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Kellie

Kellie

Operations Manager &
Registered Veterinary Technician

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

Liz

Liz

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!

Heidi
Fear Free Certified

Heidi

Registered Veterinary Technician

Heidi always had pets growing up, but sometimes felt that she didn’t know enough to properly care for them. The older she got, the more she wanted to change that! Heidi decided to become a Registered Veterinary Technician to help of all of the pets she possibly could, and to help educate others on how to best care for their animal companions.

Heidi earned her Associate’s degree from Western Career College in 2002, and took her California State board exams the same year in order to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She’s been advancing her own skillset and knowledge via continuing education efforts ever since!

Having previously worked with Dr. Olivas at another pet clinic, Heidi jumped at the chance to team up with her again and join a family of loving, compassionate pet owners just like herself. Her favorite part of working in veterinary medicine is that every single day is different—Heidi just never knows what she might experience next!

When time permits away from work, Heidi enjoys relaxing at home with her family. Along with her husband Daniel and their seven children—Ethan, Kayla, Logan, Ellie, Jacob, John, and Abigail—she shares her home with two loveable pets: Rio the Jack Russell terrier, and a Calico cat named Rebecca.

Jenny

Jenny

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.

Lynea

Lynea

Pharmacy Technician

It was a visit to a local veterinary hospital with her own pet that first inspired Lynea to work in animal care herself. The way that her worries were put to rest, and the way she saw her own companion cared for, made Lynea realize that she wanted to do the same for other pet owners! She’s able to do just that as a member of the Ceres Veterinary Clinic family. 

Originally from Delhi, California, Lynea joined the hospital team in March of 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. She can be found in the exam rooms taking patient histories and helping pet owners to better understand their companions’ healthcare needs, and she also loves to work behind the scenes by refilling medications and running in-house laboratory samples.

Lynea became engaged in 2017, and she has a young son who is the light of her life. As a family, they love to go on day trips to Santa Cruz or the mountains. Lynea also enjoys spending time at home with her own pets. She has three loveable companions: Jessie, a spunky Chihuahua; a Blue Tick coonhound named Lady Bird who packs a hefty bark; and a Desert Tortoise who goes by Sherman.

Kendra

Kendra

Veterinary Assistant

Kendra grew up in Newark, California with her parents, younger sister, and the constant companionship of the family pets. She even took horseback riding lessons and joined the Future Farmers of America organization, further developing her love for the earth’s creatures. For Kendra, a career spent helping others in the veterinary profession simply makes sense!

Kendra attended Modesto Junior College, and began interning here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic during her studies. It wasn’t long before she was offered a job—now, Kendra serves the area’s pets and animal owners as a Kennel Technician with the hospital team. She loves to soak up all of the knowledge she can from the clinic’s skilled doctors and Veterinary Technicians, and she also finds that she has a special affinity for dental work.

Away from work, Kendra likes horseback riding, camping, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with her family at home. She has one pet of her own: Duke, a dog who loves frolicking in the water and learning new commands.

Jessica

Jessica

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica has been a lifelong pet owner. Her own experiences with animal care made a permanent impression, and she knew that she wanted to help others’ pets in whatever way she could. When the opportunity presented itself for her to continue making a difference here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic, Jessica jumped at the chance! 

Jessica attended Modesto Junior College to earn her degree in veterinary technology. She volunteered at an animal shelter for a time before signing on at a dog boarding facility, expanding her skill set in the world of pet care even further. In the spring of 2021, she applied here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic—the rest is history. Now, Jessica is proud to help the pets and animal parents of the area as a part of the Veterinary Assistant team.

Around the clinic, Jessica enjoys helping nervous or anxious dogs to feel more comfortable during their time here. She’s also passionate about learning new things on a regular basis. Jessica’s favorite part of the job, though, is getting to meet and greet adorable pets and their owners every day!

Away from work, Jessica likes painting, playing disc golf, hiking, riding her dirt bike, and spending quality time with her family and pets. She has a daughter, Coraline, who is just as big of an animal-lover as her mother, as well as several pets. The animal portion of the family includes three dogs—Humphrey Bogart, Ellie Mae, and Sebastian Waylon—as well as Pennywise the rabbit; a cat named Ollie Ander; a chicken named Rainbow Dash; a pair of goldfish who go by Freddy and Bonnie; and two box turtles named Foxy and Funtime.

Winnie

Winnie

Lead Client Care Specialist

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.

Yvonne

Yvonne

Client Care Specialist

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, a pet gopher snake named Bertha, fish, birds, and her own horse. She hopes to own another horse someday when she retires. 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 to do craft projects and spending time with her 3 wonderful grown children and her 5 amazing grandchildren. Currently, Yvonne has two special cats, Fozzi and Skippy, whom she loves dearly.

Christy

Christy

Client Care Specialist

Christy has always loved the medical field, but her true passion was helping others. Plus, she adores pets—what better way to combine all three than by working in the veterinary field? Christy is a proud member of Ceres Veterinary Clinic’s front-desk team.

