Dr. Kim Bercovitz, DVM
President & Secretary
Dr. Kim Bercovitz has been on the board of EAC since 2012. She is an East Bay native, and owns her own veterinary practice in Castro Valley, Castro Valley Companion Animal Hospital. She attended University of California at Davis where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Ever the local gal, she returned to Castro Valley to establish her practice in the field, helping animals and their human caretakers alike.
Dr. B, as her clients like to call her, lives in Castro Valley with her husband, two children, and their dog. Dr. B enjoys camping, reading with her book group, and spending quality time with her “fur” and “not-furred” kids.
Emma joined the board in January 2022 but has been connected to Early Alert Canines since 2013 when she was placed with her Diabetic Alert Dog, EAC Fleur. Emma brings both a client perspective as well as a medical perspective to the board. She earned a Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University and works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Women's Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center that is a part of Santa Cruz Community Health. She provides patient care in both Spanish and English and is always working on expanding her language skills.
Throughout their partnership, EAC Fleur has proven her worth again and again by skillfully alerting her despite a busy, and often chaotic, environment. At their current place of work, EAC Fleur will often alert co-workers if Emma is in an exam room and needs to tend to her blood sugar levels.
Breanne has had type 1 diabetes since she was 4 years old and has worked with Diabetic Alert Dogs since 2006. Breanne had the joy of partnering with an amazing Diabetic Alert dog throughout college, getting married, and even welcoming two babies into her "pack"! She is dedicated to supporting individuals and families in their journey with diabetes.
Breanne currently works as a Pediatric Emergency Registered Nurse at a Level One Trauma center. She spent more than ten years working in clinical research with a focus on artificial pancreas technology, pediatric diabetes technology use, and public health. She is an alumnus of the University of California, Davis, having received her Bachelors in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior in 2008, and a Master's of Nursing Science in 2019. She is thrilled to serve on the board of directors for this dynamic organization!
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Chip has been around dogs all his life from pets and litters at home, to having family members participate in raising and working with show dogs.
Passionate about good food and wine as a home cook, he is also an avid motorcycle rider and enthusiast. Chip also has a passion for serving others. Whether it’s been mentoring high school youths, participating in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the Napa fires, helping in non-profit organizations locally and abroad, to working with incarcerated men in a reentry program at San Quentin, Chip’s focus is always outwardly.
Chip found EAC when his company moved to the building across the parking lot. He and his coworkers would often see the dogs being trained or going for walks. The Bishop family soon became a foster home!
Nearly 11 years and 70+ dogs later, Chip has combined his love for dogs and his passion for helping others. Fostering for EAC has been and continues to be an extremely rewarding experience for Chip and his family.