Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Dr. Emily Miller<br>Owner/Veterinarian photo

Dr. Emily Miller

Dr. Emily Miller, affectionately known as Dr. Em, purchased Scotts Valley Vet Clinic from her father, Dr. Charles Miller in 2018, after 30 years of ownership. Dr. Em is truly honored to follow in her father's footsteps and carry on the personal, family-style of practice our clinic is known for.

Dr. Em received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from UC Davis in 2009 and graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, however, a few of her special interests include behavior, dermatology, dentistry and surgery. We especially appreciate Dr. Em’s knowledge and experience with ultrasound, digital dental radiographs, and cold laser treatment. Dr. Em strives to build lasting relationships with our clients and their pets. She is always eager to meet new clients, and enjoys getting to know all members of their families!

You will most likely find Dr. Em enjoying the outdoors with her husband and twin daughters.  She has a feisty shih tzu, a loving golden retriever and a fun bunch of chickens who are a constant source of entertainment.  Outside of work, she is very active and enjoys nature photography, beach activities, water/snow skiing, hiking and scuba diving.

She is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Monterey Bay Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Olivia Shull<br>Veterinarian photo

Dr. Olivia Shull

A Santa Cruz native, Dr. Shull received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at UC Davis in 2012 and graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. 

Dr. Shull's knowledge and compassionate care were welcomed with open arms in August of 2019.  One of her favorite aspects of being a Veterinarian is spending time really getting to know both her animal patients and clients and building a positive relationship. She takes pride in playing a role in a patient’s care and helping them grow up healthy and happy! Aside from general medicine, Dr.Shull has a special interest in ophthalmology and dentistry.

Dr. Shull lives with her scruffy terrier named Lola and her elderly childhood cat, Roxy. When she isn’t caring for pets, Dr. Shull enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking (especially baking), working out, and harvesting vegetables from her backyard garden.

Dr. Shull is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Monterey Bay Area Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Laura Schwartz</BR> Veterinarian photo

Dr. Laura Schwartz

We are overjoyed to welcome a new veterinarian to the team!  A Santa Cruz native, Dr. Laura Schwartz is thrilled to join the SVVC team after recently moving back to the area. 

Dr. Schwartz began her journey toward veterinary medicine by attending Boston University for undergraduate school, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology. After returning to California, she started working as a veterinary assistant at a local clinic and rehabilitating marine wildlife before earning her veterinary degree at U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.  

Following graduation, Dr. Schwartz completed a mixed animal internship in rural Texas where she worked with farm animals in addition to dogs and cats, the continued to work there as a veterinarian for two years.  There, she developed a love for emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery and goats! 

Settling back in Santa Cruz has been an easy transition for her and in July of 2020 she found a home at Scotts Valley Veterinary Clinic.  Dr. Schwartz will captivate and comfort you with her smile and warm nature.  She believes in patient care and client education and cannot wait to create long lasting relationships with her clients. 

Dr. Schwartz is often accompanied in the office by her spunky terrier mix “Tim” who she cannot pamper enough.  Outside of the clinic enjoys spending time with her family and friends while playing soccer and volleyball.  You may see her around on frequent walks or runs to the beach and through the redwoods.  

Dr. Schwartz is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Monterey Bay Area Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Sarah Beard</br> Veterinarian photo

Dr. Sarah Beard

We are so excited to welcome a new Veterinarian to our team, Dr. Sarah Beard! Dr. Beard comes from just north in Sonoma County and is new to Santa Cruz County.  She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 5 years old and participated in 4-H and FFA; raising pigs, chickens, and goats. Dr. Beard received her bachelor’s of science from UC Davis in 2016 and then went on to attend veterinary school at Washington State University where she graduated in 2020.  While she may be a recent veterinary graduate she has worked in the veterinary industry for years! 

She believes in compassionate medicine and care of all of her patients with a FearFree certification (which provides a more relaxing medical setting for animal patients).  She understands how important the human-animal bond is between a pet and their owner and looks to strengthen it through quality care. She believes that communication is the key to successful treatment and strives to have effective and open dialogues. She understands everyone has their own unique situations and wants to work with the individual client to do what is best for them and their pet. Dr. Beard has special interests in pain management, internal medicine and surgery. 

