Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that you and your pet have a positive and efficient experience with us, regardless of what it was that brought you through our door. We strive to help pet owners understand their pets and learn about preventive health care maintenance. All our staff are pet owners, pet lovers, and are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience for you and your pet.
Continual training and monthly staff meetings keep the staff focused on client service, updates in medicine and diagnostics, and new products. The staff is continually challenging themselves and other team members to improve daily procedures, quality of care, record keeping, and devotion to animal comfort and well-being.
Victoria Bannerman, DVM
Vicki is an east coast transplant having moved here from Annapolis, MD., where she helped manage a clinic for 4 years. She is originally from Atlanta, GA., where she grew up and learned to speak fluent “southern.” She graduated from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 (how ’bout them dawgs’). Although Dr. Bannerman enjoys all phases of the veterinary profession, her specialties are veterinary geriatrics and pain management. She is a certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Her hobbies include theater arts, scuba diving,international travel, and singing. She is an active member of Sweet Adelines International. She lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with her husband, three children and multiple pets.
Vicki is co-owner of the Adobe Animal Hospital of Soquel and manages the small animal practice.
Marc Gherardi, DVM
Marc is a graduate of University of California — Davis. He completed his internship at the Sacramento Animal Medical Group, then started practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco Bay area before joining the team in Santa Cruz. In addition to his work with Animal Hospital of Soquel, Dr. Gherardi consults on a volunteer basis at the Long Marine Laboratory in Santa Cruz.
Cristina Topper, DVM
Cristina is a native of San Francisco and obtained her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from UC Davis. She joined the Adobe Animal Hospital of Soquel with extensive experience in Emergency Medicine. She came to us from Pacific Veterinary Emergency Clinic. She performed her internship at a specialty hospital in Los Angeles. As a general practitioner her interests include dentistry and dermatology.
In her free time, Cristina enjoys eating, shopping and exotic travel to Las Vegas. When she is home, Cristina spends way too much time with her cats. Although Cristina says she has no hobbies, she would love to learn surfing if it were not for the fact that she can’t swim.
Dr. Deborah Moreno, DVM
Deborah was born and raised in the foothills of Mt. Shasta, CA in the little lumber town of Weed. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1981 and was awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC Davis in 1986. After owning a practice in Oakland for 5 years, she left city life to settle down in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1992 where she has raised her family and made her home ever since. She brings a dedication to all aspects of the practice of small animal medicine with a special interest in surgery and preventative care. She sees her role as an integral member of the pet’s healthcare team, helping pet owners navigate decisions in nutrition, training, speciality care, preventative care and other areas that maximize the human-animal bond. In her off time, she loves hiking in the redwoods with her dogs and spending time with her cats in her vegetable and flower garden, ever grateful for life in our beautiful Central Coast paradise.
Melissa – Office Manager
Melissa has worked with us for the past 6 years, starting as the front desk supervisor and advancing to her current position as Office Manager and she is currently completing her AAHA Certified Office Manager certification. She is also a certified Medical Assistant. Her extensive experience in the medical field maker her the perfect addition to our Adobe team.
Anneke – Registered Veterinary Technician
Anneke began working as a Veterinary Assistant in 1988 after a long career in the human nursing field. She graduated from Hartnell College in 1996 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She works in all fields of our hospital and assists the doctor as needed to attend to our furry patients and their companions.”I switched careers from the human medical field I had chosen in my younger years because, to me, there is nothing better than to come together with the animals needing care; to touch their spirit; to love their being; to be understanding and become one with their fears and joys. Many lovely four-footed friends have shared my home and at this time I am graced to share my life with seven dear cats.”
Brynne – Registered Veterinary Technician
Brynne has been a resident of Santa Cruz since 1972. She raised her family here and has had cats, dogs, and horses in her life for many years as well. Brynne graduated from Hartnell Community College 8 years ago and received her Registered Veterinary Technician’s license. Following that, she went to the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida and received her certification in caninine rehabilitation in 2007. “I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful community and grateful for all the wonderful animals in my life.”
Regina – Customer Service Representative
Regina has worked at Adobe Animal Hospital for the last five years and has begun her AAHA Veterinary Hospital Manager certification. You can often see her little Boston Terrier, Dottie, sitting with her behind the reception desk. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Regina enjoys pet sitting for some of our Adobe clients and hiking with her dogs, Dottie and Bishop. Regina is also a passionate violinist.
Lisa – Accounts Manager
Lisa moved to California from Schenectady, NY in 1994. She moved from San Jose to Aptos in 1999, where she was working for a local non profit. She began working at Adobe in 2014. She and her husband, Rodney are devoted cat parents, and they share their home with many kitties, making this the purrfect place for her to work.
Nancy – Veterinary Assistant
Nancy was born and raised in Santa Cruz. Hoping to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, Nancy began taking a Regional Occupational Program for veterinary medicine at Harbor High School. Nancy complete her externship here at Adobe and became a full time employee after graduation. Nancy enjoys watching movies and hanging out with her cat, Smokey.
Tony – Operations Manager
Tony is a professional technology consultant and our resident computer nerd. If you call the clinic and hear a guy answer the phone, don’t worry– you haven’t gotten a wrong number because he has also joined our front desk staff part-time. Tony, his husband Ken, and his black Lab Lola have been clients for many years and he loves interacting with all the furry patients who come into the clinic. After spending decades in the software industry, he is finding a new passion being around so much “Pawsitive” energy!
Leslie – Veterinary Assistant
Leslie is originally from Canada and has been living in the United States for the last six years. Her and her husband started off in New Jersey and then moved to California about four years ago and now they reside in Santa Cruz with their dog. She has volunteered at many animal shelters throughout her journeys across Canada and the US. Leslie is currently in school working towards her Veterinary Technician Degree. She has her Small Animal Veterinary Assisting Certificate and is Fear Free Certified. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking, road biking, hiking, going to the beach, spending time enjoying the outdoors with her dog and also training her dog.
Charnelle – Veterinary Assistant
Char was born and raised in Santa Cruz. In the near future, she hopes to continue school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Char started working as a Veterinary Assistant in 2015, and has always loved animals. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports and going to the beach with her dog Theo.
Caitie – Veterinary Assistant
Caitie is originally from Sebastopol, CA where she grew up on a cattle and sheep ranch. She enjoys long hikes with her Great Pyrenees and eating BBQ.
Samantha – Veterinary Assistant
Samantha was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She plans to begin school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. If she’s not working, you can find her playing tug-of-war with her Bulldog Hans.
Hazel – Customer Service Representative
Hazel has been happily greeting clients and furry patients from the front desk at Adobe since the dawn of time. She loves all kitty cats! In her off hours, Hazel thrives on gardening, water aerobics, Antiques Roadshow and her three adorable grandchildren.
Taylor – Veterinary Assistant
Taylor was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She will be attending Foothill College in the fall in hopes of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. In her spare time, Taylor loves to spend time with her dog, Maggie, walking on the beach. Not to be left out, her new kitten, Gizmo, gets lots of cuddle time. Taylor also frequently visits her family living in Hawaii.. Aloha!