OUR TEAM

Dr. Lori Martin, DVM

Owner and Veterinarian

Dr. Martin Resort Owner

Dr. Martin was born in Spain during her father's deployment there, and came to San Diego when she was one year old. She grew up in San Carlos and graduated from Patrick Henry in 1983. She attended UC Davis and received her BS in Zoology in 1989 and her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1994. After returning to San Diego, Dr. Martin worked in a five-doctor practice in El Cajon for 11 years (3 years as an associate, 5 years as hospital director, and 3 years as medical director).

Dr. Martin realized her dream of owning her own hospital in April of 2006 when she established Cuyamaca Animal Hospital. One year later, she opened her luxury boarding facility, Furry Friends Resort.

Stephanie B.

Resort Manager

Stephanie was born and raised in El Cajon. Her lifelong passion for animals made her a natural for the veterinary field. She trained as a Veterinary Technician years ago at a large practice in El Cajon where she met Dr. Martin and many of our staff. After honing her skills, Stephanie left that hospital to manage a large boarding facility in East County. When Dr. Martin opened Furry Friends Resort in 2007, Stephanie was the obvious choice to manage it. She has established the resort as a vacation destination for your cherished pets. 

 

Stephanie had the most loving, handsome, defiant, fearless and feisty Jack Russell that ever lived named Dexter. Dexter was an adorable and adventurous pup who was constantly by her side and loved life. He lost his battle to kidney disease, but he forever lives on in Stephanie's spirit and love for all of the other dogs that visit us at Furry Friends Resort. She has since adopted a new Jack Russell named Harrison (her hairy son) who she brings to doggy daycare often.

Stephanie's career goal is to, you guessed it, manage Furry Friends resort for forever! She cannot imagine working anywhere else! We're so lucky, aren't we?

 

STEPHANIE'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT FURRY FRIENDS

Animals love unconditionally. I have more dog and cat friends than I do human friends and am blessed to be able to work with them every day. Going to work is like therapy for me.

STEPHANIE'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

When your days are busy and you think they can't get any more hectic and all you want to do when you get home is relax, do something fun with your dog or play with your cat. Remember to love on your pets every day & be thankful for what they mean to you.

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Hayley B.

Resort Assistant Manager

Hayley has been with Furry Friends Resort for three years now - aren't we lucky!?

Hayley is Stephanie's little sister (the youngest of five siblings) and has always wanted to work with animals since she was little. She worked in the restaurant business prior to working at the resort. As soon as a spot opened up for employment in 2016, we knew she would be a perfect addition to the team. She loves dogs, but her true love and passion is for cats. Hayley is on a mission to pet and love every cat she possibly can. She has two twin tortoiseshell kitties named Sariah and Marley that she adopted from the shelter who both have opposite personalities despite them being littermates. She also has an adorable cocker spaniel named Lucy Diamond. Hayley enjoys shopping and spending hours petting and playing with her cats.

In her free time, she loves going to the beach, cuddling with her cats, and watching Netflix.

HAYLEY'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT FURRY FRIENDS

The excitement they get when they see you and getting to know their personalities.

HAYLEY'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

Hayley believes in the power of socializing your puppy at an early age!

Kiera H.

Resort Representative

Kiera's been with Furry Friends Resort for two years now - and we're so lucky to have her! We met Kiera through her mom, Kelly, who was working at Cuyamaca Animal Hospital. Kiera’s mom has worked in the animal field for 9 years and Kiera has been quick to follow in her footsteps. Kiera has been working with animals since 2014 and has also started her career in grooming. She has always loved animals and has cared for dogs, cats, rats, horses, & chickens. Kiera spends her free time painting, drawing, watching stand-up, & playing video games.

 

She has a cat named Raja, who thinks she’s a dog, plays fetch, gives endless kisses and love cuddles more than anything.

KIERA'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT FURRY FRIENDS

Even when the days get wild there’s always someone willing to give you love.

KIERA'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

Confidence is key, if animals feel you’re uneasy or stressed, they will be as well.

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Sherri B.

Resort Representative

Sherri began working at Furry Friends since Christmas, 2018 and we're so grateful for her addition to the FFR family! Sherri was raised on farm and grew up around lots of animals! She spent her career in different animal and people caregiving, and she was so happy to get back into the caring of our pets here at Furry Friends. She specializes in our overnight care, providing love and cuddles to those whom we know miss their families.

 

She has a Pitbull/Chow mix named Chelsea, who's definitely a momma's girl! Sherri saved her from a bad home when she was only 4 weeks old and has been a part of the family ever since. She also has a Golden named Buddy who has a HUGE heart and is compared to Elf from the movie because he's so full of love and life! She also has a grandpup, named Lucy. She's a Cocker Spaniel who keeps the family on their toes with her childish ways and princess attitude!

 

Sherri hopes to start a non-profit here in San Diego dedicated to bringing together dogs and elderly Alzheimers/Dementia patients. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family. She enjoys going on mountain picnics, hiking by waterfalls, gardening, and biking on the sand at dawn!

