Dr. Bob Dean

Dr. Dean attended undergraduate and graduate school at Auburn University (Bachelor in Biological Science in Zoology) and Veterinary School at Auburn U...

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Dr. Bob Dean

Dr. Dean attended undergraduate and graduate school at Auburn University (Bachelor in Biological Science in Zoology) and Veterinary School at Auburn University (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine ’76). Dr. Dean is the fifth from his family tree to graduate from Auburn University in Veterinary Medicine.

After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Dean moved back home to Anaheim Ca, where he practiced with his father, until relocating to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1978. Soon after, he built and opened the Santa Ynez Pet Hospital in 1983. Dr. Dean is married to Joanne Dean, the practice’s manager. They reside in the small town of Los Olivos. Dr. Dean’s other interests include scuba diving, photography, and traveling.

Dr. Neshan Sarkisian

Dr. Sarkisian purchased Santa Ynez Pet Hospital in January 2023. He is a California native and always dreamed of living in the Santa Ynez Valley. A...

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Dr. Neshan Sarkisian

Dr. Sarkisian purchased Santa Ynez Pet Hospital in January 2023. He is a California native and always dreamed of living in the Santa Ynez Valley.

After attaining his undergraduate degree in biology at the age of 19, he moved to South America where he would spend the next 9 years. He met his wife while teaching in Bolivia, then moved to Peru where he decided to pursue veterinary medicine. He then returned to the US to complete an academic internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine before ultimately moving back to California. After working for a few years in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez, he was presented with the life changing opportunity to purchase SYPH from Bob and Joanne Dean.

Dr. Sarkisian still holds a special love for camelid and ruminant medicine, but his biggest passion is caring for his dog and cat patients. He is extremely interested in endoscopy, laparoscopic surgical techniques, as well as general surgery. He is very proud to have added LOVE Spays to our repertoire of services.

Dr. Sarkisian feels fulfilled at the end of each day knowing that he did his best to send his patients home feeling better, no matter the ailment. He feels strongly that his job is to advocate for the wellbeing of each patient, first and foremost.

Dr. Sarkisian lives in Santa Ynez with his wife, two children, two dogs, two cats, and several beehives, ducks, and chickens.

Dr. Sarah Edwards

Dr. Edwards grew up in Orange County and attended Cal Poly Pomona. Soon after graduating, Dr. Edwards moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she ente...

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Dr. Sarah Edwards

Dr. Edwards grew up in Orange County and attended Cal Poly Pomona. Soon after graduating, Dr. Edwards moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she entered the school of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.

Prior to moving to the Santa Ynez Valley, she practiced in Arizona and Virginia. She has three children; Caleb (16), Lita (13), and Stone (10).

Dr. Edwards enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family.

Dr. Amy Parker

Now achieving 30 years in the field, Dr. Amy Parker's journey in the world of veterinary medicine began with a profound love for animals that develope...

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Dr. Amy Parker

Now achieving 30 years in the field, Dr. Amy Parker’s journey in the world of veterinary medicine began with a profound love for animals that developed during her childhood here in the Santa Ynez Valley. After graduating as Valedictorian from Dunn School, she pursued her dream by obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC Davis, where she honed her skills and knowledge and graduated with high honors. After graduation, she embarked on a career path that would become a testament to her passion and professionalism.

Dr. Amy Values all aspects of medicine and surgery, but her primary interest is in preventative healthcare and wellness. In addition to practicing quality medicine, she has also been a prominent member of the Veterinary community, holding several board member positions including 20 years with the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association.

When she is not caring for our patients, Dr. Amy and her wife, Joy, owner of Solvang Spice Merchant, enjoy hiking with their rescue dog, Bullseye, and hanging in their Solvang garden with their tortie cat, Patsy. Dr. Amy is also an avid oil painter and watercolorist. You can often find her paintings featured on the walls of the Santa Ynez Pet Hospital.

Dr. Lara Zekaria

Dr. Zekaria earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 then went on to earn a Master in Education from Pepperdine Universit...

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Dr. Lara Zekaria

Dr. Zekaria earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 then went on to earn a Master in Education from Pepperdine University in 1996. After working as an elementary school teacher for several years, Dr. Zekaria realized something was missing. Even though she loved education, she yearned to dedicate her life to animal welfare. In order to accomplish her dream, Dr. Zekaria returned to school, ultimately earning a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2003.

After graduation, Dr. Zekaria settled back in Los Angeles, California, accepting an offer at a small animal hospital in her old neighborhood. For the next 20 years, she served her community, honing her skills as a practitioner and dedicating herself to client education. Because of her unique background, Dr. Zekaria understood that empowering pet parents with clear and practical information is just as important as diagnosing and treating ailments.

In 2021, Dr. Zekaria and her husband Ike relocated their family to the Santa Ynez Valley. They wanted a slower paced life and a tight knit community where they could raise their twins. They had long since fallen in love with the area and always knew that they would move one day.

Dr. Zekaria is thrilled to have found a home at Santa Ynez Pet Hospital and can’t wait to meet you and your furry family members. Her interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, dermatology, behavior medicine, and preventative medicine.

When not working, Dr. Zekaria is passionate about mentoring the next generation of veterinarians and raising money for endangered mountain gorillas. She loves reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband, her twins, and her Bernedoodle named Gus.

Joanne Dean

Practice Manager

Joanne Dean is the practice's manager and bookkeeper. For many years she worked up front with the receptionists, but the increasing demands of her dut...

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Joanne Dean

Practice Manager

Joanne Dean is the practice’s manager and bookkeeper. For many years she worked up front with the receptionists, but the increasing demands of her duties has relegated her to more behind the scenes. ‘I miss the day-to-day sharing of the clients’ lives and their pets. Fortunately, we have a remarkable staff that I can leave ‘up front’ in capable hands. I’m truly thankful for our entire team. The pets’ antics, personalities, struggles, and companionship, as well as the wonderful family atmosphere we have created with these great employees, are the greatest rewards of this job.’

Marie

Assistant Manager

Marie is a technician and our assistant manager, who has been with us since we opened our doors in 1983. She manages our inventory and keeps the hospi...

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Marie

Assistant Manager

Marie is a technician and our assistant manager, who has been with us since we opened our doors in 1983. She manages our inventory and keeps the hospital on track when Dr. Dean & Joanne are out of town. We also call her the “Cat Whisperer.” At home she has dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and goats. “I love animals” is why she with us and we are fortunate to have her.