Christy is a Ceres native, and first entered the veterinary profession about eight years ago. She instantly fell in love with being able to use her skillset to help pets who can’t speak for themselves and depend entirely on us to make them feel better—that’s why she’s been working in veterinary care ever since! Christy joined the Ceres Veterinary Clinic family on the recommendation of a friend in June of 2018, and serves as a Client Care Specialist.

Outside of work, Christy loves to camp, fish, hike, and play and watch sports with her family. She and her husband, Zac, have two incredible children, Natalie and Jaxon, as well as a number of pets. The furry portion of the family includes Mason, a Black Labrador who considers himself the neighborhood watchdog; a cuddle-loving Terrier mix named Ella; Olivia, a rescued cat who plays fetch better than the dogs; and a cat named Ruger who Christy rescued from the Ceres Veterinary Clinic parking lot as a kitten.

Vanessa

Vanessa

Client Care Specialist

Vanessa was a client here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic before she became an employee. She always enjoyed the friendly staff and the knowledgeable doctors, so when the opportunity arose for her to join the team herself, she jumped at her chance! Now, Vanessa gets to help both pets and their owners on a daily basis as one of the clinic’s Client Care Specialists.

In her spare time, Yvonne likes to do craft projects and spending time with her 3 wonderful

Vanessa grew up on a small farm in the Central Valley, so she’s been caring for the earth’s creatures ever since her earliest days. She joined the Ceres Veterinary Clinic team in February of 2018, and she’s been here ever since—Vanessa’s favorite part of her job is getting to work alongside a team of passionate and skilled professionals who love animals just as much as she does!

When she’s not here at the clinic, Vanessa can be found reading, gardening, or spending quality time at home with her husband and their menagerie of pets. The couple has two dogs who go by Briggs and Ollie, a rabbit named Nibbler, Bert the tortoise, and eight cats: Burton, Bo, Bonnie, Clyde, Coco, Holly, Kiki, and Grimm.

Elle

Elle

Technician Assistant

Elle grew up in Atwater and spent a lot of time with the family pets during her formative years. She’s always wanted to learn more about proper pet care in order to give her own animal companions the love and attention they need. Now, Elle gets to make sure the pets of the area are happy, healthy, and well-cared for on a daily basis—she’s a Technician Assistant with the Ceres Veterinary Clinic team!

Elle attended Stellar Career College to earn her Veterinary Assistant’s certificate, and currently studies at Modesto Junior College. In the future, she hopes to attend the University of California, Davis to become a veterinarian herself! For now, Elle helps boarding pets here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic and loves to learn new things on a daily basis, especially about the various diseases that can afflict our animal companions.

Away from work, Elle is a fan of wrestling and helped her team reach the Girl’s Masters in 2016. At home, she and her family have two dogs: Oreo, the smart and calm one of the bunch, and the more rambunctious Mia.

Tanya

Tanya

Registered Veterinary Technician

Tanya has always adored the company of pets, and her fate was sealed when she started volunteering at an animal shelter after high school. She knew right away that she wanted to work in the veterinary field! Tanya is proud to serve as a Registered Veterinary Technician here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic. 

Originally from Sacramento, Tanya first heard about the role of a Veterinary Technician from the person who ran the animal shelter she volunteered with. She knew immediately that it was the perfect path for her. Tanya began taking classes at her local college, and the rest is history. Now, she is a Registered Veterinary Technician herself! She joined the Ceres Veterinary Clinic family in July of 2020 and hasn’t looked back since. 

Tanya particularly likes the medical side of the Technician world—she’s fond of placing catheters, drawing blood, and performing X-ray scans. More than anything, however, she likes meeting the area’s animal owners on a daily basis and helping them feel confident about their companions’ health and well-being. 

When she’s not at work, Tanya enjoys knitting and crocheting, reading, going to paint nights, and exercising—she’s even completed two half-marathons! At home, she shares her life with four loveable cats.

Topanga

Topanga

Veterinary Assistant

Ever since Topanga Sullivan was a little child playing doctor with her many animals, she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. Without a shadow of a doubt, it was going to involve helping animals get better. While attending an ROP class in high school, Topanga fell in love with watching the techs do dentals and other routine things, like suture removals, ear flushes, and post-surgical care. Today, she is thrilled to be fulfilling her lifelong dream of helping animals enjoy happier, healthier lives!

Professionally, Topanga is most passionate about working closely with the patients of Ceres Veterinary Clinic. Being able to help any living creature that comes through the door, and making them feel comfortable and cared for, creates an unbreakable bond that Topanga cherishes. In her opinion, there’s nothing better than a patient being happy to see you every time they come in.

Topanga credits her family (those with fur and without) for inspiring her every day to try her hardest and never give up. They are what keep her pushing harder and harder to be the best daughter, sister, and caregiver she can be. And with 9 siblings and 2 sets of amazing parents, there’s certainly plenty of inspiration to draw from!

Outside of work, Topanga enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, reading shelf-loads of books and working on home improvement DIY projects. She is pet parent to a wonderful cat named Mommas, who loves all the attention she can get and has become an adoptive mom to five kittens that were brought into the clinic because they were abandoned.