Gene, Hospital Administrator

Gene keeps the hospital working on a daily basis as a business and runs all aspects of accounting, bookkeeping, IT design and management, maintenence and repair, Human Resources, Accounts Payable and Web Page design and upkeep.

Gene has a BS in chemistry from UC Davis, AS in Digital Electronics, & AS in Electronic Communication and comes to us after working 7 years as a Research Chemist for Dow Corning and Nichols Institute. Gene grew up in the Sacramento foothills near Folsom Lake and moved down to the Southern California area in 1995 to work for Dow Corning/ Nichols Institute Diagnostics. Gene and Dr. Jenny met while taking a SCUBA diving class at UC Davis and he proposed to her on a beach in Cozumel during a Dive Trip.

Gene never really gets time off since he is married to Dr. Schiebert and they run both practices together. But when he does get to relax, Gene enjoys talking about Star Trek or any Science topics, riding mountain bikes, scuba diving and water skiing! Gene and Jenny raise two girls, Allyse and Jessica, in Fallbrook Ca. They have two Greyhounds named Hycote and Daffodil, a young Chocolate Lab named Denali, two cats named Charlie Brown and Mimzy, a 50# African Spur Tortoise named Frankie and the kids pets ( a water turtle named Nibbles and a Guinea Pig named Skunk).

Nikki, Practice Manager

When asked why Nikki chose Veterinary medicine as a profession, she answered “because these creatures love us unconditionally, this is the only way I know how to give back to them for that unselfish love”. Nikki can be found hard at work behind the scenes at our Vista hospital most days, running the treatment room and making sure everyone is well taken care of. If you happen to call, you will immediately recognize Nikki by her southern manners on the phone. She is very helpful and polite and always tries her best to help clients in need. Nikki also handles our inventory which is an enormous undertaking that she tackles with her usual amplomb and amazing work ethic.

After Nikki’s initial interview with Dr. Schiebert, Nikki sent Dr. Schiebert a thank you note stating that although she may not be the most experienced for the position no one would work harder or be more grateful for the opportunity to work at Shadowridge than she. In the many years that followed Nikki has completely lived up to and exceeded all of our expectations.

Nikki started out in an entry level nursing position with us and treated every task as though it is of the utmost important. It was this amazing work ethic as well as her aptitude for veterinary medicine and her deep understanding of the human animal bond that led to Nikki rising up the ladder very quickly. At every step, with every promotion Nikki has taken on the challenge as though the results are life and death. Which serves as a solemn reminder to the rest of us that although veterinary medicine can be very rewarding it is hard work. There is no task in the hospital that Nikki is not willing to do and she often stays late to help other departments finish their work before she leaves from her 10-12 hour work day.

Nikki is a contributor to American Pit Bull Terrier rescue and has a special place in her heart for the breed. Her home however, is ruled by a 4 pound Chihuahua named “Rue” who keeps her champion Blue Pit, Unique, in line.

Barbara, Pet Hotel Manager

Every pet staying with us at Creature Comforts Pet Hotel is fortunate to have Barbara looking after them. Her primary concern is always the pet’s care and well-being. She likes to take care of the pets at Shadowridge because our smaller size allows her the opportunity to offer individualized care for each pet.

“I would never want to work in a large kennel or boarding facility where volume is the primary concern and all the pets are just numbers,” says Barbara. “At Creature Comforts, I get to know each pet and can recognize early on when their behavior is a little off from past visits. It makes me feel good to help pets and make them feel at home while their parents are away”.

She originally joined our team looking for a “fun job” after years of office work. She quickly fell in love with the pets and routinely recognizes repeat visitors by sight alone. She has a desire to learn as much as she can about pet care, enrolling in ROP veterinary assistant courses, attending pet care expos, grooming seminars, nutrition classes and online veterinary assisting classes.

With all this experience, Barbara has detected many illnesses in pets during their stay that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Her attention to detail also helped to catch a bloat (or GDV) in a Great Dane that was boarding before it became life threatening. And we like to joke that she has a nose for Bladder Infections – she can detect bladder infections in dogs just by smell and will notify the doctors. The doctors have learned that if Barbara says she thinks a dog has a bladder infection, then the urinalysis will usually prove her right.

If you have any questions or concerns about Boarding your pet, call Barbara at 760-727-7900. She will be happy to give you a tour of Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital and Creature Comforts Pet Hotel.

Kathy, Registered Veterinary Technician and Nursing Supervisor

All pets that come through Shadowridge are lucky to have someone like Kathy taking care of them. She has been a veterinary technician for many years and originally started working for Shadowridge Over ten years ago. She left us for a few years and earned her veterinary technician degree, or RVT. She has returned to lead our team and is responsible for all patient care and training and supervising nursing staff at our hospital.

Her kind manner and gentle hands help calm the most nervous patients. She is excellent at explaining things to clients and often can be found teaching clients how to care for their pets post-operatively or how to give insulin etc. We are so lucky to have someone with her compassion and level of skill caring for our patients.

In her spare time, she cares for her dog Banner, who can be seen running around Shadowridge Play yard during the day too.

Susan, Registered Veterinary Technician

After spending some time doing administrative duties for physicians in both Hospitals and private practice, Susan finally decided to pursue her passion of helping people and their beloved pets. In 2013, she completed her training in the Penn Foster veterinary technology program and passed her boards to become an RVT in California.

Susan shares her life with her Husband, her Mom, her Afghans – Ricky, Bob, and Fred, 2 desert tortoises named Bertha and Thurgood, and Elmo the Emu. She is a volunteer at Project Wildlife in San Diego. Susan is also a member of the San Diego Desert and Tortoise Society and Afghan Hound Club of America.

Susan enjoys biking at the beach, hiking, and knitting. Susan says “Most of all I really enjoy working at Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital with a great group of Veterinarians and staff, and look forward to my continued learning experiences as I work toward earning my RVT license.” Mark that as done now!

Debra, Pet Care Assistant

Debra has been with Shadowridge for many years in our boarding department and has forged a bond with many of our long-term boarding clients and their 4 legged family members and they are always glad to see her when they arrive.

Almost any time you come into our Vista location you will see Debra’s smiling face waiting to take back her charges for their stay in our luxury pet hotel and get them settled in for the duration. Due to her extensive experience with boarding pets Debra has a special knack for knowing when one of our four-legged guests are not feeling well and makes sure that they get medical attention in the most efficient way possible.

Debra has a deep love for animals and is especially enamored with small dogs and kitties. She cares for her own animals with love and respect and we are happy to have her as part of our Pet Hotel team.

Betsy, Veterinary Technician & Lead Nurse, San Marcos

Van, Veterinary Technician

Devinne, Veterinary Technician

Juanita, Veterinary Technician

Evan, Veterinary Technician

Loren, Veterinary Technician

Jaclyn, Veterinary Technician

Shante, Reception

Mitch, Veterinary Technician

Ashley, Veterinary Technician

Ross, Pet Hotel & Veterinary Technician

Lori, Pet Hotel & Veterinary Assistant


At Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital, we are dedicated to help train new students entering the field or wishing to persue a career in the veterinary profession. We offer unpaid internships and accept externs from local high schools, veterinary technology programs, ROP and RVT schools.

The interns and externs shadow our nurses and learn everything about how to take care of patients from cleaning the hospital and doing laundry to restraining to prepping for surgery.