Medical Center for Birds

3805 Main Street
Oakley, CA 94581



Meet the Veterinary Team


Medical Center for Birds Oakley California - Brandy Nicoll, RVT ManagerBrandy Nicoll, RVT Manager 

Brandy has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since May 2004. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Brandy is our head technician and supervisor.


Medical Center For Birds Oakley California - Shelly Dominguez, RVTShellie Dominguez, RVT

Shellie has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since March 2008. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Shellie works at our front desk, as well as, behind the scenes as one of our Registered Technicians.


Medical Center For Birds Oakley California - Melody Hennigh, RVT, KPA CTPMelody Hennigh, RVT, KPA-CPT

Melody has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since April 2008. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Trainer. She is the founder of Busy Beaks Academy, a training service that works closely with us at the Medical Center for Birds. Melody has completed Susan Friedman's Learning and Living with Animals course and Steve Martin's training workshop at NEI, Natural Encounters, Inc, where she received hands on training and the opportunity to work with many different species of birds including her training partner, Logan the pied crow. Melody is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy in 2013, where she received her certification as a positive reinforcement trainer. Melody has enjoyed many training adventures with dogs, including a puppy training program with inmates at Valley State Prison. Although Melody loves teaching dogs and other furry animals, teaching birds is her passion. 

Busy Beaks Academy offers group classes and private sessions in person or online via Zoom. Classes vary in topics from medication training, towel training, and foraging. Busy Beaks Academy has recently started offering webinars and many more services! To find out more, visit the Busy Beaks Academy section or the website

Melody has a small flock of her own, including Sage and Alberto, shown in this picture. Sage and Alberto are skilled teachers when it comes to low-stress toweling and restraint, medication training, and many more husbandry and enrichment behaviors! In 2018 Sage even attended ClickerExpo, a positive reinforcement/clicker training conference, in San Diego and flew to Atlanta, GA, to teach veterinarians about low-stress veterinary care at ExcoticsCon with the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Also in Melody's flock are her Yellow-Naped Amazon, two goffin's cockatoos, a border collie, toddler, and two cats. 


Medical Center For Birds Oakley California - Sara Hawkins, RVTSara Hawkins, RVT

Sara has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since July 2009. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Sara has a kid of her own named "Ozzy" a Congo African Grey.


Medical Center For Birds Oakley California - Rita Vasquez, Veterinary TechnicianRita Vasquez, Veterinary Technician

Rita joined the Medical Center for Birds team in March 2013 as a technician. She had graciously volunteered her time for us for 3 years prior to her start with us. Rita is one of two technicians who read the CBC's for all the patients in the hospital and also enjoys positioning for radiographs and assisting with surgical procedures. Rita is extremely creative with making new foraging and shredding toys for all sizes of patients, specially for tiny parrot beaks! She has three budgies of her own named "Timmy", "Kenny", and "Rico" and also a feline friend named "Sunny". Rita's favorite birds are senegals, african greys and above all budgies! At the end of the day, Rita loves teaching bird owners how to medicate/care for their birds and seeing them thrive at recheck visits. 


Natalie Martinez, Kennel Assistant

Natalie Martinez, Veterinary Technician 

Natalie Martinez joined us September 2017 as a kennel assistant. Natalie is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Carrington College and will be graduating in January of 2020. She is a cockatiel lover and has four cockatiels and 2 canaries in her flock, all adopted from MCFB. Pictured with her here is her first cockatiel, "Wall-E." Natalie is joining us as a technician and especially enjoys learning and assisting with radiographic and surgical procedures. Natalie is an expert when it comes to enrichment for our patients and boarders and enjoys target training, also. We are very excited to have Natalie on our team and joining us as a technician!


Julie Dinsdale, Technician - Medical Center For Birds

Julie Dinsdale, Veterinary Technician

Julie Dinsdale joined us December 2017. Julie has nearly 20 years Veterinary Technician experience.  Her love for animals does not stop here as she shares her home with ducks, chickens, mini goats, cats, a border collie, a bunny and saltwater fish! 

Julia Mutere, RVT 

Welcome to our practice our newest member Julia Mutere. Recently relocating to the Oakley area from South San Francisco, Julia was as interested in joining our team, as we were pleased to have her! 

Isabel Galasso

Isabel joined our team as a kennel assistant in February of 2019. Isabel was born and raised in New York and moved to California in 2016. She grew up with chickens, cats, and two budgies, "Phoebe" and "Phil." This is Isabel's first time working with animals in the hospital setting but she has always been an animal lover! Her favorite duties at MCFB are making foraging toys and shredders so the birds aren't bored and making new friends while she cares for them during their boarding stay. Currently, her flock mates are "Joey," a sulfur crested cockatoo, and "Allie," a Congo African Grey.