Our Staff & Story
Started by Dr. Ennis J. Ogorsolka (Dr. “O”). a veterinarian for over 40 years. Eden Memorial Pet Care has been serving San Luis Obispo County and surrounding areas from Monterey to Bakersfield.
Dr. “O” pioneered personal pet cremation in San Luis Obispo County over 20 years ago, when many local veterinarians saw their clients having difficulty deciding what to do with their beloved pet after death. More and more clients were unable to take their pet home for burial for different reasons – didn’t own property, county ordinances and inability to dig a proper grave. Now there was another alternative to home burial – cremation.
Eden Memorial Pet Care has expanded on the basic principles and now has raised the bar in quality of service. Personal touches like a wooden urn as the standard urn. sympathy cards. certificates of cremation for all cremations, and (soon to be offered) engraving all set the stage.
Dr. “O” dedicated over 40 years as a veterinarian on the Central Coast to his clients and their pets. He enjoys his retirement now and if you are lucky, you can catch the good doctor spending time with his wife of over 50 years, traveling and checking on one of his many “projects”.
Christine Ogorsolka Johnson
Christine grew up on the Central Coast for 18 years, when college took her north to the Bay Area. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a BA in Broadcast Electronics Communication Arts, she spent a few years traveling, surfing/snowboarding and gaining experience in Marketing, PR, Business Development, and Management. She gained her business experience in a variety of fields — as a GM of Las Olas Surf Adventures for Women, PR and Sales with Phenix Ski Apparel- US Division, Floor Directing with Media One Studios and starting her own organic doggie treat business, Barks Bakery from 2002-2005. Her entrepenuer side comes from working with her mentor and business partner, her dad, Dr. “O”.
In 2003, after starting her own consulting business, Christine had a handful of clients while she started her family. The idea of Eden Memorial was born from Dr. O’s experience as a veterinarian and pioneer in the personalized pet crematory in SLO County and Christine’s vision of starting an “all service” Pet Aftercare company. Eden Memorial would be more personalized and geared to run similar to a funeral home with grief support, memorials, and personalized cremation services.
What started as a “temporary consulting project” with her dad, developed into a 14 year (and going strong) business. Christine found herself back with her passion – helping animals and people. Christine, now mother of 3 (son: Eli, daughter: Dyllan, and Golden Retriever: Gus), spends most of her time in her Northern California – home office but traveling to and from Paso Robles when needed.
“Being a daughter of a veterinarian, I understand what it is like to lose a pet. Our pets are our family and sometimes it’s not about closing that door, it’s about keeping their memories close to our hearts in hopes of seeing them again someday.”
Paso Robles Facility Manager
Kevin Overbey heads our Paso Robles Facility and daily operations as our Facility Manager. He was born and raised in SLO County — in Los Osos. Kevin is a Surfer/Cowboy and if you were to ask him where he went to school, he will be the first to tell you – the “School of Hard Knocks.” Kevin grew up with livestock and pets.
With a mother, who raised champion Australian Shepherds and a local 4-H leader, Kevin did everything from showing horses to cattle and followed in his mother’s footsteps at one point as a 4-H leader. Although Kevin had 25 years telecom construction experience, traveling the country, he also has a unique background of human cremation/cemetery experience. Kevin brings so much to Eden Memorial with not only his caring and compassion; but his knowledge and experience with the human cremation industry. Kevin loves animals because they mind, don’t talk back, and give unconditional love/companionship.
Kevin says, “I enjoy giving closure to families, who are facing a very difficult time in their life with the passing of their companion pet.”
Jennifer joined the Eden Memorial family in 2016 with a world of animal experience from her life with her local ranching family. With years of knowledge from horses to 4-H to life on the ranch, Jennifer has truly found her niche as our Paso Robles Crematory Operator.
Although her background is mainly horses and Mules, her compassionate heart and quiet demeanor is a perfect fit for clients who are grieving. Jennifer understands what it is to lose a beloved animal companion and has been through it herself. She is very serious about her job and treats every animal as her own. Living north of Paso Robles with her daughter on their family ranch, she finds time to balance being a mom, working the ranch, riding and working horses/cattle, and taking pride in her job.
