Cori Phinn, DVM, CVA
Dr. Cori Phinn is a veterinarian and the owner of Mt Hermon Veterinary Services. She is a Santa Cruz native who grew up riding and being involved in Pony Club. She graduated with Honors from California State University, Chico, and went on to Ross University to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She completed clinical rotations at Texas A & M and an internship at Triangle Equine Clinic. With the encouragement of other local equine veterinarians, she founded Coast Equine Veterinary Services, a mobile practice in 2008 providing care to horses while also working at a local small animal hospital. She began offering care to dog and cat patients in 2012 to meet the growing demand to care for the entire animal family.
She incorporated acupuncture into her patients’ care in 2015 after attending an intensive Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course by One Health SIM.
In 2019 Coast Veterinary Service built a state-of-the-art facility in Scotts Valley to better meet the needs of her small animal patients and changed her business name to Coast Veterinary Services to reflect this change.
Dr. Phinn lives in Santa Cruz County with her husband, son, and daughter. They share their lives with three horses, three rescue dogs, a cat, and chickens. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her children grow, laugh, and discover the world. She enjoys trail riding, camping, and snowboarding in Tahoe.
Cheryl Dembner, DVM
Dr. Dembner obtained her DVM from Tuffs University in 1990 and then completed a small animal internship in New York. She has been practicing in the Santa Cruz area since then. She enjoys building long term relationships with her clients and patients. She truly loves her profession and has special interests in internal medicine and wellness care for all life stages.
Dr. Dembner and her husband call Scotts Valley home. They have raised their two daughters in our community. When not at work she enjoys road biking, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with her animal family.
Taina Power, DVM
Dr. Taína Power spent her early childhood in rural Alaska and Puerto Rico. In middle school, her family moved to the US mainland and settled in Northern California – Mendocino county. She attended university at UC Berkeley graduating with a BA in anthropology. She eventually moved to the Santa Cruz area and worked as a veterinary technician at a local veterinary practice while attending UCSC and Cabrillo College to fulfill her vet school prerequisites. She attended Western University to obtain her DVM degree in 2009 and went on to complete a rotating small animal internship at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists the next year. She then returned to the central coast to start her practice as a veterinarian and has been working a combination of general practice and emergency medicine for the past decade. She is very excited to join the MHVH team and looks forward to getting to know her clients and their pets, collaborating together to achieve the best individualized patient care. She shares her home with her daughter Xenia, her dog Herbie and hamster Agnes. She enjoys spending time in nature, reading, dancing, music, and quality time with friends and family.
Patient Care Team
Caitie, Lead Veterinary Assistant
Caitie knew from a very young age she wanted to work with animals! She has 10 years of experience in the veterinary field, including 3 years working in oncology. She is very passionate about providing a high standard of patient care, and ensuring patients are always as happy and comfortable as possible. In her free time, she is spending time with her family, usually outdoors! She has two dogs (Kona and Harlow) and a cat named Charlie!
Christine, Veterinary Assistant
Christine has spent most her life loving and caring for animals including 27 years experience as a veterinary assistant. She enjoys the relationships she has built with clients and patients over the last 15 years working at Mt Hermon Veterinary. She has been able to care for patients from puppy/kitten-hood to their geriatric years. She lives with her 18 year old son, 12 year old daughter, an lhasa Chihuahua mix and 2 indoor cats. When she is not at work her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and camp off the grid in forest.
Emily, Lead Surgical Assistant
Emily was born and raised in Santa Cruz County. After high school, she started her career in veterinary medicine as a kennel technician. Realizing she wanted to work with animals as her career she has spent the past 8 years has worked her way up to a veterinary assistant in emergency and internal medicine. She is passionate about providing quality patient care and has a lifelong love for animals including her cat Karma and dog Opie. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and spending time with family and friends.
Yuliana, Surgical Assistant
Yuli has been working in the animal field for several years and has found her passion. She graduated from Carrington Colleges Veterinary Technician program in 2018 and is currently working hard to obtain her Registered Veterinary Technician license. In her free time she enjoys going to the beautiful beaches Santa Cruz has to offer with friends.
Katie, Veterinary Assistant
Katie has had an interest in animals since she was very young. She has lived in Santa Cruz her entire life and has been in the veterinary field since 2013. Katie enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and strives to provide compassionate care to each patient she meets. She is a self-proclaimed pug addict. She lives with her fiance, their two dogs, and a cat. In her free time, she can be found hiking, walking her dogs on the beach, and hanging with friends watching the sunset.
Char, Veterinary Assistant
Char was born and raised in Santa Cruz. In the near future, she hopes to continue school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Char started working as a Veterinary Assistant in 2015 and has always loved animals. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports and going to the beach with her dog Theo.
Tera, Veterinary Assistant
Tera was born in Grass Valley, California, and developed a love of animals starting with her family dog. She graduated from the University of Santa Barbara in 2012 with a Bio-Psychology degree. Her career with animals began with a daycare/lodging position and transitioned to veterinary assistant. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Program pursuing her RVT.
Reina, Veterinary Assistant
This is Reina, a Santa Cruz local. Her love for animals started at a very young age, which only grew as she got older. Being a certified vet assistant, Reina plans on furthering her knowledge in animal medicine in years to come. Most days, you can catch her and her 3 dogs cruising the coastlines chasing sunsets.
Client Care Team
Devon, Client Service Representative
Devon has always had a deep-rooted passion for animals. She has over seven years of client service experience. She lives in Aptos with her husband, daughter, and fur baby Baxter. She enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors, hiking, camping, and exploring.
Kimberly, Client Service Representative
Kimberly will always be seen in the most popular walking trails like West Cliff Drive and Henry Cowell State Park with her partner in crime Lobo, a gentle giant German Shepherd. If she is not out and about, she will be at home cuddling up with her cats and Lobo watching a good movie! Kimberly is currently taking criminal justice classes in hopes of becoming a Police K9 trainer someday for Santa Cruz County. She is eager to learn in both the veterinary field and criminal justice field to ensure she will be a well-rounded member of any team!
Kayla, Assistant Client Service Representative
Kayla is a junior in High School and has lived in the Bay Area her whole life. She has grown up with a love for all animals and hopes to pursue veterinary medicine in college. Working at Coast Veterinary has given her the perfect opportunity to learn more about the veterinary care world and have hands-on experience with animals of all shapes and sizes. She is an active foster for Cats By the Tracks and frequently takes in kittens who need temporary homes. She also has a passion for horses and has spent the past five years gaining riding experience. She enjoys looking after her rescue dog Ruby and her two cats Paco and Gavin.