OUR TEAM

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Veterinarians

MEET OUR CARING TEAM!

As La Quinta’s only boutique veterinary practice, our goal is to not just meet, but exceed your expectations in caring for your cat, dog, or exotic pet.

Dr. Kathryn Carlson, DVM

Dr. Carlson's Bio

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Education: UC Davis 1991

I Am a Vet Because…I love interacting with my patients and their significant others. Keeping that bond connected is my life’s passion.

My Favorite Part of the Workday is… When I see a new pet from a previous client whose pet has passed. The happiness is so contagious.

What Inspires Me… The strength and purpose of the Human-Animal Bond. The feeling I get when it is obvious I made a pet or client happy! Also, the satisfaction of solving a hard case after hours of hands-on medicine, client education, and referral consultation.

The Pet I Will Never Forget… Stevie Wonder; a 6 week old Blind Doxie puppy that I was supposed to euthanize, and instead was able to pick from half a dozen other clients wanting the precious pup. He lived a long happy life.

I Could Not Do My Job Without… My clients and staff. They are the real heroes.

Things I Value Most… Honest communication, my clients that understand how hard this profession is and the hard work that goes into saving lives and stamping out disease.

Something People Don’t Know About Me… I am a certified Reiki practitioner, I am a rabid baseball fan, and I LOVE Country western music!

I Relax By… Reading on my front porch with my dogs, and spending quality time in Montana with friends.

Dr. Allison Bradshaw, DVM

Dr. Bradshaw's Bio

Hometown: Wichita, KS. Home of the Shockers, the River Festival, and Kirstie Alley.

Education: Kansas State University – no not the Jayhawks, the other one. Go Wildcats!

I Am A Vet Because… I used to collect all the baby birds in the neighborhood and try to save them. This inspired the passion to work with animals according to my parents. This career gives me the opportunity to work with 2 things I love- animals and people.

My Favorite Part of the Workday is… First thing in the morning. I am a morning person and get most things accomplished early in the day. But in this profession, there are always interesting cases and fun clients to talk to so our days go by very fast.

What Inspires Me… I am inspired daily by a few things. One is the happy and fun nature of animals, sometimes despite bad things happening to them. The other is my technicians- they are all very hard working and dedicated to their jobs. They get into the field because they love animals, and stay in the field because they love the bond they create with their owners too.

The Pet I Will Never Forget…My very first dog ever, Bonnie. She also happened to be my very first patient when I graduated from vet school. She had distemper and her owner did not want her after she was healed from her pneumonia. She was my buddy and running partner for 13 years. She loved everyone and was the happiest dog.

I Could Not Do My Job Without… My dog Stevie comes to work with me every day- he is a great work buddy. Also the support staff at work. It would be impossible to do my job without them. From the reception staff to boarding- they are great!

Things I Value Most… These are the intangible things- my fiance, Andre, his daughter Gloria who is 11 years old, my family, and our dog Stevie.

Something People Don’t Know About Me… What relaxes me is exercise. I make time almost every day to run or go hiking. Also, I have been a vegetarian for over 2 years. Don’t get me wrong though- I love chocolate and watching TV too:)

I Relax By… Running, hiking, reading, and spending time with my fiance and his daughter.

Dr. David Jeffrey, BSc, BVMS

Dr. Jeffrey's Bio

I’m originally a South African immigrant into the US but I grew up in Southern California. I got my veterinary degree in Western Australia and while there I had some amazing opportunities to work with native wildlife and companion exotics. During my 5 years in Australia, I worked as a SCUBA instructor during the summer and whale shark swim/dive tour guide during the winter. I love all water sports and I have some experience and interest in fish medicine. I am also a licensed venomous snake handler and have experience with venomous snake surgery and medicine.

 Hometown: Lake Forest CA

Education: BS University of California Irvine

BSc BVMS Murdoch University in Western Australia

 I Am a Vet Because…Unfortunately, there can only ever be one David Attenborough. Growing up I always wanted to be a zoologist traveling the globe and making documentaries on all the amazing critters from the depths of the sea to the deepest jungles. My love of anatomy and biology in high school placed me on the path to study human medicine but fortunately, I saw the light and after my first shift cleaning out kennels at a vet hospital I was hooked.

