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.
Dr Adriance 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 Adriance 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 Adriance 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).
Dr. Sasha Caudle is a Southern California Native and 2001 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing in Southern California for over 20 years. Dr. Caudle has spent the majority of her career working in shelter medicine. She is highly trained in soft-tissue surgery and has performed over 60,000 spays and neuters (and counting!). She has served as the lead veterinarian and expert witness on hundreds of animal cruelty and hoarding cases throughout Southern California. She is the Past-President and board member of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, served in the House of Delegates and held the position of House Speaker for the California Veterinary Medical Association, and served for 9 years as the private-practice representative for the nation on the Council of Research for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Caudle lives in Orange County with her husband and 5 children, 2 rescue Shih Tzus (Mamas and Fluffles), 1 rescue miniature Aussie (Luca) and a handful of tortoises and box turtles. Dr. Caudle and her family are avid soccer fans and can be frequently found waking up at the crack of dawn to watch their favorite team play! She also loves to sportfish, read books and cook in her spare time.
Not Just 4 Paws has some exciting news… Please help us welcome our new associate Dr. Armstrong. Dr. Armstrong was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Every job she ever had was working with animals in some shape or form – as a kennel attendant at a boarding facility, a pet care associate at a pet store, a dog sitter, and eventually a vet assistant for a general practice and overnight specialty hospital. In pursuit of her dream of becoming a veterinarian she completed her undergraduate degree in animal science with a minor in chemistry at Tennessee State University in 2012. She then attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine (MIZ, go Tigers!). Following vet school graduation in 2017, Dr. Armstrong furthered her training and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. At the conclusion of her internship, she stayed in Texas and was a general practitioner until 2021 when the U.S Army moved the Armstrong Family to southern California to continue her husband Zach’s military service. Dr. Armstrong’s medical interests include dentistry and oral surgery, challenging medicine cases, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and emergency medicine.
When not working, Dr. Armstrong enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their two basset hounds – Fred and Getty. In her little spare time she enjoys traveling, professional and college sports, listening to music (especially country music), cooking, exercising, and exploring her new surroundings in southern California.
Seth Mathus Ganz was born and raised in central New Jersey. He attended Lakewood High School, then went to Boston University and completed a B.S. in Biology. He spent a year after undergraduate in Boston as a Surgery Technician at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. Seth completed consecutive one-year rotating and surgical specialty internships at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. He completed a three-year Surgical Residency at Animal Referral Center Fox Valley in Appleton WI. He sat for his board examination in January 2011 and was Board-certified March 2011. Seth stayed on in Appleton as a staff surgeon for a year, followed by a year on staff at California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, CA. He was chief surgeon at Veterinary Specialty Hospital North County in San Marcos, CA from July 2012 until 2020.
Seth has performed thousands of surgeries, mentored over one hundred trainees, and lectured regularly to the referring veterinarian community. He has done locum work in Iowa, Colorado, Hawaii, and Los Angeles.
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 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 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 clients.
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.
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.
Brandi is a Registered Veterinary Technician that joined our team in June of 2022. She was born and raised in Southern California, attending Carrington College in Pomona, CA. She loves working with all clients and their fur babies, helping to build that special feeling here at NJ4P. She has 4 cats at home, Tinkerbell, Nightfury, Kreacher, Meowdith, and 1 dog Bandit. Outside of work she loves going on outdoor adventures with her husband and 2 kids.
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.
Mia joined the NJ4P team in September of 2022. She was born in East Los Angeles, and grew up in the South Crenshaw District/Eagle Rock area. Mia is a Registered Veterinary Technician who attended Mt. San Antonio College. She loves working with all animals but has a special interest in Exotics. Mia has 3 children and 5 dogs. When she isn't at NJ4P she enjoys the outdoors. She loves camping, snowboarding, and going to the beach and BigBear. She is also an athlete who enjoys all types of sports including kickboxing.
Krista is one of our veterinary assistant’s that joined the NJ4P team in August of 2021. She was born and raised in Menifee, California. She is currently studying at Platt College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She loves working with puppies and assisting the RVT’s and Doctor’s with procedures. Her favorite thing to do is assist with our critical patients and give them love and attention. She has a one year old German Shepherd Mix names Rowan. Outside of work she likes to go to the gym, go hiking, hang out with friends, eat, and sleep.
Makayla Jones started with NJ4P in September of 2021 as a Customer Service Representative. Makayla
was born and raised in Southern California. She has done some schooling at MSJC for veterinary
assistant. She loves to work with all animals but she has a favorite place in her heart for dogs (especially
the squishy face bulldogs and the not so squishy face dachshunds) She has always wanted to help
animals as far back as she can remember. She has two children that are her world, Reagan her daughter
and Reid her son. She has 4 fur pups, Reese, Roo, Patches, Chala and 1 fur kitty, Winston. Outside of
work she enjoys time with the family and having BBQ’s, playing games, and going to the river. She is
always on the go.
Allison joined the NJ4P team in August of 2022. She was born in Ohio but was raised in Murrieta, California. She received her certification from MSJC. She loves helping animals especially stray and homeless animals. She does have 3 fur babies at home, Lucky, Sidney, and Walter. When she isn't at NJ4P she enjoys rescuing animals, running, and bass fishing.
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