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Ben Trogdon - Co-Owner/Manager

Ben (and wife Robin Shroyer) moved to Nipomo in 1979 to start Pacific Sun Growers, a wholesale greenhouse business. He is a licensed contractor and helped build Mesa Veterinary Hospital, Central Coast Pet ER, and Nipomo Dog and Cat Hospital. He was formerly an Animal Health Technician and spent several years working in the veterinary field while in college. In 2008 he opened NDCH with Drs. Shroyer and Wagner and spend several years managing the hospital.  Now he primarily operates as financial officer and handles clinic maintenance.  He is an accomplished ceramicist who enjoys spending his time with his wife and their 6 dogs, hiking, traveling to Baja California, paddle boarding and gardening.

Jesslyn - Hospital Manager/Registered Veterinary Technician

Jesslyn was born and raised in Nipomo.  While in college, she began working at veterinary hospitals to gain experience in the field. Her first veterinary job was cleaning kennels at the UC Davis Vet Med Teaching Hospital.  In 2007, she graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BS in Animal Science.  She continued working as a technician at emergency, referral and day practices for several years in Southern California. She returned to Nipomo to raise her family and joined the NDCH team in 2012.  Jesslyn obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) license in 2015 and in 2017 began taking over management duties.  Her family includes 3 dogs, 2 cats and a horse that are all rescues. She enjoys the outdoors including her horse, hiking and camping, photography, and gardening. 

Rebecca - Registered Veterinary Technician (Nursing Supervisor)

Rebecca is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. At a young age her dream was to work with animals. She attended an Animal Technology Program after high school and began her career as a technician.  In 2015 she officially obtained her RVT license.  Over the years she has worked in general practice, as well ass emergency and exotic animal hospitals.  She feels very lucky to be able to intertwine her love of animals with work. She treats all our patients as if they were her own pets.  She spends most of her off time trying to keep up with her two daughters. She enjoys time with her family, exploring the Central Coast and attending local music festivals.  Rebecca owns a menagerie of little critters that includes dogs, cats, ferrets, sugar gliders and turtles.

Karen - Registered Veterinary Technician (Dental Technician)

Karen is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has been working in the veterinary field for the past 30 years.  She graduated from Western Career College and passed her state board exam in 1991.  Originally from Northern California, Karen made her way to the Central Coast 7 years ago and fell in love.  She joined the NDCH team in 2016 and we can't imagine working without her.  Her passion for dentistry is infectious and invaluable.  Even after 30 years in the profession, she's never lost her love and compassion for the special animals in her care.  In her spare time, Karen loves hiking, walking on the beach and spending time with her husband and their little Chihuahua mix, Gloria.  Karen also volunteers for the Children's Ministries at New Life church in Pismo.

Erin - Registered Veterinary Technician (Specialty Surgery Technician)

Erin is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years, as a technician and a manager.  She moved to the Central Coast 13 years ago to attend Cal Poly.  After finishing her course work she decided to make the Central Coast her home.  Erin obtained her RVT license in 2009 and has dedicated herself to the veterinary field.  Her knowledge and experience, especially in emergency medicine, is a huge asset to our team.  Her family includes 3 cats and a horse.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening and spending time with her husband and friends.

Joni - Customer Service Representative 

Jodi - Customer Service Representative

After receiving her Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology, Jodi moved with her husband to the Central Coast and began her work in the veterinary field as a receptionist. She has a great personality and her attitude keeps things upbeat. Jodi is also a volunteer at Animal Services and fosters kittens. When not working, Jodi can usually be found swimming, biking or running!  Jodi also spends a great deal of volunteer time co-managing the Animals in Need / Petco cat adoption project.

Shawna - Customer Service Representative

Shawna was a client at NDCH and was so impressed by the experience, she decided she should work here. She left her career in the luxury jewelry industry to follow her passion – animals!  Her strong background in customer service and her great attitude allowed her to quickly become part of the NDCH family.  Shawna's favorite things are the beach, her Dad’s apple pie, visiting the Czech Republic, and her dogs Ginger and Georgia Clooney.

