Laura Searle-Barnes BVetMed MRCVSMedical Director
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 sons Logan and Louie. 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.
Your pet is a part of our family. Not Just 4 Paws Animal Hospital is a family owned business and it is important that you know we are committed to providing your pet with the absolute best in veterinary care.
Lindsay Hall DVMAssociate Veterinarian
Not Just 4 Paws has some exciting news… Please help us welcome our new associate Dr Lindsay Hall! Dr Hall is a California native and grew up in Northern San Diego County. Like most veterinarians, she knew that she wanted to help advocate for our furry family members from as far back as she can remember. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. John’s University in New York, and then went on to attend veterinary school at UC Davis (frequently deemed the worlds number one veterinary school), where she specialized in Equine and Companion animal medicine. Upon graduating in 2016, she went on to work at a mixed practice where she developed a soft spot for small ruminant medicine (goats, alpacas, and other camelids) as well as growing her interest in wellness and preventative care and caring for senior pets. She has worked on some interesting animals including Zebras!
Dr Hall has her own family of pets including Bolt – a 9 year old Pittie mix, Peanut – a 3 year old Calico cat, Asia- an adult Siamese and Sebastian – a 6 year old Thoroughbred gelding and she recently got engaged to her fiancé Ian, and is working in her spare time to organize their wedding in January 2022. She has two brothers and her immediate family lives in San Diego.
Dr Hall is an avid horse rider and competes with Sebastian in the hunter/jumper circuit when able. She also coaches soccer goalkeepers at the high school level using her goalkeeping experience from when she played division 1 college soccer in undergrad.
Here at NJ4P we are so excited to bring her on board as she brings an entirely new and exciting dynamic to the clinic, enabling us to now not only help our cats and dogs, but also take care of some of our client’s small ruminants (goats etc).
Stephen DouglasChief Operations Officer
Stephen works in the back office and from remote locations. He can occasionally be spotted out front or helping with larger breed dogs. If you ever want to say hi, he will make time for anyone. Born in Laguna Niguel, he is a 3rd generation Californian with deep roots in the USA. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BSc in Kinesiology in 2006 and has extensive training in massage therapy with a specialty in Equine Massage. As an animal lover and devoted father of 3 beautiful children, he spends his free time caring for his menagerie of animals - horses, dogs, cats, saltwater reef, chickens, and a turkey. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors and loves to surf, Snowboard, and do anything in nature. As a stay at home father, he had the opportunity to watch the children grow and change, for which he is very grateful and proud.
Crista WilliamsHospital Manager
Crista is our NJ4P Hospital Manager. She came onboard our team in January of 2021. She enjoys working with the staff and clients to ensure everyone is treated courteously and receives the highest level of professionalism and care. With over 20 years of managerial experience, she hopes to assist with growing NJ4P into newer heights. She has 6 fur babies at home, 2 pit bulls (Chaz and Ryder) and 4 cats (Duke, Chappy, Whiskers, and Cheetah) as well as 6 children. When she isn’t working, she enjoys her family time and trips to Lake Havasu (her happy place).
Rosemary ParadisPractice Administrator
Rosemary joined NJ4P in 2019. She has worked in
the veterinary field for 30+ years. In that time, she
has worked as a CSR getting to know clients and
their pet’s. Pharmacy and Inventory Management
growing her understanding of what is needed to
keep a hospital flowing with essentially needed
daily supplies. Staff Management / Supervisor,
working closely with staff to be able to better serve
both staff, and management on what is needed to
succeed for each individual member and the
hospital. Practice Manager, putting together all the
knowledge and experience she has learned
through her career to best serve the patients,
clients, staff, management and practice owners to
help build a practice that offers the best to their
Rosemary moved out of State in early 2019 but
continues to work for NJ4P remotely as our
Practice Administrator. As the Practice
Administrator she advises and supports
Management and staff on need hospital projects
and issues. Rosemary deeply enjoys Inventory
Management and all that it involves, therefor she
also continues to do the purchasing for NJ4P.
Rosemary enjoys spending time with her family
and their pets in their home in Mississippi, and
everything volleyball. She says it is green, green,
green there, and many places to hike.
