Clinic Staff

Diane Bentz, Director

A graduate of Pierce College and Cal State Northridge, Ms. Bentz completed the Veterinary Technician Program, received a degree in Animal Science and Sociology and then passed the state board examination to become a licensed Registered Veterinary Technician. Following two and a half years working for Ventura County Animal Services, Ms. Bentz spent 15 years working at a Veterinary Clinic in Simi Valley. She was selected as the 2004 California Veterinary Medical Association RVT of the Year in Private Practice. In 2009 Ms. Bentz opened the Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic in Simi Valley. When not working she spends time with her husband, 2 children and many rescued pets.   

Christine Bowman, Lead RVT

   Christie, a licensed RVT, earned a Bachelors degree in English from CSU Channel Islands. She has enjoyed working with animals for more than 20 years. Christie worked with Ms. Bentz at a Veterinary Clinic in Simi Valley, and joined the staff at the Simi Valley Non-Profit Spay and Neuter Clinic at its inception in 2009. Christie enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Her favorite activities are hiking, backpacking, reading, and running. Her four-legged family members include not only cats and dogs, but a tortoise named Squirt.”     

Elizabeth Fortuna, Lead Receptionist

Elizabeth has been with the clinic since Fall of 2009. She is married with 3 daughters who share her love of animals. Her favorite part of her job is helping people feel comfortable about making the best decision for their pets and making a difference one appointment at a time.  

Medical Director

Dr. Kerri Anderson

Dr. Anderson grew up driving tractors on her family crop farm in the Midwest. She moved to California after graduating from the University of Missouri with her D.V.M degree in 2000. She worked exclusively in dairy practice, up until 2010 when she transitioned into exclusive spay and neuter surgeries. Currently, she resides in Ventura County with her other half, Andy, their little dude, Jack, Sancho, the dog, and their 1.5 cats, Cleko and Roger. Dr. Anderson enjoys outdoor activities, flying, and her job.   

Our Vets

Dr. Melania Gharakhanian

Dr. Gharakhanian received her Bachelors in Science degree in Biology from UCLA and attended University of California, Davis where she received her D.V.M degree. Soon after graduation, she worked at a private practice in the inland empire where she soon discovered her love for surgery and specifically sterilization procedures. Dr. Gharakhanian currently works for multiple spay/neuter clinics in the Los Angeles area. When not at work, she loves cooking, baking bread, and spending time with her fiancé and their adorable terrier named Joey.      -

Dr. Danielle Lasley

Bio coming soon!  

Clinic Staff (Cont.)

Steve Caines, RVT

Linda Quach, RVT

Lisha Daniels, Vet Tech Assistant

Travis Killian, Vet Tech Assistant

Jose Medina, Vet Tech Assistant

Nicholette Fortuna, Vet Tech Assistant

Danielle Johnston, Receptionist

Kim Hernandez, Vet Tech Assistant

Simi Valley Spay and Neuter Clinic

It has been a great ride helping so many and we continue to grow and assist more. SInce the stand-alone facility opened in 2009, we have completed over 64,000 spay/neuter procedures on cats and dogs. In addition to our main undertaking which is spay/neuter, our staff will go the extra mile by providing humane medical treatment to animals in need so they can live a healthier life. 


I know I tell you all the time but the resolve, enthusiasm and complete love of animals by all of the employees and volunteers is incredible to see and dear to my heart.

Winniespaygo Crew

Every Friday (even some days in the week), our "Winnie" Team heads out to different locations to spay and neuter.  Dr. Kerri Anderson is the vet who operates on this mobile unit.  Steve Caines is the vet tech on duty, and with the help of Travis Killian and Jose Medina, the surgeries always go very smoothly. Danielle Johnston is the receptionist for the mobile and conducts the check ins and check outs.

Palmdale Crew

Our Palmdale clinic is one of the most popular clinics we have! Dr. Melania Gharakhanian and Dr. Danielle Lasley spay and neuter at least 30 animals every time we go out.  Steve Caines and Linda Quach are the vet techs on board.  Travis Killian and Jose Medina assist both the vet techs and the vet on their surgeries.  Shannon is the receptionist on duty and will answer any questions the customer may have!