Can you imagine a life without pets? Our pets bring us so much joy and enrichment. Life wouldn't be quite the same without them. Although pets quickly become cherished members of the family, they ...View Article
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Meet Our Team
Dr. Brynie Kaplan-Dau graduated from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her primary interests include feline medicine, emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and exotic animal medicine - including birds, fish, and reptiles. She also has advanced training in ultrasound. Dr. Kaplan-Dau grew up in Pacific Grove and is happy to be back on the peninsula after many years away. Before becoming a veterinarian Dr. Kaplan-Dau was a marine biologist (Masters of Science from Moss Landing Marine Labs and CSU Monterey Bay). She was the very first CSUMB student to ever receive a Master of Science degree. She has worked with threatened and endangered marine wildlife in California, Washington State, and Greece. She has published research on contamination in the San Francisco Bay food web and fishing gear related injuries in wild seal and sea bird populations.
Outside of work, Dr. Kaplan-Dau spends most of her time with her five-year-old twins Poppy and Myles and her husband Dan. She also enjoys spending time with her cats Saga and Elijah and walking on the beach with her pug Ruby.
Years in Practice: 6
Education: UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Moss Landing Marine Labs, and CSU Monterey Bay
Dr. Rockwood (formerly Dr. Lindsey Cook) was born and raised off highway 68 and after being away at school for many years, she has returned to the immediate area. For as long as she can remember, she has always wanted to be a veterinarian and has always had a love and respect for all animals. As a child, her family would bring their pets to see Dr. Susan Parry at Toro Park and she has fond memories of always having a positive experience at the hospital.
Dr. Rockwood completed her prerequisite courses at Colorado University, Boulder and UC Davis with a major in Animal Biology and minor in Spanish. While living in Davis, she volunteered and later worked for the University's teaching hospital as a technician in the Large Animal ICU unit, caring for critically ill patients including horses, premature foals, llamas, alpacas, donkeys, cows, goats, sheep, and pigs. The skills acquired as an ICU technician definitely helped her through veterinary school. Dr. Rockwood graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, and has been practicing on the Monterey Peninsula ever since. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry and oral surgery, and nutritional management of medical conditions.
Dr. Rockwood is very passionate about her career, but in her free time she enjoys outdoor activities with her young son. He has become an avid lover of snowboarding, hiking, and camping - just like his mom! Her fur family includes a cute young Chihuahua mix and two sweet cats at home that have all come as rescues over the years.
Years in Practice: 8
Education: Colorado University, Boulder, UC Davis, and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Kayla grew up in Big Sur, born and raised on the peninsula. She is a CVMA Certified Veterinary Technician and also our Feline Friendly Practice Cat Advocate. Kayla has been working in companion animal practices for 7 years. She is passionate about all animals but especially large breed dogs. She has a beautiful 6-year-old kitty, Joplin, and just recently added an adorable little orange male Manx to her pack, Jagger. Unfortunately she lost the love of her life Zeppelin, 7-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, to lymphoma in December 2012 after a long two year fight.
Kayla loves snowboarding, dancing, 4wheeling and anything that lets her enjoy nature (hiking, camping, swimming in the river and much more!) She has devoted her life to caring for companion animals and her ultimate goal is to work with elephants.
Years in Practice: 7
Education: Hartnell College & Monterey Peninsula College
Sandra is a lifelong resident of Salinas. Her caring and loving nature makes her the perfect person for our kennel attendant. She has had various pets including turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, cats and dogs. She enjoys camping, going to the beach, and spending time with her Husky, Lobo. Her ultimate dream job would be to work with wolves.
Years in Practice: 3
Desiree is a California native. She has been an avid lover of animals all her life and currently has three dogs and a cat. Desiree loves to spend time at the beach and going to antique car shows with her family. She especially loves to go exploring in caves with her two children.
Years in Practice: 5
Education: Hartnell College
Originally from Sonoma County, Genny moved to Monterey in 2012 to pursue her degree in Biology from CSUMB, graduating in the Spring of 2015. Genny has always had a strong love of nature, wildlife, and all animals. Currently, she lives out her passions by volunteering with the SPCA in Monterey. In her free time she loves music, reading, practicing the ukulele as well as anything outdoors. In the long term, she is hoping to pursue higher education that would allow her to continue serving animals. Her dream would be to work in wildlife rehabilitation.
Years in Practice: 2
Brad - Technician
I have been in the veterinary medical field for 16 years. I am passionate about all animals but especially birds. I have participated in bird rescue for 11 years.
I am married with two beautiful little girls. I live on a nine acre ranch with goats, ducks, pigs & chickens. I love setting up and maintaining both fresh and salt water fish tanks. I am a passionate gardener and I love aquaponics. I am very involved in community volunteering and work with a group that promotes community resilience.
Years in Practice: 16
Diana - Receptionist
Diana was born and raised on the central coast where she spent many years in retail management, small office accounting and as a HR Rep for a logistics company. She left the corporate world in 2012 to start a local pet sitting service, which gave her the flexibility to spend more time with her husband, family and to do what she loves most; Care for an assortment of amazing pets and critters.
She also attended Central Coast College’s very first veterinary assistant program in the summer of 2014, which included volunteering at the SPCA for college credit.
In her spare time, she enjoys going to local agricultural festivals, craft fairs, cooking for her family, camping & quad running at Oceano Dunes and taking her dogs to the beach. Her family of pets include her Pit Bull Gia, Rex the min-pin, Ema, her chihuahua-mix and an occasional foster pup.
Years in Practice: 3
Destiny - Kennel Attendant
Destiny has lived in Salinas most of her life. She has many pets of her own, including horses, goats, dogs, cats, and rabbits. She is currently taking college courses towards becoming either a veterinarian or a zoologist. When she isn't at work or school, she is at the stable riding horses who need exercise and training. Destiny dreams of someday owning her own ranch.
Years in Practice: 1