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 5 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. Hilary Stern, DVM
Dr. Hilary Stern has a particular 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 sole exotics-only 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 for 7 years at the Avian and Exotics Clinic of Monterey. 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, two parrots, a snake, and seven chickens.
Dr. Justin Cupka, DVM
Dr. Justin Cupka grew up in Virginia and attended Unity College in Maine, where he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in Captive Wildlife Care and Education, with a focus on wildlife and zoo
Dr. Amanda Blom, DVM
Dr. Amanda Blom is a skilled veterinarian with a special interest in parasitology, diagnostic imaging, and clinical pathology. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tera was born in Grass Valley California and raised with a dog and two rabbits. She graduated from the University of Santa Barbara in 2012 with a Bio-Psychology degree. After living and working in Colorado, where she cared for a bearded dragon, she decided to move back to California to be closer to the family. Tera began her career caring for animals at a dog-sitting business in Boulder Creek, which leads her to the position of lodging assistant at AHOS. Tera is currently training as technician assistant, with a goal of becoming a veterinary technician. Her dog ACE often accompanies her to work.
|Alicia is currently attending Foothill college and plans to graduate in June with a registered vet technician license. She loves being around animals and being able to help them in any way possible. She treats every animal as she would her own pets. Alicia is excited about her veterinary career field and the different opportunities and learning it offers. She is also looking to further her experience and specialize in rehabilitation and behavior. |
|Megan started her career at the Santa Cruz SPCA and after 5 years decided she wanted to become more involved in the medical aspect of saving furry lives. Megan is a recent graduate of the veterinary technology program at foothill college, where she received her RVT license. Megan's favorite things in life are family and friends, with her son Ryan being at the top of that list. In her free time she sleeps, obsessively watch Grey's Anatomy, and works out in the gym.|
|Jenna coming soon.|
|Yuliana coming soon.|
|was born and raised in Santa Cruz. After high school, she attended Grooming school through Banfield where she worked for 3 years. She then was a Vet Assistant for 9 years at two local vet hospitals. She has a cat named Jasper. She absolutely loves working with animals - it is her passion!|
|Alex Coming soon.|
|Katy Coming soon.|
|is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and certified in animal first aid and CPR. She is working toward obtaining her RVN license and FEMA Certified Animal Emergency Responder. She enjoys microbiology, marine biology and astronomy. Haleigh volunteers with the Humane Society and in her free time loves to cook, camp, travel and work on her jeep for off-road adventures. She shares her home with a one-eyed kitten named Echo.|
Mariah was born and raised in California, where she spent much of her childhood on a farm surrounded by an array of animals. She started working at a young age and quickly found that working closely with animals was her passion. Mariah has worked in a kennel setting for over six years, is CPR certified and has trained in canine body language. In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking with her dog, drawing and meeting new dogs.
|Emily was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her love of the outdoors and animals began at a young age with her beloved blind sheepdog Taffy. In 2012 her entire immediate family relocated to Santa Cruz. Once in sunny California she adopted her beautiful cockapoo, Biscuit. You might spot her around town riding her bike while pulling Biscuit in a trailer. Adopting Biscuit lead her to start a successful dog-sitting business. For over three years she housed and loved many dogs. In December 2018 she began working for the lodging department here at the Animal Hospital of Soquel. In her free time she hangs-out with her three young nieces, trail runs, fishes, and does many crossword puzzles. .|
Reina is a huge animal lover and came to the hospital with one job in mind, to make all that come through the doors feel welcomed and loved. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, she is a certified Vet Assistant and plans to further her career in the veterinary field at AHOS. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her pup Ava to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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.
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).
|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, an|
|Melissa coming soon.|
|Tiffany coming soon.|