Nicholas JenkinsTechnician Lead
Nick is our Technician Lead, he joined our team in April of 2019. He was born and primarily raised in San Diego County. He attended Platt College and is currently waiting to take his RVT licensing exam. Nick is amazing with all of our clients and he has a special interest in Radiology. Nicholas has 2 dogs (Claire and Karai), 2 cats (Leo and Gremlin), and lots of fish tanks. Outside of work he enjoys breeding different types of freshwater fish.
Candy EstevezRegistered Veterinary Technician
Candy is a Registered Veterinary Technician who joined our team in October 2020. She was born and raised in Southern California. Candy is currently pursuing her BS in Zoology and working with exotics and neonates are her specialty. She is her happiest when a reptile or chicken is brought into NJ4P. She has 3 fur babies at home, Taco, Bell, and Kitty. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys playing video games, writing, cross stitching, and watching documentaries.
Shalee BulisRegistered Veterinary Technician
Shalee is a Registered Veterinary Technician that joined our team in May of 2020. She was born in raised in Southern California and attended Platt College in Riverside, CA. Working with patients and creating that everlasting bond with clients is one of her favorite things. Shalee has a special interest in Dentistry, Zoology, and emergency cases. She has 5 pets at home, Nikki, Ryleigh, Koda, Lenard, and Whiskey. Outside of work she loves to attend Country concerts, camping, and going to lakes and mountains. Although her favorite activity outside of NJ4P is sleeping.
Lori OldfieldRegistered Veterinary Technician
Lori is a Registered Veterinary Technician who joined our team in January 2021. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended RVT school in Garden Grove, CA. Lori loves working with cats and Pit Bulls. She has 2 children and 4 cats at home. Lori loves veterinary medicine and prides herself on her ability to help animals.
Debra SantangeloRoom Technician
Debra is a Room Technician, who joined our team in January of 2018. She came to us with 30 years of experience in the Veterinary world. Debra enjoys radiology and is one of our biggest promoters of preventative care for all of our patients. She has two wonderful children and 3 grandchildren. When she isn’t spending time with her family she enjoys the great outdoors, hiking, and anything to do with nature.
Sarah MorrisonCertified Veterinary Assistant
Sarah is a Certified Veterinary Assistant who joined our team in October 2019. She was born and raised in Canyon Lake, CA. She attended Platt College where she received her Certification and when asked what her favorite part of her job was, she said “seeing all the patients and building a bond with them and their families.” Sarah also loves being a part of the surgical team. Sarah has one dog named Kalani, who she rescued from the shelter. When Sarah is not at NJ4P she is actively off-roading in her Jeep and riding horses.
Melinda DavisLead Customer Service Representative
Melinda joined NJ4P in 2019 as our Lead CSR, and we are delighted to have her. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and began working in the veterinary field by volunteering her time at a local Humane Society in Glendale, CA in 1998, which is when she decided Veterinary medicine was where she wanted to remain. She has developed her skills as an Assistant Manager and CSR for the Humane Society, with a little technician work along the way. Melinda has three cats, Bighead, Lucy, and Lily, and a little Chihuahua Challa, and a fish. All of which are rescues and have found their forever home with her and her family. Melinda likes spending time with her children, grandbaby and animals. She enjoys hiking, sketching, reading and watching documentaries.
Isabella DeMartinoCustomer Service Representative
Isabella is a Customer Service Representative who joined our team in February 2021. Isabella was born and primarily raised in Los Angeles County except for her stint in Florida. She loves meeting all our adorable patients and their owners. She would like to become a Veterinary Technician in the future, and she enjoys helping the technicians out when she can. Isabella has a Pit Bull named Molly and when she is not here at NJ4P she is out hiking, watching movies, or eating way too much ice cream.
Kristi RichardsCustomer Service Representative
Kristi is a Customer Service Representative who joined our team in February 2021. Kristi was born and raised in Los Angeles County. Although she loves all our clients, the exotic clients are her favorites. Our clients are a priority to her, and she always wants to help them anyway she can. When younger she would wake up early on the weekends and watch animal documentaries. She has a beautiful daughter and when she is not at NJ4P she spends all her time with her daughter and sometimes fits in a little cross-stitch, crocheting, and reads true crime and mystery novels.