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Dr. Carter loves to swim, bicycle, play the violin, brew beers from local supplies, read, and fly fish. He purchased Central Animal Hospital in April of 2002. He lives in Petaluma with his wife Jennifer and his twins, Lillian and MaryBeth. The Carter's also share their home with Mylo the cat and their dog Elsie.
Dr. Helms grew up in San Diego, and then spent 11 years in Davis, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in 2004 and DVM in 2010. In 2003, he received All American honors while racing for UC Davis, placing fourth in the 3000 meter Steeplechase at the 2003 NCAA National Championships. He currently races off road triathlon and cross country mountain bike races. His first 4 years in the profession were spent in Mendocino County, practicing all aspects of Veterinary Medicine due to the rural nature of the area. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing with his son and any outdoor activity with his family. Dr. Helms professional interest lies in surgery, specifically Orthopedics. Dr. Helms lives in Santa Rosa with his wife Jessica and their three children, Jackson, Ryder and Maeanna.
Dr. Long grew up and attended veterinary school in Pennsylvania. He then met his wife, moved to Sonoma County and settled in, raising 2 sons as well as buying and building his practice of 38 years in Forestville. Since selling his practice in 2007, Dr. Long has enjoyed "semi-retirement", continuing to provide patient care for his wholistic patients 2-3 days a week in various practices around the county and spending quality time with his family.
"I find great pleasure in seeing my patients get healthier, and I've learned that there are many ways to achieve better health. I customize combinations of conventional Western Medicine and Surgery with Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nutritional Therapy, and Homeopathy. This is called Integrative Medicine. I am very excited about a new therapy called Homotoxicology, a combination of Homeopathy and Acupuncture."
Jennifer co-owns Central Animal Hospital with Dr. Carter. They have twin daughters, Lillian and MaryBeth. Prior to purchasing the hospital in 2002, she was a Senior Manager with Deloitte's Enterprise Risk Solutions group in San Francisco and still is a CPA (in inactive status). Jennifer is active in Petaluma Valley Rotary, currently serving as their President.
Brittany started on our Hospitality Team 10 years ago, where she realized her passion for animals. She worked her way through school and is now a licensed veterinary technician (aka RVT). Brittany took over management last year and is passionate about helping others. She also likes to help educate clients on all the information and facts they need to help their animals live a long happy life. She also loves to go above and beyond to make sure all the pets that come through have a comfortable and fun experience here! She lives in Rohnert Park with her husband Mike, their Greyhound Farrah, and kitties Meeka and Bruiser.
Rebecca always knew she wanted to work with animals but wasn’t sure of exactly in what manner. After taking a vet tech class at the SRJC (taught by Dr. Carter) she was sure becoming an RVT was what she wanted. Since receiving her license she has focused her training in surgery, primarily orthopedics, and in overall patient care. She is passionate about providing compassionate care for the hospitalized patient. Rebecca lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Johnny, their daughters Serenity and Kailey, their dogs Clover and Daisy, bird Lilah, and hamster Dean.
Courtney has been in customer service since 2002. She has always wanted to make a difference in the world, and has always loved animals. This drove her to work in the veterinary field. Courtney has adopted many cats, dogs, hamsters, snakes and fish throughout her life. She currently lives in Cloverdale with her kitty, Jasmine, who she rescued from a feral community. Courtney is currently enrolled in the veterinary technician program at the Santa Rosa Junior College to expand her knowledge.
Asena was born in Redwood City, then lived in San Bruno until she was five years old. Her family moved to the town of Windsor and have been living in the same house for 20 years now! Asena began in this industry as a kennel technician at the Healdsburg Animal Shelter. She met a registered veterinary technician there, and fell in love with the medical aspect of animal welfare. She finished the R.V.T. Program at Santa Rosa Junior College in 2014 and is currently studying to take the national veterinary technician exam early 2016. She has female, 6 year old Doberman named Akela. They enjoy hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, and sunshine. A few things that has drawn Asena to work at Central are the AHAA standards, continuous love and devotion to the pets, and wonderful the personalities of her fellow coworkers.
Hannah joined our team in July 2016, and has really shown our team what true passion is. She was drawn to CAH because she felt we really advertise the gold standard of pet care, and strive to maintain a family dynamic. She is especially passionate about rescues and Pit bulls. She even has two of them at home, Ruca and Puppy. Hannah plans to attend the Santa Rosa Junior College next semester to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Jessica grew up in North Carolina where she married her high school sweetheart, Bobby. He is currently a chief serving in the United States Coast Guard, and is stationed here in Petaluma at the training center. They have three kids together, Robby, Nate, and Maddie Rae, and two knucklehead Pit bulls, Willow and Leo. Jessica started in the veterinary career a few years ago in hopes of someday starting a Pit bull rescue. This breed has a very special place in her heart! She attended Penn Foster College, a distant learning institute online to pursue a degree in animal science following the veterinary technician program they offer. She graduated in June 2016 with honors and is currently studying to take the Registered Veterinary Technician national exam to obtain her license.
Jocelyn knew she wanted to be in the veterinary field from the first moment she tended to an injured pigeon. She was only 9 years old when she was exploring the rocks and mountains with her pup, Fifi. She laid her eyes on sad, lonely pigeon sitting on a rock. When she noticed it wasn't flying away, she approached it and knew immediately something was wrong. Young Jocelyn scurried to give the pigeon food and shelter. For a week, Jocelyn tended to the pigeon's wounds until it could finally fly again. Jocelyn was sad that she would never see this pigeon again, but felt joy after seeing the pigeon fly away. This brings her to her caring, and gentle approach with all of our patients here at CAH. Today, Jocelyn lives in Penngrove with Fifi, and recently adopted a Pit bull named Leelah from the Petaluma Animal Shelter. Jocelyn loves her job as a veterinary assistant, and is working towards her goal of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Rebecca is one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians, and has been in the veterinary career for 10 years. Most of her background is in emergency medicine, where she has experience working at Pet Care Emergency Center and Animal Care Center. She first became interested in this career because she was looking for any type of night job, and came across an opening at the emergency center in Santa Rosa. She quickly became fascinated, and ended up becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician through the state of Alaska. Then, she applied for her Registered Veterinary Technician. She has two cats at home named Apollo and Dash.
Erica grew up near Chicago and moved to the Bay Area right after graduating from school to become a Veterinary Technician, in 2012. She worked at the Marine Mammal Center helping to rehabilitate seals and sea lions for a little over a year prior to joining our team. Erica is excited to be applying for her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Clinical Practice this year.
We wanted to thank all of you for your kindness and help with our dog Joey. We only went into your office twice but everyone treated us like we had been there forever.
Wilda / Petaluma, CA