Dr. Casper graduated from the University of Illinois Veterinary School in 1973. He has been a practicing small animal veterinarian for over 40 years. He is the attending veterinarian at U.C.S.C., Long Marine Lab and works at East Lake on Saturdays.

His predominat interest is in marine mammal medicine and research. He directs the marine mammal stranding network in Santa Cruz County and participates in university research on marine mammals. Dr. Casper has 5 cats and loves gardening! 

Dave Casper, DVM

   David C. Carroll, DVM was born in San Francisco in 1950. He is the son of Howard F. Carroll DVM, one of California's pioneers in small animal practice. He loved working in veterinary medicine so much that upon graduation from high school he went to UC Davis where he graduated with a Bachelors in Biology (1972) and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (1976). Upon graduation he interned at West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group, California's largest 24 hour emergency service and then worked at Crocker Animal Hospital, a full service emergency hospital in San Jose. Late in 1978 he moved to Watsonville to be near the coast and run his own veterinary practice at East Lake Animal Clinic. His philosophy has always been to serve the community by making affordable high quality veterinary medicine available to all. East Lake Animal Clinic is open 7 days a week and from 7 AM to Midnight so as to provide complete accessibility to veterinary care.

Dave Carroll, DVM 

Vanessa Padilla, DVM

Dr. Mary Lee is originally from Belleville, Illinois. She attended Illinois State University where she received her BS in Biological Sciences and MS in Biological Sciences, focusing in herpetology. Dr. Lee received her DVM from the University of Illinois. She worked in Las Vegas for 11 years in a small animal and exotics practice before relocating to the Central Coast.

Dr. Lee’s professional interests include general surgery, internal medicine, and exotic animal medicine. She sees birds, reptiles, pet pigs, small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, etc), and even the occasional fish and frogs.

Dr. Lee has a boxer and husky mix named “Dexter” and a greyhound named “Rigby”. She also has two 3 toed box turtles and a Pac Man frog. In her free time, Dr. Lee enjoys traveling, hiking, snorkeling, watching wildlife, and wine tasting.

  • Graduate of University of Illinois Veterinary School
  • Attending Vet for UCSC Long Marine Lab

  • Graduate of UC Davis in Veterinary Medicine
  • ​Bachelors in Biology


  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Mississippi State University

Mary Lee, DVM

Michael O'Connor, DVM

 Dr. Padilla was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from SUNY Oneonta. She completed her veterinary degree in the island of St. Kitts at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Padilla completed her clinical rotation at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Outside of working at ELAC, Dr. Padilla enjoys going to the beach with her island dog Kali, painting and relaxing." 

Michael J. O’Connor is the son of John Thomas O’Connor.  His Grandfather was a fighter pilot in the Navy and as actually baptized in St. Patrick’s Church in Watsonville on March 5, 1944.  Dr. O’Connor was born in Valencia, California.  His family moved around a few times until spending his teenage years in the pastoral landscapes of Charlottesville, Virginia.

He graduated from Arizona State University in 1996 and was a teacher first, before finally getting the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. O’Connor attended San Francisco State University and majored in biochemistry, before being accepted at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in 2011, and worked in western and central Texas before moving back to the Pacific coast in 2016.

Dr. O’Connor has special interests in veterinary ultrasound as well as surgery. He feels very grateful to have had the opportunity to join the superb group of people at East Lake Animal Clinic. Outside of veterinary medicine, he enjoys playing the guitar, fishing, reading, and movies.