Practice Manager

Maria has been in the Veterinary industry for more than 12 years. She attended a volunteer program that was provided by her High School called ROP, in helping out the community but also showing helping them in the future the responsibilities of life. Since then she loved the being in the field and moved herself up with dedication and love her career in the Veterinary industry. A few of her responsibilities as our Practice Manager consist of making sure our hospital equipment is functioning accurately and properly, assisting our Doctors,Technicians, and Receptionist in the examination, treatment rooms, lobby area, office work and helping with all Client Communication and Supervising our employees to make sure everyone is comfortable, happy, and most importantly, safe!

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“Her original plans for her career where to work in the Law Enforcement Department as a K9 Officer”


Technical Manager

Hi! My name is Veronica and I’ve been doing what I love for the past 20 years; helping and caring for animals. Not many people can say that, I’m one of the few that can!

When not at work, I spend my time keeping up with my sport-loving Fiancé and our two furry kids. I also spend time with my energetic, fun, loving niece or volunteering at her school. Family is important to me and I enjoy spending time and hanging out with my siblings, cousins, and friends.

In my spare time, you can find me relaxing reading a good book or out enjoying new place to eat.

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“I did some modeling at the age of 13. Even though it was fun, it just wasn’t for me!”

Veterinary Technicians


My name is Marco. I am a full-time student at the University of California, Davis. My passion to become a veterinarian has always been part of my goals since I can remember, for this reason I decided to apply as a veterinary assistant. So far, I have enjoyed working with animals and ensuring they maintain a healthy life. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my animals. In my spare time, you can find me playing tennis with my friends or exploring the outdoors.

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“I was given a rooster on my 10th Birthday as my very first pet! This rooster passed away a little before I turned 18.”


I am Kalyee, originally from the Bay area my family moved to Patterson right after high school. Before joining working with this team I was just going to Modesto Junior College for the Vet tech program while helping care for my grandmother. Since I was a kid I have grown a love for animals and raised rabbits, dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, birds, chickens, goats, ducks and fish.
Having the desire to work with animals, I was inspired to work in the vet industry.

Some of my favorite foods are Chicken and Strawberries with sugar. Coca Cola has also been my drink of choice. Things I enjoy doing are video games, long boarding, movies, sleep and hiking with my dog.

Favorite Quote
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou


My name is Jenna and I am one of the veterinary technicians who works with your fur babies. I have lived in Newman for most of my life. Before starting at True Blue I worked a few other jobs while going to school at MJC. It took a long time for me to settle on a path but like most people in the veterinary field, I started working with animals because I love them and they have always been in my life.

I have found it to be extremely rewarding to help animals that are sick heal and get better, and of course hanging out with the occasional puppy and kitten doesn’t hurt. In my free time, I love relaxing at home and watching movies or reading. I also love spending time with my family and going hiking, especially at the coast.

Favorite Quote
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there”


My name is Esmeralda and I was born in the Bay Area. While I was still a baby I moved to Stockton where I was always surrounded by different types of animals. At 6 years old I ended up moving to Patterson where I began first grade. My passion for animals has been part of me since I can remember. My parents, whom I love dearly, have always supported my interests by allowing me to join all sorts of activities including horseback riding lessons, 4-H, Clubs and FFA while I was in high school. Some of my favorite things to do are playing violin, drawing, buying new things for my pets, training my dog and aqua-scaping.

Favorite Quote
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” Dr. Seuss


My name is Adrionna. I was born in the Bay Area and lived there until the end of my 6th grade year and then moved to Patterson that summer. After moving to Patterson I joined FFA during High School. I also did basketball my freshman year as well as lip sync my junior year and agriculture leadership for a year. As a kid I have always had a love for animals and wanted to help them. My parents have always supported me in my dreams and have motivated me to achieve them. My aunt, who I am very close to, has definitely inspired me to become a Vet Tech. She is a RVT.
She took me along with her one day to work and showed me what she does and from there I knew without a doubt that I wanted to work with animals. Before becoming a part of the True Blue family, I enrolled at MJC to pursue my passion of being a Vet Tech. I am currently focused on getting my small and large animals certificates. After completing my certificates I plan to become an RVT. My hobbies outside of work consist of spending time with family and friends and playing with my pets. I have 2 dogs and 2 rats. You can also catch me watching Disney movies. I love anything and everything Disney and go to Disneyland at least once a year. Some of my favorite foods are cheeseburgers, tacos, and chocolate milkshakes.

Favorite Quote
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney


Hi, I’m Rachael. I was born and raised in the bay area and moved here right before I started high school. I’ve always had a love for animals and knew I wanted to work with them at a young age, I had 2 hamsters, 3 fish and a few frogs growing up.

When I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my fiancé, and friends. If I’m not doing that, I’m usually reading, or playing on my switch.

Favorite Quote:
“You never fail until you stop trying”


Hello everyone! (In dog that’s “Woof, woof!”)

My name is Justiana, but most people call me Justy. I’m a California native who was born in San Jose but grew up in Newman. I’m a recent graduate of UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). I majored in Molecular and Cell Biology. I love animals (of course!) and aspire to become a Veterinarian. In addition to working at the clinic, I also volunteer at the Newman Coop Nursery School in the mornings. I guess you could say I’m always working with little animals, both the human kind and the pet kind. In my free time I enjoy playing with my own furry friends, catching up on the latest novel my book club is reading, and roleplaying with my Dungeons and Dragons group.

