Our Staff

Emily Palmer, Veterinary Technician

Emily has been a veterinary technician at Main Street since 2010. She has 14 years of experience working with animals, including 9 years experience as a veterinary technician working in general practice, emergency practice, and for an orthopedic surgeon. Emily brings a calm demeanor and focus to her work and is always in tune with special needs for our patients. Her favorite part of her job is performing dental cleanings and helping teeth become white again! Emily lives in Carrizo Plain with her fiance and their 3 dogs (a Corgie named Oso and 2 Pyrenees named Bonnie and Clyde), 5 horses, and a flock of sheep. She is president of the SLO County Trailblazers Riding Club and mentor to many young 4-H kids who are raising lambs.

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Lindy Irvin, Veterinary Technician

Lindy joined the team at Main Street in the summer of 2016. She has over 15 years experience as a licensed veterinary technician working in both general practice and at a referral specialty center. Lindy's love of animals comes through in her work and enjoys "seeing our patients quality of life improve from our recommendations and care." Lindy lives in San Luis Obispo with her two dogs, Gorman and Jezebel. Lindy is an amazing baker and is currently perfecting a variety of amazing cupcake recipes.

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Julie Montgomery, Veterinary Technician

Julie is a licensed veterinary technician with over 35 years of experience working in private practice at clinics in San Luis Obispo County and in the California Valley. She brings positive energy and joy to the work she does as a veterinary technician and this rubs off the rest of our team and our patients. Her favorite part of working in animal hospitals is "knowing that we have helped the quality of pets and their people," she says. Julie lives in Creston with her husband. Her hobbies include gardening, singing in a band with her husband and traveling. She has several pets including Pocket the Morkie, Rougechein the Standard Poodle and Remmy a terrier cross.

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Bill Mitchell, Veterinary Assistant

Bill has been part of the team at Main Street since 2008. Bill is like a swiss army knife for our team; he keeps our shelves stocked and our computers working. He administers vaccines, helps with taking X-rays, and keeps the clinic running smoothly. He also keeps smiles on our faces with his good humor and kindness. Bill's favorite part of working at Main Street is the bond he shares with the team. He also loves getting to know the clients and their pets. Bill lives with his wife Shay in Templeton with their two children, 2 dogs (Sloan the Golden Retriever and Ruger the Boston Terrier cross), and their cat (Sugar Sparkle Cube). When Bill is out of the hospital, he loves to fish at Margarita lake or on the Patriot out of San Luis Bay.

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Shay Mitchell, Client Services

Shay has been working at Main Street since 1998 and in the veterinary field since 1993. Shay works at the front desk and always has a smile on her face! She enjoys getting to know all the clients and helping them get the care they need for their pets. She loves working at Main Street because it feels like one big family - which is true for Shay, as her husband Bill works here, too! When not at the hospital, Shay leads the 4-H kids raising chickens and helps them show their birds all around California. Shay lives in Templeton with Bill and their 2 children. They have 2 dogs, a cat, and a brood of chickens.

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Jennifer Akers, Client Services

Jennifer works in reception at Main Street and came to us on the recommendation of Short N' Sweet Dog Rescue where she has worked for years as a volunteer. After seven years of staying home to raise her daughter, Jennifer was ready to find a job that allowed her to follow her passion for helping animals. Jennifer brings kindness, compassion and joy to all she does here at the hospital. She lives in Paso Robles with her husband Thomas and their daughter, Kayden. They currently have four rescue dogs: Cruz, Bogie, Maverick and Skye.

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Judy Wakefield, Master Gardener and Building Beautifier!

Judy has been working at Main Street since 1999 and in animal-related fields since the 1960's! She helps us keep our facility and grounds looking in top shape! Judy brings a smile to everyone's face and spreads joy while she works. She is a relentless ant hunter. Her thumbs are green, and she has painted the building at least 5 times. In between jobs, she pampers pets and boosts our morale. Judy's favorite part of working here is our fun staff and the fact that her job gives her a good workout - no gym membership required! Judy lives in Templeton on acreage with her daughter's family. She has 2 dogs, 6 cats, 4 horses, a pony, a mule, and a longhorn. She loves to trail ride. She travels to Hawaii at least twice per year to see her family on the big island and catch up with the grandkids.

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