Gifted. Driven. Compassionate. The medical professionals of Talega Animal Hospital are diverse in their skill-sets and united in their vision: the best care for your pet, every time.

Doctors

Stephen Whipple

Dr. Whipple, a lifelong Texan, graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989. He began practicing in Las Vegas for 9 years seeing all types of patients including pythons, monkeys, lions, tigers, ostriches, and large spiders. After moving to California he has practiced primarily in South OC. As a member of the US Army Reserve Veterinary Corps, Dr. Whipple has deployed to Qatar to treat military dogs, and traveled to El Salvador and Honduras treating livestock, and northwestern Alaska treating sled dogs during humanitarian missions. He has a special interest in diagnostic ultrasound and surgery. His extracurricular interests are rock hounding and hunting gemstones, cooking, and reading. Dr. Whipple is the proud father of a teenage daughter, and coexists with 2 dogs and 1 cat.

Stephen Whipple

Rachel Stanaland

Dr. Rachel Stanaland was born and raised in South Orange County and grew up in San Clemente. She is thrilled and elated to be practicing in her hometown continuing to pursue her passion helping people and pets.

Dr. Stanaland graduated with honors from St. George’s University in 2013 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her clinical rotations at North Carolina State University. Her professional interests include small animal general surgery, dentistry and dermatology. Dr. Stanaland also volunteers her services weekly at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center rehabilitating seals and sea lions. She holds a degree in business administration from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in real estate finance and a minor in law and public policy, and worked as a stock analyst for Investor’s Business Daily for several years before veterinary school.

In her spare time, Dr. Stanaland enjoys traveling, boating and is a licensed skydiver. She also holds a real estate license and assists her husband with his real estate business. Together they share their home with a large German Shepherd, a tiny Yorkie and a snake!

Rachel Stanaland

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

–John Maxwell

Management

Jenn

Practice Manager

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Jenn

Practice Manager

“The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas. The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.”

-Simon Sinek

Client Services

Cindy

Lead Client Service Representative

Cindy has been a part of the Talega Animal Hospital family since 2008. Cindy, being very people oriented, is our Receptionist Manager. She enjoys greeting and treating every pet that walks in the door like her own. Her bright personality coupled with her passion towards animals (especially chihuahuas!) makes her a great asset to the team. In Cindy’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her 3 fur babies, driving down coast to enjoy the sunset and beach, and taking amazing animal photography.

Cindy

Lead Client Service Representative

Maddie

Client Service Representative

Maddie has been in the animal industry since 2010, where she was volunteering for an animal shelter/rescue and has had various opportunities within the field. Maddie has been a part of our Talega family since 2018 and started as a Receptionist; due to her hard work and determination she has made her way up to Administrator Assistant. She truly enjoys the fantastic range of diversities between people, fur babies, and tasks/jobs within this field. You will see her loving on all the brachycephalic breeds (short face breeds, bulldogs or pugs) in the lobby! And in Maddie’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her two cute pugs, Hercules and Echo, and taking them to the dog park or ‘OC pug Saturday meets’!

Maddie

Client Service Representative

Amanda

Client Service Representative

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Amanda

Client Service Representative

Christina

Client Service Representative

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Christina

Client Service Representative

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

–AD Williams

Technicians and Assistants

Kat

RVT

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Kat

RVT

Kayleigh

RVT

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Kayleigh

RVT

Liz

Technician Assistant

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Liz

Technician Assistant

Shannon

Technician Assistant

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Shannon

Technician Assistant

“You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.”

–Robert Louis Stevenson

Bathing and Grooming

Darci

Groomer

Darci has been with Talega Animal Hospital since April 2005 and grooming for 12 of those years. She loves working with animals and has a true passion for her craft. On her off time she enjoys nature, art, and playing her ukulele.

Darci

Groomer

Kristina

Grooming Assistant

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Kristina

Grooming Assistant

Erica

Lead Bather

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Erica

Lead Bather

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

–Anatole France

Kennel and Boarding

Avery

Kennel Attendant

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Avery

Kennel Attendant

Annie

Kennel Attendant

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Annie

Kennel Attendant

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