Meet Our Team

Ryan Bloeser


Dr. Bloeser graduated from The Royal School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh in June of 2000. He spent the following year conducting an internship in equine medicine and surgery in Palo Alto, Ca. His interests in small animal medicine prevailed, however, and in October of 2001, he accepted an associate position in Golden Colorado where he practiced for four years. Dr. Ryan’s love for his family and life near the ocean prompted his return home to sunny Southern California in November of 2004, when he joined the team at Estrella. His special interests include internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

What we love about Dr. Ryan: No one will go the extra mile for you like Dr. Ryan. He creates the environment to make us all want to give 110%!

Wendi Browne


Wendi was born and raised in Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with her Bachelors of Science degree. She then attended Western University where she graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007. Wendi then completed a successful one-year internship at Advanced Veterinary Care Center. Dr. Wendi joined our Estrella family in 2008. She donates a lot of her time to the San Clemente Shelter and finds time to enjoy friends and family.

What we love about Dr. Wendi: She is our resident champion of the “underdog”. Her care for her patients and compassion for her clients goes unmatched.

Julie Owen


Julie was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she worked in her first veterinary hospital just out of high school. She attended school in Florida and California, and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. She has lived in many parts of the country including Orlando, Portland, and San Francisco, but is happy to call Southern California her home. Julie currently shares her home with her husband, 3 kids, and her retriever, Biggie. She joined the Estrella Veterinary Hospital family in February of 2016. Her special interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and feline medicine.

Samone Boyce

Office Manager

Samone was born in Germany and moved to Laguna Niguel at the age of 7. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 5 years. When she is not working or going to school, she enjoys going to concerts, traveling and spending time with her husband, John. Their furry family consists of two dogs and two cats.

What we love about Samone: Samone is our superstar! She shines at our front desk. Her charm and soft demeanor makes clients and their pets feel at home.

Sarah Mendez


Sarah grew up right here in the heart of Capistrano Beach. Before she came to work with us, she worked at a doggy daycare for 3 years. She has always had a passion for working with animals and is thinking about maybe going to school one day to become a Veterinary Technician. When Sarah is not working, she enjoys camping, taking her dog Noah out for runs and hanging out with her family and friends.

What we love about Sarah: She is a very quick learner and has a really sweet personality. Her smile is contagious and she always makes clients feel welcome.

Neg Rahimzadeh


If you ask my parents they’ll probably tell you I had some sort of spell on me as I’d bring a new pet home every other day. If I could have it my way to this day I’d have a mini zoo in my house. Currently studying animal science. I am always eager to learn and have a strong passion for being there for animals and their parents. You can find me up front or on the phone waiting to help you and your fur babies.

Kate Kanavas


Kate was born in Michigan and moved to California when she was only a year old. She went to San Jose State on a full athletic scholarship, where she majored in Criminal Justice and went on to become a correctional officer. She has always had a real passion for animals and decided to use that passion and work for the Humane Society. She worked on several campaigns to help stop animal cruelty. Helping animals became such a drive that she decided to join Estrella. She will be furthering her education to obtain her degree and become a RVT. She enjoys volunteering for the homeless and recovery homes, hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking and spending time with friends and family.

Amy Taylor

Veterinary Technician

Amy joined our team in October of 2012. With a special place in her heart for pit bulls, she has two of her own, “Ema” and “Lily”, as well as a shar-pei named “Bodhi”. Amy hopes to someday start a pit bull rescue of her own. She currently owns her own dog training company in orange county.

What we love about Amy: She is always willing to jump in and help! Amy will go to any length to ensure the comfort of her patients.

Ruby Cook

Veterinary Technician

Ruby was born and raised in Orange County. She graduated from Stanbridge College. She plans to obtain her Bachelor’s degree and become a Technologist. When she is not working, she enjoys going to the beach, playing with her dogs and taking care of her horse.

What we love about Ruby: She has a great sense of humor and always knows how to put everyone in a great mood. Whenever you need a laugh, she’s your go-to girl!

Dana Bonilla

Veterinary Technician

Dana is a Southern California native. She and her husband recently moved to Dana Point and are now a “stone’s throw” to the beach where they like to spend time together. Dana joined the Estrella Family in August 2014. She has over three years and is a Certified Veterinary Assistant.

What we love about Dana: She is a quick learner with a quick wit. She is as sweet as she is smart.

Ryan Bergquist

Veterinary Technician

Born in Orange County, Ryan has always had a passion for animals; raising hamsters and guinea pigs. He was a member of Mission Viejo High school’s Agriculture Program where he kept a flock of chickens. When he’s not helping the furry friends of south county, he can be found hiking, cooking, and spending time with his daughter, Sid the bulldog and his two guinea pigs Chewbacca and Piggie Smalls. Ryan looks forward to spoiling your pet their next trip to Estrella Vet.

Katelyn Connely

Veterinary Technician

Katelyn was born and raised in Northern California. She moved to Southern California when she was 13. She attended and graduated from Stanbridge College then went on to pass her licensing exam to become an RVT in 2016. Animals have always been her passion, ever since she was a little girl. She has two rescue pups, Jake and Minnie. When she’s not at work she petsits, enjoys traveling, eating good food and snuggling with her pups!

Mandalyn Tiedeman

Veterinary Technician

She’s baaaack! You may remember Mandalyn’s smiling face and always upbeat attitude from a year ago. She took some time off, but just couldn’t stay away! Mandalyn always adds such a fun vibe to our office and cracks us all up.

Mandalyn has a huge heart for animals and their people. She and her rescued chihuahua, Gidget, enjoy long walks on the beach, candle light diners and watching movies together!

Katelyn Anna

Veterinary Technician

Katelyn Anna was born and raised here in Orange County. She has always wanted to work with animals and has been in the veterinary field since 2015. Katelyn Anna completed a veterinary assistant program at Heritage College and hopes to further her education to one day become a registered veterinary technician.

Katelyn Anna has two fur babies of her own, Miky, a Rat Terrier named Loki, her beloved ferret. When not at Estrella, she loves to spend her free time at the beach, going to Anaheim Ducks hockey games, or of course with playing with her pets!

Joline Manikowski

Kennel Technician

Joline is a North Dakota native that graduated with her Bachelors Degree in both Equine Science and Animal Science from NDSU. She moved to California in 2018 when she joined our team. Joline’s hobbies include horseback riding, reading, and spending time with friends and family.