Medical DirectorLaura Searle-Barnes, BVetMed MRCVS
Welcome to NotJust4Paws, I am Dr. Laura Searle-Barnes and I grew up in a small rural village just North of London, United Kingdom, with my parents and younger brother. For me, it was less of a decision to become a veterinarian and more of a vocation, knowing from the age of 4, I wanted to be a veterinarian and was lucky to receive a place at the Royal Veterinary College, London, where I trained in both small and large animals and graduated in 2006.
I moved to the USA in 2006 where I worked in Seattle for 6 months and then back to the UK whilst waiting for a more permanent visa to return to California in 2008. In that time, I worked for the UKs largest charity (PDSA), helping families in need with their pets health concerns at the same time as gaining a wide range of surgical and emergency experience.
In my lifetime I have had quite the collection of pets: Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, Guinea pigs, chinchillas, chickens, ducks and a tortoise. I truly love all creatures great and small. I am lucky enough to now live on a ranch with my husband, Stephen, who has a degree in kinesiology and specializes in sports therapy massage (humans and horses), my daughter Lilly and son Logan. We have plenty going on to keep us busy!
Although I practice both medicine and surgery I do have a special interest in dentistry and attend as many outside classes on this topic as I can find! I also love working with rabbits, as growing up with them and coming from a country where they are the second most popular household pet, I miss seeing them, but am glad they are becoming more popular here in the United States.
Practice ownership has been a dream of mine for quite some time, though it has had its challenges due to the overwhelming corporate takeover in this profession. I consider myself very fortunate to have found Not Just 4 Paws. I intend for it to remain a family run friendly practice for years to come, and look forward to meeting each client and patient.
DrBrandi BognerAssociate Veterinarian
Welcome Dr. Bogner to the NJ4P family! Dr. Bogner is a California native and is originally from Santa Cruz, Ca. She is a graduate of Ross university class of January 2010 and attended her clinical year at Texas A&M. Prior to attending veterinary school. Dr. Bogner received a double bachelors from Cal Poly Pomona in Pre-Veterinary Science and Animal Health Science and completed one year as an intern at California Veterinary Specialists, San Diego. Knowing that she always wanted to be a veterinarian she has worked in the field since she was 17. She greatly enjoys the satisfaction of helping our furry family members feel better. Her special interests include internal medicine, dermatology and gastroenterology. In her free time she can be found spending time with her four cats and dog, named Loki.