Our Staff

  • Laura Searle-Barnes BVetMed MRCVS
    Medical 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.

  • Lindsey Hall DVM
    Associate 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 Douglas
    Chief 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 Williams
    Hospital 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 Paradis
    Practice 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.

  • Shalee Bulis
    Technician Lead

    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. 

  • Melinda Davis
    Lead 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.  

  • Candy Estevez
    Registered 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.

  • Kelsey Hansen
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kelsey Hansen became part of the NJ4P family in June of 2021.  She was born and raised in California and grew up in Hemet.  She went to Penn Foster and one of her favorite things to do are pet dentals.  She really loves our smoosh face patients.  She thrives in helping new pet parents with questions and concerns. She also has a special interest in Radiology.  When Kelsey isn't working, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with her fur babies, Ozzy and Penny (Boston Terriers) and Rocco (Pug).

  • Debra Santangelo
    Room 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 Morrison
    Certified 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.

  • Sara Lange
    Customer Service Representative

    Sara is one of our Customer Service Representatives that joined the NJ4P team in August of 2021.  She was born and raised in Virginia Beach,  Virginia.  She has traveled all over the United States with her husband who proudly served in the Coast Guard. Sara has always wanted to become a veterinary technician and will be looking into going back to school in 2022. She enjoys interacting with our clients and their fur babies. It makes her happy to know that she works for a hospital that does cares for each and everyone of their patients. Sara has an adorable black and white cat named moo cow and a sweet puppy,  Cutter, who recently crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  Outside of work  she spends time with her daughter and husband and loves to play video games.  She says “ I am a big nerd when it comes to my favorite movies.”.  

  • Krista Meza
    Veterinary Assistant

    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. 

  • Alyssa Gamwell
    Veterinary Assistant.

    Alyssa Gamwell started with NJ4P in September of 2021 as a Veterinary Assistant. Alyssa was born and
    raised in Riverside, California. She has done some schooling at Carrington College. Her favorite types of
    patients are felines, and she loves to help the kittens that come in. She has a special interest in
    phlebotomy. She has a ragdoll named Aubrey and in her free time she loves to hike, bake, and paint.


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Canyon Lake Office


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Closing early New Years eve and Christmas eve 2:00pm