Kristen Timmermans

Head Registered Veterinary Technician

Hi I’m Kristen and I’m a Registered Veterinary Technician at Pawsh Place. I attended Carrington College and received my Associate’s Degree in science and have 3 years’ experience in the vet field. I find it very fulfilling helping animals and love being a pet care provider. I was born and raised in Vacaville and have a 3 year old fur baby named Riley. In my free time, I like to get outdoors and go hiking or fishing with my boyfriend and friends. I’m very proud to be a part of a team that cares so much about our local pet community and am excited to see where my career leads to as part of the Pawsh family!

Alicia Kelley

Registered Veterinary Technician

Alicia has been with Pawsh Place since January 1st, 2015, but has worked in the veterinary field for 15 years. She attended Western Career College’s Veterinary Technology program and graduated in June 2003. Alicia has a passion for canine and feline dentistry and educating clients on the importance of dental health. She also has special interests in birds and other exotics. Alicia will always go the extra mile to give her clients and patients the care they deserve.

Alicia is a mother of two children. Aidan who is 10 years old and Kennedy who is 6 years old. Both are animal lovers, like their mother. They have a house complete with three dogs, three cats, one Russian tortoise, and two angel fish. Alicia was formerly on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Poodle Rescue and enjoys rescuing and fostering animals in need. She also enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, and crafts.

Tiffany Mestas

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hi my name is Tiffany! I’m a Registered Veterinary Technician at Pawsh Place and have been in the veterinary medicine industry for over 12 years. I have worked in multiple specialty and emergency clinics throughout my veterinary history including the Small Animal Nursing Department at UC Davis.

When I am not at Pawsh, I enjoy spending time with my family, dogs, cats and horses. I regularly compete in competitions and horse shows, while also giving riding lessons. One of my greatest passions includes the Spay and Neuter Clinic that I began in July of 2016 for feral cats throughout Solano County. In just one year we have successfully spayed and neutered 1,017 cats in our community and look forward to these numbers growing in the future.

I love working for Pawsh because of how community driven the entire organization is and the helpful and supportive environment that has been created by each staff member. I look forward to coming to work each day and helping you with any and all pet care needs.

Caitlin Arie-Donch

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hi, my name is Caitlin and I am a registered veterinary technician at Pawsh Place. I received my Associates Degree in veterinary technology from Cosumnes River College and got my RVT license in April of 2017. I have always loved animals. I grew up with 2 dogs, a guinea pig and an iguana, but it was not until I was in middle school and started volunteering at the Marin Humane Society that I knew I wanted to work with animals. I looked at all the different animal careers and decided I wanted to be a vet tech. I love being able to help animals and being able to send them home better than when they came in. Earlier this year I got to volunteer at a spay and neuter clinic in Mexico helping Mexican citizens spay and neuter their dogs and cats at no cost to them to help reduce the population of cats and dogs. It was a great learning experience for me.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, hanging out with friends and my boyfriend. I love how everyone is so passionate about their jobs at Pawsh and truly loves animals. We are a great team and everyone works together to help each other and the patients out. As one of the newer members to the Pawsh family I look forward to getting to know everyone better and growing as a vet tech.

Marisa Dallas

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hi! My name is Marisa and I’m a veterinary assistant here at Pawsh. I completed the Veterinary Technology program at Carrington College, have been working as a vet assistant for the last 3 years and am now working toward becoming an RVT. Eventually I plan on going back to school to specialize as a Surgical Technician… I love anesthesia, how it works, and that it is something you can never learn enough of. Being able to be with my patient before, during, and throughout recovery is something that is very rewarding to me. I am a mother of 2; Mia who is 8 and Lucas who is 2. We enjoy all kinds of adventures, bbqing with friends, camping in the summer, movies, or hanging out at home and working on our dream one project at a time. I’ve known since before I can remember that I wanted to work with animals and I feel fortunate that I get to say that I love what I do every day. I am excited to be a part of the team at Pawsh and look forward to the path it leads me down.

Alex Kornek-Collard

Veterinary Assistant

Hi, I’m Alex! I am a veterinary assistant at Pawsh and have worked in the field for 4 years now. I am also a student at Carrington College in the Veterinary Technology program and hope to become a Registered Veterinary Technician by the end of the year! I grew up riding and training horses and have 3 horses of my own (Max, Luna and Polaris), 2 of which I rescued. I also have 3 dogs: Kara, my senior Australian Cattle Dog that is the best dog you could ask for, Abbey, my yellow Lab, and Porter my Black Lab puppy.

