Our Family

It’s so nice to meet you! 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 family 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!

Dr. Jacalyn Dantzler


Dr. Dantzler (formerly Dr. Edens) after returning from her adventures in Texas is back and is very happy to be practicing again in her hometown. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2019 and has been trained through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2021-2022. She is excited to use acupuncture and other holistic treatments in addition to her traditional veterinary medical knowledge to help her patients as much as possible. Dr. Dantzler currently lives with her husband and a menagerie of animals.


Practice Manager

Ashley grew up outside of Boston, MA, and made her way to the Bay Area in 2007 for her undergraduate degree at SFSU. She has always had animals around her and professionally has been working with them since 2008. When she’s not working you can usually find her out and about with her two dogs checking out the area's beaches and breweries.


Veterinary Assistant

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!


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 3 dogs, Nalia, Cinnamon, and Mocha


Veterinary Assistant

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 in karaoke or reading a book!


Veterinary Assistant

Valerie was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She has always been an animal lover and has been in the veterinary field for 6 years. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her fiancé and two dogs.


Veterinary Assistant

Originally from California’s Central Valley, Jorden moved to Santa Cruz in 2018 to attend UCSC. After graduating with highest honors in 2020, she couldn’t bear to leave! She’s found her family at Chanticleer Veterinary Hospital, where she channels her love and empathy for animals into work that saves lives. When not working, Jorden enjoys the quiet of her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains and cares for two feisty kitties and one mild-mannered, yet overprotective, terrier. Her interests include reading novels, watching horror movies, and learning everything she can about whales.


Veterinary Assistant

Shelby moved to Santa Cruz during the summer of 2021 so her partner could attend a PhD program at UCSC. Though she has only been in the veterinary world since finding a home here at Chanticleer Veterinary Hospital, she did grow up with quite a variety of pets as a child. Now Shelby enjoys living vicariously through all of you and your pets! When Shelby is not at work you can find her exploring hiking trails, enjoying snacks at the beach, or kayaking.