Meet Our Team
Dr. Darlene O. Sanchez
Dr. Sanchez is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Loving Hands Animal Hospital, Inc. She grew up in Rialto, California and received her Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona in 2005. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2009. Her professional interests include critical care, soft tissue surgery and most of all ultrasonography and dentistry. Dr. Sanchez is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). She has written numerous articles pertaining to veterinary medicine and has also been featured in "Q & A with Dr. Sanchez" for The Labrador Retriever Club of Southern California Newsletter. In addition, she has volunteered for many organizations including the American Cancer Society Bark for Life, Loma Linda University Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Catnippers Trap, Neuter and Release Clinic for feral cats, as well as at microchip clinics, ultrasound seminars, disaster animal response, among others. Dr. Sanchez was nominated as a "2015 Top Doctor" by Westcoast Magazine. Her focus on client communication and compassionate care is what makes her stand out among other veterinarians. Her personal interests include her family, both human and animal.
Dr. Marjorie Fong
Dr. Fong is a full-time veterinarian here at Loving Hands Animal Hospital. She grew up in Walnut, California and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona . She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1990. As a veterinarian, she has a special interest in feline medicine, dentistry, preventive care, client education, and emergency medicine. Dr. Fong shares her house with 4 cat boys—3 Siamese mixes and a fluffy black one. They are endlessly amusing and get into quite a bit of trouble. In her spare time, Dr. Fong really enjoys travelling around the world. Her favorite places have been Kenya, Tanzania, southern Africa, Galapagos Islands, Easter Island, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, and Machu Picchu. In addition, Dr. Fong enjoys photography, crafts, and food (both cooking and eating).
Dr. Audra De La Torre
Dr. De La Torre is a part time veterinarian at Loving Hands Animal Hospital. She services not only dogs and cats, but also exotic pets, pocket pets, birds, reptiles, and most of your barnyard animals. She grew up in San Gabriel and Whittier California.She received her Bachelors in Science from Cal State Fullerton and Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences and was in the same graduating class as Dr. Sanchez. Dr. De La Torre and her husband have had a love for working with many animal species including exotics, wildlife and backyard barn animals for over 20 years. Dr. De La Torre also enjoys dedicating time to helping animals at an Emergency Pet Hospital and at a non-profit wildlife center in Orange County. Her two young children, Shih tzu, Persian, Ragdoll cats, Tortoise, Hamster and fish also often keep on her toes. When Dr. DeLaTorre is not running around with her animal or human children, she can be found hiking, biking, camping, or cooking.
Trina Cowles, Practice Manager
Trina has been working in the Veterinary field since 1986 after obtaining her Associates Degree from Riverside Community College. She continued her education at Cal Poly Pomona and later received training in Veterinary Management at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. She is currently a member of the Inland Empire Veterinary Managers Association. Her field of interest is focused in animal behavior and genetics, as well as client education and leadership development. Since 1986, Trina has obtained all her pets, ranging from iguanas, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, cats and dogs, through rescues and animal shelters.
Alyssa Hullinger, Lead Receptionist
Alyssa has been in the Veterinary Reception field for over 10 years. From working with and caring for cats & dogs to friendly pocket pets, farm animals, and wild critters, “There is never a dull moment in this environment.”-Alyssa
Growing up having pets of her own and being involved with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for 4 years was just the start of her compassion and love for animals.
“Originally I wanted to become a Veterinarian, but up until actually working at an Animal Hospital for a couple years where I saw first-hand the many responsibilities that the Veterinarian has and the stress levels, I then decided that Reception/Veterinarian Assistant was the position for me.”
Mariana Covarrubias, Receptionist
Ever since Mariana was a kid she wanted to work with animals, she graduated from Westech College in 2015, as a Veterinary Assistant. She grew up always having pets as part of the family. Her dream is to have her own rescue one day, she finds peace and comfort in the aide of helping those who can’t help themselves. At the moment she has 2 Huskies, 4 Kitties and even a Parrot! Mariana enjoys working with the public and getting to know her clientele along with the joys of meeting new fur babies on a daily basis.
Sara Andrews, Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Sara has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 but has been working with animals since 1997. She received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona in 2008 but elected not to pursue vet school. She pursued additional schooling and in 2011, she obtained her R.V.T license. Her passion in the field include dentistry, anesthesia and feline behavior with a strong desire to eventually specialize. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, hobby farming and riding and competing on her horses.
Masha Chudinova, Registered Veterinary Technician
Masha has been studying and working with small animals since 2008. She is originally from Russia and earned her RVT license through Purdue University in 2016. Masha works closely with the doctors in providing the best possible care for our patients. She loves feline medicine and enjoys performing dental procedures and ultrasounds. When Masha is not at Loving Hands Animal Hospital, she can be found riding horses, hiking, or spending time with her family which includes her husband, two little girls and her cat, Charlie.