 My Favorite Part of the Workday is...The initial excitement and anticipation of looking at my appointment list first thing in the morning. What old friends will I be seeing today? What new friends will I be making? What interesting cases will I be seeing?

 What Inspires Me...Any of the numerous and amazing people out there working toward improving animal welfare and health.

The Pet I will never forget…Bo the Columbian red-tailed boa constrictor was my first pet that I hadn’t caught in my parents’ backyard. I wasn’t allowed to have a dog, so when I was ten my father brought home a little baby snake that I instantly fell in love with. Since then I’ve kept numerous varieties of snakes, lizards, fish, cats, and of course my two wonderful little dogs.

 I could not do my job without...The love and support of my amazing wife and family, and the assistance of my talented colleagues.

Things I value most…The opportunity to work in a field that I love and that I find so rewarding.

Something people don’t know about me...I was born in South Africa, I’m a certified SCUBA instructor, I’m a licensed venomous snake handler, and I used to sing in a band.

I Relax By…The happiest place on earth for me is at least 60 feet under the sea…either that or relaxing on a white sand beach after the dive

Dr. Rachael Jeffrey, BSc, DVMS

Dr. Jeffrey's Bio
Dr. Rachael Jeffrey started in the veterinary field after graduating with a Bachelors Degree from UC Irvine. She worked as a Veterinary Technician until she went on to attend Vet School at Murdoch University Veterinary School in Perth, Australia. She lived in Australia with her husband for 5 years, then moved back to the U.S. shortly after graduating. After returning to the U.S., she moved to the Coachella Valley area with her husband and has worked in the area ever since. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.

Dr. Norm Smith, DVM

Dr. Smith's Bio

Dr. Smith is a native Southern Californian who was raised in the desert since he was four years old. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly-Pomona and graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary of Medicine with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1987. Compelled to serve the desert communities which he had grown to love, Dr. Smith returned to start an ambulatory equine practice in 1990. Within two years the practice expanded into a small animal and equine practice in the High Desert. After building a large and successful practice, the time came to move on and he sold it in 2017. In late 2018, he began working at Village Park Animal Hospital and therein has found a very comfortable and compatible environment alongside the caring, knowledgeable and skilled doctors and support staff of this excellent animal hospital.
Time away from the practice finds Dr. Smith flying his airplane, enjoying watersports, Jeeping, hiking and traveling. These activities are shared with his family and close friends. Spending quality time with his family is of the utmost importance.

Motivated by lifelong compassion toward and connection with animals, he feels that his calling in his chosen profession is to be a “voice for the voiceless” and to strive toward effectively communicating the daily needs and struggles of animals to their human companions. He is dedicated to a lifelong commitment to delivering high quality and compassionate veterinary medicine and surgery to his voiceless patients.

Coordinators & Management

MJ

Registered Veterinary Technician & Surgery Coordinator

Michelle

Registered Veterinary Technician & Treatment Department Manager 

Gaby

Assistant Reception Manager & Insurance Coordinator

JT

AquaPaws Managing Technician

Vanessa

Pharmacy Manager

Shelley

Boarding & Grooming Manager

Tina

Administrative Assistant

Technical Staff

Yathira

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kristine

Registered Veterinary Technician

Stacie

Veterinary Assistant

Amber

Treatment Floor Manager/Veterinary Assistant

Alissa

Veterinary Assistant

Kim

Veterinary Assistant

Melissa

Veterinary Assistant

Tara

Veterinary Assistant

Adolfo

Pharmacy Assistant

Marina

Treatment Team Assistant

Stephanie

Surgery Assistant

Office Staff

Elke

Receptionist

Bambi

Receptionist

Kay

Receptionist

Alicia "Zachy"

Receptionist

Chris

Facility Maintenance & Boarding Staff

Tatum

AquaPaws Assistant / Receptionist

Sharon

Receptionist

Jed

Facility Special Projects

Boarding & Grooming

Jerel

Bather

Veronica

Boarding Attendant

Karissa

Groomer

Rhiannon

Groomer

Carla

Groomer

Maria

Groomer

Lindsay

Boarding Attendant

Vanessa

Boarding Attendant

Missy

Boarding Attendant

Come See Us!

Weekdays

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Contact Us

Phone

760-564-3833

Fax

760-564-6513

Address

51230 Eisenhower Dr.
La Quinta, CA, 92253

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