Dr. Lynda Guenther, Veterinarian, Co-Owner
As a child, Dr. Guenther was deeply impressed by her family’s veterinarian and his ability to solve all their pets’ medical problems. It inspired her so much that she knew she wanted to do the same thing! Her veterinary journey has led her all the way to her current position as a full-time Veterinarian and the Co-Owner of Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital.
Raised in the Bay Area, Dr. Guenther attended the University of California at Davis, receiving her Bachelor’s in Animal Physiology in 1985. She completed her DVM degree in 1992 at UC Davis’s School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing an internship in surgery and emergency critical care at California Animal Hospital, she started working in small animal practices in 1994. On June 1st, 1997, she started at Blue Cross as an associate veterinarian, eventually purchasing the hospital in 1998.
Since our pets can’t speak, Dr. Guenther continues to be motivated by the challenge of figuring out what’s bothering a pet. She enjoys communicating with families over the years and watching young puppies and kittens grow up.
Dr. Guenther and her wife, Dana, have enjoyed living in Long Beach for over 20 years. They have two beautiful girls and a small herd of dogs and cats. The very spoiled family dogs are Sawyer (Golden Retriever) and Charlie (Goldendoodle). Additionally, they have two giant cats, aka the “little boys”, Kirby and Murphy.
In her free time, Dr. Guenther enjoys karate, golf, spending time with her kids, and scuba diving.
Dr. Ralph D. Sellman II, Veterinarian, Co-Owner
Dr. Sellman’s earliest memories involve an intense love for animals—he grew up with dogs, cats, snakes, hamsters, fish, toads, and birds. He focused his passion towards helping pet owners understand their beloved companions by starting a lifelong career in veterinary medicine!
Dr. Sellman grew up in a suburb of Chicago as the oldest of three siblings. He went to the University of Tennessee in 1996, then completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at the University of Georgia from 1996 to 1997. After working in the Florida Keys, Northern Virginia, and the Washington, D.C. area, he relocated to the west coast to assist his parents in retirement. He says meeting Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital’s Dr. Guenther was like meeting a long-lost sister—they hit it off right away!
Dr. Sellman’s professional interests include dental work and preventative medicine. He’s passionate about educating clients to provide the best care possible, and regularly attends continuing-education conferences to stay updated on current technology and treatments.
At home, Dr. Sellman has two orange and white tabby cats, George and Penny. Cody, a black Labrador, enjoys chasing tennis balls and antagonizing the cats. Scampers, a bottle-raised Siamese Flame Point, meets Dr. Sellman at the door nightly.
In his spare time, Dr. Sellman likes sea and whitewater kayaking, catching a hockey game at every NHL arena—he’s halfway to his goal!—and reading good books.
Alex, Veterinary Assistant
Alex found her first pet dog in the streets of Long Beach, where she grew up. The poor creature was starving and covered in fleas. Alex convinced her parents to let the family keep the dog, and raising her made Alex realize she wanted to make animal care a career!
During high school, Alex worked at a neighboring animal hospital before volunteering at Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital. She instantly fell in love with the profession and the clinic and was hired as a Veterinary and Kennel Assistant in January of 2011. She particularly likes assisting the senior staff during surgeries, as well as giving each and every pet the attention they need and deserve. She also enjoys grooming pets, and has even started a home grooming service for her own pets and family members!
Alex lives with her parents and three dogs: Rayo, a loyal Australian Cattle dog; Lola, the class-clown Pitbull; and Pelusa, a little Chihuahua who absolutely loves food. Alex also owns an adopted chinchilla named Chachis and two red-eared sliders.
When time permits, Alex enjoys rollerblading, which helps her relax and get good exercise.
Cheyenne, Technician Assistant
Cheyenne has been amazed by animals since she was a young girl. Growing up, no other field interested her like the veterinary field. She loved it so much she decided to go to school to become a veterinarian! Cheyenne currently attends Cal Poly Pomona with a major in Animal Science and she plans to go off to veterinary school soon!
Cheyenne was raised in the city of Wilmington, CA where she found herself always helping stray cats and dogs find their fur-ever homes. She joined Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital and is being trained to be the best she can be on her journey through veterinary school. She has a chihuahua named Lily that she rescued from being sent to the shelter as a puppy and Lily couldn’t be happier! During her free time, Cheyenne loves to watch Disney movies, sit at the coast, and go on outdoor adventures!
Heather, Veterinary Assistant
Heather has worked with many different animals in a variety of fields. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis, she volunteered at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital in the surgical ward and interned her summers at a veterinary hospital in Lake Elsinore. She fell in love with surgery at this time. She traveled abroad to Africa for two weeks at the end of her undergraduate career to volunteer working on a cheetah and wild dog sanctuary. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, she moved to San Diego where she worked at Scripps Research as both a husbandry technician and eventually a veterinary technician. During this time, she volunteered at an exotic animal sanctuary and earned a Masters of Science degree in Laboratory Animal Science from Eastern Virginia Medical School. After earning her final degree, she decided laboratory animal science was no longer for her, and she came back to the companion animal field.
Heather came to Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital after moving to Cypress to care for her elderly grandmother. Since, she has moved to Long Beach where she lives with her husband, her 16-year-old cat named Button, and her roommate’s animals: 6 chickens and two dogs, one named Lady Godiva, and one named Rigsby. Button is Heather’s best friend, a friend she’s had since Button was a kitten. In her spare time, Heather enjoys hiking, reading, painting, making fresh bread, learning about permaculture, and recently, volunteering as a citizen scientist monitoring California Least Terns at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
She is deeply interested in the human-animal bond, surgery, and animal behavior. Heather’s current goal is to earn her RVT license so she can continue to provide the best possible care to the animals under her care.