Azurdee - Customer Service Representative

Azurdee has always had a love for animals. She grew up wanting to be a veterinarian. Throughout high school she volunteered at a local veterinary office to learn more about the job. After high school, she attended CSU Fresno with a major in Animal Science. When she moved back home to Santa Maria, she worked for the same veterinarian as a technician and receptionist for over 5 years until the practice closed. She has continued working in the industry because of her love for helping animals and their owners.  On her free time she likes spending time with her pets - 3 dogs, a cat and a turtle and traveling and attending concerts.

Micci - Customer Service Representative

Micci began working in the veterinary field right after graduating from high school. She worked previously with Drs. Wagner and Shroyer for almost 5 years. After taking some time off to be with her children, Micci jumped back into the field with the NDCH team.  Micci is an energetic, motivated, positive person.  Her experience and knowledge provide a wonderful example to the entire NDCH staff.  When not working, Micci is trying to keep up with her 4 children, taking walks with her husband and snuggling on the couch with her 2 dogs; one a Saint Bernard rescue, the other a Dachshund mix.

Libby - Pharmacy Technician

We are lucky to have Libby on our team. She brings to us a great deal of experience as a Zoo Keeper and Wildlife Rehabilitator. She is a graduate of Cal Poly in Animal Science and we are happy to have her energetic personality in our hospital. She has a great sense of humor and an amazing attention to detail.  Libby and Jodi spend a tremendous amount of time volunteering for the Animals in Need Fund (AINF) and are in charge of the AINF/Petco cat adoption project.  Libby is on the Board of Directors for AINF and also maintains the AINF facebook page.

Anastasia - Pharmacy Technician

Anastasia was born and raised in the Fresno area. Her husband is in the military, so she’s spent a fair amount of time traveling. She has also lived in both Hawaii and Washington. She does a great job ordering our Hills/Science diet orders here at NDCH. In her spare time she loves to go salt water fishing. She says working with animals at NDCH is her calling. 

Elizabeth - Veterinary Assistant/Pharmacy Technician

Elizabeth is a Central Coast native and recent Cal Poly graduate with a degree in Animal Science. She is looking to pursue veterinary medicine in the future. She enjoys spending time with her cat Max and the many other animals at Woods Humane Society where she is a volunteer. In her free time, Elizabeth likes traveling, camping, photography, going to the movies and crocheting.

Yoni - Veterinary Assistant

Yoni is a Central Coast native. While attending the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Ca, she began volunteering with an animal rescue group. Her experiences in rescue work developed into a desire to help animals in need full-time. She moved back to the Central Coast in 2012 and immediately began working in a small animal practice. She’s been a great addition to our team! When not at work, Yoni enjoys being outdoors (hiking, camping, going to the beach) with her 2 dogs. She also enjoys reading, sharing good food with good people, and creating jewelry using crystals and gemstones.

Susan - Veterinary Assistant

Marilyn - Veterinary Assistant

Marilyn graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2007 with a BS in Animal Science. She's been working in small animal practice since she was 14, and loves getting to help your pets live a happier, healthier life. She loves all animals and working as a Veterinary Technician is such a fulfilling adventure. No two days are ever the same!  At home she is a fire wife and mother to 2 boys, 2 dogs and 2 cats. She's so glad to be back on the Central Coast and "feels blessed to work with such a compassionate, proactive, and dedicated  team members at NDCH."

Robert - Kennel Technician

Dawnde - AINF Administrative Director/Veterinary Technician

Dawnde joined our team in 2012. We appreciate her warm and upbeat demeanor. Her work experience includes 5 years in veterinary critical care nursing and 3 years in private practice. In her free time, she teaches yoga, loves to garden, cook delicious vegetarian dishes, knitting and enjoys bad horror movies. She’s compiled her pet family with animals from the Caribbean, Alabama, and beyond.  Dawnde is currently working full-time as the Administrative Director for the Animals in Need Fund.  We are lucky to have someone so familiar with veterinary medicine in this position!


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