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SHERRI'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT FURRY FRIENDS

I love seeing the spark in the pets' eyes when you earn their trust and reach their hearts. I find it a challenge to reach out to those in need, especially those that miss their families the most while in our care. Those are the best unconditional truths there are. Eyes don’t lie!

SHERRI'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

Look deep into their eyes...their eyes do have a story to be told...you just have to have the time to feel it, grasp it and respond to it.

Mary

Resort Representative

Mary came to us just before the Pandemic hit and brought with her over 14 years of kennel and grooming experience. Mary has been certified in Canine First Aid & CPR and as a Veterinary Techniciain. In her prior life, Mary ran a successful Electronic Mfg Line before realizing that animals are and always will be her first love.

In her free time, she likes to 'hunt rocks' (Santee / Lakeside Rocks), crochet, and spend timte with her adorable puppy, Cody.

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MARY'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT FURRY FRIENDS

Meeting new dog friends on a daily basis.

MARY'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

Dogs are pack animals. They need to be a part of your family, so love them, and include them in as much as possible. They also have a much higher energy level than we do, so give them plenty of exercise!

Rhiannon

Resort Representative

Rhiannon is brand new at Furry Friends and couldn’t be happier! She has grown up with all kinds of animals for as long as she can remember - anything and everything from reptiles, birds, and fish! Working at Furry Friends is a total dream come true for her, as she’s wanted to work with animals since she was a very small child. In her spare time, Rhiannon enjoys painting, spending days at the zoo, and doing gymnastics. Previously, before quarantine, Rhiannon had an internship with Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista. She had the opportunity to help with the husbandry for the large birds of prey, like hawks, eagles, and owls. In the future, Rhiannon plans to attend an exotic animal training program for zookeepers.

 

At home, Rhiannon has four dogs that range in size. They include a Great Dane, Sheepdog mix, Husky, and Pomeranian and she loves the chaos that they bring along!

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RHIANNON'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT FURRY FRIENDS

Feeding everyone! There is no easier way to bring pure joy to an animal than through their belly!

RHIANNON'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

Learning animal body language is the most important thing when it comes to caring for your furry friend! You need to know what they are thinking even though they can’t say it!

Peyton J.

Resort Representative

Peyton has been with the Furry Friends team for several months now and we're lucky to have her with us! She is currently a senior at our local Santana High School, and has dreams of pursuing veterinarian school once graduated from college. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the desert and riding her dirt bike or going on the water in her parent's boat. She also loves playing with my dogs and taking them for walks.

 

At home, Peyton has two dogs and two snakes! Her two dogs: one is a1-year-old Cane Corso and her name is Saylor. She is very loving and protective towards her family. Her other dog is a 5-year-old Beagle Dachshund named Pepper who loves to play tug of war and cuddle. 

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PEYTON'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT FURRY FRIENDS

Getting to know them and their funny personalities.

PETYON'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

Maintain oral hygiene! And look out for the length of your animals toe nails it can be uncomfortable if they are too long.

Ashley O.

Resort Representative

Ashley is what we'd like to call a Furry Friends 'OG.' She worked with us from 2010 to 2019 and now she's back working with us again and we (and the pets) are SO happy she's back! Furry Friends Resort was Ashley's very first job. She left after nine years to expand her knowledge, and spent some time as a chiropractor assistant, improving her customer service skills. She then spent a year at a dog grooming salon to perfect her bathing skills and now we're lucky to have her back home with us! Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

 

At home, Ashley has 4 dogs and a cat - all rescues who needed homes. She has Gracie, a 12-year-old Pug, Tank, a 10-year-old Shepherd Mix, Cabo, a 5-year-old Shitzu, Nori, a 5-month old Malinois Mix, and Jim, a 6-year old Domestic Short-Haired cat. 

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ASHLEY'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT FURRY FRIENDS

Everything! "If you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life."

ASHLEY'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

There are no bad dogs. A little bit of love goes a long way.

Mikaela V.

Resort Marketing Specialist

Mikaela was born and raised in San Diego. After graduating from Santana High School, she attended San Diego State University, where she earned a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Mikaela joined the Furry Friends Resort team in the summer of 2014. After graduating from SDSU, she rejoined our team as our website and marketing specialist!

She has a little terrier named Wilson that LOVES playing endlessly at Furry Friends Resort! She enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and of course, spending time with Wilson!

Mikaela is our go-to person for all things marketing, event planning, and donations. If you want to work with FFR, please contact her at mikaela@petmarketingunleashed.com.

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MIKAELA'S FAVORITE PART OF WORKING WITH FURRY FRIENDS

Furry Friends truly cares about your pet. I would trust my Wilson with no one else while I'm away and I'm lucky to have found them.

MIKAELA'S PET CARE TIP FOR PET OWNERS

Dogs feed off of our energy. If you're stressed with them, they'll feel it and act out even more. It's okay to be frustrated with your puppy, especially if they're going through a behavioral problem, but know that they are trying their best and they don't understand what's going on. They are not doing anything to spite you. They just need some help!