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Cathy Coelho
Office Manager

Cathy Coelho is our Office Manager.   She's been a veterinary office manager for the past 10 years.  When not working at the front desk, she’s spending time in the back office working on other duties such as scheduling, inventory, and/or billing. She also speaks Portuguese & Spanish so if you ever have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to ask for her.

Along with her husband, Frank, she’s also an active participant in the Portuguese Community by helping, donating, and attending the local Portuguese events in the neighboring towns.  When not busy at work, she loves spending time not only with her husband, but with their three daughters and grandchildren too.  Her hobbies include sewing, reading and gardening.

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“Life is a book of chapters; you close one and open another.  At night I secretly end a chapter and start a new one the following morning.”

Maria Calderon
Technical Manager

Maria Calderon is our Technical Manager.  Her and her husband, Nicolas, reside in Newman with their daughter Isabella, and their furry family, “Cheetah” a Labrador Retriever Mix, ”Pinto” a Queensland Heeler Mix and let's not forget their 5 pet lamb’s even though pretty soon there will be more lambs joining their furry family.

 Maria graduated from Orestimba High School in 2006 and has worked in the Veterinary Industry for the past 10 years.  She loves working at True Blue Veterinary Group doing her passion of assisting and helping Veterinarians with our furry loved ones.

A few of her responsibilities as our Technical Manager consist of making sure our hospital equipment is functioning accurately and properly, assisting our Doctors and Technicians in the examination and treatment rooms, helping with all Client Communication and Supervising our employees to make sure everyone is comfortable, happy, and most importantly, safe!

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
"I have a total of 7 siblings and they’re ALL girls.  Including myself that’s 8 girls growing up in one household!"

Veterinary Technicians

Deborah "Debbie" Davis
Veterinary Technician

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?

Veronica Torres
Veterinary Technician

Hi! My name is Veronica Torres and I’ve been doing what I love for the past 14 years; helping and caring for animals.  Not many people can say that, I’m one of the few that can!

When not at work, most of my time is spent with my energetic, fun, loving niece or volunteering in her kindergarten class.  Family is important to me and I enjoy spending time and hanging out with my siblings, cousins, and friends. 
On my spare time you can find me relaxing reading a good book or out enjoying the outdoors horseback riding.

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“I did some modeling at the age of 13.  Even though it was fun, it just wasn’t for me!”

Ashley Franchi
Veterinary Technician

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“Coming Soon”

Melissa Boyer
Veterinary Technician

Hi, I am Melissa. My Love for animals has been since childhood. I don’t remember wanting to do anything else… Will I did want to sing, which I also enjoy, but my #1 passion is caring for cats and dogs. One thing I hope to gain here and over time is working with large animals. I recently enrolled into Penn Foster Distance Learning Program to study for my RVT exam. I will be ready for that early 2018. I have worked as a Vet Tech for the past 12 years. I have also been raising my 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy. My fury children “Ginger” a 4 year old Vizsla/Pit Mix, “Blue” a 5 year old Siberian Husky, “Baby” a 3 year old DSH, “JoJo” a 1 year old Siamese and a 3 year old bunny named “Pretty Girl.” (All Rescued) and to complete my busy schedule, I also have a Pet sitting/home care business. 

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“I have a sixth sense....”

Veterinary Assistants

Erika de la Roca

Veterinary Assistant

Hi everyone!

My names Erika de la Roca. I've lived in Newman CA for 16 years and just recently moved to Modesto this past year to finish up the vet tech program at Modesto Junior College. I've been working at this clinic for a little over five months and I love every minute of it. This career brings more joy to my life than I ever could have imagined!

.One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“I am 50% Guatemalan and 25% Chinese”


Melanie Braun

My name is Melanie Braun and I am one of the receptionists who greet you and I help manage our Facebook page.  I have been working here for a year and a half and I love my job!

I have lived in Newman for 27 years.  I have been married to my husband, Greg, for 26 years and we have a son, Joseph, who is a fire fighter and our daughter, Maggie, is a special effects makeup artist.

In my spare time I am an actress for a local community theatre group at the Westside theatre in Newman.  I also enjoy baking and making jams.  I try to keep everyone in the office full with the goodies that I make at home.

I have always had a love of animals and I am so fortunate to work with them on a daily basis.  At home I have 2 dogs and a chicken named Matilda, who not only lays one egg a day but also provides hours of entertainment (cluck, cluck).

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
"At night, I’m secretly a ninja :)"

Luis Aldaco

Receptionist and Certified Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Luis Aldaco!

My life in a few sentences…. I’m a White, Mexican, Catholic guy.  I have seen everything and have done everything.  My family and religious views have guided me throughout my whole life and have never let me down.  I grew up in Ceres and have lived all over the state.  My family has always come first and for them, I have accomplished so much.

 I have multiple degrees and have traveled most of North America.  I studied Biological Sciences at CSU Stanislaus where I fell in love with the study of animals and bacteria.  I took several classes in Bacteriology and Zoology before realizing my passion for Veterinary Medicine.  I graduated June of 2008 and went on to work in the Food Microbiology Field, which is my other passion.  I have worked all over the state mostly in the Modesto area, moving from Lab to Lab trying to find my place in the field.

 Four years later I realized that I was missing something in my life, so I bought a Golden Doodle and named him “Buster”.  Throughout his puppy stage I researched the field of Veterinary Medicine and decided to go back to school.  The following year I started making plans to get in to a Veterinary Technician School. I graduated from Modesto Junior College with my Certificate and will have my License by the end of the year.

 I have been here at True Blue Veterinary Group for a year and have fallen in love with the staff, the clients and of course our patients!

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
I'm Thirty Flirty and Thriving.....

Monce Barajas


Hi Everyone!

My name is Monce Barajas. I was born in Mexico and came to the US at the age of 6 in 2001. I have lived and grown up in Modesto all these years. I have recently graduated from Modesto Junior College and will be applying to their nursing program. I’ve always had a heart for helping other and I love doing it. I have been working here as a Receptionist for 5 months now and I love every moment. I have always wanted a dog of my own buy have not been allowed to in the place where I live. I am looking forward to the day I can have a puppy of my own. 

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?
“ I am an only child!”

Yolanda Polito


Hi! My name is Yolanda Polito and I was born in Modesto and raised practically everywhere else in California and Michigan. My family and I moved to Newman in 2008 and despite having lived in so many different places, I have never felt more at home than in Newman. I'm happy to be part of such a great community and a proud Orestimba graduate class of 2012. I have four beautiful big dogs: one Siberian Husky and one German Shepherd and two of their own mix Gerberian Shepskies. I am currently attending Modesto Junior College majoring in Natural Sciences. My job as a receptionist here at Apricot Veterinary Clinic has been a positive influence in my life. It has given me a new found passion for helping people and their pets. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and their furry loved ones!

One thing most people wouldn’t know about me?