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Our Practice

Best Friends Animal Clinic is a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Grass Valley, CA. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical, and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suites, dental suites, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet.

  • Dr. Tom Strolle


    Dr. Tom Strolle grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, lived as an exchange student in Stockholm, Sweden for a year, and got his B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was transplanted to California in 1991 and graduated from U.C. Davis Veterinary School in 1997.

    After an internship at the California Animal Hospital in LA, Dr. Strolle moved to San Francisco and practiced there for the next seven years. Most of that time was spent at Pets Unlimited in San Francisco. At that time, Pets Unlimited was the only 24-hour hospital in San Francisco in addition to being a not-for-profit organization with a large no-kill dog and cat shelter. Dr. Strolle moved to the Sierra foothills in 2005 and purchased Best Friends Animal Clinic in July of 2006. His menagerie includes 3 cats, a dog, and a box turtle. He enjoys skiing, basketball, and playing music with his friends.

  • Dr. Melanie Thompson Curtis


    Dr. Melanie Thompson Curtis grew up on a small ranch near Modesto. She spent her first two years of college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Finding it much too far from the mountains, she transferred to U.C. Davis to finish her undergraduate degree while being a weekend ski instructor at Squaw Valley.

    Dr. Curtis obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Florida and began practice as an equine veterinarian. She discovered quickly that breeding and foaling season conflicted with ski season and switched to small animal medicine. After 17 years in the Bay Area, she escaped to Nevada County in 2005 and has been serving the clients and patients of Best Friends Animal Clinic ever since. In addition to trail riding hunter/jumpers, she enjoys skiing, mountain bike riding, and all the great outdoor pursuits this area has to offer.