Nina Hammerness

Practice Operations Manager

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Nina grew up in Reno, NV.
  • 2013 joined SCEC
  • 2007-2013 Boyd Rice Performance Horses, Spearman, TX, Barn Manager
  • 2005- 2007 Reno Carson Messenger Service, Reno, NV, Process Server and Office Assistant
  • 2005 Colorado State University, Fort Collins, BS Animal Science
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Analynn Patterson

Office Staff

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Analynn grew up riding the trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Corralitos. She was active in 4-H Horse Science and Horsemanship, and showing Western. The “Black Stallion” books she read inspired Analynn’s interest in drawing and painting. While earning her BFA, she painted watercolor scenes from horse racetracks. Her favorite horse breeds are Connemara, Andalusian, Lipizzaner and Lusitano. When she moved to Monterey County in 1986, Analynn began riding English, and fell in love with a Connemara mare and Dressage. Her mare, Tre Awain Kathleen, has had two foals. One of Anaylnn’s favorite days at SCEC was “foal duty” with a newborn. Analynn is the proud mother of son Devon, now in college studying music.
  • 2002 joined SCEC
  • 1990-1995 Large Animal Veterinary Corporation, Assistant Technician (and Equine Portrait Painter)
  • 1995 San Jose State University, MFA in Pictorial Arts, Equine Images
  • 1983 California College of Arts and Crafts, BFA with Distinction
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Tiffany Levario

Office Staff

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Tiffany was born and raised in Monterey. Tiffany enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with her family and friends. She loves the compassion and positive atmosphere that is created for the client and patient at SCEC, where she enjoys working with an amazing group of people.
  • 2013 joined SCEC
  • 2013 Bryman College, Medical Assisting
  • 2010-2013 Toro Park Animal Hospital, Office Staff and Veterinary Assistant
  • 2003-2010 Portola Animal Hospital, Office Staff and Veterinary Assistant
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Kaylee VanBlarcom

Office Staff

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Kaylee was born and raised in Salinas. She grew up showing AQHA cutting horses and competing in high school and college rodeo all over the country. In Kaylee’s free time she enjoys riding her horses and starting colts.
  • 2016 Joined SCEC
  • 2016 Certified Phlebotomist
  • 2015 – 2016 Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
  • 2015 – 2016 Veterinary Technician at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, Stephenville, Texas
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Gaylene Cranford

Pharmacy Manager

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Born and raised in Spreckels, CA, Gaylene’s hobbies include training and hunting retrievers, bird hunting, fishing and braiding leather gear. Gaylene loves working with and for great people at SCEC, where every day she finds the work evolving and is presented with something different and challenging.
  • 2006 joined SCEC
  • 2004-2006 Northridge Veterinary Hospital, RVT and Receptionist
  • 1991-2004 Portola Animal Hospital, RVT and Receptionist
  • 1985-1991 various local animal hospitals, RVT
  • 1985 Hartnell College, Salinas, RVT Program Summa Cum Lauda, AA Animal Science
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Giga Cullen

Hospital Manager

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Giga was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Raised between Brasil and Hawaii, the ocean was her passion, but her hidden talent and love for horses were to change her life. Giga had been studying at the University of Hawaii, pursuing an Animal Science degree and managing a pony farm on the north shore of Oahu when, in 1978, she was offered an opportunity to manage the school horse operation at Riley Wilson’s Hunter/Jumper barn in Laguna Seca. So she moved to Salinas. Her interest led Giga to assist Dr. Deter and Dr. Fowler with the broodmare operation at the Laguna Seca Ranch Stallion Station. This breeding farm stood Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Warmblood and occasional Arabian stallions; mares were foaled and covered; weanlings and yearlings trained. At its peak, the station cared for up to 400 head. Giga enjoys trail riding and jaunts on the beach with her dog.
  • 2000-present SCEC, Hospital Manager, handles stallions, assists with breeding program including shipping and freezing of semen and embryo transfers
  • 2009 attended Large Animal Microbiology Emersion Clinic, Littleton, CO
  • 1980-2000 Large Animal Vet Corp., Veterinary an Radiology Technician
  • 1975-1980 Laguna Seca Stallion Station Hospital Manager
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Laurel Whisler

