SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO VETERINARIANS


DR. MATTHEW BREHMER

Dr. Brehmer is a Minnesota transplant, having grown up on a small hobby farm in western Minnesota. He raised cattle, ducks, chickens and geese, and participated in 4H for many years. Dr. Brehmer attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate school and Ross University for Veterinary school. He completed his clinical year of Veterinary school at the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2009. Dr. Brehmer started his career as a racetrack Veterinarian in Arizona, practicing primarily on thoroughbred racehorses. He moved to Southern California in 2010 and began his career in small animal private practice. He and his wife Dr. Lynlee Fluent lived out their dream when they purchased Ortega Animal Care Center in November 2013. Dr. Brehmer practices all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, with a special interest in internal medicine, preventative care and reproduction. His hobbies and interests include cattle genetics and breeding, spending time with his wife and daughters Farah & Elle and his three French Bulldogs, and traveling whenever he gets a chance.


DR. LYNLEE FLUENT

Dr. Fluent is a Southern California native, born and raised in Dana Point. From a very early age, Dr. Fluent displayed a passion for taking care of animals- having grown up with pets of all kinds from hamsters to iguanas, turtles, snakes, cats and dogs. Dr. Fluent attended UCLA for undergraduate school and went on to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, which is where she and her husband met. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine for her clinical year and graduated in 2008. Dr. Fluent started her career in small animal private practice in Orange County and has been doing so ever since. Prior to attending Veterinary school, Dr. Fluent spent seven years working in small animal hospitals in Orange County and Los Angeles- gaining invaluable experience familiarizing herself with every aspect of how a small animal hospital functions- which prepared her for her current role as hospital owner and manager. Dr. Fluent’s special interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry and abdominal ultrasound. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling and tending to her succulent garden.


DR. LIZ LEE

Dr. Liz Lee knew from a very young age that she would be a veterinarian. She grew up with a menagerie of pets, including dogs, cats, fish, lizards, a rabbit, a guinea pig, and a turtle. Her parents were very supportive of her dream and she started volunteering at a veterinary hospital as soon as she could. She attended UC Davis for her undergraduate degree, where she met her husband Ryan and adopted their two dogs, Thai and Brody. After graduation she spent a year working in equine pharmaceutical research. She and her family then moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where she completed her veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh. After finishing her degree the family moved back to California where she completed an internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center. Since finishing her internship she has been doing relief work for veterinarians in Southern California, and has completed a certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management (GPCert(WVA&CPM)). Recently Dr. Lee and her family adopted an adorable and sassy kitten named Cosmonaut Valentina, who keeps the family in line. Dr. Lee’s hobbies include sailing, snow skiing, and hiking.

OUR SAN JUAN CAPO VETERINARY TECHNICAL STAFF


ERIN FOWLER


KAREN CHOW

Hi I’m Karen! I graduated from CSU Long Beach with a major in Marine Biology and a minor in Chemistry. My goal is to pursue veterinary school and become a veterinarian. I have worked as a veterinary assistant since 2008 and I have also worked as an organic chemist intern at IIRMES, an aquatic toxicology lab. In my free time I work with animals as a volunteer and read research articles on zoonotic disease. I am passionate about saving animals, getting to know pet owners, and providing the best possible care for each furry friend.


MICHELLE BECK

REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Hi, I’m Michelle and I’ve had the pleasure of being a Registered Veterinary Technician at OACC since 2011. My favorite part of the job is interacting with our clients and helping them make informed decisions about the health of their furry companions. Every day I learn something new and my work is never boring. I truly love my job! I have two 13 year old cats, “Franklin” and “Tully”. They add so much joy to my life and I feel lucky to have them. When I’m not working, I enjoy playing in the sun, Disneyland, road trips, and reading.


MOLICA MAM

Hi, I’m Molica. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. I’ve had the pleasure of working as a Veterinary Assistant at Ortega Animal Care Center since June 2014. So far, I love this job and I’m learning a lot every day. I’ve loved animals since I can remember and have always been passionate about helping them. It’s exciting to finally do what I’ve always wanted to do. In my spare time, I love going out and enjoying life as much as possible, whether it’s going to the beach, hiking, hanging out with friends, or reading a good book. reading. I don’t have any pets but I love the dogs that stay with us.


