Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Broadway Animal Hospital in Eureka! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 707-442-5717 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

We are hiring! If you love animals and want to gain some experience working with them, please fill out and send us your application and resume to broadwayanimalhospital@hotmail.com.

Application for Employment

Marlena Folden, D.V.M.
Veterinarian/Practice Owner

Dr. Folden is really excited to be a part of the new team here at Broadway Animal Hospital. She brings over nine years of veterinary experience to us. After graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, she practiced emergency and general medicine in the Coachella Valley until 2014. Dr. Folden always wanted to return to Humboldt County to live, work, and play, as she was a previous HSU student athlete. She and her husband had also started raising their family here before leaving for veterinary school. Since 2014, she has worked at various local hospitals until recently, when the opportunity to purchase Broadway Animal Hospital became a dream come true.

“I love veterinary medicine. There are so many opportunities to engage in the aspects I love while I get to play a role in improving people and animal’s lives and bonds. You will find me always making important pet health decisions with you, the best we can.”

Emergency medicine, wellness, feline medicine, dentistry, and dermatology are a few of her veterinary interests. In her spare time, you may find her hanging out at the beach or hiking with her family and three dogs. Other times, she might be curled up with any of her six kitties. And don’t forget the three turtles, Daisy, LT, and Lilly; she has many stories to tell about them.

Jennifer Tavares, V.M.D.

Dr. Tavares graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a VMD in 2001. She worked in Western Washington after graduation, and recently moved to Humboldt County with her husband, two dogs and three cats. She enjoys working with exotics, as well as doing wildlife medicine. She has particular interests in internal medicine, surgery and pain management.

“Coming to Broadway Animal Hospital gives me the opportunity to utilize skills that are linked to my particular areas of interest in veterinary medicine.”

Dr. Breeann Flores, D.V.M.

Dr. Flores graduated from Colorado State University in 2009. She worked in Arizona after graduation and recently moved to Humboldt County with her husband, daughter, four dogs, one cat, and tortoises. Her veterinary interests include acupuncture, pain management, some exotics, and dentistry to name a few.

Her hobbies include gardening and exploring the many trails and beaches of the north coast with her husband and daughter.

“Veterinary medicine is a way to improve the quality and lengthen the time we have with our pets.”

Emily Bloom, D.V.M

Dr. Bloom grew up on the Mendocino Coast, completed her undergraduate degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School. Her interests include internal medicine, surgery, and wellness care. In addition to small animal medicine, she has interests in large animal medicine, specifically equine and dairy cow health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Trout and Moe, horseback riding, fishing, and backpacking.

Dr. Bloom is very excited to be a part of the Broadway Animal Hospital Team!

Rochelle Kelly
RVT/Medical Services Director

Rochelle started working in the veterinary field when she was 15 years old. She completed her degree in veterinary technology and earned her RVT license in 2007. After 8 years in the veterinary field, she dedicated herself to school full time. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource studies and continued on to the University of Washington, where she earned a Ph.D. in Biology, studying bat ecology on the San Juan Islands.

Rochelle loves animals and education in all forms. She enjoys teaching and training BAH staff to improve the standard of veterinary care at our hospital and she also enjoys educating clients about the medical aspects of their pets care.

In her free time Rochelle enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs Django and Chewie, and napping with her cat Odin.

Rick Hepburn

“Rick has been a RVT since 2016, and a veterinary assistant since 2000 after he retired from the mechanic business. You can find him at the hospital, spending time with his 11-year-old German Shepard Sheba, or practicing one of his many other hobbies like wood working. He makes great wooden display items, and some of them are on display for sale at Broadway! He particularly likes being involved with the animals and the clients and being able to help out as best as he can.”

Shari Moehnke

“I have been in the veterinary field for over twenty-five years. I enjoy supporting the human-animal bond by helping clients and patients receive the care they need. Many times a little moral support can go a long way.”

Linda Small

“Although Linda is new to the veterinary field, she’s been around animals all her life. She received her Bachelor’s in Zoology from Humboldt State in 2018 and aspires to work in a zoo with exotic animals. Linda spends her free time with her husband, dog, and 2 cats and loves exploring the Northern Coast and all it has to offer. Getting to see and help all of the sweet dogs and cats that come through the hospital is, to her, the best part of the job.”

Kayleigh Folden-Snyder 
Veterinary Assistant

Kayleigh loves animals, especially cats! She has three of her own: Electra, Eugene, and Penny. She loves working in an animal medicine environment because it helps improve the lives of both the animal and the fur-parent.

“I love being a part of that journey and making an impact in the lives of other beings. I have always been interested in medicine; it is nice to be in an environment where I get to have more practical experience that lines up with my educational interests every day.”

Kayleigh is getting her degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in music from HSU.

Leanna Yact’e
Veterinary Assistant

“I love to interact with all the wonderful patients that come into Broadway Animal Hospital and the boarders at Cozy Cat Cottages. When I was little I wanted to be a princess. When I found out that ‘princess’ was not a job title, I decided to follow my heart and got involved in veterinary medicine. I started taking classes to become a Registered Veterinary Technician this Fall. I am so excited to learn more!”

Sara Hillert
Veterinary Assistant

“Sara is new to Humboldt County, moving here from North Carolina. She has 3 years of veterinary assistant experience and loves being in this field to help maintain and grow the bond between pets and their owners every day. Outside of work you can find Sara exploring the rivers, spending time in the outdoors, and tending to her houseplants.”

Rachel Layman
Veterinary Assistant

I was born in Portland Oregon but raised in Humboldt county.  Ever since I was little, I wanted to work in the Veterinary field. If I was wasn’t bringing home lost animals when I was little, I would try to play nurse with the cats and dogs that we had much to their amusement.  After working 3 years in the veterinary field , I earned my RVT license . I can’t wait to work and grow as a team at Broadway Animal Hospital and see what the future holds. if you don’t find me at work, you can find me around my many animals including cats, dogs, chickens and honey bees.

Bella Garcia
Veterinary Assistant

“Hello! My name is Bella and I am an assistant at Broadway Animal Hospital. I recently moved to Humboldt County from the Bay Area. I’m currently getting and Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice but I hope to attend Veterinary school in Oregon. I love working with and helping animals and I hope to continue for many years to come. Thank you for trusting us with your amazing pets!”

Tyler Folden-Snyder

“Tyler is originally from Palm Springs, CA but moved up to Humboldt to study music education and performance at HSU. When he is not practicing his many instruments, he spends his time with his fiancé and 4 cats. “I love working with the incredible doctors and staff at BAH and being able to help give our client’s furbabies the best care.”

Sam Pires

“Sam is born and raised in Humboldt, and is currently pursuing her degree as a veterinary technician. She has two dogs at home, a frenchie and a hound/heeler mix. She is new to a veterinary hospital, but learning a lot and developing skills that will help her in the future. Sam says that the best part of working at a hospital for her has been meeting all of the different pets that come through, and establishing relationships with the clients when they bring their pets in.”

Dillon Polasek

Dillon is a local born girl who grew up in Ferndale. When she was 15 she relocated to Eureka where she attended Eureka High School. From a young age, Dillon has always expressed a love of animals. When she was a junior in high school she got her first job in a veterinary hospital as a kennel assistant and has been working in veterinary medicine ever since. Dillon joined our team in February of 2019.

Xochitl Andrade

Xochi is a senior at Humboldt state university studying English and biology. After she graduates she plans to attend vet school. She has been working at Broadway for about 2 years now.