Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Chanticleer Veterinary Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 831-475-1479 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Julie Meadows

Dr. Meadows is a “navy brat” who finished high school in San Diego then attended UC Davis for undergraduate and veterinary school, graduating in 1988. She spent 20 years in private practice in the Central Valley, owning her practice for 10 of those years. In 2008 she joined the faculty at UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine teaching general practice and client communication to all four class levels. Dr. Meadows has just returned to the U.S. after a 3 year adventure practicing on the beaches of Australia and is excited to have finally landed on California’s coastline – the ocean is in her blood! 

Robyn Drake

Practice Manager

Robyn was born in Tustin, CA and visited Santa Cruz for the first time on her 22nd birthday. She loved it so much that she never left. She now resides in Seabright with her husband (Jeff) and two dogs (Playa & Paco). Robyn has experience working with dogs, cats, and exotics in veterinary and boarding facilities. She is an avid animal lover and prides herself on her ability to correctly identify dog breeds. Robyn greatly enjoys interacting with people and looks forward to connecting with all of the amazing clients at Chanticleer!

Susan Curry

Veterinary Technician

Susan has lived in the Santa Cruz area for over 40 years. She currently has one cat, Baggins, who she raised from birth. She has always felt a connection with animals of all types and went into the veterinary medical field to help them. With over 35 years experience working with cats, dogs, exotics, and emergency veterinary medicine, we are glad she is a part of the Chanticleer team!

Cady Barry

Veterinary Assistant

Having grown up in Santa Cruz, Cady has always felt compassion for all animals. Her devotion to animal welfare and education has led her to volunteer in zoos, wildlife rescues, and animal shelters. Chanticleer has been her family’s vet for her entire life, so she is very excited to be part of our team! She spends her free time camping and hiking with her husband and their 2 dogs, Nalia and Cinnamon.

Jazmine Zavala

Veterinary Technician

Jazmine is a Bay Area native; her veterinary career began in San Jose, CA. After being in the field for three years and discovering her passion for helping animals, she made her way down to San Diego to further her skills. Jazmine spent 2 years working with rescue groups before making her way back home to Santa Cruz. All three of her pets hold a very special place in her heart. Jazmine loves to bond with both clients and patients. Her favorite part of being a Technician is helping animals live their best life, watching them grow, and seeing their personalities blossom. Jazmine is currently working on becoming an RVT and hopes to spend the rest of her life doing what she loves.

Gina Mathias

Kennel Technician

Gina has been loving and caring for patients at Chanticleer for over 7 years! Her positive attitude brings a smile to everyone’s face and she is always one to cheer people up. Gina resides in Santa Cruz with her family and can be seen in her spare time singing karaoke or reading a good book!

Jo Kihei

Client Service Representative

Jo has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years and we are excited to have her as part of the Chanticleer family! When she is not helping out clients at the front desk, you might find her relaxing on the beaches of Hawaii. She shares her home with her husband (Wayne), their two dogs (Bristol and Suedi Grey), and two kitties (Izi and Morle). Her favorite thing to do is snuggle with her animals.

Shelby Kelsch

Client Service Representative