Our animal hospital vets in Walnut Creek

Our Veterinarians

Civic Feline Clinic has a skilled team of veterinarians who welcome you to our practice, proudly serving the Walnut Creek area.

At Civic Feline Clinic, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished cat or kitten, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, their owners, and the local community.

Regina Roach, DVM

Dr. Roach has been with Civic Feline Clinic since July 2011 and grew up right here in Walnut Creek! She attended Texas A&M and graduated in 2011. She loves working with cats because they are unique and she enjoys the challenge of diagnosing and treating their ailments. She thinks the best thing about working at Civic Feline Clinic is the excellent care that has spanned decades possibly from the longevity of its staff members. Also, being able to care for cats throughout their life span from kittens to adults and in to their golden years, getting to know their humans in the process.

Dr. Roach knew from an early age she wanted to become a veterinarian and would often play “zoo” on the stairs of her childhood home. After high school she worked as a kennel technician which cemented her interest in becoming a veterinarian.

In her free time, Dr. Roach enjoys spending time with her husband and son, swimming with the Walnut Creek Masters, playing tennis, traveling and reading. Her fur children consist of one gray tabby, named Dorian, who she acquired as a kitten while she was in vet school.

Anna Smith, DVM

Dr. Smith has been with Civic Feline Clinic since June 2016. She attended UC Davis and graduated in 2010. She loves working with cats because of their unique personalities and quirks. She also appreciates that they do not bark, drool, and jump on her during exams. She thinks the best thing about working at Civic Feline Clinic is the sense of family we have here and being able to practice quality medicine. She also enjoys surgery, dental surgery, and having house cats to interact with all day.

Dr. Smith was 10 years old when she knew she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Her first word as a baby was “kitty” and it was pretty clear she was destined to work with felines.

In her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys gardening and making beaded jewelry. Her fur children consist of eight cats, four of which were bottle babies she raised herself.

Marybeth Rymer, DVM

Dr. Rymer was very pleased to join the staff of Civic Feline Clinic in June of 2018. Since graduation from UC Davis in 1981, she has practiced continually in the East Bay with a primary interest in feline medicine.

After spending her summers as a young girl on her grandparent’s farm naming, taming and treating approximately twenty barn cats, she knew veterinary medicine was her future. Dr. Rymer appreciates the feline personality, calmly accommodating their needs, fears and anxieties, and has a special interest in internal medicine and dentistry.

She is a 14-year veteran of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and a strong proponent of Cat Friendly Practicing. She is also certified in Fear-Free patient handling and medical practices. Other professional affiliations include the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association and lifetime membership in the Contra Costa Veterinary Association.

She shares her time away from the clinic with her husband and two very independent Abyssinians. Her personal interests are many and include triathlons, hiking, bird watching and watercolor painting.

John A. Brisbin, DVM

A 1979 graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Brisbin first earned a B.S. in Zoology from UC Davis and a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley. He practiced small animal general medicine for 13 years before deciding to focus solely on feline companions. So, in 1992, Dr. Brisbin founded Benicia Cat Clinic with the mission of providing improved health care in a peaceful, cat-friendly environment.

We are very pleased that Dr. Brisbin chose to join us here at Civic Feline Clinic where he brings his lifelong passion of animal care, emphasis on feline medicine, and special interests in internal medicine and working with geriatric cats.

He lives in Benicia with Marguerite, his wife of 45 years and his two Maine Coon cats, Rosie and Ozzie. In addition to being a grandfather of 5, Dr. Brisbin enjoys the outdoors as a pond keeper and remaining physically fit. His personal interests include cat photography, researching genealogy, reading, fishing, swimming and golfing.

We look forward to Dr. Brisbin sharing his passion for felines and for our profession along with the impressive knowledge and expertise gained from his 39-year career in veterinary medicine.