Client Care Manager
Christy Roberts is the manager of our Client Care Team and one of the resident photographers at Woodland Veterinary Hospital. A California native whose heart belongs in Hawaii, she moved from Danville in 2003 to attend UC Davis, where she majored in English and taught horseback riding at the Equestrian Center. After graduating in 2007, she remained in the area while working at Cattlemens Steakhouse in Dixon, where she took great pleasure in decorating the mounted deer heads for Halloween and Christmas. In October 2011, looking to make a change and fulfill a childhood dream of working with animals, she answered a Craigslist ad for a position on the Client Care Team on a whim, and has been smiling at the front desk ever since!
Like many of her Woodland Vet co-workers, Christy has loved animals her entire life, and was lucky enough to have parents who would tolerate any pet her brothers and sister could bring home, including snakes, geckos, rats, cats, scorpions and more! Christy inherited her passion for photography from her father, and frequently found herself using the family pets as subjects for her photo classes in school. Since working at Woodland Vet, she has discovered that one of the most rewarding parts of her day is coaxing out that perfect smile from her four-legged companions. You can find her whimsical seasonal photos of staff pets lining the walls of our exam rooms!
Christy’s most frequent photography models are her furry family members: Kanji, a stunning and frisky silver Bengal, and his snuggly Birman companions, Kahuna and Kailani. She fell in love with the Birman breed after first seeing them on a magazine cover in her old veterinarian’s lobby, and can’t ever imagine her life without one now. As a result, Kanji, Kahuna, and Kailani also make frequent photo guest appearances on the exam room photos and hospital brochures! In the meantime, Christy spends her time causing mischief around the hospital (and helping with holiday events like the staff Christmas party and Easter egg hunt), singing in her car, cultivating saltwater reef tanks, collecting ridiculous holiday earrings & socks, and watching every San Jose Sharks game she can.
Jules joined the Woodland Vet team in February 2017 after relocating from her home town of Midvale, Utah. She graduated with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2008. She has worked in the field since 2007, having taught in the Vet Tech program at Broadview University and worked with all sorts of animals including alpaca and reindeer! Jules has a passion for bettering the lives of pets and their people – some of her volunteer projects include spay and neuter programs for shelter pets, food and clothing drives for family shelters and founding the Utah Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants. Her furry kids include two cats, Lorelei and Oscar Benjamin, and her dog, Ringo Star.
Linda Graham, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Linda has been a Registered Veterinary Technician at WVH for over 10 years. This is her second (maybe third) career. She was a retail manager for 12 years, when she realized she needed a change, and she wanted that change to include animals. For anyone interested in a career involving medicine and pets, Linda enthusiastically recommends becoming an RVT! She enrolled in the 2 year program through Yuba College (which also requires 500 internship hours), received her AS degree and passed the CA board exam on her first try. Whew!
One of the perks of working at WVH, is that Linda can bring her fur kids to work with her. She currently has 2 Chihuahua mixes – Fleck and Max. All of her dogs have been adopted as young adults with mostly unknown backgrounds and lineages.
Blair Cacanando is one of our Veterinary Technicians and has worked at WVH since 2003. She came to California from Colorado to attend UC Davis, where she received her B.S. in Animal Science with an emphasis on Behavior. She has always had a passion for animals and started volunteering at a veterinary hospital at the young age of 12. She has loved it ever since! Blair enjoys all aspects of being a tech, including dentistry, assisting in surgeries, interacting with all the pets and their family members, and even inventory!
Blair’s dog Kukui is a very special long legged rescue friend from the SPCA who loves to swim and hang out with his kitty friends at home. When Blair is not showing her love and dedication to animals, she spends the rest of her time being the Assistant Artistic Director of her non-profit contemporary dance company, CORE Dance Collective, which was recently internationally recognized for their choreographic achievements and are continuously invited to perform in California and across the country.
