Dr. Robert Santos, DVM
Dr. Robert Santos was born in Turlock and raised on a dairy farm. His deep love of animals led him to Wheaton College for his undergraduate work and then on to Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine (1991). His lovely wife Kristen has received a doctorate in education. They have two sons, Nickolaus and Teddy and a daughter Phoebe. They all live on their thirty acre ranch called, Einstein Acres that is completely run on solar power.
Since 1991 Dr. Santos has been a part-time instructor as MJC, teaching Animal Health and Animal Behavior. His community activities include serving on the Turlock Historical Society (1993) and the Chatom School Board (1995). He is the Past President of Turlock Downtown Association and was President for NSJVMA (Norther San Joaquin Veterinary Medical Association).
He is now the Co-Chair for the Turlock Centennial Committee, and has recently been elected as part of the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) Board. He also is involved in Carnegie Arts Foundation, Turlock Rotary Noon Club, Turlock Masonic Lodge III 395, and Turlock Exchange Club. He created Vet Club for the local children with interests in animals and also does numerous speaking engagements throughout the year for clubs, 4-H groups, schools and various educational groups.
Dr. Doug Marks, DVM
Dr. Doug Marks was born in Omaha NE "many years ago." He grew up in Omaha, Bismark, ND, Decatur, IL, Albany, NY area and Birmingham, AL. He went to three different high schools in three different states (IL, NY & AL). After graduating from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine (Alabama), he and his wife moved to Turlock.
His family now lives in the country near Hughson He and his wife, Cathy, have been married since 1971. They have three boys, Ryan, Nathan, and Tyler. The Marks have four cats and two dogs.
Dr. Marks and his wife enjoy outdoor activities like camping, backpacking, fishing and 4-wheeling in the mountains in their Jeep. He is an adult leader for the junior high youth group at Monte Vista Chapel and a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout Troop 451 in Turlock. He heads the Veterinary Explorers Program here at Monte Vista. Dr. Marks had training for Trail Vet in 2007 and will be spending three weeks in Alaska this March as Trail Veterinarian. He is a member of the Turlock Noon Rotary Club, staff veterinarian for Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center, and is a member of many local and national veterinary associations.
Dr. Mary Avalle, DVM
Dr. Mary Avalle was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She left for what was going to be only 4 years when she went to college at the University of Georgia and hasn't made it back yet.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree she went on active duty in the U.S. Army. She was assigned to a base in California and realized this was where she wanted to settle down. Through her association with the armed forces she has lived in and been to exciting places like Honduras, Italy and Louisiana.
After graduate school in Michigan where she obtained a Master of Science degree and after working in research for a few years, she finally got down to the business of veterinary medicine and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2005 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Avalle made it back to California and worked primarily with dairy cows for a few years before making the transition to small animal medicine.
Her special veterinary interests include nutrition and geriatric medicine and enjoys exercising and gardening in her spare time. She is happily settled in Turlock with her menagerie of dogs and cats and hopefully chickens soon!
Dr. Brandon Barrett, DVM
Dr. Barrett received his bachelors in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1997. He then received his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2001 and has been working at Community Veterinary Clinic ever since.
He treats both small animals (dogs and cats) and exotic species (birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, rabbits, etc.)
Dr. Barrett and his wife Tonia, a local photographer, are both from Turlock. They share their house with their son Grayson, their dog, two cats, two chinchillas, two birds, a bearded dragon, and several fish.
Dr. Barrett is involved with teaching Vet Club for local children along with Dr. Santos and is an instructor at MJC teaching, Surgical and Dental Procedures.
You can also visit Dr. Barrett at: www.turlockvet.com
Dr. Lee, DVM
Dr. Lee was born and raised in Stockton, California. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from UCLA and then graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been working at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital ever since.
During vet school, she spent time doing cancer research, volunteering at spay and neuter clinics, and traveled to Honduras to provide veterinary care to under-served areas. Dr. Lee has a passion for surgery, and although she works primarily with dogs and cats, she also has enjoys working with small mammals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas.
Dr. Lee also has an interest in minimally invasive diagnostic tools and has undergone an intensive hands-on training course in the use of the endoscope. She loves her job and is always working to improve her skills to help her patients live longer, happier lives.
When not working, you can find her doing yoga, running, biking, and gardening. One of her favorite past times is spending time with her Jack Russell terrier '' Wally''.
She enjoys meeting the pets and families of Monte Vista, and she looks forward to meeting you and your pets soon.
