DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Force graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She worked in a mixed practice in Invercargill, New Zealand for her very first job out of vet school.
Dr. Judy Force – DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
That was a challenge! Cats & dogs, horses & cattle and the occasional sheep or deer farm. Back in the states she worked in a small animal practice in South Lake Tahoe, California and then Fort Bragg, California before settling down in Watsonville (Santa Cruz county) about 10 years ago.
In the 1980’s there was no dentistry department at UC Davis. The second year out of school, though, Dr. Force took the AAHA weekend courses in dentistry and was hooked. It wasn’t until she was working at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital, though, that she found they had lots of wonderful dental equipment that was hardly being used that she was able to devote herself to learning as much dentistry as possible.
Her first mentor, Dr. Barry Staley, was a retired human periodontist and came to oversee dental cases that Dr. Force was doing at SCVH. Dr. Michael Floyd was a great mentor until he retired a few years ago and then Dr. Brook Niemiec (in San Diego), Pat Frost Fitch and Dr. Alex Reiter were her main mentors. During the last three years she has traveled to several veterinary dental practices around the country to work with board certified veterinary dentists and advance her knowledge and skills.
In 2006 Dr. Force was honored to have been awarded a Don Low Fellowship in anesthesia. She spent 20 days at UC Davis in the veterinary teaching hospital working in the anesthesia department with Faculty, residents and students and improving her understanding of anesthesia in critical as well as geriatric and special-needs patients.
In 2011 Dr. Force became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. She passed a rigorous examination in 2014 and is now a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.
Dr. Force continues to study and learn new skills. She shares that knowledge by lecturing at the national Veterinary Dental Forum as well as to local veterinary hospitals and associations. She has written articles for journals and is currently working on a chapter for veterinary dental restorations book.
In her spare time, Dr. Force enjoys training and competing with her Dalmatians in agility, obedience and an occasional Dalmatian road trial. She enjoys riding her horses on the trail and in dressage competitions. She also likes to play banjo and guitar and spend time with family and friends.
Read more about Dr. Force in the Register Parjaronian.
Dentistry for Animals welcomes Dr. Deborah Hodesson, recently of Bear Creek Animal Hospital in Ashland, Oregon. Dr. Deb is a University of California (Davis), graduate.
Dr. Deborah Hodesson – DVM
She has thirty-plus years of hands-on experience as a small animal care veterinarian, in general and emergency care. She has owned hospitals and mobile practices in California and central Oregon. We are very excited to have such a wonderful and caring veterinarian coming in as a resident to finish her dental training program.
Dr. Deb is also active in the non-profit Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, which provides dentistry to captive wild animals so they can enjoy better, healthier lives. Dr. Deb has performed general dentistry and special procedures for a variety of exotic animals, including lions, tigers, chimpanzees, and bears.
Dr. Deb is excited to be part of a great clinic like Dentistry for Animals. She looks forward to providing continued excellent dental care for the wonderful people and pets we work with..
Dr. Deb is married and has three adult sons. She loves to swim, bike and run, and she and her husband Tom love to go camping and scuba diving. She says she is looking forward to the warmer climate of Santa Cruz County, as well as being so close to the ocean.
Jeanie Repp, RVT Practice Manager
Jeanie Repp, RVT – Practice Manager
Jeanie comes to us with over 30 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She started in a small general practice in Carmel where she developed a solid foundation. She has a strong background in emergency and critical care and was Nursing Supervisor at both the Monterey Emergency Clinic and Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. Most recently she was the primary CCU RVT at a large multi specialty practice in Campbell. Jeanie has loved all aspects of veterinary medicine including management and comes to us as Practice Manager after taking a break to start a family. She is a graduate of Hartnell Colleges Animal Health Technology Program is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and holds a BA in Biology from UC Santa Cruz. She enjoys reading, working out and poodles! She shares her home with her husband, one silly cat and her adorable 5 year old son.