Joe, Kennel Attendant / Technician Assistant
Joe is part of our kennel team. He is responsible for taking care of our fury friends and enjoys being able to treat them like part of his family each and every day. Some of Joe’s hobbies include sports, seeing good movies, music, heading to the great outdoors, discovering new places, and always loves to learn something new! Joe always has a smile on his face is excited to get the chance to care for you furry friend.
Kelsey, Front Office Supervisor
Since her mother worked as a Veterinary Technician at Blue Cross, Kelsey was often found around the clinic—staff members sometimes joke that she was born in the kennels! Young Kelsey would help clean cages and file paperwork and was hired on almost as soon as she was old enough.
Kelsey grew up in South Gate with her parents, younger brother, and many pets. At one point in her childhood, she counted the number of pets in the household, and it totaled to 21! She currently works as a receptionist and has previously worked as a technician assistant and kennel attendant. She likes the structure and organization of the receptionist position and has been happy with the role for the past seven years.
Being partially of Scottish heritage, one of Kelsey’s most memorable journeys was her trip to Scotland and London. She rented a car for the first time and drove it seven hours to Scotland—she says the experience was scary but she would do it again in a heartbeat!
Lizbeth was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. Ever since she was little, she had a huge love for animals but did not receive her first pet, a dog named Chowder, until five years ago. He was eight weeks old at the time and it was love at first sight! Chowder came into Lizbeth’s life while she was going through a rough time and he turned every frown upside down. After sticking by her side and showing her unconditional love, she didn’t feel she could thank him enough, so she joined the veterinary field to demonstrate how much it means to her to help animals in need.
Lizbeth enjoys learning new things and expanding her knowledge in veterinary medicine. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends by having cookouts and movie nights. Her favorite movie genre is horror, but she enjoys all genres. Lizbeth likes to spend her free time painting canvases or writing in her journal while listening to music like Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes. She loves traveling both abroad and on shorter road trips. Her favorite place so far is Vancouver, Canada. Lizbeth is very friendly and likes to make the people around her laugh and smile. She has set a lot of goals for herself to reach throughout her life and hopes to become a veterinarian one day.
Michael, Technician Assistant
Born and raised in Carson, Michael frequently went to the local shelters to visit the dogs that were available for adoption. Michael has always loved animals, since he was very young. Being the only boy in his household, he usually spent most of his time playing with other people’s dogs and cats instead of with his sisters since they were only into makeup and dolls. Because of that, he ended up raising six red-eared slider turtles, a few parakeets, and even a chicken, since his parents did not
allow any dogs or cats in his household.
After graduating from CSULB, he moved out and ended up raising three dogs: a Siberian Husky named Koa, a Corgi/Shepherd named Bailey, and a wolf-hybrid named Buddha. At one point in his life, his first and oldest dog, Koa, was stolen from him when he was away on a business trip for work. Miraculously, Koa was then found TWO YEARS LATER, and was reunited with Michael! It was because of this miracle that Michael knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life: take care of animals, help the families that have lost their loved ones, and help reunite them back together. Having gone through that loss, Michael understands how it feels and now wants to help those that are going through or have gone through the same thing, for both the pets and family members.
Michael took a few years to travel the world before beginning his career in the veterinary field. As a result, upon his return, he began to pursue his dreams of working with and being around animals all the time. Michael is currently a student at OCVAS to become a certified Veterinary Technician while working at Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital.
Having previously worked in the customer service and management fields, Monica was looking for a career change. She applied for a receptionist position at Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital, and has since grown immensely in the field, now serving as the Hospital Supervisor!
Growing up in Long Beach, Monica had over 17 dogs, two turtles, a rabbit, and countless fish. She started at Blue Cross in 2004, and instantly fell in love with the profession. Now she considers pet patients her children, and regularly refers to them as “her kids!”
Monica particularly likes greeting all clients and patients and hearing their stories. She loves working in a career that helps both pets and their owners, and is proud knowing that she helped pets feel better.
Monica’s son and daughter are her inspiration in life. She helps out in ministry and currently mentors a girls’ youth group. She enjoys photography, which she’s been practicing for 25 years, and also likes to cook and watch people enjoy her dishes.
Myrical, Veterinary Assistant
Myrical is a graduate from California Healing Arts College having earned a certificate as a veterinary assistant. She’s always had a compassionate heart for animals; ever since elementary school when she had a passion and drive to be in the animal field. As a child, Myrical spent most of her time volunteering at the local animal shelter and took up horseback riding for two years as an English rider. That experience made her understand the importance of large animal, and specifically equine, medicine and care. She has had a lot of pets in her house over the years, from pocket pets, to birds, and now to her 8 year old Shih Tzu/Maltese mix named Cupid. For her near future goals, Myrical is interested in continuing her education in order to obtain her RVT license.
Nathan, Veterinary Assistant
Being born and raised in Long Beach, Nathan was never allowed pets due to living circumstances. This did not stop Nathan from playing with the local raccoons, opossums, and occasional stray cats, however.
Nathan studied at California State University, Long Beach where he majored in industrial design. Not finding the work satisfying enough, he left to study veterinary medicine. Now, Nathan is working towards becoming an RVT and aspires to work with exotic animals.
Stefanie has been working in animal care since 2006. She has loved animals her whole life and has always sought to care for them in any way she could. Her life with animals started in childhood with cats, dogs, guinea pigs and a turtle. As an adult she grew her experience while fostering puppies, kittens, rabbits, opossums and pets displaced by domestic violence, and also pet-sitting exotic animals. Today, Stefanie shares her home with 3 spoiled cats, a tarantula and a turtle whom she has been friends with for over 30 years. In her spare time (after scooping all the litter boxes!), she enjoys taking care of her plants and bird feeders, bowling, and going