Dr. Barbara Darnell-Schuber

Medical Director

Dr. Barbara L. Darnell-Schuber is a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.An Ohio native, Dr. Darnell-Schuber came to San Diego in 1998 to complete her required “on the job” experience for her veterinary medical degree. After returning home for graduation, she chose San Diego as a final destination. She says she fell in love with America’s finest city during a visit to her brother in the U.S. Navy during a Spring Break vacation.

In Practice since 1988. Dr. Darnell-Schuber gained a large range of valuable experience working in several different environments for 6 years prior to her purchase of the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital in 2004. Her areas of special interest include Internal Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry. Dr. Darnell-Schuber spends many hours each year in continuing education classes to not only fulfill the state requirements for licensure, but also to stay up to date on diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Dr. Darnell-Schuber was married to her wonderful husband Brad in 2008 (which explains the hyphen in her last name!). They have 2 awesome kids together, along with quite the menagerie of furry family members. The Schuber’s furry family includes 3 dogs and 4 cats. Their wonderful feline children Emma Fluffy Tail, Trinity, Bruce Wayne (is he The Batman?), and Pandora.Their canine kids are Colby, an English Toy Spaniel, Venellope Von Shweetz, an adorable English Toy Spaniel puppy and Ollie (Olaf, Prince Ali) another English Toy Spaniel who was found to be in need of a special home where he could thrive as he is extremely shy.

Dr. Darnell-Schuber works closely with the Rescue House,a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting cats through rescue, foster and adoption activities. Dr. Darnell provides medical care and fostering for the tiniest of kittens who need extra TLC.

Outside of work, Dr. Darnell-Schuber volunteers with her kids’ elementary school in many ways including fundraising, classroom volunteering and as a music helper. She is also the leader and cookie mom for her daughter’s girl scout troop.


Glory Baquiran

Lead Veterinary Nurse

Glory has been a key member of the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital team since 2007. As our Lead Veterinary Nurse, She supports the whole staff with everything from answering phones to assisting the doctor in surgery. Her job is to make sure the whole team at Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital is providing the best care possible for our patients, as well as genuine support for our clients. Patient care and impeccable customer service is always Glory’s first Priority.

Glory was born and raised here and San Diego. She completed the veterinary Assistant course at Pima Medical Institute in 2003. Then attended Allied Veterinary Staff Education in 2017 to complete the educational credential needed to become a veterinary Technician.

In the time Glory has been a member of the shelter Island Veterinary Hospital family, Glory has gotten married and started her own family. Glory is blessed with two children of her own, Trae and Ian. Her furry family includes a lab mix named Brody and a miniature schnauzer mix named Rylee.

During her spare time, Glory enjoys making memories with her family, playing billiards and occasionally fostering kittens in need of special care.


Julia Palasi

Veterinary Assistant

Julia is a San Diego native, having finished her high school years out on the east coast, attended school in San Francisco and a 2019 PIMA graduate of the Veterinary Assistant program. She officially joined the team after finishing her clinical hours here at SIVH. As one of our assistants, Julia aids the team in small animal nursing, assisting with diagnostic imaging and surgical procedures, collecting and preparing laboratory samples, and maintaining the well-being of our patients and the hospital itself.

During her free time, Julia loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include sewing, writing, reading, and archery. She is currently preparing to go back to school in order to obtain her Veterinary Technician license.


George Mier

Veterinary Assistant

In the beginning… George was born and raised in Chula Vista, San Diego. George attended Chula Vista High School, then moved to Bonita High School in the 10th grade. In his own time he enjoys skateboarding and long walks on the beach. He also has a pitbull that he loves and believes is the smartest dog to ever live and also has 2 cats. George’s goal is to become a licensed veterinarian.


Victoria Arce

Room Nurse

Before Victoria knew she was interested in the Veterinary field, she used to volunteer at the local Humane Society. She attended CSU Chico from 2014-2018 and was able to obtain a bachelors in Animal Science. After graduating, she moved back down to San Diego to pursue a career in her area of study. She landed a job in a small animal practice as a Kennel Tech, where she began learning the ropes of Veterinary Medicine. Although she is pretty new, she is determined to provide the best she can for both human clients and fur clients.

She currently lives with her two fur children, Milo and Chapo. On her days off, she likes to take them to the park and beach. She is planning on getting her accounting degree while she’s working for a job she loves.


Jazmine Zavala

Room Nurse

Jazmine is a Bay Area native, she started her veterinary career in San Jose, CA. After being in the field for three years, and discovering her passion for helping animals, she made her way down to the beautiful San Diego. All four (three dogs, one kitten) of her pets hold a very special place in her heart. Jazmine loves to bond with her clients and patients. Her favorite part of the job is helping animals live their best life as well as watching them grow and see their personalities blossom. Jazmine is currently working on becoming an RVT and hopes to spend the rest of her life doing what she loves.


Alyssa Betts

Receptionist

Alyssa is a 21 years old with a furball family of 2 dogs and a bunny. She was born and raised on the Central Coast and just recently moved to the beautiful San Diego County 3 months ago to continue her passion for animal care. She also loves spending time outdoors.


Azalea Flores

Receptionist

Azalea is a 25 year old with 3 dogs at home named Stellar, Biggie and Naya. Stellar is a toy/chi mix, Biggie is a reindeer chihuahua, and Naya is a American Bully. Azalea is and aspiring RVT wit it running in her family that is her main goal right now. Azalea was a dog trainer for about 4 years but her main interest is pet health and wellness. She studied pet nutrition for a while she was a dog trainer which kicked started her interest in the hand on field of a technician.

Azalea was also a caretaker for puppies who needed to be on oxygen, needing fluids, and help with patients who needed overnight care. Her greatest passion and accomplishments come from helping pets and pet parents feel more confident and safe while in her care.


Grace Johnson

Kennel Assistant

Grace Johnson is the most recent addition to the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital team. Born here in San Diego, she was raised across the country in Chesapeake Virginia. Now she’s returned with her Cockapoo, Snickers, to put down new roots. Having graduated from Grassfield High School in June of 2019, she is now pursuing a career in the veterinary field and plans on attending college to major in Animal Science.

At Shelter Island, her job includes caring for canine and feline boarders, maintaining a clean workspace, and lending a hand to her coworkers whenever necessary.

When she’s not working, she enjoys reading all kinds of literature and learning to speak Norwegian.


Samantha Sanchez

Office Manager

Samantha was born and raised in San Diego, she has always wanted to be in the veterinary field since she was little so she attended Pima Medical Institute and earn her Veterinary Certificate in 2012. Samantha has 2 dogs, a chihuahua named Cookie and Schnauzer mix named Spot, She is blessed with a daughter, Dahlia.

Her Job at Shelter Island Vet, is to support the whole staff and make sure everything runs smoothly in the hospital and allowing the veterinarians to practice medicine. She supports staff from answering phones, scheduling appointments, helping with treatments and to provide the best customer service for our clients and care for our patients.

When Samantha is not working she likes to enjoy her time with her daughter and her fur babies. She enjoys spending time with her family and going outdoors.