Jaime Renteria, Surgical Assistant
Jaime has always had a love for animals and and a passion for surgery. He has been in the veterinary industry for 20 years and has worked with board certified surgeons as a surgical assistant for 15 years. It was here we he broadened his technical knowledge of surgical procedures and techniques. Jaime enjoys staying current through continuing education by attending veterinary surgical conventions. He then joined Dr. Rick Garcia and Mobile Veterinary Surgical Services in 2013 as a surgical assistant. Jaime has become a valuable team member. His passion for animals, work ethic, and competency as a surgical assistant is apparent each day and is a valuable addition to MVSS. He lives with his Labrador Retriever, Cassy. Outside of work he loves sports, hiking, jogging, and mostly anything to do with the outdoors.
Stormie Smith, Surgical Assistant
Stormie Smith was born in Arizona and has been a part of the MVSS team since early 2012. She has worked in the veterinary industry for eight years. Working with different vets and assisting in surgeries she has gained experience in major surgeries such as TTA, FHNO, ALPS and ESF. Prior to moving out to Los Angeles with her two cats she lived in Arizona where she worked at Four Legged Friends Animal Hospital in Phoenix, AZ as well as the Emergency Animal Clinic in Gilbert, AZ. In 2011 she graduated from Kaplan College with her Associates in Veterinary Technology. Since a child, Stormie has always known that she wanted to work with animals. Being here with MVSS has helped push her to follow her gut and become a veterinarian herself. By the time she was 17, she had gained the trust and respect of the veterinarians she worked for, and she was hired as a veterinary technician. Spurred by a constant desire to improve her skills in patient care and safety she focused on expanding her skills by working in various departments including Emergency, Radiology, and Anesthesia. After 2.5 years, she decided to move into a general practice position in Los Angeles, CA where she could develop closer long-term relationships with clients and their pets. However the challenges of surgery and anesthesia pulled her back into veterinary surgery.
Heather Escobar, Surgical Assistant