Meet Our Staff!
Dr. Cynthia Nichols
Medical Director, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Nichols resides in Seaside with her husband Brian, their 18 year old son Joshua, and her brother Dave who has autism. Joshua enjoys art, music and building things. You will often see both Joshua and Dr. Nichols brother, David, at the clinic helping out. Dr. Nichols fosters German Shepherd rescues, Finches and Geckos. Velvet, Dr. Nichols current GSD, and Guinea, her 12 year old Boston Terrier can often be found around the clinic welcoming in new dogs! Dr. Nichols is a UC Davis graduate and has been practicing Veterinary medicine for 16 years.
Dr. Karen Allies
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Allies was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She attended UCSC for undergrad where she worked through school and then remained in the area for several years working as a Veterinary Assistant and a caretaker at an Alpaca ranch. She attended UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2012. She and her husband enjoy great food and wine when they are relaxing at home with their pets. They enjoy kayaking and scuba diving when we are outdoors.
Mya- 6 yr old rescue pit bull
Obsidian- 12 yr old black cat
Dumplin' McPickles and Kramer McMustard- the dynamic duo of guinea pigs
3 fish tanks featuring Purcy the 10 yr old goldfish and Dot the world's meanest plecostamus
As a child Evalina would adopt every orphaned animal she found: birds from the orchard after harvest or by the road, stray cats and dogs, chickens and ducks from the 4H program, and a rabbit that the neighbors dog found and carried around like a briefcase. She began in the veterinary field in 2005 as a receptionist and couldn't imaging doing anything else. She loved it and quickly learned other departments within the hospital and progressed into management. Managing a general practice, an emergency clinic and a pet resort in the Central Valley, she eventually decided to move to the Monterey area for an improvement in quality of life and health.
Evalina loves to spend time with her children at the roller rink, riding bikes, going to the skate park, swimming in the pool or relaxing at the beach. They also love taking their dog Crystal on walks, watching movies and reading books
Registered Veterinary Technician Supervisor
Zach was raised in Monterey County, and graduated the RVT program at Carrington College in 2014. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and anything else involving nature. He has worked in the veterinary field since 2013, being employed in hospitals from general practice to emergency. He has the desire to improve the wellbeing of all animals he encounters and the passion to never stop seeking knowledge.
Pets: Riley, 11yr, Yorkie Mix
Client Service Representative Supervisor
Shannon was born and raised in Turlock, California. She recently moved to Carmel valley. She loves to read and travel. She is also a huge Disney fan, because it is the most magical place on earth!
Lolatron - a spunky little Shih Tzu that loves to dance
Appa- 8 month old Great Pyrenees puppy
Gus- 6yr old Great Pyrenees
Client Service Representative, Veterinary Assistant
Cindy attended Central Coast College for the veterinary assistant program and is continuing her education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.
On her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son Matthew. Watching him grow is the biggest blessing. She also enjoys reading a good book on the beach, going on a hike her dogs-Rubi, Rudee and Bigee, but also enjoys kicking back at home watching a scary movie with snacks. She has incredible friends that she enjoys hanging out with (PS, she says laughing is the best way to burn calories without going to the gym!).
Client Service Representative, Veterinary Assistant
Kelly graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Marine Sciences. She comes to us with over five years of experience working in the pet care field. Kelly has worked as a pet retail associate, pet care associate, dog groomer, bather's assistant and an accredited dog trainer, a dog daycare attendant and a veterinary assistant. She is excited to be a part of the Nichols Veterinary Care team. When she is not at work she enjoys anything outdoors including hiking, biking and kayaking.
Director of Social Media, Veterinary Assistant
Originally from Riverside, CA, Lindsay moved to the Monterey area in 2008. When she's not working she is spending time with her husband Paul and daughter Olivia. She is also constantly at the barn in Carmel Valley taking care of her two horses Lacey and Pia. She loves to sing and regularly performs at local wine tasting rooms and other events on the Peninsula.
Her pets are:
Lacey- 19 year old AQHA Paint mare that she has had since age 2
Pia- 18 year old Westphalian mare that she has had since age 1
Daisy- 11 year old calico domestic long hair
Bunny- 9 year old tabby domestic long hair
Roux- 3 year old blue merle Australian Shepherd
Sophie- 8 year old Chihuahua mix
Rapunzel- 4 year old female ball python
Clarissa has always had a passion for animals and a love for strays (she fits right in!). As a child she would always pick up strays and take them home, which sometimes got her in trouble. Not much has changed, as she still does that today! On her down time she loves to spend time with her two children and American Bully puppy Maze. They enjoy fishing, hiking, and relaxing and watching movies. She plans on continuing with her training and education to become an RVT.
Georgia was born and raised in Monterey and has loved all kinds of animals her whole life. A student at UCSC, she is hoping to become a veterinarian. She is especially passionate about dogs, cats and reptiles. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, and volunteering.
Her pets include:
Chloe- 10 year old Havanese mix adopted from the SPCA
Penny- 5 year old Miniature Dachshund
Archie- 5 year old Corn Snake
Keiko- 4 year old Crested Gecko
Bindi- 7 year old Gargoyle Gecko
Yajaira went to Central Coast College for the Vet Assistant program and worked at an emergency vet for a year. Yajaira loves to draw, color and spend time with her daughter who keeps her on her toes.She also designed her own first tattoo. She has a Valentino the German Shepherd, Aquaman the blue beta fish who loves his pineapple house and Avatar the gold fish that eats everything. When Yajaira is not working she is at home cuddling with Valentino and eating snacks with her daughter.
Originally from Colorado, Meghann and her husband (former Marine- Oorah!) moved to the area and are both pursuing careers in the medical field. Meghann in veterinary medicine and her husband in emergency medical services. They have two dogs, Sampson and Thor and a cat named Stormy. They love to take their dogs on walks, watch horror movies, play board games and enjoy the TV series Friends.
Maria has always been drawn to animals and in 2018 she decided to go back to school with Central Coast College to enter the veterinary field. It was the best choice she feels she made and she loves it. She enjoys developing and fine tuning her skills and learning as much as she can. In her spare time she likes to repot her plants and spend time with her son.
Lauren hails from South San Jose and grew up in a household full of rescued pets. At a young age she was a stable-hand for horse boarding and later volunteered at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley. She made the move to Monterey a few years ago and worked as a Finance Assistant for a motorcycle dealership before returning back to her passion for helping animals. Now she is attending school to become a Veterinarian, and in her free time enjoys riding her XT225 around town and scuba diving in the local waters.
Pets: Shoyu, 1 yr old black cat. Lauren would also love to adopt a few chickens and a leopard appaloosa mule in the near future