I have loved all sorts of animals ever since I could remember. I grew up in a large, animal-loving, rescue-supporting family. We never had less than 10 animals in the house a time. Whether it was volunteering at the Marine Mammal Center a few years ago or traveling the country showing and working at Arabian horse shows, my life has always been centered on animals… And I have loved every minute of it! In my spare time I like to ride my horses and go hiking and running with my dogs. I also enjoy going to Giants games with my boyfriend.

I’m a recent addition to the Pawsh family, but have loved every day! I look forward to seeing where my career takes me and caring for your pets soon!

Bobbi DeVries

Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Bobbie. I’ve been a Veterinary Assistant for 18 years now and love what I do! It’s been a lifelong passion of mine to help fur-babies and their pet families. I joined Team Pawsh back in October 2017 and love working with our amazing crew! I feel like we’re all one big family and that we work together to give our clients the best pet care experience possible every day! I enjoy caring for each and every pet who comes through our doors and am excited to see what my future with Pawsh and your pet will bring!

Brenda Dickinson

Veterinary Assistant

Hi my name is Brenda and I am currently a student at Carrington College working hard to become an RVT. I’ve always had a passion for animals and helping people. Being a part of team Pawsh is a perfect fit for me because it allows me to do both. It’s a wonderful feeling going to work every day and loving not only what you do but also loving the team you get to do it with as well.

When I’m not at school or work I stay busy with my three fur babies, two beautiful daughters and awesome husband. We love to be outdoors camping, hiking, swimming, and kayaking. We are very fortunate to be a US Air Force family here at Travis and belong to an amazing military community. We have been blessed to live here in Vacaville for the past 11 years and enjoy all that California has to offer.

I can’t wait to see where my journey with Pawsh takes me and most of all I cannot wait to share the journey with all of you.

Perla Del Rio – Estrella

Veterinary Assistant

Hi my name is Perla 🙂 I just finished the Veterinary technology program at Carrington College and will be graduating in July with an AS. I am currently studying hard for my licensing exam to become an RVT. I grew up in the country around lots of farm animals and learned to love them all. I remember being in elementary school and learning what it meant to be a veterinarian and deciding this is what I want to be and I haven’t changed my mind since. I plan to go back to school soon to finish my BS and prerequisites for vet school. I love working at Pawsh Place as a veterinary assistant! I love working at a place where we all work hard to ensure each pet receives the best pet care experience possible. I have learned a lot in the brief time I’ve been here and am excited to continue my development alongside our amazing doctors and kindhearted staff. My passion is in equine medicine, but small animals have always had a special place in my heart too. I can’t wait to meet all your furry family members soon!

Jen Sventek


Hello, my name is Jennifer, most folks just call me Jen. ☺

I was born in the Philippines and am ½ Philipino and ½ Czech. I was raised a military brat and moved to this area when I was in the 2nd grade.

I love the great outdoors! When I’m not working, you can find me exploring trails, from the bay area to the redwoods and camping next to the pigmy forests. Fishing and four-wheeling are activities that I’m looking forward to trying out next, maybe even some bird hunting.

I love animals and have been known to help rescue and care for them when necessary. My one year old Malti-Poo, Mater, especially loves when I bring home new friends for him… Anything for my ‘Mates.’

Amber Jones


I was born and raised in the Bay Area and have always had a fondness for animals. My mom would often remind me of a time when I was a little girl and tried to put 5 feral kittens into my lunch box so I could bring them into my bedroom. When I saw that Pawsh was hiring I knew this was the perfect position for me. I mean who wouldn’t love seeing puppies and kittens all day long? I also have over 10 years of customer service experience.

When I’m not working I’m one busy sports mom to 5 wonderful children. Yes, I did say 5! The running joke is that I have my own basketball team. I’ve been married to my husband JR for 7 years now and our blended family enjoys anything related to the outdoors or sports. I also enjoy photography on my downtime and run my own business. I look forward to seeing you and your pets soon.

April Smith


Hi, my name’s April and I’m a Vet Hospital Receptionist here at Pawsh Place. I live in Esparto, on 10 acres with my wonderful husband and son. I’ve had too many animals to count over the years but I currently just have two dogs, four cats (2 are barn kitties!) and 11 Alpacas… Yep, Alpacas!

I’ve worked my entire life in the Veterinary Industry, 25 years as a Vet Assistant (I loved assisting with pet dental procedures!) or in Reception. I’ve always loved animals. When I was in the 3rd grade, I brought home a stray Collie and begged my mother to allow us to keep him. After trying to find his owner first, she finally agreed we could give him a home! I remember always having multiple pets while growing up, they made our family complete. As a teenager, I fell in love with horses. A friend of mine had a stable and I remember spending all my spare time there, whenever possible. I learned how to ride, train and show horses in their arena, my favorite being an ex-race horse named Ms. Bar Roni. Most of the time we referred to her as Macaroni or Ms. Mac for short. I will always love horses, some of my fondest teenage memories is of training and showing them.

