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.

  • 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. 

  • Jenny B.
    Practice Manager

    Jenny is recent 'implant' to San Diego/ SoCal. 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, kayaking, and spending time with her husband.

  • Jennifer P.
    Lead Veterinary Technician

    Meet Jennifer P!

    Originally from Indiana, she decided to move to SoCal a few years ago. She has been working in the Veterinary field for over 15 years! Prior to working in animal health, Jennifer was in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed on Camp Pendleton. Her favorite part of the vet field is seeing all the dogs--especially Dobermans! 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jenna C.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Meet Jenna!

    She is a SoCal native and US Navy Veteran with a profound love and respect for all animals. She joined the veterinary field about 2 years ago. Outside of work, she volunteers at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. She also enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking and paddle boarding. She is an avid runner, so you may see her running around Encinitas, or on the trails with one of her 3 dogs. 

  • Stephanie G.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Meet Stephanie!

    She is a life-long resident of California, having grown up in San Diego county. Stephanie has always had an affinity for animals, and has been in the vet field for over 5 years. She loves the vet field because every day is different. She especially loves learning about emergency services and treatments for animals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 children and her 2 cats. 

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