Client Care Representative
Sarah Freelin has been working for Woodland Veterinary Hospital since September of 2010. As part of the Client Care team, she feels honored to have opportunity to work with such a passionate group of people and to assist such amazing clients and their companion animals. While she is a graduate of CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, she hopes to continue her education to become a Veterinary Assistant. Here at the hospital, Sarah enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to seeing familiar ones. Of course, getting to play with cute dogs, cats, and the occasional small pet (her favorite being rats!) is one of the perks of Sarah’s job.
Sarah’s love for animals stems from her childhood of growing up in the country with many different types of pets. From goats, to mice, chickens, to cats, she was blessed to share her childhood with a variety of God’s creatures. While she doesn’t have the menagerie of animals she did in the past, she is glad to be owned by her two cats, Kyo and Calypso, and her bunny, Su-su.
Kyo came into Sarah’s life during the winter of 2005, during her sophomore year of college. She adopted him from Four Paws Rescue, who had saved his mother from being euthanized at the local shelter. Sarah would not have Kyo without the hard work and caring hearts of Four Paws Rescue coordinator Jerri Hardy (may she rest in peace), and the many volunteers. Kyo brings much joy and laughter to Sarah’s life with his spastic and lovable nature. One of his favorite activities is to watch the fish in her husband, Adam’s, tank and attempt to catch them through the glass.
Kyo’s sister, Calypso, also came to Sarah as a rescue. Abandoned by her previous owners at an apartment complex, she was dirty, matted, and infested with parasites. With some care and love she has become a great addition to the family. She loves to curl up on Adam’s lap and loves to wrestle with her plush soccer ball.
Just as she loves and cares for her fur kids, Sarah looks forward to meeting and caring for the many furry family members who come through the doors of Woodland Veterinary Hospital.
Shawna Ferguson, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Shawna Ferguson is one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians, and has been working with animals for as long as she can remember. She grew up surrounded by horses, dogs, fish, hamsters, rats and birds, and currently belongs to the most perfect Golden Retriever puppy ever – Laika, and a silly boxer mix named Mike (Mike Mike Mike). Shawna was born and raised in San Diego, CA, but relocated to northern California in 2003 to attend UC Davis and has been here ever since!
Shawna had always wanted to become a veterinarian, but after getting some experience in the field, she quickly discovered how much she loved the nursing side of veterinary medicine. After getting her Bachelor’s degree from Davis, Shawna completed her Veterinary Technician degree (two years and a few hundred internship hours) at Cosumnes River College and passed her board exams to become an RVT in October 2011. Shawna has been at Woodland Veterinary Hospital since February 2012. She is especially interested in wildlife, dental cleanings and wiggly puppies. These days, Shawna is usually only around on weekends, since she spends most of her time radiographing horses and miniature pigs at UC Davis. Outside of the hospital, Shawna does everything she can to be outdoors, including hiking (lots of hiking), camping, kayaking and going exploring with Laika and Mike.
Candy has been involved in the sport of agility since the early 90’s as a competitor, trainer, and judge. Like many “agility addicts”, she came from a background of competitive dog obedience. Her foxhound Hayley competed in formal obedience, as well as flyball and scent hurdles with their local dog training club. When they discovered agility, Candy was hooked. Hayley retired at age 14 as ADCH MACH Hayley UD NATCH. Candy’s Hildidan hounds have earned numerous championships in multiple venues in the US and Canada (USDAA, AKC, AAC, CPE, NADAC). Eight of her dogs, including three foxhounds, two whippets, one miniature silken whippet, and two lurchers, have earned the Agility Dog Champion title and three have attained the Platinum Lifetime Achievement award from the United States Dog Agility Association. Six have been in the USDAA Top10 in one or more classes.
In 1994, Candy started Jump Start Dog Agility and held training classes in several locations in the bay area. In 1998, she moved to rural Vacaville and set up a dedicated training site. Currently she teaches a variety of day and evening weekly agility classes at all levels from puppy and beginning through competition. Many of her students are successfully competing in USDAA, AKC and CPE agility trials. In addition to training, Candy enjoys judging the sport of agility for three associations: The United States Dog Agility Association, The American Kennel Club, and UK Agility International. She is a supervising judge for the USDAA and participate in the training of new agility judges.
Cynthia was born in Los Angeles but she was raised in Long Beach. She has a deep love for all types of animals, most likely influenced from her mom who also loves all animals. Cynthia followed her passion all the way to UC Davis where she recently graduated with a BS in Animal Science and specialized in Companion and Captive Animals. Her love for animals reaches out to all shapes and sizes for example she has had a pet chicken, hamster, turtle, birds and dogs. Today Cynthia lives in Davis and is happy applying her love and knowledge of animals to her work. At home she is a pet parent to a shy Welsh Cardigan Corgi named Lucy and a free spirited mini Schnauzer named Effy! In her free time Cynthia enjoys cooking and baking, especially new recipes. In the future, Cynthia hopes to become a Registered Vet Tech and continue helping animals.
Rosa Mendoza, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
California born and raised, Rosa has always had an affinity for animals. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician who joined our team in February 2016. Rosa has had animals her whole life; from cats, dogs, rabbit, and guinea pigs to ferrets and even wild tree frogs. She even had the pleasure of working with horses for a short time as a kid. After years of soul searching, she found her calling as a veterinary technician.Rosa began the Veterinary Technician program of Pleasant Hill, CA, in 2004 and gained her experience beginning as a kennel technician and working her way up as a veterinary technician for the last 12 years. She graduated from Western Career College in 2007 with her AA Degree in Animal Sciences and passed her California State Board Exam in April of 2008. Rosa enjoys working with all animals but has aspirations to work more with exotics. Her biggest soft spot is for “smooshed faces”, specifically Boston Terriers, and any feline with points and blue eyes. She has three kids, two of them furry: an 8 year old Boston Terrier named Guinness and a 17 year old Snowshoe named Molly. She also has an amazing 18 year old daughter. The best part of her job is being a part of saving lives, preventative health care, and cleaning teeth.
Client Care Representative
Natasha came to our hospital in July 2016 and was born and raised in California. Growing up around numerous dogs, cats, and neighborhood pets helped her passion for animals grow at a very young age. After working in food service and retail, she decided to attend Carrington College and graduated in 2014. Natasha took and passed the California State Exam and National Exam in July 2015. She has two older fur children that have sparked a deep appreciation and love of senior pets. Currently, Natasha is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and will be attending graduate school for Physical Therapy.
Kennel Technician / Veterinary Technician Assistant
Nikki is a kennel technician and vet tech assistant at woodland vet. She is a NorCal native and recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BS in Zoology. After learning as much as she can here, her goal is to go back to school to become a veterinarian. She has always had an abundance of pets and is currently a pet parent of a German Shepherd and a Shih Tzu. When not working or playing with her dogs, she is usually playing/watching soccer or basketball, rooting for the Kings, or sleeping.
Christina has lived in Woodland her whole life. Her first job was as a bathing assistant and she fell in love. She moved up to a pet sylist andwas so happy that she had the opporunity to take care of dogs and cats. She was grooming for about six years and then moved on to a private salon to continue her career of pet grooming for about a year. While she loved it, she realized it was no longer what she wanted to do. She wanted to be able to care for animals in a different way. She had the opportunity to start at WVH and has not regretted her decision at all! She love where she’s at and the people she works with!
Christina also has 3 fur babies: Jax, a German Shephard who is 3, Sugar, a Chihuahua who is 7, and Zoey a ShihTzu who is around 11. She is hoping to get a cat sometime soon!
Alesia has been with Woodland Veterinary Hospital since November 2017. Growing up in Woodland, Alesia and her family have been coming to Woodland Vet for years. As a senior in high school, she interned as a kennel assistant as part of her veterinary science class and decided that Woodland Veterinary Hospital was the place for her. Outside of work, Alesia loves to nap, bake scrapbook, and roller skate. Alesia owns four wonderful furbabies: her two pitties named Moose and Jazzy, her dalmatian mix Daisy, and her basset hound mix Koda. Alesia has always had a love for animals and hopes to continue in this line of work. She is currently attending Woodland Community College and is planning to transfer to Yuba College next fall, where she plans to join the veterinary technician program. Her goal is to become an RVT and continue working with animals.
Alison, or “Ali”, joined the WVH team May 2018. She is from a little town called Oakhurst just outside of Yosemite. Her passion for animals started with her small hobby farm growing up with chickens, goats, horses, and a donkey and she developed her goals to become a veterinarian in high school. She is very excited to be attending UC Davis Vet School in August 2018, where she can expand her skills to help our precious four-legged friends. In her spare time, Ali enjoys reading, exercising, and adventuring with her husband, Pete. They have one spicy Tortoiseshell cat, Pepper, who is very spoiled. Ali is happy to be working with the enthusiastic and supportive staff at WVH!
Client Care Representative
Kellie Harris, a Woodland native, is currently a part of our Client Care team. She has previously been a Woodland Veterinary Hospital employee and worked in both Kennel and Client Care back in 2010-2012. She then decided to make a bold transition and accept a part time job at UCDavis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She was there for about a year, before the position was eliminated due to budget cuts. From 2014-2016, Kellie was a part of the Reception and Technician Assistants at Vista Veterinary Specialists. After two years at Vista, Kellie returned to UC Davis for a full time position in Emergency Reception which she later gave up to come back to Woodland Veterinary Hospital. Woodland Veterinary Hospital has always felt like home to her, and she is ecstatic to be back with the “family”.
Kellie originally started her journey in veterinary medicine back when she was a child. She had a black lab named Madison that her family had adopted from the Yolo County Animal Shelter when she was seven years old. At the age of five, Madison was diagnosed with severe Lymphoma. That is what really ignited Kellie’s passion for veterinary care. Today, Kellie is currently attending online classes at Arizona State University to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is an aspiring veterinarian, and hopes to get into veterinary school one day. Her specific interests are Oncology and Emergency Medicine.
Although busy with work and school, Kellie always finds time to cuddle her own furry kiddos, Mimi and Myrtle. Mimi is Kellie’s little Morkie (Yorkie & Maltese mix) that is truly her child. If you ever meet her, you surely will agree. Myrtle on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed dog at home and is Mimi’s best friend. They make trouble together while Kellie is away at work.
Kellie invites you and your pet to become a part of the Woodland Veterinary Hospital “family” too! She looks forward to catching up with old “family” members and meeting new ones.
Katrina joined our team in the summer of 2018 after relocating to Sacramento. She recently graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Zoology and a minor in Studio Art. She is currently enrolled in an online Veterinary Technology program in order to obtain her RVT license. Katrina has a passion for veterinary medicine, specifically nursing and emergency medicine. She is motivated every day by her own pets, Finn (McNab mix) and Leroy (fat orange tabby cat).
Katrina hopes to attend graduate school in the coming years to pursue her Master’s and eventually her PhD in the animal behavior and conservation field. She aspires to one day teach at the college level and perform research on animals in the wild in order to aid in their conservation. She has a special love for elephants and dreams of exploring the savannas of Africa and the forests of Thailand while conducting behavioral research on this amazing species. Katrina feels that having the medical background and experience of a veterinary technician will help her immensely in conducting field research and will also contribute to a great success of her other dream: one day opening an animal shelter. Katrina looks forward to treating your pets and promises to treat them with the same love and respect with which she treats her own.
Client Care Representative
Grace is part of our Client Care team at Woodland Veterinary Hospital and is Sacramento native. She is currently an undergraduate sophomore at UC Davis studying animal science with the hopes of one day attending UC Davis Veterinary School and specializing in large animals. Her passion for livestock comes from her days showing swine through her high school’s FFA program, raising them from a feeder size to market for show at the Sacramento County Fair. Grace’s experience with small animals is through her three cats, Stephen, Mookie, and Hurley. All three love ignore her when she makes visits home to Elk Grove just to see them. She is hoping to adopt a kitten and start a fur family for herself!
