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Balboa Pet Hospital

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3329 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 1-415-752-3300
Fax: 1-415-752-8782

Office Hours

Monday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM5:00 PM
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Paul D. Clary, III, D.V.M., and Alice K. Clary

Owners of Balboa Pet Hospital in San Francisco since 1966


Dr. Clary began practicing veterinary medicine since 1963. He and his wife, Alice, purchased the practice in 1966. They worked together to establish a well known and respected veterinary practice with a family atmosphere that is welcoming to clients. Their four children and some of their 16 grandchildren have worked at Balboa Pet Hospital over the years. Before Dr. Clary died in 2011, he and Alice had laid the groundwork for his legacy of service to live on. The Clary Family had many pets over the years. Sadly, their dog Fathom passed away within a month of Dr. Clary's death. Their cat "Pete", who Dr. Clary called "the most beautiful cat in the world", still lives with Alice, keeping her company when she is not at the Pet Hospital. Alice remains active as  Practice Manager and Owner.


Lea M. Del Rosso, D.V.M.


Dr. Del Rosso came to Balboa Pet Hospital in June 1995 after earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. She has been serving the pets and clients here for over fifteen years as a general practitioner with special interest and expertise in internal medicine.  A native Californian, Dr. Del Rosso was born in San Francisco and grew up on the peninsula in nearby Burlingame, the same area where she lives today. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Del Rosso is on the Board of Advisors for the SF Aid for Animals, an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to make urgent life-saving veterinary care affordable. The organization provides local veterinarians with grants, enabling Bay Area residents to be able to provide affordable medical care to their pets.

Asked why she became a veterinarian, Dr. Del Rosso says, "I think my favorite thing about being a vet is that no two days are ever alike. I see puppies and aging dogs; kittens and ancient cats; healthy animals who need routine exams and sick or dying animals who need relief for their suffering. We practice medicine, dentistry, and surgery. So I never get tired of what I'm doing."

She and her husband are kept busy with a son who loves to swim, ski, and play baseball. They share their home with a beautiful cat named "Mango" and a Spinone Italiano dog named "Vita". When she's not working, Dr. Del Rosso enjoys gardening and cooking and spending time with her family. During baseball season, she can often be found taking in a San Francisco Giants game soon!

Emilie Ravn, D.V.M.

Dr. Ravn grew up in both the United States and Norway. Her main interests in life have been animals and sports, and Dr. Ravn knew from an early age she wanted to become a veterinarian. She completed her first degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Animal Science while representing the university by playing 4 years of Division 1 NCAA basketball. She has also competed internationally representing Norway's national basketball team and played competitively in Europe. 

Dr. Ravn attended veterinary school in the UK at the University of Bristol, where she completed her degree in 2013.  She remained in the UK for 2 years working in Cardiff, Wales as a small animal veterinarian. Within the veterinary field, Dr. Ravn is most interested in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and patient care. She has a special dog in her life: Mia – a Lab x Jack Russel Terrier mix who is the most gentle and kind dog on the planet.

Alice Chan, D.V.M.

Dr. Chan, a native of San Francisco, graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a focus in companion and exotic animals. Since the beginning of her veterinary career, she has created a multitude of species such as birds, reptiles, amphibians and pocket pets. Prior to joining the Balboa Pet Hospital family, Dr. Chan was a general practitioner and relief veterinarian for several hospitals in the Bay Area and is excited for the opportunity to serve the community in her hometown.

During her free time, Dr. Chan has volunteered at non-profit organizations such as the San Francisco SPCA, PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support), VetSOS (Veterinary Street Outreach Services), and a wildlife rehabilitation center. She enjoys training her parents' birds to sing Christmas jingles, volunteers to perform spay and neuter procedures on adoptable exotic small mammals at a local veterinary school, and ventures around the city in search of the perfect boba milk tea. When she's not exploring the Bay Area's vibrant community, Dr. Chan enjoys traveling to far away places to learn about different cultures and cuisines. Whether your companion has four, two, or even no legs (snakes!), Dr. Chan would love to meet them!

Starfinder Stanley, V.M.D. (Independent Contractor) 


Dr. Stanley was born in Northern California and received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Wildlife Science from Cornell University in 1992. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and completed the Veterinary Acupuncture program at the Chi Institute in 2007. Dr. Stanley offers our clients an option of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. He loves working with dogs and cats, but also has a special interest and is skilled in treating companion exotic pets, especially reptiles. He shares his home with his wife, their two beautiful children and "Bodhi", their loyal terrier.  Dr. Stanley owns his business "House Call of the Wild" but regularly sees patients here at Balboa as well. 

