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Josh Brown, RVT, Practice Manager, with Dana Niguel since 2004

Josh

Josh is Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital’s practice manager and head technician. He has worked with animals for over 20 years. Josh is very proud of his work and his team at Dana Niguel. He has many duties at the hospital, ranging from making sure the facilities are immaculate to assisting in surgery. His skills as a technician are a great asset, especially because of his previous experience working at a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital and assisting in orthopedic surgeries. Outside of work, Josh spends time at home with his wife and son. His weekends include relaxing at the beach and watching his son participate in BMX contests and helping him develop his art as an aspiring photographer. Josh has two dogs, a mixed breed named Blue and a Chihuahua named Layla, and a black cat named Welsley.

Rachel Woolsey, RVT, with Dana Niguel since 2007

Rachel

Rachel is a registered veterinary technician, and she has had a big heart for animals her whole life. She took the initiative of starting and running Dana Niguel’s rescue operation, and as this suggests, she is a huge advocate for homeless and elderly animals. Rachel is also a long-time vegetarian. On the weekends, she enjoys taking her White Shepherd mix, Charlie, and Chihuahua mix, Meg, to the beach and watching movies.

 

Shannon Crotty, with Dana Niguel since 2005

Shannon
Shannon is a certified veterinary assistant. She has a special place in her heart for Australian shepherds and orphaned kittens. She currently lives in San Juan Capistrano with her boyfriend and their “zoo.” On any given day, you can find her walking her three dogs, Meadow, Tyler and Misty, or taking a nap with her two cats, Cochese and Athena. Shannon also spends her spare time reading, hiking, doing yard work and caring for her bunny and guinea pig.

 

Megan Groeters, with Dana Niguel since 2005

Megan
Megan is a receptionist at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital. She loves animals, and she is one of the first people to greet you and your pet when you come to see us! She is originally from New Mexico and moved to California in 2005. At home, she cares for and loves her four cats, Dupree, Kate, Owen and Luke. In her spare time, she can be found at the gym, sometimes twice a day! On the weekends she enjoys relaxing and indulging in a cheat meal with her husband.

 

Anna Phillips, RVT with Dana Niguel since 2012

Anna
Anna graduated from Heritage College in March 2014 after studying veterinary technology. She passed her registered veterinary technician exams the same year and received her license at the beginning of 2015. In her spare time, she likes spending time with her fiancé and daughter, hiking, camping and traveling with her Terrier mix, Tessa. Anna is a bully-breed advocate; she loves all dogs big and small, but has a special affinity for big block-headed cuties. Anna also hopes to one day make it to Alaska or Montana to attempt a homesteading lifestyle and live off the beautiful land.

 

Kayona Murphy, with Dana Niguel since 2011

Kayona
Kayona is a receptionist at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital and will always greet you and your pet with a smile! Before coming to work with us, she volunteered at the Ocean Institute taking care of sharks and aquatic animals for three years. Kayona plans on furthering her career by studying archaeology. She is a reptile devotee and has a special place in her heart for Yorkies. She is obsessed with Halloween and anything Disney. Her hobbies include spending time in nature, swimming, snorkeling, watching horror movies, spending time with her husband and spoiling her dogs Pixie-Dust and Magick.

 

Cary Lee, RVT with Dana Niguel since 2008

Cary
Cary became a registered veterinary technician in 2015. Cary has loved animals since he was a young boy watching animal and nature documentaries. For Cary, working with animals is a dream come true. For his 7th birthday, Cary received a pet Chihuahua, and he has loved the breed ever since. Cary is a fitness enthusiast and spends most of his free time either in the gym or watching movies.

 

Aubrey Cook, with Dana Niguel since 2015

Aubrey
Aubrey is a veterinary assistant at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital. She has always had a passion for animals; growing up, she knew her dream job was to work with and care for animals. She is a Chihuahua fanatic and is crazy about cats, too! In the future, Aubrey wants to continue her education on animals. Outside of work, Aubrey enjoys being outdoors, either at the beach or hiking. She loves to spend time with her Chihuahua, Lindy, and hopes to add to her Chihuahua family.

 

Samantha, with Dana Niguel since 2015

Sam
Samantha is a Veterinary Assistant ready to take care of your pets. Sam has had an infatuation for exotic animals her whole life especially since her family is from South Africa. She lives in Laguna Beach and is currently in school studying to become a Veterinarian. The love of her life is her dog Moby a Cairn Terrier. Sam has always had an appreciation for art and painting. Hiking, traveling and hanging out with friends are some of the fub things she likes to do outside of work.

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