Hospital Technician

Granddaughter of the renowned horse trainer, Roy Forzani, Laurel grew up around horses. In 1997 she was crowned the Carmel Valley Ranchers’ Days Queen. She became a veterinary technician as a way to combine hands on veterinary horse care and nursing with time for a family. She now competes locally in Versatility Ranch Horse with Doc, a horse her grandfather had trained. She is the proud mother of adorable boys Clayton and Tate.
  • 2001 joined SCEC
  • 2003 RVT Certification
  • 2003 Hartnell College, Salinas, AS Animal Health Technology
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Tiffany Durham

Hospital Technician

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Tiffany was born and raised in Fountain Valley, CA. When Tiffany is not working, she enjoys spending time waterskiing, traveling, reading, hiking, gardening, watching football, bee keeping and hanging out with her cat.
  • 2003 joined SCEC
  • 1993-2003 Mammoth Lakes, Wrangler
  • 1996-1997 Oswood Stallion Station
  • 1995 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, BA Animal Science
  • 1990-1992 Santa Ana Zoo, Zookeeper
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Shay Magditch

Hospital Technician

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Shay was born and raised in the small town of Nazareth, PA. She grew up enjoying the competitive East Coast Hunter/Jumper and, later, the Dressage world. Shay loves being a part of the SCEC Team for the chance to work outdoors in the beautiful Toro Hills and the vast diversity of the cases seen, along with the intellectual and physical interplay of being an equine RVT. Her professional interests include internal medicine, anesthesia, emergency and critical care.
  • 2013 rejoined SCEC, RVT
  • 2012 Colorado State University, Fort Collins, BS Biology/Biomedical Science
  • 2010-2012 Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Equine Emergency and Critical Care Technician
  • 2010 Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, AS Biology
  • 2007 Hartnell College, Salinas, Salinas, AAS Animal Health Technology
  • 2005 joined SCEC, Veterinary Assistant
  • 2004-2005 North Saucon Animal Hospital, Bethlehem, PA, Small Animal Veterinary Assistant
  • 2003-2004 Nazareth Veterinary Center, Nazareth, PA, Small Animal Veterinary Assistant
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Sunshine Silva

Hospital Technician

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Sunshine grew up in Prunedale, CA. In her spare time, Sunshine enjoys spending time with her family, camping, riding her horses and traveling. Sunshine enjoys being part of the SCEC Team because it is her passion to work closely with animals.
  • 2014 joined SCEC
  • 2010-2013 Toro Park Animal Hospital, Technician
  • 2000 Bryman College, Dental Assisting
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Jenny Mize

Veterinary Technician (SCEC Woodside)

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Jenny was born and raised in Redwood City. In her spare time, she is a member of the San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association award winning color guard unit and is a sworn member of the San Mateo County Sherriff’s Office Mounted Search and Rescue with her horse Lil Joe. Jenny joined SCEC as a wonderful opportunity to combine her love of the outdoors with a passion for working closely with horses.
  • 2016 joined SCEC Woodside
  • 2014-2016, Webb Ranch Lesson Office
  • 2015- Present, California State University East Bay
  • 2011- 2015, Cañada College, AS Interdisciplinary Studies
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Lane Peterson

Veterinary Technician (SCEC Woodside)

Lanie was born and raised in Napa, CA. She quickly discovered her love of horses, and competed in Three Day Eventing throughout her youth. She attended Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. She enjoys working closely with the different veterinarians at Steinbeck on the diverse array of cases. In her free time, she explores national parks, rides, and spends time in Oakland.
  • 2016 Joined SCEC Team
  • 2015-2016 Instructor/Barn Manager at Black Hound Equestrian
  • 2013-2014 Braided on the Norcal Hunter Jumper Circuit
  • 2010-2014 Working student at Kismet Farms
  • 2013 St Mary’s College of CA, BA Spanish/Sociology
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Matias Torres

Hospital Grounds & On-Site Tech

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Matias came to Los Angeles when he was 13-years old and arrived in the Salinas area in 1999. He started working with Dr. Dieter and Dr. Fowler as an animal technician and maintenance worker. In 2001 Matias moved right into SCEC with Dr. Eastman. Matias likes working at SCEC because the doctors are great and he loves working with horses.
  • Joined SCEC 1999
  • 1999 Dark Angel Ranch, Rancher
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Christine Eppstein

Office Staff (SCEC Woodside)

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