Board Certified Veterinary Specialist Consultants

Amy Allen, D.V.M., Board Certified Internist

Dr. Amy Allen received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and her Doctor of Veterinary medicine from UC Davis. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Allen performs in-house endoscopic procedures, which include foreign body retrieval and biopsies or sampling from upper and lower GI, rhinoscopy, nasopharyngoscopy, laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, vaginoscopy and cystoscopy. 

Sean Wells, D.V.M., ACVS, Board Certified Diplomate Surgeon 

Dr. Wells is available for specialty surgeries here at Balboa Pet Hospital. This allows us, your pet’s primary care veterinarian, to remain an integral part of the treatment team and makes follow-up care much more convenient.  Surgeries include orthopedic and oncologic procedures.  Dr. Wells also has a special interest in techniques that are minimally invasive (arthroscopy/laparoscopy / thoracoscopy), joint replacement and reconstructive procedures.  Dr. Wells received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine upon graduation from UC Davis, and he is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Our Wonderful Support Team!

The Balboa Pet Hospital's team consists of Managers, Client Service Representatives, Registered Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, and Kennel Attendants.  Addy (Supervisor), Vivian (Supervisor), Jeff (Supervisor), Paula, Laura, Becca, Courtney, Briana, Peggy, Lydia, Dave, Noelle, and Kaya are here to serve you and to assist our doctors with the care and well-being of your furry family member. We are proud of each and every one of them and their dedication to you, your pets and our business! All of our staff members are experienced and highly trained, and Vivian, Peggy, and Laura are licensed by the State of California.

Alice K. Clary, Owner

Alice has been a part of the Balboa Pet Hospital for as long as Dr. Clary has owned it. She raised four children before becoming the Practice Manager, in addition to doing whatever needed to be done to keep things running every day! She thoroughly enjoys our clients and their pets and feels it is very important to keep the family feeling to the practice. Alice grew up on a sheep ranch in Northern California, so working with animals has been a part of her life forever! She and Dr. Clary had many pets over the years, even a baby lamb "Love"  for a bit when its mother refused to nurse it! She adores her cat, Pete, who keeps her company at home, purring loudly and following her around the house. She has a gift for making clients feel at ease and welcome.  If you have questions or concerns, she welcomes your calls. Alice's goal is to ensure you and your pet has an excellent experience at Balboa Pet Hospital. 

Colleen E. Clary, CPA and Payroll Manager

Colleen is Dr. Clary and Alice's daughter.  Besides having worked at Balboa Pet Hospital while growing up, she has been the Balboa Pet Hospital CPA for more than 20 years.  In 2011, her duties increased to include managing the payroll. Colleen graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She has four children. She has a lifelong love of animals, and currently has a little terrier named, Teddy and three cats named JT, Rory and Jonathan. She has passed her love of animals on to her children. Her daughter Kyra has a sweet terrier named Bill. Colleen enjoys an active lifestyle. She's a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is training for her second Tough Mudder. She also enjoys baseball and helping with her son's team. 

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  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.


    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.

    Linda P. San Francisco, CA

    The staff is so kind and helpful but most importantly the vets there are super nice. Big shout out especially to Dr. Ravn, one of the most compassionate persons I've ever met. I was distraught recently because my elderly kitty was really sick, Dr. Ravn squeezed me into her busy schedule, hugged me and took care of my kitty right away. I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. She's always so patient and spends time to explain what her thoughts are and works with you on a plan of action. She always personally follows up and give me additional insights and recommendations. I rarely met a vet so dedicated to both patients and their owners.

    Flo A (12/7/2017)

    They are professional and dedicated to take care of the pets. It is my our first time have pet dog and they are actually helpful guiding us to have a healthy baby dog. Thanks for the staff for being friendly and approachable. Keep loving your work and people will most likely to appreciate you.

    Dyan M. (11/22/2017)

    Family has been coming to Balboa since the early 1980's with our
    first cat, Rascal, then Kahlua & Tommy, Annie, Tigger & Rocco,
    Rosie, Chelsea, and Ruby. Two more kittens (Rose and Shadow)
    will be joining too. Wouldn't trust anyone else.


    I have been taking cats to Balboa Pet Hospital for more than 30
    years. The veterinarians and staff have always taken excellent care
    of my cats. They helped me keep the cats healthy and happy &
    have always been great when the cats were ill