Meet Our Staff

Melissa A.  Gates

Melissa A. Gates, DVM
Hospital Director

Dr. Gates is a 1980 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been the owner of Cordova Veterinary Hospital since 1987. She has a special interest in dentistry and has been a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society since 1990.

She has successfully completed two master's level courses in restorations, oral surgery, and orthopedics at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore; and lectures and labs in Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gates has attended the Veterinary Dental Forum annually for 20 years, and has participated in laboratory training in Endodontics (conventional and surgical), Maxillary and Mandibular Fracture Repair, Crown Preparation and Restoration, Intraoral Radiography, Oral Surgery, and Guided Tissue Regeneration.

Dr. Gates has lectured on dentistry to local veterinary groups and provided training at local veterinary hospitals in dental radiography and oral surgery. She has provided referral dental services to veterinarians in the Sacramento and Northern California area for over 15 years and enjoys working with veterinarians and their patients to provide the best outcome possible.

Dr. Gates is also active in local and state veterinary associations, having served as president and treasurer of the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association and the Sacramento Veterinary Medical Association Charitable Foundation. She completed the Don Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship in Small Animal Internal Medicine at U.C.Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

When not working with her patients, she spends time with her husband John, son Eric as well as their Standard Poodle (Jazz) and Springer Spaniel (Dug).

Professional associations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Veterinary Dental Society
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • California Veterinary Medical Association
  • Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association

Colleen Heney

Colleen Heney, DVM
Residency-Trained (Dentistry and Oral Surgery)

Dr. Colleen Heney is a residency-trained veterinarian with expertise in dentistry and oral surgery. She graduated as a veterinarian from the University of California – Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Heney obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, also from the University of California – Davis.

Dr. Heney developed an interested in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery as a specialty within her first year of veterinary school, when both her horse and pet rabbit had dental problems in quick succession of one another. She quickly developed a passion for dentistry and oral surgery for all species and committed early on to pursuing advanced residency training. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Heney first completed a one-year equine internship in Penryn, CA at Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center. She followed by completing a one-year rotating internship in small animal specialty practice in Los Angeles, CA at Animal Specialty Group.

Dr. Heney returned to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for four years of advanced residency training in Dentistry and Oral Surgery for both small animal and large animal species. Throughout her residency, Dr. Heney developed a passion for high quality care and a collaborative approach to complex cases. Her clinical interests include oral and maxillofacial trauma repair, maxillofacial surgery and reconstruction, and diagnosis and treatment of oral tumors. Additionally, she enjoys performing advanced periodontal surgery, endodontic procedures, and veterinary orthodontics.

Dr. Heney was born and raised in San Diego, but following her extensive academic career at UC Davis, she has long considered the greater Sacramento area to be home. She lives with her husband, Alex, dogs Soka and Belle, and rabbits Comet and Jett. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her horse, Prince. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with friends and family.

Kelby Weaver
Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Weaver grew up in Sacramento Valley with a love for animals. As a youngster, she participated in 4H raising llamas, rabbits, goats, and chickens; she also raised puppies for Guide Dog for the Blind, Inc. With a love for chemistry and pharmacy medicine, Dr Weaver attended Mills College in Oakland CA for her undergraduate degree then attended a Masters degree program for Polymer Chemistry and Engineering. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Dr Weaver realized she needed to fulfill her lifelong passion, which was to work with companion animals and their people.

In 2011, Dr. Weaver graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Immediately out of school, she completed a year-long rotating specialty internship at VCA-San Francisco Veterinary Specialists. After spending considerable time in general practice providing all services (emergency medicine, preventative medicine, and surgery), Dr Weaver started to expand on her passion for dentistry and oral surgery.

In addition to spending thousands of hours studying and performing dentistry procedures, Dr. Weaver genuinely enjoys the relationships she's created with her patients and their owners. She is dedicated to developing trust with the owners and provide as much information possible so the owners can make the most-informed medical decisions.

Outside of work, Dr Weaver shares her home with her husband, her son, and her 4-legged babies:  Squirrel and Minnow, both teacup poodles, Riezl and Gertrude, both Standard Poodles, and, last but not least, her amazing Maine Coon cat, Siggi Meatloaf. Dr Weaver loves  spending time with her family, camping, reading, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, embroidery, sewing, playing Legos with her son, and enjoying life to the fullest.