Jennifer says, “You have to be understanding in a strong and supportive way. We’ve all been through losing an animal. It’s hard to watch our clients cry.”
Pet Care Driver
Brandon joined the Eden Memorial team as a Pet Care Driver in 2016. With 9 years experience as an EMT for San Luis Obispo County, Brandon’s experience spoke for himself. Born in Missouri but spending his childhood in Canada, he has been a Central Coast local for more than 20 years. He currently calls Paso Robles his home with his wife, son, and two step sons. Brandon also works as an Auto Transport Driver for classic cars and enjoys time with his family and riding his motorcycle.
Between his love of animals and his medical background, Brandon has been a perfect fit to Eden Memorial Pet Care. With a witty disposition and shy smile, Brandon says, “I love animals, so I try not to think about my cargo; but I’m kind of like the FedEx driver for a pet crematorium.”
Office Assistant/Client Relations
Bonnie joined our family recently helping in the office and also assisting some special pet client cases. She was born in Taft, California but spent most of her life growing up in Eureka. At 16 years old, Bonnie moved to Paso Robles where she graduated from Paso Robles High School.
In the past 12 years, she worked for an Oncology practice and now works for an ear/nose/throat surgeon as well as working with Eden. Bonnie not only has the love of animals but medical office experience. She grew up with a variety of pets; but currently lives with her yellow lab, Leo and three cats – Sienna, Savanna, and Balew. On the weekends you will find Bonnie and Kevin riding a motorcycle up/down the Central Coast, spending time at the beach with their dogs, and enjoying time with her family – two grown children and one grandson. Bonnie truly feels that it is an honor helping people put their pets to rest and treating the animals with the utmost respect.
Bonnie says, “The love that our pets give us is so amazing and my only hope is that all animals get treated with the love and respect that they deserve.”
Pet Care Driver
Patrick Morrow is originally an “Oregonian” having been born and raised in Grants Pass until the age of 15 when his parents moved to the Los Angeles area. Talk about huge culture shock, but he graduated high school and enlisted in the Air Force a few months later.
Pat wound up being stationed at Vandenberg AFB then Laughlin AFB in Del Rio Texas. After five years active duty, he was discharged and moved back to California, locating in Pasadena. After some time working as a medical equipment repairman, he was accepted to the CHP Academy in 1977 and graduated from the Academy in 1978.
For thirty years, Patrick worked as an Officer in the Glendale, Santa Barbara, Buellton, Quincy and San Luis Obispo. Finally in 2007, Patrick wanted to “retire” and just take life easy – enjoying backpacking, reading and visiting his sons.
For Pat that didn’t last long, until he was ready for a new adventure. This is where Eden was fortunate enough to find him. “Being a person who has always had a pet of some type, I know how hard it can be when you lose a ‘friend’ and I feel like I am in some small way helping those who are experiencing such a loss.”
Pet Care Guru and Eden Consultant
Laurie is a Southern California Native, born in Los Angeles has never lived more than two blocks from the ocean. Laurie graduated from Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro. She attended Orange Coast Community College with an interest in small animal care.
In her spare time, she started volunteering at the El Dorado Nature Center and got involved in the rescue and rehab of the urban wildlife in and around the city of Long Beach. Laurie also volunteered for the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort McArthur in San Pedro. She was nominated for Volunteer of the Year Award for the City of Long Beach two consecutive years in a row. When the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach solicited for volunteers, she was one of the first Marine Mammal volunteer trainers to begin working with their collection of Seals, Seal lions and Sea Otters. She stayed with the Aquarium for 15 years during that time she landed a full time job as Marine Mammal trainer.
Always looking for new adventures, Laurie moved to the Central Coast in the West Side of Templeton two years ago. She soon started working for Dr. O at the Cambria Animal Medical Center which in turn led to Eden Memorial Pet Care. Laurie has worked with Eden since 2009. Although she has now gone back to the Aquarium of the Pacific full time, you just might catch her periodically helping out at the crematory in one way or another.
Having had many different types of pets over the years, Laurie knows the kind of unconditional love a pet gives to us and what it means to loose that family member. Laurie comments that her career has come full circle.
Lauries says, “What a great opportunity to help people who love their pets buy being able to participate in the remembrance process.”