Veterinary Support Staff
Michelle Ensey, Registered Veterinary Technician Practice Manager
Michelle received her veterinary technician’s license in 2010. She has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years including working as a dental and surgical veterinary technician for 13 years. Michelle grew up in Marin and now lives in Sonoma County with her husband Kenny and two cats - Bubba and Tizzy. She enjoys gardening and other outdoor activities. Michelle joined The Sams Clinic in 2018.
Sarah Johnson, M.A.
Sarah received her master’s degree in exercise physiology in 1985, and was one of the first to use Pilates to help people recover from injuries and overcome chronic pain. In 2004, Sarah attended the University of Tennessee Veterinarian College, taking courses in canine rehabilitation, and received her certification as a canine body worker. After joining The Sams Clinic in 2005, Sarah began developing our canine rehabilitation program. Over the years, she’s taken veterinary technician classes and mastered various hands-on approaches that help release joints and heal soft tissues and muscles. Working with Sarah, many our patients can gain full function and range of motion. Sarah has competed with her own dogs in obedience, sheepherding and agility. Ask any of her canine patients: Sarah has a magic touch.
Nicole, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Nicole joined The Sams Clinic in 2016. She is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and began working in the field of canine rehabilitation in 2012. She earned her certification as a canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She previously worked as a fitness trainer, dental technician and a customer service specialist. She is currently working towards acquiring her veterinary technicians license. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as her senior pet clan.
Mariko, Canine Rehabilitation Technician
Mariko joined the Sams Clinic in 2018. She is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician degree towards her RVT license and her MBA simultaneously. Her interests include canine/feline physical rehabilitation and surgical assisting. She originally became interested in physical therapy while helping martial artists, law enforcement and search and rescue professionals recover from injuries. Her varied veterinary work experiences have included working for a feline clinic, a holistic veterinary hospital, a mobile veterinary service, and a stint as an Animal Control Officer. Prior to the veterinary field, Mariko held several positions in the security and legal industries, working with local, state and federal law enforcement. She was the 2017 recipient of FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. When her cats Tweety, Baby Girl, and Ollie are not demanding all of her attention, she volunteers for a mobile vet clinic serving companion animals of the homeless.
Danielle, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Danielle attended Santa Rosa Junior College and received her veterinary technician license in 2002. Involved with veterinary care for many years, Danielle’s love for our four-legged friends inspired her to pursue many areas of medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology and emergency care. Passionate about expanding her veterinary knowledge, Danielle is proud to be part of “a wonderful medical team that not only urges staff members to further develop our skills and expertise but also encourages the veterinary field as a whole to expand its horizons.” She joined The Sams Clinic in 2008.
Laura, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Surgery Coordinator
Laura attended Carrington College and received her Associates degree in Animal Science in 2014. She received her veterinary technician’s licence in 2015. With over 5 years of general practice experience, she hopes to expand her knowledge with other aspects of the veterinary field. Her special interests include rehabilitation, anesthesia, surgery, behavior and emergency care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs - Shelby and Curry, finding new hiking trails in the Bay Area, traveling, cooking, camping and being outdoors. Laura joined The Sams Clinic in 2016.
Lisa, Veterinary Assistant Surgery Coordinator
Lisa graduated from San Francisco State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. After graduating, she decided to explore her passion of working with animals. She has been working in veterinary emergency and specialty as a service coordinator and veterinary assistant since 2015 and is currently working towards obtaining her RVT license. Lisa lives in San Francisco and joined the Sams Clinic in 2018. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and active, traveling and spending time with her quarter horse, Sony.
Gretchen, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Gretchen graduated from the University of California Davis in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and Biology. She began her focus in Emergency and Critical Care medicine in 1997 where she worked for 18 years. She received her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2000. Gretchen joined The Sams Clinic in 2014. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband, Dan and her two dogs, Boo Bear and Colt. Her hobbies include playing billiards and tending to her multitude of flowers, micro fruit orchards and vegetable gardens.
Lauren, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Lauren moved to the Bay Area from Southern California in 2004 to attend San Francisco State University where she graduated with a BA degree in Art Education. After her own cat, Lupin, needed orthopedic surgery, she was introduced to veterinary medicine and found her passion to care for animals. She then attended Foothill College and got an AS degree in Veterinary Technology, and has been a licensed technician since 2011. Lauren has worked in general practice, emergency and specialty medicine, specifically in surgery, oncology, and neurology. She has a strong interest in anesthesiology and pain management. Lauren lives in Oakland with her partner Jack, dog Rocky, and 2 cats Lupin and Meemaw. In her free time, she enjoys exploring/adventuring outdoors, weight lifting, vegan cooking and baking, going to see live music, and crafting.
Rachel, Veterinary Assistant
Rachel attended the University of New Hampshire where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Science with an emphasis on veterinary science and minors in dairy herd management and French. During her time at UNH, she worked at the University’s dairy farm, served as a Resident Adviser, and assisted in conducting reproductive research on cattle. She has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2011 and began at The Sams Clinic in 2016. She is currently pursuing further education in Nursing and hopes to receive her Registered Nurse license in the next few years. Rachel currently lives in Oakland with her cat Darth and enjoys travel, camping, hiking, and rooting for her favorite Boston sports teams!
Nora, Surgical Instrument Technician
Nora has had a life-long passion for animal care. She joined The Sams Clinic in January 2019 and while it is her first job in a clinical setting, Nora has had past experience in hospice and neonatal foster care of cats and dogs. Nora is currently studying General Biology at College of Alameda with plans for pursuing further education in Animal Science. She enjoys researching herpetology and small animal anatomy and spending time with her many pets!
Kim, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Front Desk Supervisor
Kimberly joined The Sams Clinic in 2009. She has over 25 years of experience in the veterinary field and received her veterinary technicians license in 2004. Kim's special interest in orthopaedic and neurological medicine feeds her deep desire to learn all she can in an effort to improve her patients quality of life and strengthen the human/animal bond. Kim lives in Sonoma County with her three cats, Captain Jack Sparrow, Rizzo and (failure to launch) Caarl. She enjoys outdoor activities, hiking, working out, horseback riding and knitting. In 2016, Kim was a finalist for the Pet Plan Veterinary Awards 2017 Veterinary Technician of the Year.