Meet Our Team

Santa Fe Animal Clinic Staff

  • Rei Tanaka, D.V.M

    A Graduate of UC Davis.

    Dr. Tanaka practiced Veterinary medicine in the Bay area for 5 years at a multi-doctor practice, while also working at the Oakland Animal Shelter. He then moved to San Diego from the Bay area & traveled weekly to L.A. to complete his surgical residency. Missing San Diego he continued to commute until he finally decided to settle in Encinitas and start a family.

  • Jennifer B.
    Practice Manager

    Jenny is very recent 'implant' to San Diego. She moved here from Indiana to be with her husband, who is in the U.S. Navy. She has always loved animals, with previous work experience at both animal shelters and veterinary hospitals. She has two large breed dogs, both of which are her most adored fur babies! Jenny B. has an affinity for penguins, tigers and dolphins to name a few. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her dogs, reading, exploring SoCal, and spending time with her husband.

  • Jennifer P.
    Lead Veterinary Technician

    Jennifer has moved back to Southern California from Indiana. She has been working in the Veterinary field for about 13 years. Prior to working in animal health, Jennifer was in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed on Camp Pendleton. Jennifer still likes to be physically active, so you may see her running down the road.

  • Boris A.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Boris has worked at Santa Fe Animal Clinic since he was 16 years old. He is wonderful with the animals, and is our go to guy when something needs fixing! He is currently attending college working on his general education, hoping to have a career in computers. He loves to go hiking and camping. He is also an awesome big brother to his two younger sisters and 3 dogs.

  • Stephen Poleshuk,
    Staff Veterinarian

    Dr. Poleshuk was the long time owner of the well respected Keahou Veterinary Clinic in Kona, Hawaii, and has been a consistent relief Vet for Dr. Tanaka. He has practiced emergency medicine and surgery, and was also an Anatomy Professor. He and his wife, Lori, live in beautiful Del Mar where they occasionally see their son and daughter who attend college in Los Angeles. 

  • Heather B.

    Heather is the definition of a feisty redhead and is someone who enjoys talking to people and strives to make everyone happy. She was born and raised in SoCal and joins us with over 20 years of receptionist experience. She loves all animals and currently has a chihuahua, boxer, 2 goldfish, 1 beta, and a husband at home.

  • Breanne W.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bree is a delight to have around, she loves animals and is a great customer service representative. She has 3 children ranging from 3-17 years. She also has two fur babies, a spunky kitty and wild pup Joker.

  • Ryan K.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Ryan is originally from Las Vegas, but moved to Southern California about 15 years ago. He has been in the Veterinary field over 15 years now. He loves both spicy and salty foods. He has 2 cats and 2 dogs that he loves dearly. He's been married to his wife for over 9 years, and they have a son. He loves to take walks on the beach with his whole family, while chatting about SoCal life.

  • Elizabeth (Liz) J.

    Liz is SoCal born and raised--she grew up in Oceanside. She has one pet- an Aussie mix, whom she loves unconditionally. She loves to go out and explore new places with her family. She especially loves taking her 2 children 

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