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Veterinarians

Dr. Craig Evans, DVM

Though he was actually born in Bakersfield (father was working there after a stint in the air force) Dr. Evans considers himself to be the 5th generation, Santa Cruzan, as his mother’s side of the family was heavily involved in the agriculture in the Santa Cruz area.  He spent a great deal of his childhood in cowboy horsemanship, especially team roping, and won team roping Championship saddle at the Santa Cruz County Fair in 1989.  Dr. Evans attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biological Sciences in 1982 and was also involved in horse training classes and the Quarter Horse Project there. Dr. Evans received his veterinary doctorate at UC Davis Veterinary School in 1988.  Practicing briefly in Merced and Fortuna, he finally settled in Santa Cruz and has been here practicing steadily since 1991.  He has two children currently attending Scotts Valley High.  Outside of work he enjoys golfing, fly-fishing, camping, and a guilty pleasure of Xbox gaming (though pretty bad, he still enjoys titles like Skyrim and Diablo). Dr. Evans enjoys his job and is often referred to as the gentle giant (he is a big guy) and is known to sit on the floor with his patients.  He has been an advocate for Project Purr from its inception and has always managed to offer some form of assistance to the feral cat program they run.  With a very practical mindset towards animal care, Dr. Evans makes sure everyone gets what they need to keep their critters happy and healthy.  His veterinary interests include general practice, pet care, and surgery.  If he were to win the lottery he would still practice and simply offer his expertise for free.Dr. Evans is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Dr. Erika Sullenberger, DVM

Dr. Erika Sullenberger received her veterinary doctorate at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in Southern California in 2008.  After graduation, she completed a rigorous internship with an emphasis in Internal Medicine and Surgery at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro. Having completed her undergraduate education at UCSC, Dr. Sullenberger is once again a Santa Cruz resident and is married to Dr. Bill Sullenberger, also a veterinarian who works emergency in the Monterey area. They are the proud parents of two dogs, three cats, a bird, and two toddlers. Dr. Sullenberger's practice interests include small animal internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. She enjoys surfing, physical fitness, crafting (especially sewing and knitting), and music. Dr. Sullenberger is a veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Soquel and is here to help you with your companion’s needs. Her work days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Dr. Hilary Stern, DVM

Dr. Hilary Stern has a special interest in exotic animals and enjoys providing medical and surgical care for parrots, rodents, ferrets, chickens, reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, and more. Since joining the Animal Hospital of Soquel, Dr. Stern has become Santa Cruz’s only exotics specialty veterinarian. Dr. Stern attended Yale University as an undergraduate, graduating magna cum laude as a pre-med student with a degree in History. Instead of becoming a physician, however, she chose to focus her medical training on birds and other unusual animals. She worked with orphaned harbor seals at the New England Aquarium and then at the Wildlife Clinic at Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine before attending veterinary school. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis, where she was a Regent's scholar and co-president of the Avian and Exotics Medicine Club. Since graduation, Dr. Stern’s primary focus has been on medical care for exotic pets. She worked for 8 years at the all-avian veterinary clinic For The Birds in San Jose and has worked at the Avian and Exotics Clinic of Monterey since 2008. She has presented at national veterinary conferences on medical conditions in birds and is an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Small Mammal Veterinarians, and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians. Dr. Stern works closely with the rabbit rescue group, The Rabbit Haven, providing medical care and spay/neuter services for hundreds of rabbits in our community. Dr. Stern lives with her husband and two children in Soquel. They share their home with a bunny, a parrot, a snake, a bearded dragon, and five chickens.

Dr. Stern is available for appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call (831) 475-0432 to schedule an appointment for your exotic pet.

Dr. Cori Phinn, DVM

Dr. Cori Phinn was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She graduated with Honors from California State University Chico with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. She went on to Ross University to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an intense year of training at Texas A & M for clinical rotations. She then returned to her hometown to help fulfill the growing need for quality veterinary care in our area. She joined the team at Animal Hospital of Soquel in 2010. Dr. Phinn also owns and operates Coast Equine Veterinary Services providing veterinary care to horses in the area. Dr. Phinn lives in Santa Cruz County with her husband and their two young children. They share their lives with two horses, two rescue dogs, one cat, and chickens. Dr. Phinn enjoys spending time with her family and watching her young children grow, laugh, and discover the world. Dr. Phinn is currently available on a limited basis at The Animal Hospital of Soquel.

Dr. Amanda Blom, DVM

A graduate of the Ross University of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Blom researched and taught veterinary parasitology and tick-borne disease before moving to California in 2016 to practice medicine.  Her professional interests include diagnostic medicine and the challenge of complex cases.  Outside of the clinic, Dr. Blom enjoys lounging with her two cats, exploring the Redwood forests, and engaging in a number of artistic hobbies. Dr. Blom's work days are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.


Veterinary Technicians & Veterinarian Assistants

Natasha loves working with animals and has been a veterinary assistant for years. During her free time, she enjoys riding her horses, spending time with her puppy, going to the beach, and going to the mountains.

Maddy has worked as a veterinary assistant for years. She is also a student of Biology at Cabrillo College. In her spare time, Maddy enjoys camping expeditions, working on her boat, and playing at the beach with her goofy black Labrador, Charlie. Maddy also has two cats named Frank and Dangy.