I enjoy working at Pawsh! I appreciate our pet care philosophies and love that we offer such great values to the pet community. I work with an amazing team of professionals who come to work every day committed to giving your pet the best, quality care possible. I’m proud to work here and look forward to giving you and your fur-babies a great customer experience the next time you visit! Hope to see you soon…

Tynina Spitzer


Hi, my name is Tynina and I’m a veterinary receptionist here at Pawsh. I love my job! I enjoy taking your calls, scheduling your pet’s appointments and welcoming in our daily patients. I love learning about your pet’s health and feel honored to help assist you with their pet care needs. I’ve always known that I wanted to work with animals. From a young age, I remember being obsessed with Lions. It’s been a dream of mine to be able to work with them and other large exotic animals ever since.

I currently have two dogs, a Chihuahua named Duchess and a Chi-Terrier mix named Cannoli. My pups are Pawsh puppies and I was actually a client before working here. I was so amazed by the high standard of care we received that I wanted to become part of the Pawsh team too. Pawsh sincerely cares about their staff members and the pet community that we serve. Every day I come to work, I feel like I’m with family, all working toward the same goal which is to give you the best pet care possible.

When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my new husband. We love to spend time on the lake and camping with our family, friends and fur-babies. I’m happy to help you any way I can here at Pawsh and look forward to meeting you and your pet(s) soon!

Candise Grate


Hi, my name is Candise and I’m one of the veterinary receptionist at Pawsh Place. At Pawsh we all strive to give your pet the best care possible and that starts at the front desk. We answer your calls, make your appointments and are the first faces you see when you enter our doors before seeing our awesome techs and amazing doctors. I’ve wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember and most of my jobs have included them. The number one thing on my bucket list is to pet a penguin! I grew up with so many different pets and would feel weird if I didn’t have at least one in my home. I currently have two dogs a BUGG (Boston/pug) Fisher and a Boston terrier named Sailor, a bearded dragon named Vader, 4 chickens and fish. I also have 3 kids of the human variety that are my everything. When I’m not working I love spending time with my family, hiking, camping or being at the water either swimming or fishing. Pretty much anything outdoors. I have to say the best part of the job is meeting your adorable new puppies and kittens. Who doesn’t love to snuggle a little ball of fluff? My favorite are the frenchies! Enough about me, I’d love to know about you! Pop in to see us, I can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies soon 🙂

Heather Olivera

Environmental Specialist

Heather is new to the vet field, but she is not new to being an animal lover. She has continuously enjoyed learning more about your pet’s health and well-being. Heather says the best part of her day is meeting and greeting all of the pets that come in. We are excited for Heather’s future at Pawsh Place Veterinary Center.

Sarah Loban

Environmental Specialist

Hi my name is Sarah and I am new here at Pawsh Place! I currently work in the vet clinic as an environmental specialist where I get the opportunity to learn more about animal healthcare. For as long as I can remember I would beg my mom for pets, we’ve had snakes, rabbits, dogs and cats… Even rats! With my love for animals, I knew I wanted to work with and help them when I grew up. I’m planning on becoming a Vet Assistant/Tech and also have hopes of one day becoming a Veterinarian. Working at Pawsh gives me valuable pet care experience and the opportunity to be hands on with animals and their medical care! The supportive atmosphere here makes me even more passionate about having a career helping animals! When I’m not at Pawsh, I out riding and showing horses, enjoying adventuring outdoors, and raising pigs for fair! I take every opportunity I can to be around animals, this is just another reason why Pawsh is such a good fit for me! Hope to meet you and your pets soon!

Jenn Roark

Veterinary Assistant

Hi I’m Jenn! I’m a veterinary assistant at Pawsh Place and I’m a huge animal lover. I just recently finished my degree at Carrington College in Veterinary Technology, and now I’m on my way to becoming an RVT. I have two amazing fur babies, Bentley and Stella, and an amazing fiancé who I get to marry next July. Ever since I was little animals have always been a huge passion of mine. I look forward to continuing my education and I can’t wait to see where I end up in this career field. When I’m not at school or work I love being in the cheer gym working with my kids. Coaching cheerleading is another passion of mine and it’s amazing that I get to influence so many young lives on a daily basis and watch them grow into amazing young athletes. I’m so blessed to be a part of the Pawsh Place family, and I can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies as well!