NATASHA LILLY, DVM, CVA - FouNDER
Natasha Lilly, DVM, CVA, graduated from UCDavis in 2008 with honors and a focus in equine medicine. She felt limited with conventional options to treat our animal athletes after only a few months into an internship. In search of other options to health, she found Dr. Barbara Royal and complementary medicine.
Under the continued mentorship of Dr. Royal, Dr. Lilly took her practice and passion for the holistic approach to animal health back to California, where she currently practices, lectures, and co-operates a working ranch. Her ongoing quest for options in health includes a certification in acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, 2010, extensive Chinese Herbal training through the Chi Institute, 2012, and most recently, progressing towards a certification in equine rehabilitation through the Animal Rehabilitation Institute.
Out of these endeavors, 3 children, and two new businesses, Full Circle Veterinary Center and Royal Animal Health University were born. This spring, Dr. Lilly and Dr. Royal team up again to teach a course, Integrative Veterinary Medicine, at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Lilly lives by questioning conventional practices for the sake of growth and helping all creatures and the planet through educating all who wish to be students, bringing change.
ALETA CAMACHO - RIDING INSTRUCTOR
Aleta Camacho began her career with horses as a toddler, helping out, on her family ranch in Nipomo. She had an early affinity to horses that carried her into a successful and dynamic career working with these incredible animals. From Western to English riding, including high level show jumping, cutting and rehabilitation riding, as a competitor and for well-known trainers, Aleta has over 20 years of experience on the ground and in the saddle.
Over the course of her career, Aleta continues to work with people of all ages and ranges of riding ability, using a gentle and effective approach to learning for both horses and riders. A lesson with Aleta is taught with a focus on good horsemanship, safety and kindness to the horse. Today, Aleta resides in Santa Ynez with her husband, Larry, their companions, 3 dogs, 2 kitties, 3 bunnies and 3 horses.
MAX MENDOZA - FCVC HORSE CARE
FCVC employee and horse care expert, Max Mendoza, came to work with us April of 2017. He comes from a background of horsemanship through his own horse owning experience and working for large horse training barns. In his time with us, Max continues to identify and find answers for daily needs including identifying horse habit changes, weight changes, medical issues and behavior challenges. He is responsible for the daily care of our boarder’s horses as well as our own. Max takes pride in and enjoys his work, evidenced by a job well done and greetings with a warm smile every time.
KEIKO EASTMAN, FCVC HORSE CARE
Keiko's lifelong love for helping and working with animals has landed her in SLO, as a Cal Poly Animal Science major and Equine Science minor. Her passion for the English riding discipline lead her to continue a riding career during college where she has competed in intercollegiate horse shows and co-presided over the Cal Poly Dressage Team for the last two years. It is not uncommon to see her around with her rescued one-year-old chihuahua, Nova, who accompanies her and helps with the heavy lifting every Sunday at the barn.
AUBREY HEFNER, DC, CAC
Aubrey Hefner, DC, CAC was introduced to the chiropractic profession at a young age by an animal chiropractor who was caring for her family’s horses. She quickly decided that a career in human and animal chiropractic was the path for her. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biological Sciences in 2015 and continued on to Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from LCCW in 2018 with honors and simultaneously completed complementary training in animal chiropractic at Animal Chiropractic Education Source in Meridian, Texas. Dr. Hefner earned her AVCA certification in 2018. Shortly after, she moved back to the San Luis Obispo area to begin practicing human chiropractic. She has now teamed up with FCVC to provide chiropractic care for our four-legged friends.