Priya's lifelong passion for animals stemmed from her childhood growing up on a mini-farm with a cow, goats, dogs, cats and a variety of geese, chickens, and ducks. She loves caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking adventures with her pup Apollo and reading with her kitten Artemis.

Kat is a veterinary assistant who started her training in 2009 and since then, has been working and learning every day. She has always had a love for animals and can now care for them too. When she's not taking care of patients, she enjoys a belly dancing and taking her dog Marley for walks through the forest.

Susan grew up with many types of animals, (dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs, chickens, etc.) and developed a love and respect for all creatures. She began working in the veterinary medical field while still in high school. Though she worked in several other fields, Susan remained devoted to animals and their care, usually working at least part time in the veterinary field. When it was time to end one career path, Susan fell back on her knowledge and experience in veterinary medicine and started a second career as a veterinary technician.

Liz has been a veterinary technician since 1998 and an RVT since 2002. She has always worked with cats, dogs and all sorts of exotics. She loves the variety and challenge that comes with getting to help all sorts of different animals, including wildlife. Liz loves having a house full of animals and currently shares her space with a husband, two teenagers, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 10 chickens and 3 ducks.

Krysten recently finished the RVT program at Carrington College where she received her associate degree in veterinary science to become a veterinary technician. She takes pride in working at AHOS and helping animals. When's she's not working with our furry friends, she spends her time at the beach and being with family and friends.

Caitie has been working as a Veterinary Assistant for four years. She's very passionate about animal welfare and enjoys working in the veterinary field. In her spare time, she likes to go to the beach, spend time with friends and family, and being outdoors with her Pitbull, Kona.


Practice Manager

Heather spent twelve years in the publishing industry as a Fashion and Beauty Director, Heather decided to make a career change and began working for a non-profit rescue organization. After several years of rescue work in Southern California, she made the move back to Northern California to be closer to the family. After making Santa Cruz her home, she spent several years working in an emergency veterinary hospital before joining the AHOS team. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, live music, camping and snuggling with her Chihuahua Lulu and kitties Mia and Lyra; all rescues of course!


Assistant Lodging Manager

Samantha was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She has a deep love of and compassion for animals and loves caring for them. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and coaching a local youth cheer-leading team.


Lodging Assistants

Anna is currently studying to be a veterinary technician. She has always had a passion for animals so decided to make it a career. She has gained a lot of experience at AHOS and loves each and every pet that comes in. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and hiking with her fur babies.

Kaylee is a proud dog mom to Little Chicken, enjoys rock climbing, succulent and fern collecting, reading and drinking (too much) coffee. Kaylee is pleased to have found the perfect job as a Professional Pack Mom (Lodging Assistant) and loves making each and every dog, cat and critter that comes to stay feel safe, happy and loved!


Grooming

Amy graduated from Beugay’s School of Dog Grooming in Los Altos, CA in 1992. She went on to apprentice with a certified master groomer for the next year then continued to work with and learn from many talented groomers in the Los Gatos/Saratoga area for over 20 years. She joined our team at AHOS in January 2015. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and 3 dogs.


Hospital Assistant

Brianna has worked at the Animal Hospital of Soquel for over four years. She has been a life-long caregiver for animals and is dedicated to providing excellent care for our lodging guests. Brianna's interest in pampering pets extends to our Spa, where she assists our talented groomer with bathing, mani-pedi's, brush-outs, and other beautification services.


Lodging

Leila (also known as Lei) is committed to producing a "home away from home" experience for our lodging guests when they are in our care. Lei greatly enjoys the process of creating a safe, comfortable environment for all our lodging guests, and is especially invested in minimizing stress for our more shy or timid guests who need extra TLC.

Quaid was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to Santa Cruz about two years ago. During his time in Santa Cruz, he has developed his hobbies of fishing and cooking while also caring for his own animals. His pets inspired him to seek employment that involved working with animals. It is his hope to one day see the world in which all people are compassionate towards creatures big and small, and he promises to treat your pets as though they were a part of his own family!


Client Service Representatives

Client Service Supervisor

Brandy was born and raised in South Carolina; came to us with an extensive history in general practice along with emergency medicine. She is currently our CSR supervisor and hopes to continue with AHOS for many more years to come.

Gaylene has been working in the veterinary field as reception since 2014. She has been raised with dogs, cats, hamsters, rats, hermit crabs, and rabbits. Although she does not currently have any animals of her own she loves to spend as much time as she can with her parent's dogs Doopey and Lilly. On her days off she is usually found enjoying a round of disc golf.

Annie loves meeting new pets and greeting old friends every day. It's especially exciting at Animal Hospital of Soquel because of the unique variety of animals we encounter. Having many years of customer service experience, veterinary care is her favorite care. Annie is also a human massage therapist (and avid pit bull smoocher).

Ale has always had a deep compassion for animals. In her spare time, she dabbles in oil painting, loves hiking and is involved with the Lyons Club of Scotts Valley.

Louise has been a veterinary receptionist since 2015 at two different hospitals in Maine and now AHOS. She has two Maine Coon cats, Millie and Khaleesi. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out at the beach and doing Crossfit!