While not caring for her patients, Dr. Beard is most likely outdoors, spending time with her dog Hunter, cycling, mountain biking and hiking. She is looking forward to continuing to explore all that Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz has to offer and developing long-lasting relationships with her clients and patients!

Dr. Bead is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Monterey Bay Area Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Beverly  Hill<br>Veterinarian photo

Dr. Beverly Hill

Dr. Hill has been practicing medicine at Scotts Valley Veterinary Clinic since 1995. She attended U.C. Davis and received her B.S. in 1979 and her D.V.M. degree in 1983. After graduation, she spent 8 years in Pacific Grove working in a busy small animal practice.

Dr. Hill's favorite aspect of general practice is being able to care for a pet from birth to old age, allowing for a deeper understanding of each pet's individual healthcare needs. She values building relationships with clients that last through multiple pets. She also has a strong interest in canine and feline behavioral issues.

Dr. Hill has two dogs (a border collie, and a border collie mix) who accompany her in many of her outdoor activities and treat her two kitties as part of their pack. Her leisure time activities include skiing, backpacking, scuba diving and traveling with her husband to visit her two grown children in the Pacific Northwest.

While Dr. Hill is now semi-retired, she will still visit the clinic somewhat regularly to hopefully get to see some of her wonderful patients!

Dr. Hill is a member of the Monterey Bay Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Carol<br>Office Manager  photo

Office Manager

Carol is our office manager as well as staff supervisor. She was born and raised in Santa Cruz and has worked in local veterinary clinics since the tender age of 15. In 1982, Carol accepted a manager position at Scotts Valley Veterinary Clinic and has been the backbone of our clinic ever since!

Carol enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her ever-growing family and close friends. She and her husband have three wonderful daughters and are overjoyed to have recently welcomed their first grandchild into the family! Scotts Valley Vet Clinic is grateful to have such a selfless, dedicated individual as our office manager, and often refer to her as “Mama Bear” due to her genuine care and concern for her "kids" (aka staff).

Rhiannon </br>Technician Manager</br>Certified Veterinary Assistant photo

Technician Manager
Certified Veterinary Assistant

Rhiannon was born and raised in Hollister and moved to the Santa Cruz area in 2014. Her deep-rooted passion for animals inspired her to pursue a career path in Veterinary Medicine. She has worked at a variety of hospitals over the years, and we are pleased to integrate Rhiannon’s experience and knowledge into our practice! While she has worked at a variety of hospitals, she found her true home at Scotts Valley Veterinary Clinic in 2019. We are honored to integrate her compassion, knowledge and experience into the practice.

Off the clock, Rhiannon continues to devote the majority of her time to caring for her assortment of critters! She is a proud pet parent to her three dogs (Bobo, Cricket, and Winston), three cats (Kiarra, Leo, and Kitten), three fish (Fish, Barney, and Lavender), two leopard geckos (Skittles and Kika), three rats (Turnip, Olive, and Comet) and her beloved horse (Splenda). Rhiannon also enjoys being outdoors, spending quality time with her family and friends, and channeling her creative side through art. Her ultimate goal is to continue to expand her knowledge in the Veterinary field and to eventually work in wildlife conservation.

Kylie  </br>Lead Technician/Veterinary Assistant photo

Lead Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Kylie grew up in Hollister and moved to our area to attend the University of Santa Cruz a few years ago. After graduating in 2017 with a B.S. degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, she decided to pursue a career path in the animal care field. Kylie gained valuable experience working as a Veterinary Assistant for a couple years prior to joining our team and we appreciate her friendly, go-getter personality to take on new challenges! She is constantly finding new ways to expand her knowledge and skills through working with animals of all types. Most recently, she has become a volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where she helps care for the adorable sea otters.

