Receptionist SupervisorMartha Rodriguez
Because of her way with animals and people, Martha was encouraged to work in the animal hospital field by a friend. Based on that recommendation, she decided to try it and found that her friend was right; Martha loved working with people and their pets. For Martha, the most rewarding part of her job is working with clients and helping to make sure all of their needs are met.
Now, fifteen years later, Martha is the Team Lead Receptionist at VCA Brentwood. She has been a part of the VCA Brentwood team for five years after her first job at an animal hospital in Beverly Hills where she worked for ten years.
Martha was born and raised in the Los Angeles area.
She has two dogs, two cats and two cockatiels. Blanco a Pitbull, is the senior of the group, Lola a beagle, is the youngster and then Chloe the calico cat completes her animal family. When Martha is not working at the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
For Laurie Brooks, veterinary medicine has always been a big part of her life in one way or another. Her first introduction to veterinary medicine was as the wife of a veterinary student at UC Davis. Later, they opened an equine practice where Laurie ran the office. So, it was a natural and easy transition for her to start working in a veterinary hospital. She worked for thirteen years at what is now VCA Miller Robertson Animal Hospital and has since spent the last thirty years working as a receptionist at VCA Brentwood.
Laurie is a "people person" and truly enjoys the clients she has met and helped over the years. She specializes in scheduling, working to keep the hospital schedule running smoothly for the doctors and staff and meeting the clients' needs.
As a young girl, Laurie's family moved from North Carolina to Southern California. She graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles and then majored in English at Santa Monica College. Laurie considers Malibu her hometown as she lived there for thirty years. She has one son, two daughters and three grandchildren. Laurie is a big football fan which is evident if you pay attention to the names of her three cats; Elway is an orange tabby and Flutie and Gus are gray domestic shorthairs.
When she's not at the hospital, Laurie enjoys reading, politics, playing piano and traveling with six of her dear friends that she has known since high school.
Eight years ago a good friend who already worked at an animal hospital in the area, suggested that since Nona has always loved animals, she should think about working in an animal hospital. So, with that recommendation, she decided to see what it was all about. After almost five years at that hospital, in 2007, Nona moved to VCA Brentwood and has been there ever since.
Nona has two hometowns; the Los Angeles area and in Japan, on the Northern Island of Hokkaido. Nona is fluent in Japanese. She is also a professional artist working in a variety of mediums from acrylic to charcoal and water colors. Her main focus is portraits, and character illustrations.
When she is not working on her art, or at the hospital, you may find her shopping for vintage clothes or furniture or at a local restaurant that serves great food. She is a self-professed "Foodie"!