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Meet Our Team
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 Intensive Care 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 acupuncture and rehabilitation, 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 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, a young sweet Golden Retriever and a sweet lovable cat that enjoys playing with the dogs.
Years in Practice: 10
Education: Colorado University, Boulder Colorado, UC Davis, and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians- Fort Collins Colorado
Dr. Heart Dominguez joined Toro Park Animal Hospital in May 2018. He started his career at Silverado Veterinary Hospital, a high volume, nine doctor private practice in Napa, CA and then joined the SPCA for Monterey County in 2016 where he had the opportunity to hone his surgical skills. He enjoys focusing in practice on brachycephalic breeds, which include all short snout breeds such as Pugs, English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and French Terriers.
Originally from Eugene, Oregon, he attended University of Oregon and then CSU Monterey Bay to earn his BS in Biology, becoming the first CSUMB graduate to be accepted to, as well as graduate from, veterinary school. He earned his DVM degree at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Prior to following his heart’s desire (pun intended) to become a vet, he had an extensive career in the hospitality industry and thus prides himself on his customer service skills. Having married a Monterey Peninsula native, he and his wife were overjoyed to return to the area along with their daughter and two adopted pups, Clover and Phooey.
In his free time, Dr. Dominguez enjoys traveling, fine dining, training for triathlons, solving Rubik’s cubes and making his daughter giggle.
Years in Practice: 3
Education: University of Oregon, CSU Monterey Bay, 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 Assistant 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, 4-wheeling 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: 8
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
Years in Practice: 5
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: 4
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: 17
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: 2
Ashley was born and raised in Marina and has been in the veterinary field for 14 years. She has experience in both general practice and emergency medicine. While she has a love for animals, she strives to take care of and accommodate clients while we care for their pets. Ashley has a lab named Raider and a Chihuahua named Paisley. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family on a baseball field cheering on her son.
Years in Practice: 14
Alex was raised in Hollister, CA and spends most of her time in Monterey County. She has always had a passion for animals and nature. Alex has spent time working in her local community with water and land conservation as well as facilitating garden tours. She is an active pet sitter for her family and friends and loves spending time with her two dogs Piper and Keely. When she is not busy working, Alex spends much of her time in the garden tending to her cacti and succulents.
Years In Practice: 1