TIM UTTERBACK

Hi, my name is Tim and I’ve been working as a Veterinary Technician at OACC since September of 2014. I am a Certified Veterinary Assistant. I have been fascinated with animal care and medicine since my childhood, even trying to care for the wounded animals I found in my backyard when playing. I feel blessed to be working in such an accepting environment that has the clear goal of giving the best animal care possible. My favorite part of my job is how rewarding it is knowing that I did something to improve the quality of life for an animal. I have an Australian Shepard named “Max” who is closer to me than my shadow. When I have free time I enjoy fishing, watching movies, and building saltwater fish tanks.


JAVIER SANCHEZ

Hello my name is Javier Sanchez. I am a part time Pet Hotel attendant here at Ortega Animal Care Center. I love working with animals. I have one dog named “Bubba”. I am working toward my Criminal Justice degree and go to school part-time.

OUR CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES


DANIELLE ARNOLD

LEAD CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

Hi, my name is Danielle and I have been with Ortega Animal Care Center since December of 2014. I have always loved animals and I enjoy the variety and excitement of working with them everyday. I have one pet of my own, a 10 year old Chihuahua named “Belle”. I look forward to meeting you and your pets and helping them to be happy and healthy!


JONATHAN FLESHMAN


MIRANDA BERMEJO

I’m Miranda and I’ve been working at Ortega Animal Care Center since 2013 and I absolutely love it! Being with cats and dogs everyday makes my job so much fun. I have three cats of my own, “Meow Meow,” “Popcorn,” and “Littlefoot.” I also have a two year old Boxer named “Charlie.” I rescued him as a puppy. I really enjoy working with animals and I am looking forward to meeting yours!


VERONICA ESPINOSA

Hi I’m Veronica! I’ve been a receptionist here at Ortega Animal Care Center since 2012. Working with great clients and pets is so rewarding and makes my job a lot of fun. I have two amazing cats that I rescued, “Ices” and “Pip”. They are such loving cats and I enjoy cuddling with them every day. I love working at OACC and look forward to meeting you and your pets!


AMY FLUENT

Hi I’m Amy Fluent and I have worked for OACC since 2013. I have the best job in the world working with my sister and brother-in-law doing the marketing and social media for the practice. I have my AA in Graphic Arts, BS in Management, and am currently attending school and will have my MBA in the fall of 2014. I have a chihuahua named “Tia” that I rescued from Mexico 6 years ago and 2 cats “Stoli” and “Smokey”. I have a passion for animals and also work in the real estate field on the side.

OUR SAN JUAN CAPO PET HOTEL & PLAY GROUP ATTENDANTS


ALEXIS CAMPOS

Hi there, my name is Alexis Campos and I’ve been working at Ortega Animal Care Center since 2015. The best part of my job is working in such a fun environment with the dogs in playgroup. Outside of work, I attend Saddleback College as a full time student. I try to make the most of my free time by hanging out with friends when I’m not playing soccer.


CHASE TAMILLO

Hello, my name is Chase, and I have been employed at Ortega Animal Care Center since spring of 2012 working alongside friends, coworkers and happy animals. I am currently attending college full time to pursue a degree in Engineering. In my free time I enjoy mountain biking and surfing.


MOISES TORRES

Hi, my name is Moises Torres. I love my job at OACC because I enjoy working with animals in playgroup and playing with all the pets that come here. I feel lucky to have such a fun job getting to do something I love everyday. In my free time I play soccer with my soccer league United FC.


BRENT UTTERBACK

Hi, my name is Brent and I joined the OACC team in fall of 2014 as a Pet Hotel and Playgroup attendant. I am a former zookeeper and have a passion for working with animals of all shapes and sizes. I’m currently studying full time to fulfill my dream of becoming a veterinarian one day. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with animals everyday and I strive to make their visits at OACC as enjoyable as possible. While I’m not working or keeping my grades up, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, rock climbing, watching football, and spending time at the beach.

