Meet Our Team

Santa Fe Animal Clinic Staff

  • Rei Tanaka, D.V.M
    Veterinarian/Owner

    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 H.,
    R.V.T.
    Lead Technician

    Jennifer got a taste for animal medicine back in the early 2000's when she worked for Dr. Gee for just over three years. This is where she realized her passion for animal health. Since then she has received her college degree in Animal Health Technology from Mesa College and RVT license. Jennifer is the lead technician and dental hygienist here at the clinic and is happy to have the opportunity to work with you and your pet . She is married with an adorable 7 year old son named Chancelor and a rambunctious little girl, Skyler, who was born September 2017. Also gracing her home are two kitties, Elvis and Priscilla, a rescue pup named Ace and a bearded dragon named Charlie. She loves to cook, host get-together's and spend quality time with her family.

  • Jennifer P.
    Veterinary Technician

    Jennifer has moved back to Southern California from Indiana. She has been working in the veterinary field for about 10 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.

  • Alexis H.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alexis was born and raised in SoCal, and has always had a passion for animals ever since she was little. One of her earliest memories was being called into the principal's office in preschool to catch an alligator lizard that all the boys were afraid of. She grew up with a house full of animals, including snakes, bunnies, hedgehogs, rats, frogs, lizards, saltwater fish, and of course cats and dogs. She has done everything from bathing dogs, to snake handling, and has been a veterinary assistant since 2016. In her spare time she loves to BBQ for friends and family, gardening, and exploring San Diego - always down for a road trip.

  • Stephen Poleshuk,
    D.V.M
    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.
    Receptionist

    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.

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed