Meet the Oceanside Veterinary Hospital Staff

Kari, Hospital Manager

A San Diego County native, Kari has been involved in the veterinary profession for many years. After holding several positions at local hospitals, Kari has found a home at Oceanside Veterinary Hospital and anchors the team. She oversees all aspects of management of the hospital and helps all the doctors deal with the day to day nuances of running a veterinary practice. She is a pet advocate and dedicated individual and loves working with people and their pets. In her spare time, Kari enjoys dancing, following professional football (especially the Chargers), and spending time with her two young children when she is not working to help pet owners.

Cindy, RVN Supervisor

Cindy was born in France but moved to the US when she was six and lived in San Francisco and Singapore before moving to San Diego. Cindy has a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego and after taking some time from school, she went to work and volunteered at Helen Woodward Animal Center at their Adoption and Pet Therapy department. From there, she learned about the RVT program at Mesa College. Cindy attended Mesa and graduated with her Associate degree in Animal Science: Animal Health Technology and, afterwards, passed the State Board Examination to become an RVT. Cindy worked with Dr. Hackett at a practice in Del Mar for four years before coming to OVH. In her spare time, Cindy loves to spend time with friends, at the beach, watching movies, reading, hiking and spending time at home with her husband and two cats, Caleb and Jax.

Maria, RVN Supervisor

Maria is our Registered Veterinary Nurse Supervisor (RVN). She was born in Renton, Washington and has spent some of her childhood in Kitzingen, Germany and Ensenada, Mexico, but overall grew up in California. She is fairly new to the San Diego county and really loves living the beach life. Her passion and thrive has always been to care and help animals. Maria enjoys having family outings with her fiancé who is also an RVN, their two daughters, and their four-legged furry babies. Maria loves being apart of Oceanside Veterinary Hospital and is eager to meet each one of your furry family members.

Lisa, RVN

Lisa is a life-long pet advocate with a special interest in cats.  She is deemed as a “cat whisperer”.  Her empathy and compassion for pets and their people helps her to emphasize the importance of the human-animal bond.  She has had the opportunity to work at veterinary hospitals, humane societies, rescue groups, and as a certified Holistic Health Practitioner promoting holistic health for pets and their pet parents.  Lisa chose to return to the veterinary field and got licensed as an RVT.  She looks forward to assisting your pets, especially your cats, at Oceanside Veterinary Hospital.  When not working, Lisa volunteers with the Feral Cat Coalition and Rescue House.  She cares for her own cats, enjoys the beach, and going to the gym.  She can often be seen spending time with her cat, Oliver-Everett, in Encinitas.

Jenna, Receptionist

Originating from the Santa Cruz area, Jenna has been in Southern California now for over 10 years. She has a strong interest in animal and holistic medicine and likes learning about different natural remedies. She spends a lot of time working with her extremely anxious cat, Riven, which has sparked an interest in animal mental health as well. In her spare time, she enjoys creating crystal jewelry, salves, and oil blends as well as teaching on these topics.

Desiree, Receptionist

Desiree was born and raised in Ontario County New York, She worked in health care before joining the Marine Corps. After her time in the Marine Corps, she knew that she loved animals and wanted to help which is how she started as a receptionist at OVH. Desiree is the proud pet mom of four loving babies, three dogs Hanzo, Hercules and Chloe and one cat Geppetto. Her hobbies including hiking, going to the beach and spending time with her husband and fur babies.

Sierra, Veterinary Assistant

Sierra was born and raised in Southern California. She always knew from the start that she loved to work with animals. She started her first job at a dog daycare after graduating High School and worked there for four years before signing on with Oceanside Veterinary Hospital. Sierra also works part-time in San Diego doing hydrotherapy and rehab work with pets that are in need of physical therapy. She is very thankful for all the opportunities she have been given to work in the animal field and hopes to continue to learn and help as many pets as she can be healthy and happy.

Lexy, Veterinary Assistant

Lexy was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up, she has always loved and had a passion for working and caring for animals. Lexy recently graduated from Animal Behavior College’s Veterinary Assistant Program in hopes to go back to school and become an RVT. Her goal is to always provide as much love and care to all animals that she comes into contact with. In Lexy’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 fur babies, Harley, Saydie and Millie.

Aly, Veterinary Assistant

Aly, an Oregonian at heart, has lived in San Diego for 5 of the last 8 years. During her time here, she’s been especially active in animal rescue and welfare, either volunteering with the San Diego Humane Society or working with various animals as a caretaker. Currently enrolled in a Veterinary Nursing certification program with Purdue University, her love of animals goes much further than the three dogs she has at home.

Maddie, Veterinary Assistant

Maddie was born and raised in Texas and is a new resident of California. She realized she had a passion for working with animals while attending college at LSU and started working at a local veterinary hospital. Maddie has worked in the veterinary field for 3 years and loved every second of it. In her free time Maddie enjoys spending time with her fiancé, playing with her two cats Zoe & Snowball, and going to target.

Stephanie, Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie has  always had a huge passion for animals. Working at OVH allows her to live outside her dream. Stephanie grew up with a variety of animals and currently she has 1 dog named Diamond. She can’t wait to meet your fur babies too!

Anessa, Veterinary Assistant

Anessa is currently juggling a busy lifestyle with her 2 pit-bulls, family, and adorable step-daughter. Growing up Anessa was a part of the “Future Farmers of America” where she raised and showed sheep, pigs, goats, and cattle. For, 4 years Anessa gained experience in large animal medicine until she moved out of California and attended Auburn University in Alabama. While studying for pre-veterinary medicine Anessa realized that Southern California was her home. Upon moving back she found OVH and has been apart of the team ever since. Anessa still plans to go back to school to continue her path in veterinary medicine.