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 Evans, Client Service Representative at Arroyo Grande Animal Hospital

Vanessa started at CCPEC in late September of 2016. She worked at Caring Hands Pet Clinic in Santa Maria as a receptionist/veterinary assistant in 2013 for two years and then from there worked as an account coordinator & front desk agent at Holiday Inn in 2015 until we acquired her here at CCPEC. Vanessa is one of our receptionists and enjoys what she does.

On her days off she loves spending time with her family and playing roller derby. Along with her daughter Carrera and son Valor she has three furbabies; a labrador mix named Zoee, a pitbull mix named Paximus(Pax) and a jack russell named Tank.

Registered Veterinary Techicians

Amy Rice - RVT Manager

Team Member at Arroyo Grande Animal HospitalAmy has been caring for animals for as long as she can remember and entered the veterinary field after graduating with a Bachelors of Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She also earned a Masters of Agriculture with a specialization in Agriculture Education and Program Development through Texas A&M University. Her veterinary experience ensures that your pet's surgical procedures and skilled nursing requirements are attended to with the level of care your beloved family member deserves. She has been licensed as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) since 1998.

Barbara Culbertson

Barbara Culbertson, RVT at Arroyo Grande Animal HospitalBarbara is a Southern California girl who moved here to the Central Coast via Kentucky, and she is so very glad to be back on the West Coast. Barbara passed the California Animal Health Technician Board Test in 1987 and has enjoyed many years working as an emergency veterinary technician in Southern California. Barbara received an associate degree in Medical Massage from Kentucky in 2011. While in Kentucky she worked with Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds at the Kentucky Horse Park and also worked with the Keeneland Thoroughbred Sales. This experience has caused a desire to pursue a certification in Hyperbarics for equine and small animal rehabilitation.

Barbara enjoys kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing and camping. She recently discovered the pleasures of horse camping in Montana de Oro with her trusty gelding, Cowboy. Barbara currently has an 11-year-old cat Symphony with two dogs; an 8-year old-Brittany named Sparkles and Butch, a 6-year-old boxer, with Buster, an 11-year-old lab mix and Belle and 10-year-old Cataloula mix house cousins.

Kate Hanson

Kaye Hanson, RVT at Arroyo Grande Animal HospitalBio coming soon!

Veterinary Assistants

Sophia Chavez

Sophia Chavez, Veterinary Technician at Arroyo Grande Animal HospitalSophia Chavez is currently a fourth year Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to working at Central Coast Pet Hospital and Emergency Clinic, Sophia 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 similar to that of CCPEC. Saving animals has been a dream of Sophia’s since before she can remember, and working at CCPEC is helping her reach her dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian. In her spare time she likes to ride her horse, spend time with her family and dogs, and explore the great outdoors.

Gregory Frisch

Gregory Frisch, Veterinary Technician at Arroyo Grande Animal HospitalGregory was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. Received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Grove City College. Recently he relocated to San Luis Obispo for the beautiful weather and lack of snow! Had previous been working at Animal Emergency and Referral Associates in Fairfield, NJ for 6 years as the Head Neurology Technician. Joined CCPEC early September 2016. Outside of work, he enjoys downtown SLO, heading to the beach, and working on his car.