Dr. Nick Bricaud Owner

Dr. Nick started the pursuit of his veterinary career, coming over from France, as an undergrad at UC Davis in 1991. He graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and has been practicing in the East Bay for over 15 years. He acquired Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital in 2013.

Dr. Nick lives in Danville with his wife Adrienne and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Murray, Dallas, and Witten.

In his spare time, Dr. Nick enjoys reading books, working out, going to the movies/concerts, dinners out, walking his dogs and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Liz Kestler Associate

Dr. Liz Kestler grew up in Saratoga in the South Bay Area and graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  She has been practicing in the Bay Area for the past 23 years.   She is excited to bring her passion for veterinary medicine to the hospital and to create long lasting relationships with clients and pets.  Her special interests are preventative care, dermatology, geriatric care and exotic pet medicine.

Dr. Kestler lives in Danville with her husband Bill who is also a veterinarian in Lafayette,  their two teenagers Thomas and Emily, two Golden Retrievers – Seamus who is an older gentleman and Daisy a three legged puppy and an orange tabby cat named Orangy.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs, running, reading, camping and travel.

Jennifer Lagorio Office Manager

Jenn has been working at Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital since June 2004. Originally, she was hired as a receptionist. Soon after being hired, she discovered her love and talent for animals. It wasn’t long before Jenn became Dr. Nick Bricaud’s technician.  After 9 years of being his technician, Dr. Nick purchased the practice. He felt Jenn would be great as the office manager, her current position at the practice. Lucky for us she is a jack of all trades!

Jenn lives with her wonderful family, husband Jeremiah and 2 children, Drayden and Olivia. She owns 2 dog and 2 cats.  Stunner is a pit bull mix that she rescued and Zeppelin is a foster that she ended up keeping.  She also loves her 2 cats, Emory and Thor (one of our hospital cats), a gecko, Gex, and a ton of fish!

In her spare time, Jenn teaches yoga and is very involved in her children’s school, sports and dance activities. She is a football fanatic and loves to take the dogs on adventures, as well as spend time with family and friends.

Tech team

Reception team