OUR SAN JUAN CAPO DOG GROOMERS


ALEJANDRO LOPEZ

Hi, my name is Alejandro and I am a San Juan Capistrano groomer at Ortega Animal Care Center. I love working at a facility where so many friendly clients come in with their pets. I enjoy being a groomer, helping cats and dogs look their best and making their owners happy. It’s a pleasure working with such a fantastic staff every day!


GUALBERTO LOPEZ

My name is Gualberto and I’m a groomer at Ortega Animal Care Center. I enjoy bathing and grooming dogs and cats here and developing good relationships with the familiar faces of our clients. I like bringing my dog “Coco” to work and working alongside my brothers, sister, and father in grooming. We are a close family of groomers.


JOSE LOPEZ

Hello, I am Jose Lopez and I’ve been working here at Ortega Animal Care Center since 2013 as a pet groomer. I love all animals and I look forward to meeting you!


OLGA LOPEZ

Hi! I am Olga Lopez and I have 4 years experience as a pet groomer. I specialize in breed clips for cats and dogs. I love working here at Ortega Animal Care Center and I look forward to meeting you and your pet!


ROSALINO LOPEZ

Hi, my name is Rosalino Lopez and I have been working here at the Ortega Animal Care Center since 2006. I started as a dog walker, then Pet Hotel attendant, and now groomer. I love all animals and I love what I do!

OUR SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO DOG TRAINERS


CYNDE VAN VLEET

  • Certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers Assoc. (CPDT-KA)
  • Guild Certified Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Advanced Practitioner – Level 3
  • Animal Behavior Consultant (AABP)
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
  • Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (CGC)
  • Animal Behavior College Mentor
  • Fur-Ever Home Animal Rescue, President
  • IC PawsAbilities, Owner

My interest and experience in teaching animals began as a child when I helped my father with the training and showing of our family’s Doberman Pinschers in AKC Obedience and Confirmation competitions. Currently, I am the owner of I C PawsAbilities® in San Clemente, California, where I work with animals that have behavior issues by educating their owners in group classes and private sessions. I teach as well as mentor nationwide, promoting Positive Reinforcement Training using Science-based Force Free techniques and am a strong advocate for species-appropriate nutrition for our companion animals, helping them to become the best they can be.

In 2003 I graduated from the two-year Certification Tellington TTouch Training. I have advanced to a Level 3 Practitioner, teaching one, two or three day workshops.

I have been published in several magazines, including Animal Wellness and Dog World. Certified by the top training institutions in the United States, I am often invited to participate in radio interviews and public speaking engagements.

In the medical world, I have worked as a Veterinary Technician as well as a Paramedic. I hold The American Heart Assoc. Regional Faculty position while teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support at the University of California Irvine in Orange County, California.


AMANDA CORNELL


Amanda Cornell is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with 12 years of professional training experience, and she is the owner of Accomplished Canines Dog Training. She has always been interested in animal behavior and has earned a B.S. degree in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Biology from Cal State San Marcos. However, the journey towards becoming a dog trainer didn’t really start until Gracie the French Bulldog came into the picture. Gracie was the cutest, most playful puppy…when she wasn’t destroying something or getting into scuffles with other dogs. All of that changed when she and Gracie found a positive reinforcement based training facility and enrolled in a class. There were big changes in Gracie’s behavior almost immediately. A few weeks later, Amanda was officially enrolled in an apprenticeship program and completely hooked.

Amanda is a believer in using science-based, positive reinforcement training methods to help both people and dogs better understand and communicate with each other to create a strong bond based on mutual trust. Amanda’s strengths lie in creating clear, easy to follow training plans to help her students attain their training goals, whether they have a new puppy that’s learning about the world for the first time or a dog that needs help overcoming a more complex behavioral issue.

When Amanda is not working with her clients and her dogs, she’s enjoying training her own dogs. Gracie is enjoying her retirement from dog sports in her old age, but she is happy to oversee the agility training of her three younger brothers: Wiley, Scout, and Turk. All three of the boys compete in the sport of agility and are strong competitors at local, regional, and national events.