Our Team 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.

Justin Uhl, DVM
Veterinary Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Uhl graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Davis in 2002. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in comparative pathology with an emphasis on bone biomechanics in 2008 and completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2010.

After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Uhl pursued a rotating internship followed by a surgery residency at the University of Minnesota. During his residency, he served for two years as Chief Resident and sat on the Medical Review Board at the hospital. He finished his residency in July 2014 and worked in private practice in Sacramento before starting his mobile surgery practice in April of 2018. Dr. Uhl is trained in orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue, and minimally invasive procedures and has a special interest in surgical oncology.

Dr. Uhl enjoys spending time with his wife, Tracy, and daughters, Haley and Madison. The family also includes three dogs and one cat. Dr. Uhl enjoys participating in triathlons in his free time.

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; two sons, Ian and Kyle; a grandson, Leo, and a granddaughter, Callie. Pandamonium, a Shih Tzu, is queen of the hospital; she loves teasing and chasing her cat brother, Pop. Their brothers Snap and Crackle recently passed away and are sorely missed. Pop, an orange shorthair, loves cuddles and chin scratches. Eve thinks Pop is the best cat in the world.

When Eve is not working, which isn’t often, her hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, running, cycling, swimming, triathlons, gardening, and cooking (and eating!).

Livy Hurley

Registered Veterinary Technician

Livy and her husband, Evan, have a baby daughter, Oaklee. When Livy is not working, she enjoys playing guitar and hiking. She has five dogs – Max, an Australian Shepherd/Husky mix who thinks he’s a human; Axel, Merle, and Lenny, Queensland Heelers; and Ryder, a Labrador mix.


Veterinary Assistant

Bailey and her husband, Steven, have been married five years. They have two Cane Corsos, Bones and Miyah. Bones was born with just three toes on his back foot and can still jump over five feet high! Miyah was the runt of her litter but is now the largest of her siblings. Everyone shares their home with two cats, Kallie and Rosie, who each think they are the queens of the house and royally demand to drink only out of a sink faucet.

Calee Moyle

Veterinary Assistant

Calee and her husband, Josh, have three children, Parker, Sawyer, and Malia. Sydney is their 13-year-old American Bulldog. The family enjoys camping, watching dirt bike races, and baking.

Ashley Padilla

Veterinary Assistant

Ashley and her husband Aaron, are the proud parents of little Soren. They also enjoy the company of two pets, Nismo and Enzo. They are both very energetic dogs who are always on the go. Outside of work, Ashley loves going out on her boat, horseback riding, camping, reading, watching football, and going to car races.

Kyle Smith

Veterinary Assistant

Kyle attends Columbia Community College and has an orange tabby cat, Pop. Pop is extremely sweet and likes to snuggle. Pandamonium, a Shih Tzu, with her snaggle teeth, thinks she’s a guard dog. Kyle enjoys long-distance running on the ditch in the Sierra foothills and sleeping.

Hannah Vienop

Veterinary Assistant

Hannah attends Columbia College and is working towards her Registered Veterinary Technician degree. Hannah likes to relax in front of a cozy fire with a good book.

Bethany Fowler

Client Service Representative

Bethany and her husband, Justin, have been married six years. They recently bought a filly who is a companion to Mia, their 22-year-old Quarter Horse who loves to run and ride on trails. Lady is a Border Collie puppy who has just one eye. Bubba and Meowy are the household kittens. Bubba is gray and white and loves to play; Meowy is a fat and sassy cat. Bethany enjoys horseback riding at Sonora Pass and the surrounding Sierras.

Marcia Palsgrove

Client Service Representative

Marcia has two adult children, Daniel and Jenna. Marcia loves spending her free time hiking, kayaking, being at the beach, and spending time with her family and friends. Marcia is working on plans for her next bucket list adventures – camping and hiking in Denali National Park and rafting down the Colorado River exploring the Grand Canyon.