Eric Van Nice, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Veterinary Dental Specialist
Dr. Van Nice graduated in 1982 from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Animal Physiology. In 1986, he graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Van Nice became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD) in 1990 and in 1995, he achieved Diplomate status in the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), earning the distinction of a specialist. Prior to practicing specialty dentistry, Dr. Van Nice worked as a small animal primary care practitioner in Mission Viejo, California. Known for his kind and gentle bedside manner, Dr. Van Nice launched Animal Dental Services in Tustin, California in 2000 with Julie Feher. They are proud to be a part of the Advanced Veterinary Specialty Group, a collaborative of multiple specialty practices who work together to help pets with advanced care needs.
Dr. Van Nice lectures on dentistry and oral surgery locally and at the annual Veterinary Dental Forum. He has served on the examination committees of both the AVD and the AVDC. He enjoys working with the local police and sheriff’s K9 officers.
Originally from San Diego, Dr. Van Nice has lived and worked in San Diego and Orange Counties all his life. His companion, Darlene, is a pharmacist, and they are “owned” by their three dogs, Pita, Hansel, and Waffles. In his leisure time, Dr. Van Nice plays various clarinets and saxophones with the Mira Costa Community College Orchestra. An enthusiastic amateur mechanic, his main hobby is the restoration of old sports cars, primarily Fiats, Fiat-Abarths, and Alfa Romeos.
Julie has worked side by side with Dr. Van Nice in surgery and dentistry since 1982. She has an extensive experience in veterinary medicine, from the practice of small animal primary care beginning in 1978, to the specialty field of veterinary dentistry. Julie was instrumental in opening Dr. Van Nice’s general practice in Mission Viejo in 1988 where they worked together for 12 years before opening ADS in October 2000. Julie participates in the annual American Veterinary Dental Forum meeting and other vital specialty events throughout the year. In addition, she maintains all management responsibilities including client communication, scheduling, and bookkeeping. Julie and Dr. Van Nice have created a partnership based on mutual respect, open communication, professionalism, and commitment to quality care for their patients, and a passion for the field of veterinary dentistry. ADS clients will attest to Julie’s love and compassion for animals, her desire to provide excellent customer service, and her commitment to ensuring the best possible experience for everyone they have the privilege to serve.
In her spare time, Julie likes to kayak, garden, hike, read, and walk her Bengal cats, Tobias and Mattais. Recently, she has been raising monarch butterflies as they are facing a 90% population decline.
Rachelle Pastorkovich, RVT
Rachelle has been working as ADS’ registered veterinary technician since October 2013. She sees to the comfort and safety of all our patients, carefully monitoring anesthesia and providing pre and post-operative nursing care. She takes pride in her high level of patient care and makes an effort to bond with each animal to ensure their best possible experience. Rachelle started her veterinary career in 2006 and became a registered veterinary technician in 2011 after graduating from Professional Veterinary Assistant School. She absolutely loves her job as a veterinary technician and is very proud to work in specialty medicine at Animal Dental Services.
Rachelle lives in Dana Point and in her free time she enjoys hiking by the beach, cooking, and spending time with her adorable calico cat named Fondue.