Our Story & Staff

Providing pet cremation services with a caring touch

We’ve Been Around a While

Eden Memorial Pet Care Inc. was started more than 17 years ago by Dr. Ennis J. Ogorsolka (Dr. “O”) and his daughter Christine Ogorsolka Johnson.

Between Dr. O’s experience of being a veterinarian for more than 40 years, and his daughter’s entrepreneurial expertise, the business grew quickly from a service provider to veterinarians to also include a personal, direct service to local pet owners.

Dr. O pioneered personal pet cremation in San Luis Obispo County more 20 years ago when he noticed many local veterinarians’ 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 – but now there was another alternative to home burial – cremation.

We continue to expand upon the basic principles of Pet Aftercare, and serve not only the Central Coast and San Luis Obispo County, but also the Central Valley from Bakersfield north to Fresno.

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Original building 2001

We Continue to Grow to Meet All Your Pet Cremation Needs

We’ve just finished a 2-year long expansion and re-model of our entire facility to meet our customer’s growing needs.

We did it because we’re dedicated to providing caring and comforting crematory services to you and your family while you’re going through the loss of your loved and valued companion with:

You can have peace of mind

This short 1-1/2 minute video gives a quick overview of the services you will receive and the rigorous regulations our facility continually meets to give you quality services.

Our Staff

Christine Ogorsolka Johnson

President

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Christine grew up on the Central Coast since she was two years old, a true California girl at heart.

From showing horses and her 4-H Steer projects at the Mid-State Fair to surfing and snowboarding; Christine always was involved in outdoors and her love of animals.

After graduating with a BA from San Francisco State University, she pursued a career in PR/Marketing which led to opportunities in Management, Business Development and Consulting.

She knew early on she wanted to have her own business and was mentored by her entrepreneurial father to pursue her dreams.

What started as a “temporary consulting project” with her dad, Eden Memorial developed into a 17 year (and going strong) business. Christine found herself back with her passion – helping animals and people.

Almost two decades into this business and Christine finds herself leading Eden Memorial as the “authority in pet aftercare”.

“There is not a job I haven’t done within this business. We started this company with one building, one crematory and one little truck. We had 2 veterinary accounts – one which was my dad’s hospital and my son (6 weeks at the time) nestled in his baby bjorn as I worked in the office.”

Now Eden has expanded to nearly 4000 square feet, added two large crematory ovens, two drivers and 6 employees.

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 monthly.

“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.”

Jennifer Camsuzou

Facility Manager

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Jennifer heads our Paso Robles Facility and daily operations as our Facility Manager. She 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.

“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.”

Erika Ricketts

Head of Crematory Operations

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Erika came to Eden Memorial with quite a love of animals and impressive background of hospice care and working as a Nursing Care Assistant. She has a heart of gold and cares for each pet that comes through Eden.

Growing up most of her life in Southern California and LA, she is now settled on the Central Coast. Ask Erika about the variety of pets she grew up with and she will tell you of the menagerie– from goldfish, iguanas, turtles and other reptiles to bunnies, birds, dogs and cats. Animals have always been in her life.

Among her many duties as Head Crematory Operator, she mainly handles the weekly cremations. This includes checking in the pets as they arrive from hospitals and/or client drop offs.

As well as ensuring each Pet Identification Tag is complete so she can correctly process each pet, she handles specialty services as well, which may include: specialty urns, jewelry, clay/ink paw prints, hair clippings and many other requested services.

“I have always loved animals and with my past knowledge of caregiving / CNA work I have gained a lot of experience helping people through the painful times of grief and loss.”

Heath Dillard

Head Pet Care Driver

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Heath was born and raised in Paso Robles. We welcomed Heath to our team in June of 2018.

As Head Pet Care Driver, he is responsible for the safety of the vehicles, maintenance, keeping the pick up and returns organized and working directly with the veterinary hospitals.

Heath is also training as a crematory operator and wants to learn each aspect of the process.

Heath felt that the job would be interesting to him due to his curiosity of working in this industry and what it might be like to work at a crematorium.

He also liked the aspect of traveling/driving weekly through the Coast and Central Valley and personally communicating with the hospitals.

On his spare time, you might find Heath playing paintball and airsoft, motorcycle riding and hiking trails along the coast– his favorite being trails near Hearst Castle and Madonna Mountain.

“I work with awesome people! This job is far from mundane.”

Laurie Abshire

Pet Care Guru and Eden Consultant

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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.

“What a great opportunity to help people who love their pets buy being able to participate in the remembrance process.”

Kind Words

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“We sure appreciated all the help with Larry. Thank you all so much.”

The Maupin Family
Fresno, CA

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