Hospital Staff

Hospital Staff

A staff with passion and heart.

Each of our staff members are chock full of veterinary experience. You’ll find below, our staff posses years of experience and a true passion for what they do. We provide a collaborative, ego-free environment in order to maintain the highest quality care for you and your pet.

You’ll find our staff have a true passion for animals and have devoted their lives to just that. Every staff member is here to help you understand every step of the treatment process for your pet. Everyone at AVS is a true animal lover and understands the needs of all of our patients.

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Sam

Hospital Administrator

Samantha Parrett comes to us from the North Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she was the director of business and administrative services for the past 12 years. The NC State Veterinary Hospital is one of the highest rated veterinary academic medical centers in the country, providing clinical training for 4th year veterinary medical students as well as interns and residents seeking board certification. During her time at the teaching hospital, Sam directed the financial operations, client services, medical records, central & sterile services, pharmacy business operations and the Hospital Volunteer Program.  She also developed a Wellness Clinic and was an integral part of the development of the new 110,000 square foot Small Animal Specialty & Emergency Hospital.  She introduced Lean Six Sigma Healthcare methodology to the Hospital and engaged the faculty, residents, interns and staff in improving the efficiency of many processes throughout the hospital.

Sam is not a stranger to Santa Barbara as she will be returning to the home of her Alma Mater, UC Santa Barbara. Following graduation, Sam worked for Santa Barbara Bank and Trust for 8 years where she rose to assistant Vice President.  She was also heavily involved in the community in such organizations as Rotary Club and the Boys and Girls Club.  We are extremely excited to welcome Sam Parrett to our AVS family!

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Client Patient Liaison, Emergency & Internal Medicine

Bio Coming Soon

Jessica Mayernik

Jessica

Client Patient Liaison, Emergency & Internal Medicine

From a young age, Jessica’s life has almost always been centered around water and the life that teems within it. After graduating from the University of New Haven with a degree in Marine Biology, she completed an internship at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, where she spawned a fascination and love for all-things-sharks.

Today, Jessica has expanded her area of expertise to four-legged friends, as she works with AVS training our new customer service staff members.

When not at AVS (or out feeding nurse sharks), you can find Jessica in the great outdoors kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing or hiking with her Lhasalier, Jameson.

Laura Rinna

Laura

Client Patient Liaison, Surgery

As a young girl, Laura should have known that she was destined for a career with animals just by the fact that she had a wild boar for a pet. Nevertheless, her education path led her to a degree in Political Science from Santa Barbara City College before she finally succumbed to her calling.

Since then she has been dedicated to the care of animals and the environment. Laura has worked with many local non-profits, including Save the Mermaids, where she teaches at-risk youth about plastic pollution and ocean advocacy. Today, through her continued efforts, she has been recognized as an animal care specialist for the feeding and well-being of birds, aquatics, and small animals.

Laura lives in Santa Barbara with 3 housemates, a tank full of fish, a bunny named Bella Luna, and 3 Americana Chickens: Salt, Pepper, and Paprika.

Sally Maciel

Sally

Client Patient Liaison, Oncology & Internal Medicine

Sally graduated from UCSB with a degree in History in 2012. She currently lives in Santa Barbara. She enjoys being outdoors and is involved in leading an array of activities including horseback riding, camping, archery, canoeing, etc.

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