Veterinarians

Ashley Amaral

DVM

Dr. Amaral grew up immersed in a Central Coast ranching family. Her early exposure to animals shaped her future career path. After graduating from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, Dr. Amaral started her career in an ambulatory equine practice. She then made the switch to small animal medicine and has not looked back. Dr. Amaral has a special interest in emergency medicine and dentistry, and believes that veterinary care should not be intimidating. She believes that strong relationships between veterinarians and clients enable the highest quality care to be provided, and she strives to create a comfortable setting for both animals and clients alike. Dr. Amaral and her husband Luis have three sons. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking and weekend trips to the family ranch.

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Christen Plescia 

DVM

Dr. Christen Plescia grew up in Central Illinois and attended the University of Illinois for both undergraduate studies and veterinary school, earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She decided to pursue a career as a veterinarian because she enjoyed working with animals and was very drawn to science, particularly biology, Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she gained experience in almost every aspect of veterinary practice by working through her high school and undergraduate years as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. Dr. Plescia enjoys both medicine and surgery, as well as the case variety she sees in her days at the clinic. Her primary goals at this point in her career are to continue to practice the most up-to-date medicine in a compassionate and fulfilling environment. Her particular areas of interest include urgent care/emergency care, soft tissue surgery, oncology, and internal medicine. She works with companion animals in a part time position in order to have time to continue to pursue her  conservation endeavors working with marine mammals. The Plescias have two cats (one tripod, named Benny, who Dr. Plescia rescued during an ER shift, and the other a rescue from the streets, named Drizzle) and a dog (an English Springer Spaniel named Rudy). They also have a small but busy farm with llamas, goats, and chickens. When not working, Dr. Plescia enjoys spending time with her husband (Dr. Pete Plescia — see below) and their two boys. You can most commonly find them hiking, beach-combing, or outside enjoying nature.  

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Alexandra Eastman

MS, DVM

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Eastman grew up in Hollywood, CA and spent weekends and summers in the Sierra Foothills on her family cattle ranch. She developed a love for horses and riding which took her and her horse to The Thacher School in Ojai, CA, where she rode and showed horses both in Western classes, gymkahana and 3-day events. She also took "Intro to Vet-Med," a year-long elective which secured her interest in veterinary medicine. Alex met her husband Dr. Tim Eastman in veterinary school; they were married in 1998; and today are co-owners of Steinbeck Country Small Animal Clinic and Steinbeck Peninsula Equine Clinics. In addition to seeing patients and running three busy practices, Dr. Eastman serves on the boards of several organizations. When not working, the Eastmans enjoy spending time with their four children, and Alex occasionally gets a chance to borrow her daughter's 3-day eventing horse.

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Background:

  • 2002 joined SCEC

  • 2000-2002 Portola Animal Hospital, Salinas

  • 1997-2000 Kasper & Rigby Veterinary Associates, Magnolia, TX, Associate Veterinarian

  • 1997 UC Davis, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

  • 1993 Cal Poly, Pomona, Masters of Science Program, Equine Exercise Physiology

  • 1991 Colby College, BA Biology

   

Board of Directors:

  • Agricultural Advisory Board of Monterey County

  • Past President: Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners

  • Past BOD Member: Carmel Valley Chapter of the California Dressage Society

  • Past BOD Member: Hope, Horses and Kids Therapeutic Riding Program

   

Professional Service:

  • Veterinary Managers Group 8 Member (2015 – present)

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Consulting Veterinarians

Steinbeck Country Small Animal Clinic maintains ongoing consulting and referral relationships with board-certified veterinary specialists in:​

  • Cardiology

  • Dentistry

  • Dermatology

  • Internal Medicine

  • Oncology

  • Ophthalmology

  • Physical Therapy

  • Surgery