When we opened North Peninsula Veterinary Surgical Group, our goal was to give referring veterinarians more than just our expertise. Our hospital focuses on supporting both the pets and owners that we see as well as the family veterinarian as a partner in a pet’s care. When pet owners have a positive experience with us, we know that we’ve done everything in our power to provide the support they needed at that time.
We are deeply committed to the principles of open communication and the sharing of knowledge. This applies to both the relationship we have with pet owners as well as the one between veterinarians working together on a pet’s care. We always take the time to answer questions and discuss cases before, during and after a referral. We know that a very real concern for referring veterinarians and pet owners is trying to maintain the high quality of care for pets. Choosing NPVSG ensures an experience that meets and exceeds those understandably high standards. We are dedicated to providing honesty, integrity, excellent patient care and outstanding support before, during and after surgery throughout the recovery process.

Dr. Kimberly Carlson

Her goals are to maintain a very sophisticated level of client service and patient care that can truly only be accomplished in a smaller, hands-on, privately owned setting with direct owner involvement.

Dr. Kimberly Carlson, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Carlson is originally from Plano, IL. She grew up with her adoptive family (including a younger brother) while learning the value of hard work. She hasn’t slowed down since she started working full time at 16, graduating early and heading to Chicago to spend the next seven years in stock trading. Her path to becoming a veterinarian may have been a little untraditional, but she became determined to shift her focus in life to helping animals when they need it most.

After graduating with her DVM in 2001 from the University of Illinois, Dr. Carlson went on to complete her general internship at the Animal Medical Center of New York, her surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center and her surgical residency at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She finally made her way to beautiful Northern California, working at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital as well as PETS Referral Center for five years before spending the next eight at the VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital.

Dr. Carlson has finally made her dream to start her own practice a reality with North Peninsula Veterinary Surgical Group. She’s able to offer her considerable experience and skills to pets that need it most here in the Bay Area. In this time of corporations buying up many of the general and specialty veterinary practices, Dr. Carlson joins a small group of specialists committed to maintaining private ownership.

Dr. Alice Morassi

Board certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine.
The staff at NPVSG are completely enamored with our new internal medicine specialist Dr. Morassi.

Alice Morassi, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Who is Dr. Morassi?

Alice Morassi has wanted to be a veterinarian for a long as she can remember. If she wasn’t a doctor she would be a librarian as she loves to read novels and murder mysteries.

As a child growing up in Italy she bred chinchillas and currently has two as pets as well as two rag doll cats who are afraid of the chinchillas. Dr. Morassi loves all mammals, including bats, mice, opossums, skunks, but is not a fan of spiders and insects. When asked what animal she would be if she could be an animal she says that she would be an eagle because she would love to be able to fly. When asked the famous Barbera Walters question “If you could be a tree what tree would you be?” her response was a magnolia tree.

Though Dr. Morassi was far from the tallest on the team she was a competitive volley ball player as well as captain of the team. Her favorite food is pizza: margherita with buffalo mozzarella and anchovies.

Dr. Morassi moved from Milan, Italy to Oklahoma to pursue additional training in veterinary medicine. When she arrived in Oklahoma she thought that there was some kind of festival going on (like Halloween) because everyone was in costume – cowboy boots, hats and belts. Dr. Morassi was no longer in Milan!! Dr. Morassi most misses her family and walking through Italian cities. After many years in the US she still does not understand football and baseball!

Please welcome Dr. Morassi to North Peninsula Veterinary Specialty Group!

Dr. Dan Bucy

Dr. Dan Bucy

Dr. Dan Bucy graduated from Colorado State Veterinary School in 2011. He completed a rotating internship in medicine, surgery, and emergency at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in 2012, and then went on to complete a four-year residency at the University of California, Davis in 2016. Dan lives in San Francisco with his wife, Alanna, and their dog, Cooper. In his spare time, Dan enjoys running, hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring northern California.

Dr. Kyle Wakeman

Dr. Kyle Wakeman

Dr. Kyle Wakeman grew up in northern California where he completed his undergraduate degree before attending Western University of Health Sciences for veterinary school. He completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital San Diego. Kyle then went on to do his imaging residency at the University of California, Davis where he spent his last year as a clinical instructor. Living on the coast, he enjoys being outdoors in his free time exploring everything the bay area has to offer.


The team here at North Peninsula Veterinary Surgical Group provides specialty veterinary care, including orthopedics, surgical oncology, laparoscopic surgery, soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging, a pain clinic and regenerative medicine for cats and dogs in San Mateo, San Francisco and the larger Bay Area as well as referral services in a 120 miles radius.

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