Our Hospital Director Dr. Sally Mobraaten received her Veterinary Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. She has practiced veterinary medicine at Hickory Veterinary Hospital and Ark Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania and at Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital in Carpinteria. She has three collies, two cats, and fish. Her hobbies include showing her dogs in obedience and agility, gardening, and drawing.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Sherry Trujillo graduated in 1996 with her D.V.M. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. She also received her M.P.V.M. and B.S. degrees at UC Davis. Prior to starting at Santa Barbara Pet Hospital in 2001, she lived and worked in Phoenix, AZ. She is married with two children, two dogs, and two cats. Her hobbies include playing French horn in the SB City College Orchestra and hiking.
Meet Our Administrative Staff
Practice Manager Rebecca Rockwell has been employed at Santa Barbara Pet Hospital since February of 2002. She credits her former boss and mentor, Dr. David Mutti, with further cultivating her lifelong interest in Veterinary medicine. She has one dog, Kitsu; two cats, Freddie Mercury and Rey; and two rabbits, Merry and Pippin. Rebecca is also an award-winning author of Western historical fiction and has three novels in print: The Outlaw's Wife, In the Shadow of Death Alley, and The Last Desperado. Her third novel, The Last Desperado, won a 2014 Laramie Award for Western Fiction (Best Historical Western) as well as 1st honorable mention in the commercial fiction category of the 2014 Eric Hoffer Independent Book Awards. In 2014 she also co-authored the autobiography of veteran Hollywood Stunt Coordinator Mickey Gilbert. A self-taught musician, Rebecca plays the guitar and the sitar. Her other hobbies include drawing, watching movies, listening to her favorite band, Queen; reading, and cooking. She is also one of the biggest Star Wars nerds she knows and enjoys attending Star Wars-related events each year.
Veterinary Assistant Supervisor and Certified Veterinary Assistant Julie Birmingham has been employed at Santa Barbara Pet Hospital since November of 2005. A former bookkeeper, she switched career fields to begin training as a veterinary technician. Julie has two dogs, Madonna and Rocky. Her interests include pit bulls, Chihuahuas, jogging, reading and anything to do with Star Trek or the Beatles.
Meet Our Veterinary Assistants and Receptionists
Brian Ruckriegel has been a veterinary assistant at Santa Barbara Pet Hospital since 2006. He enjoys snowboarding in his spare time.
Certified Veterinary Assistant Kate has been employed at Santa Barbara Pet Hospital since 2007. She received a B.A. in studio art from WSU in 2005. She has one dog, Ellie, and two cats, Mordecai and Noodle. Her hobbies include training her dog in agility and trick dog; photography and art.
Veterinary Assistant Kaitlyn Greenelsh has been employed at Santa Barbara Pet Hospital since 2017. A graduate of Allen Hancock College, Kaitlyn is working towards her RVT credential. She has a deep love of all animals and has rescue dogs and cats. Her hobbies include horseback riding and hiking with her dogs.