Terri J. Alexander, D.V.M.

Meet our owner, president & veterinarian, Doctor Alexander!! Dr. Alexander graduated from Kansas State University, both with her bachelors degree in biology and doctorate in veterinary medicine, in 1994. As soon as she graduated from vet school, she moved from the Kansas City area where she grew up to beautiful and sunny Southwest Florida!! She has a special interest in orthopedic surgeries, and is PennHIP certified and experienced! Doc is an avid lover of Labradors, and breeds, trains & competes her dogs in an array of sports; including retriever training for hunt tests and field trials, agility, and dock diving! She also serves on the board for the Animal ER of SWFL, and as a veterinary consultant for Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary, a local non-profit animal shelter. When not at SBAH, Dr. Alexander enjoys spending time with her husband Dave, their adoring pack of labs, and catching K-State & Kansas City Chiefs games!!

                   Shelly : Practice Manager

Welcome Shelly to the Santa Barbara Animal Hospital Family .Shelly has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years . During Shelly’s 20 years she has worked in all areas of the veterinary field .  Shelly’s goal in life is to help each and every pet and to make sure that all pet’s feel safe and loved and to make sure that their owners feel the same way when they leave here . Shelly enjoys either being on the boat and doing crafts with her 4 grandchildren. Shelly’s furr-babies are “Mayhem” a 6 year old Rottweiller, “Snookie” a 4 year old dachshund mix and a newly adopted kitten named “Casper Aka Jerry”.

Marilee: Head Technician

Marilee is technician supervisor here at Santa Barbara, and an integral member to our healthcare team! Having over 13 years of experience in the field, Marilee is well versed in the more complicated aspects of veterinary medicine, and assists in advanced surgical procedures as well as heading dental procedures and training team members. Firmly trusted by our doctors, Marilee is a vital member of Santa Barbara Animal hospital, and we are so happy to call her one of our own! Also fluent in Spanish, she has been or tremendous value in helping us to effectively care for the 4-legged family members of our Spanish-speaking community! She has 2 beautiful, smiling baby girls at home, a loving pibble named “Pappy” and a sweet kitty named “Toby!”

Brenna: Head

This is Brenna! Her exceptional multitasking and client service abilities have made her an all-star team member, and a crucial to our hospital! Having worked in the veterinary field since 2005, she is very knowledgeable and beyond helpful when it comes to organizing our days and handling the front line! Brenna’s accent quickly gives away that she hails from Massachusetts, though she is thrilled to live in what she considers the paradise that is Florida. Brenna’s kind, animal-loving heart has also led her to become a puppy-raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs; where she raises seeing-eye dogs through their first year of life and provides them the training and structure they need before heading off to “college” for more intensive training; then ultimately their fur-ever family in need. Along with a guide-pup, Brenna share’s her home with her two hilarious birds, “Cricket” the African Grey and “Angel” the Cockatoo.

Ashley, CVA: Vet & Rehab Technician

Meet Ashley, one of our fantastic techs! Her future plans include continuing her education and general goals towards becoming a veterinarian. In addition to already being a certified veterinary assistant, Ashley is also certified in therapeutic laser applications, and is working on additional certifications in veterinary physical therapy! This is wonderful considering our fully operational rehab center!! Ashley has a sweet Catahoula mix named “Cayo Costa,” a kitty named “Mako.”  Ultimately, Ashley would love to open a sanctuary and rehabilitation center for animals and can often be spotted volunteering around the community at places like the Shy Wolf Sanctuary.

Leidy: Technician

This is our lovely Leidy! With her kind soul and compassionate nature, she was born with a gentle touch much valued by all our visitors. Leidy has been eagerly training in surgical and dental procedures in addition to already seeing many of our patients coming to visit! Leidy can’t imagine herself outside of working with animals and plans on finding the perfect niche in the field for her long-term career. After long days of hard work, Leidy comes home to her two happy dogs, Simba a yellow lab and Buddy a lab mix; as well as her funny little kitty Luna!

Alexis, CVA: Technician

Meet Alexis! Having always had a big heart and a love of animals, our field called to her and she received her certification in veterinary assistance (CVA) at Cape Coral Technical Institute! Alexis has a special love for exotic animals, especially reptiles and amphibians! In addition to having had many lizards over the years, Alexis also has 3 loving puppers, and 4 kitties, as well as 2 ducks and a tortoise named “Rex!” In the future, Alexis sees herself continuing her good work with animals, possibly extending her knowledge into the realm of wildlife and exotic rehabilitation!

Kayla, CVA: Assistant

Meet Kayla! With her bright smile and can-do attitude, Kayla has been such a wonderful addition to our SBAH team! Along with being creative, hardworking and contagiously positive, Kayla is fantastic with animals!! She has experience working with both animals and children and has recently graduated with her certification in veterinary assistance with Cape Tech! In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting, and hanging out with her cat named “Jiggy!”

Steven: Kennel Technician

Meet Steven! Younger brother to our Leidy, Steven is the newest addition to our Santa Barbara Team, and cares for all of our pets on vacation! With his kind heart, excellent work-ethic, and love for animals, it made perfect sense for Steven to start his career with us (and we are thrilled to have him!). Steven currently attends Cape Coral High School and has collegiate hopes for the future. When not at school or work, Steven can be found hanging out with his family and animal friends, Buddy, Simba and Luna!

‘Fassa: Clinic Cat

If you’ve been in to see us, odds are you’ve already met ‘Fassa at the front desk! In addition to excelling at general cat things, ‘Fassa also has exceptional napping, stretching and purring skills. This fine boy is not only a blood donor for cats in need, but also a good friend and moral support to everyone here at SBAH. You’ll likely find ‘Fas hard at work in the lobby cat-scanning general, day-to-day operations, or in the back supervising the staff. While not in his orange fur-suit, ‘Fassa enjoys sporting a lion-cut around the hospital. He looks forward to meeting you and your fur-family!