Our Team

Veterinarian in Sonora: Mitch Luce DVM

Mitch Luce
DVM, Owner

Dr. Luce attended the University of Washington to study aeronautical engineering, graduated with a BS in 1987 and went to work for Boeing in Seattle, WA. After way too many meetings, he went back to school to become a veterinarian, graduating magna cum laude from Washington State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

Dr. Luce enjoys helping people provide the best care for their beloved furry family members and has special interests in diagnostic ultrasound, oncology, and orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. He has two children, Ellen and Jeff, and a Golden Retriever named Moose, who loves to come to work with “Dad” and enjoys going on runs (but wishes he could chase the deer). Dr. Luce’s hobbies outside of work include participating in triathlons, snowboarding, scuba diving, dancing and cooking.

Veterinary Staff in Sonora: Desiree Freitas

Desiree Freitas
Registered Veterinary Technician
Desiree’s hobbies include making various arts and crafts, being active, playing games, and going on adventures with her son, David. They share their home with Ashlee, a male tuxedo cat rescued at six weeks old from Stockton Animal Shelter; and Pewter, a neurotic female grey tabby.

Ashley Nauman
Veterinary Assistant

Along with Aaron, her boyfriend of five years, Ashley also enjoys the company of three pets, Nismo, an energetic Pit Bull/Retriever/Border Collie mix that loves water; Sadie, a Goldendoodle; and Bella, a Chihuahua mix that still acts like a puppy. Outside of work, Ashley loves going out on their boat, horseback riding, reading, watching football, and going to car races.

Veterinary Staff in Sonora: Livy Hurley

Livy Hurley
Kennel Assistant

When she’s not working, Livy enjoys playing guitar and hiking. She has one dog, Max, an Australian Shepherd/Husky mix who thinks he’s a human.

Veterinary Staff in Sonora: Eve Sheehan-Smith

Eve Sheehan-Smith
Practice Manager

Eve earned her BA degree in Public Relations in 1988 and her MA in Mass Communication. Before having children, Eve worked in public relations, marketing and advertising. Her position with us marked her re-entry into the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 22 years!

Eve has three children, a married daughter, Samantha, and two sons, Ian and Kyle. Pandemonium, a Shih Tzu, is queen of the hospital and loves teasing her brothers, Snap, Crackle and Pop, and chasing them around their home. Snap has a mustache like Groucho Marx and loves being petted. Crackle is always a matted mess and loves to sleep all day and meow all night. Pop, an orange shorthair, loves cuddles and chin scratches. Eve thinks Pop is the best cat in the world, but doesn’t want the other two Rice Krispie brothers to become jealous, so she keeps that a secret.

Eve’s hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, running, cycling, swimming, triathlons, gardening, and cooking (and eating!).

Veterinary Staff in Sonora: Marcia Baylis

Marcia Baylis
Customer Service Representative

Marcia loves spending her free time hiking, kayaking, being at the beach and spending time with her family. She has two children, Daniel and Jenna, and greatly misses her tuxedo cat, Sophie, who loved hunting for lizards. Sophie passed away in September 2017; she was 14 years old.