I look forward to seeing you and your fur babies at the clinic! (In cat that’s “Meow, meow!”)


Hi, my name is Brandi. My family and I moved to CA in 2020 from MT. I grew up in a small town in SW MT on my family’s cattle ranch. For the past 20 years, I have worked in human medicine but when the pandemic hit, I decided to follow a different dream and that is to take care of animals. I am in my 2nd year at MJC with a major in Veterinary Technology. I will be graduating with both my small and large animal degrees. I am super excited to have found True Blue Veterinary Group to start my career. They have become like family. I have been married for 12 years and have been together for 21 years, and we have twin boys. We love traveling, camping, and hiking. I learned a lot working on my family’s ranch and I look forward to helping care for your animals as if they were my own.

Favorite Quote
“When nothing is going Right go Left” Unknown


Hi, my name is Nichole. I grew up in Patterson surrounded by friends and family who always encouraged me to do whatever my heart wanted. I’ve known I wanted to work with animals in some way since I was a little kid and after looking into different options I decided on veterinary technology. I attended MJC and graduated in spring 2021 with my degree in small animal veterinary technology and my certificate in large animal veterinary technology. I’ve worked at a few different vet clinics before starting at true blue and they’ve all taught me different things and I got to meet some amazing people along the way. In my free time I enjoy doing several different things, I either attend different concerts, travel, or I’m a homebody. I’m big on enjoying life no matter how you do that.

Favorite quote:
“Adventure is out there”



My name is Melanie and I am one of the receptionists who greet you and I help manage our Facebook page. I have been working here for a year and a half and I love my job!

I have lived in Newman for 27 years. I have been married to my husband, Greg, for 26 years and we have a son, Joseph, who is a firefighter and our daughter, Maggie, is a special effects makeup artist.

In my spare time, I am an actress for a local community theatre group at the Westside theatre in Newman. I also enjoy baking and making jams. I try to keep everyone in the office full with the goodies that I make at home.

I have always had a love of animals and I am so fortunate to work with them on a daily basis. At home, I have 2 dogs and a chicken named Matilda, who not only lays one egg a day but also provides hours of entertainment (cluck, cluck).

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“At night, I’m secretly a ninja :)”


Hi Everyone! My name is Monce. I was born in Mexico and came to the US at the age of 6. I have lived and grown up in Modesto ever since. I’ve always had a heart for helping others and loved doing it. My love for animals has always been present in my life, but since starting work here it has grown.

I’ve learned a lot these past 2 years working here, and I very grateful. About a year ago I became an owner of an 8-year-old poodle, Luna, who acts like a bunny because instead of running she hops.

My motto has always been
“Lo ago porque puedo, puedo porque quiero, y quiero porque dijeron que no podia.”


Office Assistant

I am the Office Assistant for our Offices, True Blue Veterinary Hospital and Apricot Veterinary Clinic. I have been in the veterinary field for over 16 yrs. Over the years my family has had various animals, dogs, cats, cows, pigs, chickens, and a few goats from time to time. Unfortunately, at the moment we don’t have any animals, our last one passed away at the young age of 12 years old. I am fluent in Portuguese and Spanish along with our English. I grew up in the country and that is where I found the love and passion, I have for the animals that we work with. It is always a pleasure to work with your 4 legged children. I don’t mind taking a few extra minutes to talk with a client about their concerns or issues with their patients. When I am not working at the office. I love to read, garden and sew. Most of all I love spending time with my family and am very proud to be a grandmother. So please don’t hesitate to ask for me if you have any issues or need to have someone help you in your language. Fala-se Portuges or Habla Espanol and of course English.

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“Life is a book of chapters; you close one and open another. At night I secretly end a chapter and start a new one the following morning.”



My name is Melannie, aka, Mel

Before working at True Blue, I finished my first year of college at Washington State University. This summer I went to a small camp but before moving back to Washington, there were changes of plans and I am now living with my family and doing online school for the meantime. I was born in Salinas CA but grew up in Salida and that is where all my favorite memories are. It is also where I found a church that mainly consisted of elder people, but I didn’t mind because for one, I got to have many grandma and grandpa figures who took me under their wings, and two, I got to spend time with them and got passed down a lot of wisdom that they carried which is something I will cherish forever. In college I met some amazing people too who also helped me in my walk of faith and gave my hope a spark again. Lasagna is one of my favorite foods growing up! And it still is, I’m just so upset that I get sick after eating it but it’s okay. I’ll still eat it haha.

I have always had a love for animals. Growing up I may have not had the opportunity to live on a farm but I didn’t care, I somehow convinced my parents that we are meant to take care of anything we saw hurt. Except for snakes … I always saw them fix up a broken leg, deep cuts because of dog fights etc. without have knowledge and that made me want to learn how to do that with knowledge as well. I love the idea of being able to help animals and make sure they are healthy because even though they don’t last as long as humans do, they are there by our sides in our good and bad for the time that they are with us on earth. So, the thought of thinking someone doesn’t have a healthy dog or cat or any other pet makes me really sad.

Outside of work, I like to go on long walks, read, play with my animals, stay connected with friends and family, listen to music and a new one is working out, I’m just not consistent with that yet to consider it a hobby but I do enjoy it.

Favorite Quote:
“Live to learn because in reality, that is how to learn to live” John C. Maxwell