Our Veterinarians

Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer an extensive selection of veterinary care services to residents of Pacifica, CA. Our team of highly trained, professional veterinarians is dedicated to the health and wellness of pets. With years of experience and a commitment to ongoing training and development, you can count on our veterinarians to always provide care that is compassionate and informed.

Dr. Angelique Cucaro at Pacifica Animal Hospital

Dr. Angelique Cucaro

Dr. Angelique Cucaro, our Senior Associate Veterinarian, is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP, abvp.com) in canine and feline practice. This organization is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to test and certify veterinarians as specialists in clinical practice. She completed the prestigious Donald G. Low-CVMA Practitioner Fellowship with the UC Davis Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound Service. She is also a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS, ivas.org) and is certified in veterinary acupuncture.

She has taught veterinary students in France, worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center, written veterinary care articles for local newspapers, led workshops to encourage women to enter scientific fields, and done presentations at elementary schools about veterinary medicine. When she is not at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital she practices at emergency clinics throughout the Bay Area.

In her spare time Dr. Cucaro draws, paints, plays the guitar and piano, rides horses and swims. She speaks French and some Spanish.

Dr. Cucaro is a general practitioner for dogs, cats, rodents, ferrets and rabbits and offers in-house ultrasound and acupuncture services.

Dr. Maria dePunzio at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Maria DePunzio

Dr. Maria DePunzio received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis. Although Dr. dePunzio’s emphasis was on canine and feline species in veterinary school, she also received a prestigious fellowship in large animal medicine and surgery and served as part of the clinical instructor team in equine medicine and surgery at UC Davis.

Dr. DePunzio has practiced general small animal medicine and surgery in the Bay Area since graduation from veterinary school in 1999. During this time, she developed a reputation for being knowledgeable in rabbit medicine and surgery, having worked side by side with experts in the field. She is proud to be a recommended rabbit veterinarian by the Alameda House Rabbit Society, an organization devoted to the education of people regarding the health and welfare needs of rabbits, and does her best to serve the needs of other “pocket pets” as well. Dr. DePunzio does not see ferrets or chinchillas.

Dr. DePunzio grew up in Michigan and also lived in Washington, DC, and Florida. Her parents are from Switzerland and Italy. She came to California to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in the Political Economy of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. Prior to veterinary school, she had a career as a Senior Energy and Environmental Analyst with the State of California and concurrently earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at San Francisco State University

Dr. DePunzio has a variety of personal interests and speaks fluent French. When she is not in the clinic, she spends time with her family, volunteers to help the science and art teacher in her son’s school, enjoys gardening and the outdoors. She has three cats named Bugs, Chelsea and Wilson and a sweet Golden Retriever named Charlie.

Dr. Brandon Wilson at Pacifica Animal Hospital

Dr. Brandon Wilson

Originally from San Diego, CA, Brandon attended veterinary school and U.C. Davis. Hobbies include weightlifting, reading, hiking and running.

Dr. Thea Couture at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Thea Couture

Dr. Thea Couture is originally from Canada and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. Following graduation she relocated to Sydney, Australia, and completed her veterinary degree in 2009. She then moved to Fremont and worked at a small animal practice before joining Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital in 2014.

Dr Couture is a small animal general practitioner interested in many areas of medicine and surgery, in particular feline medicine.

In her spare time, Dr Couture enjoys traveling, going to the gym, and spending quality time with her two cats, Audi and Porsche.

Dr. Kate Mezan at Pacifica Animal Hospital

Dr. Kate Mezan

Dr. Mezan grew up in New York. She moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University for her undergraduate degree. Craving on international adventures, she spent 5 years in New Zealand where obtained her veterinary degree at Massey University. She is thrilled to be back in California where she lives in Pacifica with her husband, two daughters, a dog, a cat and a couple of chickens. Special interests include internal medicine and dermatology. Hobbies include gardening, horses, wine and child wrangling.

michael engelsgjerd at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Michael Engelsgjerd

Dr. Engelsgjerd graduated from the University of MN School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After two years at a private small animal practice, he joined Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2005 where he worked in multiple capacities including Associate Veterinarian, Chief of Staff, Traveling Surgeon and Medical Director. During this time he also spent 4 years as part owner of a Banfield Charter Hospital. Dr. E has a passion for mentorship and surgery, and constantly strives for the highest levels of quality in all that he does.

At home Dr. E is a devoted husband to his wife of 21 years, and their three children. The Engelsgjerds currently have 2 cats, Sweet Pea and Roxy, and an adorable Pug named Zippy. In his spare time, Dr E enjoys mountain biking, puzzles of all kinds, swimming, photography, reading and spending time with his family.