Melinda Lunn Receptionist
Melinda Lunn – Receptionist
Melinda has been with Dentistry for Animals since 2006 and is the resident computer whiz, bookkeeper, and all around problem solver. She enjoys her time two days a month as our receptionist in Dublin and has fun meeting the cats and dogs as well as their owners. She loves riding horses, fixing up her garden and playing with her new foal. She lives in Livermore with her husband, David and son, Jon, a cat and 3 horses.
Karen Montes, RVT Veterinary Technician
Karen Montes, RVT – Veterinary Technician
Shortly after graduating high school she started working as a kennel technician and while working the full time, she had the opportunity to train in all areas of the hospital. Karen became the lead technician and manager at the hospital. In 2009, Karen attained her RVT as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has special interest in Dentistry, Pain Management, and Anesthesia. In 2013 she began working at Dentistry for Animals to further her education and skills in dentistry. And in 2014, she started studying and training to attaining her VTS a specialty in dentistry.
Caroline Rose Veterinary Assistant
Caroline Rose – Veterinary Assistant (Dublin)
Caroline joined Dentistry for Animals in 2007 with several years experience as a veterinary assistant. She is very skilled at monitoring anesthesia, performing periodontal treatments and assisting with dental procedures. When she’s not working at the Dublin office she works full time at the East Bay SPCA. On her free time, she enjoys creating art using all kinds of mediums, reading, futzing with computers and technology, and relaxing with her cats E La A Uí and Da DunDun.
Cindy Stokes – Veterinary Assistant
Cindy joins the practice with ten years of client service and veterinary assisting experience. She worked for four years in the surgery department at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. She loves animals and has a calming demeanor that sets the animals at ease. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, watching movies and spending time with her husband, two daughters and their dogs Roxy (Boston Terrier) and Thor (Jack Russell Terrier).
Amanda Martinez Veterinary Assistant
Amanda Martinez – Veterinary Assistant
Amanda recently completed the ROP program in Veterinary Science at Soquel High School. She plans to enroll in the Foothill College Veterinary Technology Program to become a registered veterinary technician, and then go on to veterinary school in the future. Amanda grew up with animals and currently owns four dogs. In her spare time she volunteers at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.
Sierra Whitechurch-Aylsworth – Veterinary Assistant
I am 19 years old and am currently doing my general education at Cabrillo then plan to transfer to Cal Poly to pursue my dream of working in the veterinary field of science. I have been working for Doctor Force for over a year now and am loving the opportunity! I myself have 3 dogs and 2 cats and have been an animal lover since I was born. There was and is no doubt in my mind about pursuing my career in Veterinary Science. I look forward to helping everyone’s companions here at the dentistry and assure the same care toward your animals as I would want for mine.
Leslie Haddad, RVT Veterinary Technician
Leslie Haddad, RVT– Veterinary Technician
Leslie has worked in specialty veterinary medicine since 2005. She started out in Internal Medicine and Oncology and then spent 5 years in Ophthalmology. Leslie has a BA in Anthropology from Stephens College and an AS in Veterinary Technology from Foothill College. In her free time Leslie volunteers for the San Lorenzo Valley Little League, fosters Labrador Retrievers and plays beach volleyball.
Brandi Ruscher-Hill Veterinary Assistant
Brandi Ruscher-Hill – Veterinary Assistant
Brandi joined Dentistry for Animals in 2016 after finishing her Marine Biology B.S. at the UCSC. Being surrounded by numerous household pets eventually grew into an interest in wildlife, ultimately building her passion for marine mammals. She also works as a dog trainer, volunteers as a research assistant and marine mammal trainer for the Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Lab. Brandi plans on spending the next year gaining experience in both marine research and veterinary medicine to help guide her in the process of choosing a field of interest for graduate school.
Elizabeth Meyers Veterinary Assistant
Elizabeth Meyers – Veterinary Assistant
Elizabeth joined Dentistry for Animals in 2015 with a few years of experience vet assisting. She also works full time as a vet assistant at the East Bay SPCA. She graduated UC Davis with a Bachelors in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology with an emphasis in Animal Health and is very passionate about medicine. She enjoys helping improve the quality of life for our special furry friends. In her spare time, she rides her horse, does some pet sitting, goes on travelling adventures with her friends, or hangs out at home with her six 4-legged companions.