Our Veterinarians

The Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice, proudly serving the Pleasanton area. At Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.

Dr. E at Pleasanton Animal Hospital

Dr. Michael Engelsgjerd
Managing DVM

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.

Lisa Shapiro at Pleasanton Animal Hospital

Dr. Lisa Shapiro

Dr. Lisa Shapiro was born and raised in San Francisco and grew up riding horses and volunteering at the local animal shelter. This passion for animals continued throughout her academic career and led her to a Bachelor’s Degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine both from UC Davis. Dr. Shapiro completed a one year rotating internship at a busy Bay Area specialty and emergency practice and has been enjoying practicing small animal medicine since then. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, dermatology, and anesthesia and pain management. She is passionate about helping pet owners make the best medical decisions for their family.

Dr. Shapiro lives in the East Bay with her husband, black Labrador, Hopper, and mischievous cat, Dusty. She enjoys traveling, backpacking, horseback riding and spending time with her family.

Dr. Cotten at Pleasanton Animal Hospital

Dr. Ashley Cotten - COMING MARCH 1st!

Dr. Cotten is a Louisiana native who moved to the Bay Area in May of 2014. She attended Louisiana State University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her energetic Jack Russell Terrier mix, Lolita. She hopes to spend more time backpacking in the coming year.

Dr. Cotten enjoys building close relationships with her clients and believes making decisions should be a collaborative effort. Her professional interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery and oncology. She also has a passion for teaching and teaches part time at a local veterinary technician college. She is excited to join the team at Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital and is looking forward to meeting your family!