winter months.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansKristina C. Love, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Associate veterinarian Dr. Kristina Love joined the team at Southwest Veterinary Hospital in April of 2016. A Bakersfield native, Dr. Love has a lifelong passion for animals and was fascinated by science, physiology and medicine as an undergraduate.

She began her post-high school education at California State University, Bakersfield before transferring to Washington State University, where she earned both her undergraduate degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Love’s professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine and senior pet care.

"As our pets are living longer due to advances in veterinary preventive care and nutrition, I find it rewarding to have the ability to create a better quality of life that allows elderly pets to thrive rather than just survive," says Dr. Love. "When pet parents enthusiastically report that the increased activity of their senior pet is because of the treatments I offer, it is very satisfying."

At home, Dr. Love has a terrier mix named Gracie, a Chihuahua named Lizzy, and a cat named Tabby Cat. When not at work she enjoys gardening and landscaping her yard, taking on home improvement projects, staying fit, traveling, reading, thrift shopping, participating in trivia competitions and spending time with her daughter.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansElise Martin, DVM - Veterinarian

When asked about what the most satisfying thing is about being a veterinarian, Dr. Elise Martin says, “Giving a voice to our pets that can’t talk to us to tell us what’s wrong. I love the challenge of gathering a detailed history, physical exam, and diagnostic tests to understand why our pets are sick or in pain.”

Dr. Martin is passionate about helping animals in need and is great at determining the best prognosis for sick or injured pets based on their feedback, history, and interactions. Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Martin was set to follow in her father’s footsteps as an attorney, however, her love for animals out weighted the judicial system and she ultimately chose to follow her heart.

We were fortunate enough to have Dr. Martin join our team of veterinarians here at Southwest Veterinary Hospital in 2004. Before coming to Southwest Veterinary Hospital, Dr, Martin attended the University of California San Diego and obtained her degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. Upon seeking her doctorate in veterinary medicine, Dr. Martin achieved her diploma from the University of California, Davis in 2004, and shortly after started working for Southwest Veterinary Hospital.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Martin loves to spend time with her husband Frank. Frank is also a veterinarian, but practices large animal medicine. They have 4 loving daughters named Ava, Sophia, Elia, and Lana. The Martins share their home with a Golden Retriever named Curry, a Yorkie Mix named Francine, and 2 Silkie Chickens. In her down time, Dr. Martin likes going running, staying in for a nice read, and playing the piano.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansKristyn Pendley, DVM - Veterinarian

Joining the Southwest Veterinary Hospital team in June of 2018, Dr. Kristyn Pendley has since proven herself to be a vital member of our veterinarian staff. Some of Dr. Pendley’s professional interests include internal medicine and preventative care, and she is great with all our patients and clients. As a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Association, Dr. Pendley is well versed in veterinary practices and medicine.

She completed her undergraduate education at University of California, Davis with a degree in Animal Biology. Dr. Pendley then went on to achieve her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Amidst her studies, Dr. Pendley received honors as a silver member of the Veterinary Business Management Association.

Even before veterinary school Dr. Pendley was developing her passions for animal care. Her love for helping animals and their owners began with her early involvement at an equine hospital where she developed a stronger bond with the animals she cared for and the clients she interacted with. It was after veterinary school that she realized her love for small animal medicine and helping others.

At home, Dr. Pendley enjoys riding her horse, a Quarter Horse / Morgan Cross named Ramsey, going hiking out in nature, spending time with her family and friends, and going camping. She can also be found spending time with her beautiful Pitbull / Lab mix named Nash.

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Bakersfield CA VeterinariansWilliam E. Hannah, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

The enthusiasm and generosity of a local veterinarian inspired Dr. William Hannah to embark on the same career path.

Growing up in Santa Barbara, he first studied Microbiology at Westmont College, earning his bachelor's degree, and went on to study for his master's at Northern Arizona University, where he graduated in 1976. Years later, Dr. Hannah enrolled in veterinary school at Colorado State University. Before graduating in 1994, he gained experience by volunteering in a local veterinary hospital.

Joining the Southwest Veterinary Hospital staff in 2012, Dr. Hannah is most interested in internal medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Information Network.

He most enjoys "eliminating a disease process and seeing the results after a surgery."

At home Dr. Hannah has three small dogs and two cats. These include Olive, a terrier; Isabell/"Izzy" a Chihuahua-Miniature Pinscher mix; and Fiona, a Chihuahua; as well as cats Joey and Thirsty. He enjoys music, reading, skiing, mechanics, and carpentry.

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