Diana Barrett, Registered Veterinary Technician
Diana was inspired at a young age to start working in the animal field while she was visiting an animal shelter with her dad. Her plans were to originally become either a Veterinarian or a Pastry Chef but then realized becoming a Veterinary Technician was perfect for her. She proudly graduated from Carrington College in 2015 and received her license to become a Registered Veterinary Technician shortly after graduation. Diana began her career by working with Dr. Sanchez in a cat specific facility then continued to work with her here, at Loving Hands Animal Hospital, to help us continue keep our hospital feline friendly. Diana works hard every day to make her fur babies happy, she currently has 3 cats and 1 very spoiled puppy named Emme. On her free time she loves to travel with Emme to new locations, including restaurants, to try out new things together.
Cynthia Palacio, Lead Veterinary Assistant
Cynthia came to Loving Hands Animal Hospital as a college intern and was subsequently hired as a veterinary assistant in December 2015.In June 2016, she graduated from Carrington College and is currently in the process of receiving her Registered Veterinary Technician License. When Cynthia is not caring for your furry friends, especially the Frenchies, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family; both human and furry.
Vanessa Sanchez, Veterinary Assistant
Vanessa’s love for animals lead her to work very closely with her mom, Dr. Sanchez, as a Veterinary Assistant since 2011. Vanessa would use her spare time to volunteer at children hospitals, adopt-a-highway, toys-for-tots organizations, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Bark for Life, and much more. She is currently attending Mount San Antonio College to double major in Registered Veterinary Technology, to become a Registered Veterinary Technician and in Criminology, to become an Animal Cruelty Investigator. Afterwards, she intends to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona to accomplish her third major in Business and to receive her Master’s in Business Administration. Eventually, Vanessa intends to open a business of her own, a non-kill animal shelter, to help as many of the abandoned and neglected furry babies left to fend for themselves.
Omega Betts, Lead Room Nurse
Ever since she was a child, Omega has always had a passion for helping animals-large or small. She has been working here as one of one of our Kennel Attendants and is working towards becoming a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently a student studying at Chaffey College to major in Zoology. Omega enjoys lending a helping hand to furry friends of all sizes whenever she can; growing up she’s always volunteered at local shelters and organizations to care for animals in need. When Omega isn’t here, she enjoys spending time going out and being with friends and family; including her dogs and cats.
Lauren Ramirez, Room Nurse
Lauren is a 4th year animal science pre-vet major at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since the time she was 3 years old. Although Lauren loves animals big and small, she aspires to work with large animals like cattle and horses as a veterinarian. As a high schooler in San Diego, her love for horses grew during her time volunteering with an off-the-track thoroughbred rescue. She is currently involved in "foal watch" at Cal Poly, a class where she helps take care of a pregnant mare and will be present for her birth. In her free time she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, as well as playing with her Saint Bernard Cleo, kitten Kenmore and cockatiel Coco.
Nicole Boyd, Lead Kennel Attendant
Nicole started volunteering here right from the beginning over a year ago. She was eventually hired at the age of 15 and had a lot of things to learn. Shortly after she was made a lead kennel attendant with amazing new responsibilities. She knew she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian when she was in the second grade. When she was told that she wouldn't have the smarts to become a veterinarian, it only made her work harder to achieve her goal. Her goal is to graduate Chino Hills High School and attend UC Davis. She would like to become a veterinary radiologist and a well known doctor in her respected field. When she is not here, she is volunteering at an equestrian rescue, no kill animal shelter, Make a Wish foundation, Helping Our Youth club on campus, American Red Cross, or with the City of Chino. She enjoys playing club soccer and most importantly spending time with her beloved labradors, Bailey and Dahlia
Madison Ermer, Kennel Attendant
Since Madison was a child she wanted to save the world one animal at a time, and that's what she plans on doing. She is am currently a kennel attendant, her goal is to become a registered veterinary technician, with hopes of starting school in the fall 2017. When not working she enjoys spending her time with her pug Bella and her chinchilla Ruby. She absolutely loves working at Loving Hands Animal Hospital, she says that it's been one of the greatest opportunities that she has ever received.
Bianca Gomez, Kennel Attendant
Growing up in Northern California Bianca was always around many types of animals. When she was about 8 or 9 she was already helping family feed & milk cows on a dairy farm along with caring for calves. Later her family moved to the countryside where she lived surrounded by animals most of which included chickens. When she turned 16 she moved to Southern California. After graduating she decided to pursue a career in animal medicine and is currently working on getting her license to become an official RVT. Her future goal is to work with a pathologist & discover knew things about animal anatomy. Currently she has two family dogs named Mochi and Ivy and one little betta fish of her own which she named Prince Zuko. She hopes to gain as much experience as possible at Loving Hands and to take that experience with her down the road ahead.
Christopher Bashoura, Kennel Attendant
Ever since Chris was young, he had been interested in animals, whether they were pets or creatures in his very own backyard. He especially loved observing the hawks, coyotes, and reptiles. Chris started working with animals when he volunteered at Priceless Pets, a no kill animal shelter, eventually leading up to becoming a kennel attendant at Loving Hands. He is a senior at Chino Hills High School, and hopes to attend Cal Poly Pomona where he wants to study animal science so he can one day become a Veterinarian. When he is not working with animals, Chris enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and hanging out with his family.