Our Team

When your pet needs care, we’re here to help. Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic is staffed by a team of nurturing professionals, committed to the health and wellness of animals. We are dedicated providers of wellness care, preventative medicine, internal medicine, and more.

Client Service Representatives

Vanessa Evans

Vanessa at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CA

Vanessa may think of Paris (Texas) fondly but has found a home here in SLO with her family and dogs. By day our eagle eye ensures the accuracy of our client service operations while by night this mother of two battles it out in a competitive roller derby team. Ask “She Wolf” about her signature she-howl!

Amanda Steinbach

Amanda at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CA

Mandy was born and raised in Santa Maria. Her passion for helping owners with their pets is what lead her to join us here at Central Coast as a receptionist in late November of 2016. In her spare time she likes to visit new places, take photographs and be outdoors.

Brittney Vanderzanden

Brittney at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CABrittney isn’t shy of regaling you with stories about Embarrass, Minnesota and all of the piglets met there. Brittney finds all animals enjoyable but has a soft spot in her heart for red colored dogs. Brittney loves Jon Favreau movies and can recite Swingers in its entirety. Just ask the next time you see her!

Registered Veterinary Techicians

Amy Rice, RVT Manager

Amy at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CAAmy is a SLO native and one of the foundations that this hospital has been built on. She earned her master’s degree in Agricultural Science from Texas A&M. She is intelligent, compassionate, and a model for all our employees. In her spare time Amy makes some of the most amazing jams one has ever tasted.

Gabby Collins, LVT

Gabby at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CA

As a local girl, Gabby can tell you all about the veterinary community in SLO. Gabby is a longtime technician with a skillset to match. She and her husband, a technician/office manager at a nearby veterinary clinic help increase the quality of veterinary care to our tight-knit community. As a mother, wife and RVT Gabby somehow finds the time to ply her love of botany growing oversized pumpkins (243 lbs!!) and desert willows.

Barbara Culbertson, RVT

Barbara at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CA

Barbara is one of the original Central Coast Employees. There isn’t an emergency condition she hasn’t treated. Not only is she a warm, personable and incredible talented RVT, but also an expert marksman and Harley rider.

Shannon Glines, RVT

Shannon at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CA

Born and raised in SLO county, Shannon has returned after managing a veterinary facility in San Diego. Shannon graduated from Penn Foster with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Shannon has worked in the veterinary field for many years as well as work as an animal control officer. On her days off Shannon enjoys days at the beach with her two dogs, Crumpet a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Luna, a Miniature Longhaired Dachshund and home DIY projects.

Kate Hansen, RVT

Kate at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CA

Kate is a long time Central Coast employee who also works at Woods Humane society. A mother of the sweetest boy, Evan, Kate also parents tarantulas to which she says, “They’re misunderstood pets that are highly trainable!” Her time in Hot Coffee, Mississippi is one of the many reasons that she drinks as much tea as she does.

Veterinary Assistants

Brittani Boora

Brittany at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CABrittani, a born and bred Washingtonian is finishing up her studies at Cal Poly where she plans on entering the veterinary field. Brittani used to enjoy competitive running before a series of bizarre injuries left her able only to walk briskly. Brittani is thinking of performing in the competitive walking circuit after graduation.

Sophia Chavez

Sophia at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CASophia Chavez is finishing her Animal Science degree with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to working at Central Coast Pet Hospital and Emergency Clinic, she was an equine veterinary technician at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, working mostly with neonatal intensive care patients in an ER / hospital setting. Saving animals has been Sophia’s dream since before she can remember, and working at CCPEC is helping her reach her dreams of becoming a veterinarian. In her spare time she likes to ride her horse and spend time with her family and dogs.

Ally Christian

Ally at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CAAlly enjoys all things Corgi related. She has a sassy one named Penelope that loves being rubbed by everyone. Ally embodies the principle of grace under fire. Our patients have all benefited from her knowledgeable abilities. Ally enjoys spending time with her miniature bull and is studying the original languages. Specifically, Aramaic, Sanskrit, & Tamil.

Emily Gardner

Emily at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CAIf you ask Emily about Why, Arizona, she’d say, why not Arizona?! After moving to the Central Coast after spending her formative years as a semi-professional juggler Emily enrolled at Cal Poly with aspirations of veterinary school. Emily is as passionate about Italian history as she is juggling. Emily has no pets currently but is excited about moving into a home that allows Vietnamese pot bellied pigs.

Gregory Frisch

Gregory at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CAOur overnight emergency assistant from New Jersey, Greg brings a lifetime of veterinary specialty experience to our hospital. Greg’s work on the east coast with: neurologists, internists and oncologists gave him a wealth of experience, making him an invaluable member of our team. Greg enjoys building high-end super computers and off-roading in his truck. And yes, he will give you tips on how to grow the beard of your dreams.

Sasha Magana

Sasha at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CAA natural talent in the emergency room and nearby surgical clinic, Central Coast will be sponsoring Sasha enrollment into a veterinary technician program to gain her RVT credentials. Since childhood Sasha knew that she would dedicate her life to animals. After a short stint working with crocodiles Sasha decided to enter into work with companion animals. In her free time Sasha enjoys high-altitude sky diving (record 37,000 ft).

Abby Nemeth

Abby at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CAAbby has the most incredible stories of Big Arm, Montana. She fell in love with animals ever since she was exactly four years old and will let you know *precisely* why. Abby brings a wonderful obsessive compulsiveness into everything she does. When she’s not at work Abby enjoys arranging things by size, then color.

Savannah Pruitt

Savannah at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CA

Savannah currently is a fourth year animal science student at Cal Poly. She plans on attending veterinary school in the future to peruse her passion for emergency medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and spending time with her cat Coopernicus.

Sarah Snow

Sarah at Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic in Arroyo Grande, CA

A Cal Poly Animal Science major, Sarah is nearing graduation and preparing for the crucible of vet school admissions. Originally an avid swing dancer that shares her love of moving to country music with her boyfriend, Sarah and her recently adopted Chihuahua/Yorkie/Pug/Lhasa Apso mix, “Bourbon” have recently begun training to enter into the world of canine freestyle dance. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Sarah plans on at least getting medaled in the 2018 Dogdancing World Championship.