Staff

  • Dr.
    Joni Samuels, Founder

    Dr. Joni is originally from the Midwest but has lived in the Santa Ynez Valley since 1979. She is a 1977 graduate of Michigan State University. She founded Buellton Veterinary Clinic in 1981 with just one part time employee and has watched it grow into the full service hospital it is today. Although she remains the business manager of the clinic, Dr. Joni is looking at “semi-retirement” and works only 1-2 days a week, mostly in the business office. She is eternally grateful to all the clients over the last 40 years who have entrusted her and the clinic staff with their pet’s well-being.

  • Dr.
    Diana Bochenski, Veterinarian

    Dr. Diana graduated from Colorado State University in 1986 and has been an intricate part of Buellton Veterinary Clinic for over 30 years. She is fully certified in homeopathic veterinary care as well as being an experienced practitioner in conventional western medicine. Dr. Diana’s calm demeanor and depth of experience makes her a favorite among clients. She has recently purchased a small travel van that will allow her to take some time off to travel. 

  • Dr.
    Mary Margaret Gross, Veterinarian

    Dr. Gross graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. After practicing for 22 years in Las Vegas, she is happy to join the BVC family in 2019. She continues to expand her knowledge and understanding of veterinary medicine, including alternative approaches. She feels comfortable in either the exam room or surgery room. Outside the office, she enjoys doing sports with her dog, 'Justy', reading, hiking and watching movies.

  • Dr.
    Elizabeth Ley, DVM

    Dr. Liz Ley has been working off and on for BVC since 2013 while pursuing some advanced training in Veterinary Dentistry. She has returned to BVC in 2020 on a more permanent basis and we are glad to have her! She is a 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University and is comfortable in both the exam and surgery rooms but obviously prefers the dental suite. She enjoys long walks on the beach with her handsome and goofy Doberman, 'Jedi'

  • Stacie Morris, Bed & Breakfast Boarding Staff

    Stacie has been a part of BVC’s Bed and Breakfast team since 1992. Her compassion and love for animals appears so natural that the work doesn’t even seem to be an equation - although we do appreciate the fact that she is a bit of a “neat freak”. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking and all things leading to a healthy life style.

  • Julie Esola, Groomer
    Julie, our Senior Groomer has been working at Buellton Veterinary Clinic since 1995 and has earned an excellent reputation for her work. She has over 20 years experience grooming animals in addition to having worked as a veterinary technician. She is also a Behavior Certified Companion Animal Hygienist and is our resident puppy trainer. Julie has completed advanced training in behavior issues and is also available for consultations
  • Rosey Solis, Client Care Representative
    Rosey has been with Buellton Veterinary Clinic since April 2003. She previously worked as a pharmacy technician and medical records clerk. She is a very significant reason for our exceptional front office staff and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Rosey spends most of her free time with her family and doing activities with her daughter.
  • Brianne Gonzales, Client Care Representative

    Brianne has worked in the veterinary field since 2001. She joined the Buellton Veterinary Clinic in February of 2005. In the time that Brianne has been with BVC, we have watched her develop her knowledge and skills both in customer service and product knowledge. In her spare time she is also involved with C.A.R.E. 4 Paws,  an active advocate for reducing overpopulation of animals. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog Lemmy.

  • Patricia McSorley, Grooming Assistant, Bed & Breakfast Boarding Staff
    Patricia has been with BVC since August 2011. Her love for animals makes her a valuable asset to our team. Not only does she assist in grooming she also assists in boarding where she makes sure the pets are happy and healthy. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 15 years. In her spare time she enjoys camping and running with her dogs.
  • Charlene Guerra, Bed & Breakfast Boarding Staff

    BVC’s Bed and Breakfast team had the pleasure of adding Charlene in 2011. Charlene’s initial goal was to add some work experience to her college education but we grew on her and she has become a long-term employee. She studied Animal Biology at UC Davis with an emphasis on infectious diseases and wildlife. Charlene spends her spare time with her husband, their dog “Charlie” and cat “Mimi”. She enjoys reading, hiking, gaming and nature watching.

  • Sarah Johnson, Grooming Assistant

    Sarah joined BVC in September 2015. She has been working with animals since she was in high school. Sarah has been trained by Julie (our Senior Groomer) and has recently started doing haircuts on dogs she hopes one day to have just as many satisfied clients as Julie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and pets.

  • Tayler Burns, Technician

    Tayler joined Buellton Vet in June 2017. She has her vet tech certification and is currently working on her RVT. She spends her spare time with her husband and four legged kids. Tayler loves to bake and fortunately for the BVC gang we get to be her guinea pigs!!

  • Rayna Harris, Grooming Assistant

    Rayna joined Buellton Vet in January 2018. Grooming is her passion, she has been doing this for over 3 years. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, music and cuddling with her cat 'Milo'.

  • Araceli Razo, Bed & Breakfast Boarding Staff, Technician Assistant

    Araceli  joined Buellton Veterinary Clinic in August 2018. Araceli is working on obtaining all her pre-requisites to transfer to a university in hopes of someday applying to veterinary school.  Her time off is spent with her boyfriend, twin daughters, and dog named 'Koko'. 

  • Sandra Hecker, Registered Veterinary Technician

    Sandra joined Buellton Veterinary Clinic in December 2018. She comes to us with 12 years of veterinary technician experience. Sandra completed the alternate route program at Allan Hancock and in 2017 she passed her board exam to become a licensed RVT. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and three dogs, 'Oz' 'Lucy', and 'Roscoe'. 

  • Michelle Cardenas, Technicinan

    Michelle joined BVC in March 2019. She is currently working on her RVT license, hoping to sit for the exam in the near future. Michelle enjoys traveling, sightseeing, spending time with family, her 3 dogs 'Lolli', 'Charlie' and 'Penelope' and her Bird 'Rita'. 

  • Bronte Patterson, Technician

    Bronte joined Buellton Veterinary Clinic November 2019 as a Veterinary Technician. She has 6 years of experience in the Veterinary field. In her free time, she loves painting, drawing and most of all spending time with her daughter. Her future goals are becoming a Forensic Science Technician.

  • Luis De la Cruz, Technician Assistant

    Luis joined Buellton Veterinary Clinic this year as Technician Assistant. He has completed the Registered Veterinary Technician Alternate Route Program at Allan Hancock College and is working towards taking the Exam to be an RVT. He is also working on a Bachelors in biology. In his free time he likes spending time with family and his two dogs Charlie and Coco. 

  • Rosemary Gutierrez, Receptionist

    Rosemary Joined Buellton Veterinary Clinic this year as a Receptionist. She has customer service experience in the hotel industry. She has used all her experience and transitioned smoothly into the Veterinary field. She loves to try new foods, drawing/painting, skateboarding, and watching movies. She hopes to one day hold an art show and write a full-length screenplay or sitcom. Her dream pet is owning a Bull Terrier.