Dr. Renae Estrada, DVM
Dr. Renae Estrada was born and raised in Denair. She attended Denair Elementary and Denair High School. After high school Dr. Estrada attended Modesto Junior College and Merced College while working for Dr. Robert Santos at Community Veterinary Clinic. She transferred to UC Davis to finish her bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dr. Estrada received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in June 2008. She is currently working at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital in Turlock.
Dr. Estrada is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Medical Association (NSJVMA). She takes special interest in ultrasound, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, and ophthalmology.
Dr. Estrada lives in Turlock with her husband, Sammy, and their 2 daughters, Coraline and Avery. They also have 2 dogs and 2 cats (Bill, Ralph, Moe, and Jerry). She enjoys exercising, camping, kayaking, and travel of any kind. Renae stays involved in the community by participating in Vet Club and visiting local schools to discuss veterinary topics.
Dr. Chelsea Davis, DVM
I was born and raised in Turlock and attended turlock high school (go dogs!). I received my undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Fresno State. Right after undergrad, I began veterinary school at Ross University on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean and finished my last year of veterinary school at Purdue University. While in vet school, I traveled to Guatemala to provide free veterinary care and surgeries to those animals in need.
I have 2 corgis, William and Kate, and 3 cats, Lena, Nala and Monroe, a three legged kitten. In my spare time, I enjoy watching soccer games, going to the beach and participating in dog agility competitions with my dog Kate. While on St. Kitts I became scuba certified and enjoyed scuba diving during my time on the island. I am glad to be back in Turlock and look forward to meeting and treating your pets.
Dr. Villegas, DVM
Dr. Villegas was born and raised in a small farm town of Tanhuato, Michoacán, Mexico. His passion for animals began from his exposure helping his father care for the family farm.
Dr. Villegas left Tanhuato at a young age to pursue higher education, which led him to Mexico City. While there he attended College of Science and Humanities to obtain his bachelor’s degree in biology. He then went to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (U.N.A.M.) and completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon completion of his doctorate degree, Dr. Villegas moved to the state of Oaxaca to practice veterinary medicine and work for the federal government coordinating preventative care. Pursuing new opportunities lead him to the state of Chiapas where he worked in an animal diagnostics laboratory and taught microbiology, hygiene, and zootechnics at Autonomous University of Chiapas (U.N.A.C.H.). He obtained his license to practice in the United States through the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates at Oklahoma State University.
Outside of work, Dr. Villegas enjoys spending time with family, running, gardening, and traveling.
Dr. Snable, DVM
Dr. Zack Snable was born and raised in Modesto, and his interest in veterinary medicine started when bringing family pets to Dr. Santos in the 1990’s. He left the Central Valley to attend college at Yale University, then Ross University for veterinary school and the University of Florida for clinical training.
After practicing in Ventura for the last 11 years, he returned to the Central Valley to work with Dr. Santos at MVSAH and raise his young family. His wife Andrea, daughter Emma, son Evan, and their 3 deaf Cavalier King Charles spaniels are happy to now call Turlock home.
When not working, his main passion is saltwater fishing- after living at the coast he is now excited to learn what the Central Valley has to offer for freshwater angling. He also enjoys gardening, fossil hunting and woodworking.
As Finance Manager, Nancy oversees all financial, bookkeeping, and payroll duties at MVSAH. She is also an assistant to the Hospital Director.
Nancy has 35 years of experience in bookkeeping and business managing. She worked for the family dairy for 16 years and has been working for Dr. Santos for the last 19 years. Her love for animals is a job bonus.
Nancy lives on her 22-acre farm with her 3 dogs - Fred (only 3 legs), Hot Wheels, and Little Guy - and her 3 cats – Six Toes, Lilly, and Poppy.
P.S. She was also the one who caused Dr. Santos to run away at the age of 6. His venture was short-lived; he had forgotten to say good-bye to his pet parakeet.
To contact Nancy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209-634-0023.
Sara Leimgruber is the Hospital Director at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, and she has worked here for 4 years. She and her husband Andrew live in Turlock, and their family consists of Remington, a Border collie, and Riley, a Boston terrier.
Sara graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2010 with a degree in Animal Science. She has worked in the Veterinary Industry for the past eight years. Sara loves working at MVSAH because she gets to see the smallest details turn into huge successes.
Some of her responsibilities as Hospital Director consist of managing the veterinarians’ schedules, composing the MVSAH monthly newsletter Paw Prints, directing human resources, organizing Vet Club for youth, and conducting employee evaluations.
To contact Sara, email email@example.com or call 209-634-0023.