Our Careteam

Liz Johnson RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Liz has always been driven to care for both people and animals, and her career as a registered veterinary technician allows her to do both. Working here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic since 2012, she loves the multiple roles she takes on every day at work. Surgical assistant, anesthesiologist, x-ray tech, dental hygienist, nurse, animal advocate and more.

Born and raised in Turlock, Liz was attending Modesto Junior College completing her general education when she happened to walk into the Agriculture building across campus to use the vending machines. After looking around, she found a vet tech program brochure and knew this is what she needed to do with her life.

Liz and her husband Ben enjoy all of the various animals they have rescued or adopted over the years. Providing a home for multiple cats, dogs, bunnies, tortoise, cockatoo, salamander, snakes and fish. Liz’s love for animals extends to every creature she encounters.

Liz says her greatest personal achievements will always be her family, pets, career and education. When she is not working or tending to her pets, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, music, art, traveling, outdoor adventures and scary movies!

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April Baez

Certified Veterinary Assistant

When she was in high school, April realized she wanted to pursue a career doing something she loved, rather than go through life merely tolerating her job. She’d always had a soft spot for animals, so she decided to try out the veterinary profession!

April grew up in Livingston with her three sisters. After researching different schools, April found the Veterinary Technician program at Modesto Jr. College. After two years of hard studying, she graduated in 2012 and began searching for employment. She started volunteering at Ceres Veterinary Clinic, then was hired on as a Kennel Assistant.

April loves assisting animals and learning how to handle them. She also likes checking on animals to make sure they’re comfortable or warm enough after a procedure or surgery.

Outside of work, April’s main hobby is creating flower arrangements. She loves seeing the happiness in peoples’ faces when they receive one of her bouquets. April has two dogs of her own: a Chihuahua named Kiara and a dachshund named Kora.

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Kellie Wilson RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician and Operations Manager

Born and raised in Modesto, Kellie has been working at Ceres Veterinary Clinic since 2001. She’s currently a Registered Veterinary Technician and the Operations Manager.

In 2006, Kellie attended evening classes at Modesto Junior College to become a certified veterinary technician. In early 2012, she took the state board test and passed on her first try to become a Registered Technician. She still attends many continuing education classes to keep up on the latest research and knowledge.

Kellie particularly likes bonding with pets and their owners. She enjoys educating clients and giving advice to pet owners. She loves her coworkers, and being able to have a career that fulfills her.

At home, Kellie lives with her husband Ryan, who she started dating at 16 years of age, and their two daughters, Alyssa and Kylie. When she’s not at work, Kellie is spending time with her family, which includes her poodle named Sallie Ann and her Hilmalayan cat, Sassy.

Kellie enjoys scrapbooking and attempting to capture all family memories on camera. She also likes being creative making hair bows, signs, jewelry, and anything she can add a bit of personal touch to.

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Yvonne Henselman

Receptionist

Yvonne grew up in Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek, and her home was always filled with a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, chickens, a hamster, rabbits, ducks, and even geese! Now she greets clients and cares for pets daily as a receptionist at Ceres Veterinary Clinic. She has been with the Ceres Vet family since May 2006.

In her spare time, Yvonne likes framing pictures, craft projects, working on her home, and spending time with her children and her 5 amazing grandchildren. Currently, Yvonne has two special cats, Fozzi and Skippy, whom she loves dearly.

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Winnie Johnston

Lead Receptionist

Every summer as a kid, Winnie would go to her uncle’s Large Animal veterinary practice and soak up all the knowledge she could. Her uncle would even take her out on calls with him, and Winnie’s passion for veterinary care blossomed from there!

Winnie was born and raised in Modesto in a family of animal lovers. After working at a K9 training and boarding kennel, she wanted to learn and do more in the field. She’d heard talk of a great veterinary practice in Ceres that was hiring, so she applied. She started as the Lead Receptionist in January of 2008 and couldn’t be happier to be part of the Ceres Veterinary family!

