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Dr. James Quinley, a Turlock native, completed his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Stanislaus in 1980. He then attended UC Davis in the Masters of Physiology program until 1982 when he entered the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1986, he completed a small animal internship at California Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles under the direction of Dr. Stephen Ettinger, with a concentration in small animal medicine and cardiology. After working at several veterinary clinics in the Modesto area, including three years at the Modesto Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Dr. Quinley joined Dr. Tim Ryan and Dr. Juliana Meadows at the Veterinary Medical Center in June 1998. He loves being back in Turlock: close to family, friends, as well as the ocean and most especially the Sierra Nevada mountains. He has been married to his "high school sweetheart", Laurie since 1980 and have three children, Liz, Dana and Julia. All three have been very involved in competitive gymnastics since they could walk (well, practically) and continue now as gymnastic coaches. Dr. Quinley's passions and hobbies include playing in his blues band, bicycling, backpacking (especially with his dog Max), and skiing (especially with daughter Julia).
Debbie McVay started working at our hospital in 1982 as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Her job has changed over the years to include receptionist duties and now has evolved into Office Manager. Most of her life has been spent in the Turlock Area. She married Richard, an electrician from Modesto, in 1984. They have one dog, Darby and two horses, Brisco and R.C. Her main interest is her black Labrador, Darby (she is just a little crazy about that dog!). They hike, camp, and do dog agility together, and if there is time to sit down and relax, Debbie loves to read.
Staci Westphalen started working at our hospital in 1995. She started as a kennel person and then became a receptionist. After communiting to Cosumnes River college in Sacramento for two years, she became a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 2000. She now works mainly in the back of the hospital as the Surgery Nurse, caring for both surgery and hospitalized patients as well as supervising the care of boarding animals. She does everything from performing anesthesia, taking x-rays, drawing blood and urine, running lab tests, performing dental cleanings, monitoring anesthesized patients, and a whole lot more. Her beloved Chow mix, Sierra, passed away in 2004, so she is currently dogless. She still keeps busy with her cats. In her spare time she likes to read and hike.
Diane Maxwell grew up in South Bay area. She graduated from Grooming School after High School. Her long career in grooming includes many years at Cupertino Animal Hospital and Animal Health Center in Santa Clara. Diane also taught grooming at the same grooming school she graduated from. Her daughter, Gillian, was born in 1995. Diane started working at our hospital in 1998. Gillian started High School in 2009 and is her pride and joy. Diane loves working at Veterinary Medical Center and plans to work here as long as the gentleman from UPS (He retired at 87 years old). In Diane's free time she enjoys selling on Ebay for fun!
Jovan Caviglia started working at our hospital in July of 2001. Jovan started as a Kennel Assistant and moved through Surgery Nurse, Receptionist, and is currently a Room Nurse and helps with supervision of our boarding facilities. Jovan manages our Veterinary Diets. Jovan's passion is Canine & Feline Behavior Modification. At home she lives with her husband Mike. They have been married since May 2005. Their daughter, Hailey, was born in February 2006, and in 2011 they were blessed again with another daughter, Ashley. As for four legged kids, they have one dog, Gus, and two cats, Jr. & Brodie. Mike and Jovan both lived in the Turlock area all of their lives. In her free time Jovan enjoys playing on a Co-Ed Softball team, spending time with their families.
Joelene Storment started working at our hospital in 2004. She started as a receptionist, and is now a Room Nurse and Veterinary Technician. She helps with supervision of our boarding facility as needed. She has just completed the Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) program at Modesto Junior College and is anxiously waiting to take her State Board Exam. She married Matthew from Oakdale in 1998. She has three beautiful children, 3 horses, 5 dogs, and 2 cats. She loves riding her horse, cattle sorting is her favorite event with her horses. She also enjoys camping, boating, hunting, and fishing. In general, she just loves being outdoors.
Laurie Scott works at our hospital as a Kennel Assistant and Room nurse. Laurie started at our hospital in 2007. Laurie's main job is to take care of all the cats and dogs who come in for boarding. She also assists wherever she is needed. Laurie is happily married with a very cute cat named William. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, riding horses, and dancing. When asked about how she likes working at our hospital Laurie said, "I love it very much".
Jenny Price started working at our hospital in September of 2009. Jenny currently lives in Hilmar on ten acreas. She has four cats, three dogs, two horses, five ducks, and 25 chickens. Jenny's hobbies include reading, drawing, and spending time with her friends. Jenny graduated from Hilmar High School and is now attending CSU Stanislaus. Her major is Biology. She plans on attending UC Davis in the future to become a Veternarian.
Sherry Myers started working at our hospital in October of 2009 as a receptionist. Sherry has lived in the Turlock area for the majority of her life. Sherry loves to spend time with her grandchildren whenever possible. She also enjoys spending time with her dad. In Sherry's free time she enjoys volunteering with her church and Turlock Gospel Mission in feeding the homeless. Sherry loves baseball and is a big San Fransico Giants fan!!
Our Hospital Animals
We currently have one dog, Trixie and five cats, Oliver, Angel, Grace, Sizzle and Tiger, living at our hospital. The cats are sometimes greeters- when they sneak up front- Grace and Oliver are especially social. All six animals are used as blood donors. If we have a patient that is severly anemic, that is a life threatening condition. Instead of scrambling around trying to locate blood products, we are able to use all our clinic animals as blood donors. Angel has been recently retired from donating due to age.
Angel came to us in 1997. She was left on our doorstep in a box with a littermate. One of our groomers took the littermate, which left Angel alone. She cried and cried until Dr. Ryan told us to put her with Boots. It was love at first sight and we couldn't separate them. Angel then became an Office Cat. When Boots passed away suddenly in 2002, Angel was left alone and was very sad. Staci, our Surgery Nurse, had a neighbor whose cat just had kittens. Staci picked out the most outgoing of the kittens, Oliver, and he came to live with us. Again it was love at first sight. Angel loves her orange kitties.
In 2007, Debbie McVay was feeding her horses behind the clinic and she found a mother cat with three kittens. When the kittens were big enough, we moved the mom and babies into the hospital. We found homes for all the kittens, but we kept the mom. Grace became our newest office cat.
When our Pitbull, Dot, passed away in 2007, our Shepard mix, Amigo, was sad and lonely. Joelene Storment and her husband had bottle raised Trixie, a walker hound, and were training her to be a hunting dog, but being a bottle baby she didn't want want to leave her dad's side to hunt. Joelene brought her to the clinic to be a companion for Amgio. Trixie and Amigo were best friends until Amigo's sudden death in 2007.