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David

David Slaski has been the Practice Manager for Aviara Animal Health Center since August of 2010. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Rutgers University and is working toward certification in Practice Management. He also has previous management experience for both financial firms and hotels.

"Working here gives me the opportunity to take my management experience to a whole new level," he says. "I am able to be a significant part of the establishment and continued success of a small animal practice. Additionally, learning about veterinary medicine has exceeded all of my expectations."

At home, David has a Dalmatian mix named Luke and an orange tabby named Chico. His interests include bowling, baseball and visiting family on the East Coast.

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Sinclair

Sinclair Clum is a Veterinary Technician who has been with Aviara Animal Health Center since August of 1993. She began working in companion animal care in 1990.

She is personable and very friendly with all of our clients. she adds, "I really like the small town feel of this animal hospital. You really get to know the clients more personally and see many of them outside of work."

At home, she has a Labrador retriever named Lilly, two Pembroke Welsh corgis named Fish and Hook, and a cat named Cheeto. Sinclair's interests include watching the San Diego Chargers, fishing, running, and helping run the family business. She also has two children, Andrew and Nicholas, and enjoys spending time with them and her husband Gabriel.

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Meghan

Although Meghan was born in North Carolina, she grew up in southern California and is a true San Diegan. Meghan got her start in the animal field as a manager of a large, local boarding facility. There her interest grew from watching and taking care of animals, to an interest in the medical side the animal-care field. Meghan joined the staff in December 2014, wanting to learn as much as she could. She has since grown from a veterinary assistant to a respected veterinary technician. Long-term goals include schooling to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Outside of the hospital, Meghan loves to cook, play sports and go to the beach with her old English bulldog named Muffin and golden retriever/husky mix named Emma.

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Alma

Alma is our Technician Supervisor and has been with the hospital since June 2015. As a native San Diegan, Alma has worked at several hospitals over the past 12 years, and we are very happy she now calls Aviara Animal Health Center home. She started her career at PIMA Institute attending their Veterinary Technician program, and enjoyed the field so much, decided to aim toward a supervisory role. Alma is our primary trainer and is always looking to improve the skills of our staff.

Outside of the hospital environment, Alma keeps herself busy with her husband and three children. Not to be left out, she has a boxer named Waffle and three kitties, Mau, Brenson and Buttercup.

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Rochelle

Born and raised in San Diego, Rochelle joined the Aviara Animal Health Center family in May 2015. Her great customer service skills were noticed immediately, and Rochelle is now our Front Desk Supervisor. She started in the veterinary field as a kennel assistant in 1999, and has since worked in customer service and as a technician at several local hospitals including specialty. In addition to working in customer service, Rochelle is the owner and primary trainer at her own company called Loving Guidance. She is certified as a training and behavior specialist after attending the Triple Crown Academy in 2003.

Outside of work, Rochelle enjoys spending a lot of time with her dog Caleb, a German shepherd.

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Samantha

Samantha has always been an animal enthusiast. Born and raised in California, Samantha moved to North County San Diego about six years ago. In addition to growing up with dogs and cats, Samantha had chickens, snakes, lizards, guinea pigs, birds and a variety of other exotic animals. She worked as a volunteer at an animal shelter and was also employed at the Humane Society, where she gained a wide array of knowledge in the veterinary field.

Samantha is a newer addition to our front desk staff, and while working at Aviara Animal Health Center, she attends National University, looking to obtain her bachelor's degree in nursing. She currently lives in Fallbrook with her 3-year-old cat named Silky Storm.

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Gordon

Gordon has been working in the veterinary field for 15 years. His specific interest has always been customer service, and Gordon has been part of our front desk staff for about nine months. Gordon's previous education is a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a minor in gerontology. His love for animals, as well as his great customer service, has kept him in the field for many years.

Gordon has lived in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, however, now lives by the beach in Oceanside. Away from work, Gordon loves gardening and photography, as well as sharing time with his big red Tabby, Otto.

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Lesley

Lesley is one of our newest family members, gaining most of her previous experience working for boarding/daycare facilities. Lesley came on board as one of our veterinary assistants, trying to gain as much knowledge and experience in the field. Currently attending CSU San Marcos, she is majoring in biology and has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.

Lesley is a San Diego native and has had parakeets and hamsters in the past. She currently has a Maltese/Poodle mix named Oso, which is the first dog she has ever owned.

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Janine

Born in Montebello, Calif., Janine has moved all over southern California but now calls Carlsbad home with her husband and son. Her background is vast, studying criminology in college before settling down in the veterinary field. Janine's customer service experience is what led her to Aviara Animal Health Center, and now is part of our wonderful front desk staff. She has interest in expanding her knowledge possibly into the technician side of things by becoming part of the vet tech program.

Janine has three Boxer rescues named Mindi, Kona and Laynie, and an American Dingo rescue named Timmy at home. Not to be left out is Pookie, her Eclectus parrot and two Nevada Desert Tortoises named Ann and Sue Ellen.

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Taylor

Taylor is our Carlsbad native, born and raised. She has always had a love for animals and admits to having a strong bond with them her entire life. She received her bachelor's degree in animal science from UC Davis and will be applying to veterinary school. During college, Taylor worked at a cat sanctuary and the Center for Equine Health on campus.

She can be found singing around the hospital, but in addition to that, Taylor loves to swim, play the piano, watch old movies and anything Disney. She can also be found walking the Carlsbad sea wall with her fox red Labrador named Murphy.

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