Every day, Winnie gets up looking forward to greeting and meeting the needs of her clients. She strives to ensure clients that their pet isn’t the only one that’s important to her—the clients themselves are too.

Winnie is married to her husband Kit and has two daughters, Michelle and Jessica. She has four dogs: Chip, a Border Collie; Bubba Sue and Gus Gus, Chihuahuas; and Lt. Dan, a two legged doxie/chi mix. She also has two cats named Olaf and Sven, a turtle, and a pond full of fish!

In her spare time, Winnie enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with her girls, and fishing with her husband. She also enjoys knitting by the fire on cold days.

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Shelby Rich

Veterinary Assistant

Shelby has always enjoyed helping both people and animals. Having the opportunity to work in a career where she can do both brings her great joy. Shelby has be raising animals since she was a small child. Working in the veterinary industry is a great fit for her.

Shelby grew up in Tracy, CA. After high school she attended Modesto Junior College for veterinary technology and animal science. After working in the field gaining knowledge she was hired on at Ceres Veterinary Clinic.

Outside of work Shelby enjoys camping, scrapbooking, working on her truck, and spending time with her family. Shelby has two dogs; Monkey and Rocky, a cat; Mrs. Bigglesworth, and two goats; Zues and Hercules.

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Amanda Fowler

Veterinary Assistant

Amanda’s passion for animals began in childhood. She grew up in Florida, where she enjoyed competing in horse shows as well as spending time at the beach. Her passion developed into a career when she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Physical Therapy from Midway University in 2007.

While attending Midway, she competed in IHSA, eventually becoming captain of the English riding team. As an equine therapist, she worked at prestigious tracks such as Churchill Downs and Keeneland until she moved out of state to join her husband, who was serving in the US Army.

Once they moved to California, Amanda began pursuing her ultimate passion of becoming a veterinarian. She has been taking night classes at UC Berkeley to fulfill the final prerequisite courses she needs to apply to vet school. Amanda joined the Ceres Vet team in 2015; she enjoys educating clients, working hands on with the patients and she strives to learn something new every day!

Amanda and her husband Andy have four horses, Honor, Rocket, Doc, and Hogan. They also have two dogs they adopted from local shelters, Dakota and C.J., and a mischievous cat named Calypso.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys riding, skiing, reading, and kayaking.

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Chandra

Veterinary Assistant

Chandra has loved animals her whole life. She has a heart for homeless animals and has found numerous homes for abused and abandoned cats and dogs. She herself has 3 rescue dogs, Lydia a German Shepard/Chihuahua mix, Reece a mini Aussie, and Ava a Doberman Pinscher. She also has a cat named Emma.

Chandra has a passion for caring for sick and injured animals, so it just seemed natural for her to choose a career where she gets to work with fury family members. She started out her career working with animals as a dog groomer in 2010. Soon she realized she wanted to do something more then give animals haircuts, she wanted to really help those in need.

She decided to go back to school to become a Register Veterinary Technician. After extensive research she decided to go to Consumnes River College in Elk Groove. Chandra began taking her general education classes in 2014. She was accepted into the Veterinary Technician program in 2016. Chandra will be graduating with an AA in Veterinary Technology in 2018. In addition she will be able to take her board exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Chandra has been able to start her career in animal medicine here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic as of April 2016. She is super excited to be working here and loves her job. She can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies.

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Jenny Angulo

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Ever since she can remember Jenny has had a heart for animals. Born and raised in Modesto, Jenny is the youngest of two sisters and twin brothers.

All through highschool she always knew she wanted to pursue a career with animals, after graduating high school she attended Carrington College in Stockton and after 2 years of hard work she graduated as a certified veterinary technician in 2016 and started volunteering at Ceres Veterinary Clinic for a couple months until she was hired as a kennel assistant. Jenny is now studying hard to receive her license and become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Jenny loves assisting the technicians and learning from them on how to take great care of every patient. Outside of work jenny loves to bake cupcakes for family events, spending time with family and her boyfriend. Jenny has two dogs of her own named Canelo and Kali.

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Erin Riley

Receptionist

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