In her free time, Kylie loves spending time with her cat, "Kiarra", her three fish, and two White Tree Frogs, "Rhubarb and Nimba". She also enjoys working out, painting/drawing, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Mari Jo<br>Lead Customer Service Representative  photo

Mari Jo
Lead Customer Service Representative

Mari Jo began her Veterinary reception career in 1999, but started with SVVC in 2007. We are very lucky to have her fun personality on our staff, as she is always making her co-workers and clients laugh. She grew up in New Jersey (thus her slight accent!) and then spent 35 years in Colorado where she worked as a receptionist at a large Veterinary hospital. Mari Jo prides herself on getting to know our clients on a personal level and takes the time to listen and adjust to their needs. Outside of work, the family is her priority and she delights in time spent with her family, especially her adorable grandson, Lennox.

Tegan  </br>Certified Veterinary Assistant photo

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Tegan, an Arizona native, has always had a thirst for knowledge and a strong passion for animals. She attended the University of Arizona, which she graduated from in 2018 with a Bachelors in Veterinary Science. From an early age, Tegan formed a strong foundation in animal husbandry through fostering kittens with her family. She has been a wonderful addition to our practice, adding years of experience and knowledge to our team. Whether she is working in reception or as a Veterinary Assistant, you will recognize Tegan by her calm presence and contagious smile. Tegan and her boyfriend are proud pet parents to their handsome Staffordshire Terrier, Uli and their cat, Milo. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking with her four-legged companion, running, and when she has the time, playing the piano.

Jessica  </br>Certified Veterinary Assistant photo

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Jess, a Las Vegas native, started off as a coffee slinger and over the years, this chapter of her life took her from the hills of New Mexico to Fort Walton Beach, all the way to the northern reaches of Louisiana, ending in Florida. She closed the coffee chapter having proudly earned the title of Starbucks Supervisor, and with a new adventure in mind, Jess and her boyfriend made the decision to shift gears, literally. Along with their thrill-seeking canine, Indy (aka Indiana Bones), this dynamic trio rode bicycles across the United States! Starting in Florida, this six-month-long journey of a lifetime would eventually lead them to where they reside now, deep beneath the redwoods of Boulder Creek. Jess has always been intrigued by the veterinary world and was excited to join our team as a receptionist in August of 2019. Jess has always been intrigued by the world of veterinary medicine and is always wanting to learn more.  She was excited to join the team as a receptionist in August of 2019 and she is now overjoyed to move into the role of a veterinary assistant. When Jess isn’t off traveling, you can find her and her little family enjoying the sunshine at the beach with her doppio espresso in hand!

Andrew</br> Registered Veterinary Technician</br>In Training photo

Registered Veterinary Technician
In Training

Bio coming soon!

Helena</br> Veterinary Assistant photo

Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Cristina</br> Customer Service Representative photo

Customer Service Representative

Cristina is a Santa Cruz native and is currently a student at UC Santa Cruz.  She is majoring in biology and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field in the future.  Cristina developed a passion for animals after watching her dad take care of his cows and horses back in their small ranch in Mexico. 

Cristina was overjoyed to join the SVVC team in 2020, as a receptionist and is extremely grateful to have found such a loving animal environment.  She is excited to have the ability to help out any pet or client in need and is known for her warm nature and comforting demeanor.

In her free time, Cristina enjoys time with her dog “Tobi” and being a cheerleader at UCSC.  One of Cristina’s most prized possessions is her 9-year-old goldfish, which she won at the county fair in 2011. She has yet to name him, she would love to hear your suggestions!

Valerie</br> Certified Veterinary Assistant photo

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Photo & Bio Coming Soon!

Ali</br> Registed Veterinary Technician photo

Registed Veterinary Technician

Photo & Bio Coming Soon!

Lorrie</br> Customer Service Representative photo

Customer Service Representative

Photo & Bio Coming Soon!

Aleah</br> Veterinary Assistant photo

Veterinary Assistant

Photo & Bio Coming Soon!

Justin</br> Veterinary Assistant photo

Veterinary Assistant

Photo & Bio Coming Soon!

Scotts Valley Veterinary Clinic

4257 Scotts Valley Drive

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

(831) 438-2600
Fax: (831) 438-0169
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Sunday Closed

Monday 7:30am - 4:00pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 4:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 4:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 4:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm

Saturday 7:30am - 12:00pm