Our Veterinary Team in Stevenson Ranch
Dr. Lisa A. Pope
Owner, Chief Medical Director
When she lost her first family cat to an undetermined illness, Dr. Lisa Pope’s interest in veterinary medicine was sparked. She wanted to help other families and pets, so she decided to become a veterinarian! Now Dr. Pope is the Chief Medical Director and owner of Stevenson Ranch Veterinary Center.
Dr. Pope grew up on Long Island, New York. She attended the State University of New York at Farmingdale, graduating with honors as a registered veterinary technician. Two years later, she signed up at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in order to complete her Bachelor’s degree in biology. From there, she traveled west to study veterinary medicine at the University of California in Davis. Upon graduating with her DVM degree in 1994, Dr. Pope headed south to practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Pope opened Stevenson Ranch Veterinary Center in 2000. As a veterinarian, she particularly enjoys helping senior pets, and strongly believes that no animal needs to live with pain. She’s also passionate about the long-lasting bonds she forged with clients—she’s cared for some pets for their entire lives! Dr. Pope and her husband have two young children, Caden and Kyle, who both dive for the Rose Bowl Aquatics Dive Team. The family shares their home with Willie, a Golden retriever, as well as two cats named Joey and Leo. When she has a spare moment between her work and family life, Dr. Pope enjoys food and wine, hiking, bicycling, and kayaking with her husband and kids.
Dr. Niklaus W. Fox
Associate Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Growing up on a large sheep and cattle ranch in Montana, Dr. Nicklaus Fox was surrounded by animals from a young age. He always knew he wanted to work with animals, but he also wanted a professional and secure career. Veterinary medicine was the perfect combination!
Dr. Fox earned his Bachelor’s degree in animal science from Montana State University. After attending Colorado State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, he moved to California with his DVM degree to begin practicing small-animal medicine. He began doing relief work at Stevenson Ranch Veterinary Center a few years ago, and now covers Saturday shifts. In 2013, Dr. Fox earned his certification in veterinary acupuncture. It has truly changed the scope of how he practices medicine—Dr. Fox has found the combination of Eastern and Western medicine to provide remarkable healing benefits. It truly is the best of both worlds! At home, Dr. Fox has several rescued pets. Midgey and Fifi are Chihuahua mixes, and Mavis and Leonard are brown tabby cats. When he isn’t caring for pets at the clinic, Dr. Fox donates his time to various animal rescue groups. He’s also active with several organizations that promote HIV education and awareness.
Dr. Jennifer Riedel
Before applying to veterinary medical school, Dr. Jennifer Riedel was an Air Force engineer. Several of her military colleagues encouraged her to start volunteering at a local animal hospital, and there she witnessed her first pet surgery. Dr. Riedel was in love! She decided to commit to animal medicine and become a licensed veterinarian.
Dr. Riedel grew up in the Midwest and studied civil and environmental engineering at the United States Air Force Academy before beginning her Air Force career as a bioenvironmental engineer. After deciding to pursue veterinary medicine, she took night classes to complete her prerequisite requirements before being accepted to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing just outside of Washington, D.C., Dr. Riedel came to southern California with her husband for his job. She scoured the Santa Clarita area for a small animal hospital that practiced high-quality medicine with a family-like atmosphere; upon discovering Stevenson Ranch Veterinary Center in 2014, she knew she’d found her home! Surgery is still one of Dr. Riedel’s favorite part of being a veterinarian—she loves to remove a mass, correct an eyelid, eradicate bladder stones, or deliver a litter of puppies. Dr. Riedel is also passionate about improving her medical knowledge every day to provide the highest possible level of care to her patients, and thrives on interaction with people and their pets. In her time away from the clinic, Dr. Riedel enjoys sunny southern California by running, hiking, riding motorcycles, and wine tasting.