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! 

Gina Mathias

Kennel Technician

Gina has been loving and caring for patients at Chanticleer for over 7 years! Her positive attitude brings a smile on 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

Customer 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 Raji, two kitties, Izi and Morle, and a parrot named Buddy. Her favorite thing to do is snuggle with her animals.

Tricia Robinson

Customer Service Representative

Tricia was born and raised in Santa Cruz County. Her love of animals has led her to pursue the veterinary field, and we feel so lucky to have her join our team! She greets everyone with a smile, and treats each patient as if they were her own. She has two adult sons and two dogs, an Anatolian Shepard named Butter and a Chihuahua named Chico. In her free time she enjoys Zumba, Jiu Jitsu, and arts and crafts.

Jorden Dungan

Customer Service Representative

As soon as Jorden moved to Santa Cruz in 2018, she knew that the animal care community was unique and immediately got involved. She has volunteered for the Santa Cruz SPCA for 3 years, going in once a week, every week, to help socialize cats. Jorden is excited to join the Chanticleer family and looks forward to helping our clients and patients receive the best care possible! She currently has one mischievous cat named Bingo.