Patrick Mirza, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
The year was 2006. World War II had just ended, Hollywood was transitioning from silent films to sound, and brave, hardy settlers pushed westward, fueled by the promise of gold and the construction of the great Transcontinental Railroad. These were heady, exciting times.
It was with this backdrop that a sweaty, nervous man named Patrick took his first steps into the intimidating world of veterinary medicine. Challenges lay ahead: dogs with explosive diarrhea, cats with sharp claws, co-workers without proper caffeination. Yet, through it all, he persevered. Turning down a lucrative career in international hand modeling, he was hired by Woodland Veterinary Hospital after his short internship. He graduated from the prestigious Yuba College technician program in 2008 and soon became a licensed RVT. From 2008 to 2014, Patrick’s presence brought the number of bearded technicians to one. After a three year stint working in emergency medicine, Patrick made his glorious return to WVH in 2018. The WVH community rejoiced upon his return!
In his spare time, Patrick enjoys competitive napping, high energy whistling, and seeing how many Costco cookies he can eat before getting sick. If you see him, feel free to call him by any name that comes into your head. Kevin or Steven are popular choices.
Chelsea Fierro, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Chelsea came to Woodland Veterinary Hospital in June 2015 eager for a chance to grow in the veterinary field and excited to be a part of such an amazing group of people. Being part of a team is something she knows very well. Since a small child, she was always involved in sports, basketball especially, she played competitive for nearly 12 years. Although taking care of animals has always been her passion. Young Chelsea would rescue all she could and would often bring her found furry friends home, which made her parents extremely pleased.
Chelsea graduated Carrington College in 2012, where she received her Associates in Animal Science. She passed her CA boards exam and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician ever since. Chelsea especially loves animal behavior and dentistry, especially dental extractions; She could do them in her sleep at this point. Chelsea is also a Fear Free Certified professional, which means she takes extra care to limit the fear, anxiety, and stress in our patients as best she can.
In what spare time Chelsea does have, she enjoys everything outdoors. Camping, Boating, Quads, Mudding, Jet skiing, BBQ’s, Bonfires, and attending SF Giants and Oakland Raiders games. Chelsea is owned by 5 dogs and 4 cats. Her dogs names are Kheba, Henny, Mammas, Hazelnut, and Whiskey. Cats names Amora, Sparticus the Great, Mustacio, & Yetti. Chelsea enjoys working to ensure that her animals have a great life.
Evelyn Smialek, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Evelyn is a certified veterinary technician. She has over 30 years of experience in large veterinary office and hospitals, as well as smaller practices in both Northern and Southern California. She prides herself on her care and commitment to your pet’s wellness. She uses the knowledge she has gained over the decades, and has increased her proficiency through many hours of seminar attendance to enhance her credentials. Evelyn also shows great compassion to our clients by answering their questions, and never hesitates to explain the treatment, recovery, and steps to wellness for every situation. She is a loving owner of three Miniature Schnauzers who love her just as much!
Viviana has had the blessing of living her dream of working with animals. She started out by volunteering at a wildlife center during high school, then became a trusted dog sitter for everyone in her community. Now she has the opportunity to work at Woodland Veterinary Hospital and further increase her knowledge of animal care. She achieved her Animal Science degree at American River College, then focused on studying courses specifically in veterinary science.
Viviana also owns a bichon fries mix named Milo, who has been by her side for the past 9 years and initiated her love for furry friends in the first place. Nevertheless, Viviana always puts God first in her life and likes to transfer her faith and joy into her work so she can always do her best no matter what. She loves to dedicate her time to reading her Bible, learning languages, and spending time with friends and family. Viviana is very thankful and excited to positively make an impact in animals’ lives at Woodland Veterinary Hospital.