Christy Roberts

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. Christy’s most frequent photography models are her furry family members: Kanji, a stunning and frisky silver Bengal, whom you’’ll often find strolling the hospital lobby in his harness or playing with Woodstock, 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, she spends her time causing mischief around the hospital, singing in her car, cultivating saltwater reef tanks, collecting ridiculous holiday earrings, and watching every Sharks game she can.

Jules Nichols, RVT

Technician Manager, Registered Veterinary Technician
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 has 2 Chihuahua mixes and last July, also adopted a young shepherd and ??? mix. All of her dogs have been adopted as young adults with mostly unknown backgrounds and lineages.

Blair Cacanando

Veterinary Technician
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.

Sarah Freelin

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.

Su-su is a mini-rex bunny who came to Sarah as a little baby. Although he was caught as a feral, he now loves to rest his head on her lap and receive “scritches” in between his ears. He loves to hop around and redecorate his big bunny condo with his many toys. In the warmer months, he loves nibbling on fresh grass when out for some supervised fun.

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.

Noemi Rios

Client Care Representative
Noemi is part of our Client Care team, she came from a city named Wenatchee in Washington. Growing up around orchards, feeding feral cats, and a childhood with an unforgettable lab named Austin who everyone loved. Never did her parents allow her to have pets, but she managed to have pets temporary, until her dad always made her return them. Working in the fields, beauty salon and in the restaurant industry, never did she think she would learn so much about pets being at Woodland Vet.Moving into this area and being new to everything, she was greatful to get hired at Woodland Veterinary Hospital.Continuing her educational plan for Psychology and looking into social worker. Noemi’s hobbies are singing, dancing, spending time with the family and traveling and one day hopes to travel around the world.

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 a very special pointer/border collie mix named Bella 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 Bella and Mike.

Candy Gaiser

Agility Instructor
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 Martinez

Veterinary Technician / Kennel Technician
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 her boyfriend’s 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.

Rachel Jed

Client Care/Kennel Technician
Rachel is a Client Care representative and Kennel Technician at Woodland Vet. Rachel grew up in Woodland and loves her Dutch Brothers! Her passion for working with animals began in 2008, after she moved to Esparto and had the opportunity to work with horses. She began to care for, show, and train them, and even helped give lessons. While working with horses, the vet visits were routine, and she was able to do hands-on activities with the vets. Rachel joined the WVH team in December of 2015 after working at the grooming facility next door for five years. Her time there allowed her to learn the body language of cats and dogs, and the coping skills to relax them when they are stressed. While there, she also had the opportunity to work with many of the pets staying at Woodland Veterinary Hospital’s Pet Hotel. She loved the positive energy and the helpful family atmosphere, and realized that she wanted to continue working more intensively with animals.

Rachel currently owns a Corgi named Garrett, a pointer named Haley, a petite pitty named Kiv, and three cats.

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: a 6yr old Boston Terrier named Guinness, a 15 year old Snowshoe named Molly. She also has an amazing 15 year old daughter. The best part of her job is being a part of saving lives, preventative health care, and cleaning teeth.

Kimberly Mai

Kennel Technician/Veterinary Technician Assistant
Kim joined our kennel team shortly after moving to Sacramento from San Jose in April 2016. She has never been without animals in her life, and loves having a job being surrounded by them all day! Along with loving animals, Kim also loves people, and is studying to be a nurse with goals to become a nurse anesthetist. Kim is owned by a Shepard/Ridgeback named Prana, a tripod Jack Russell mix named Nala, a cat named Tao and a bunch of chameleons! During her free time, you can find her rock climbing, visiting giraffes at the zoo, back in San Jose or at Starbucks.

Natasha Hansen, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician
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.

 

Ella Vigil

Client Care Representative
Mariella, better known as Ella, has recently joined the Woodland Vet Hospital team as a Client Care Representative. Ella is from a small town called Riverbank, California, but moved to Davis in 2011 to begin her undergraduate program at University of California, Davis. She graduated with her B.S. in Animal Science with an emphasis in livestock in 2015 and moved to Natomas thereafter. Ella is currently studying for her Graduate Record Exam in hopes of starting her graduate school application process this summer. She is looking into earning her Master’s degree in genetics, in order to someday work alongside dairy cattle. Ella has always had a huge love for animals, big and small. She currently owns two kitties and a Chihuahua, but hopes on owning a few dairy cattle and some goats in the future! Ella is excited to be on board with the Woodland Vet staff and to be a part of your fur babies’ path to happy, healthy lives!

 

Christina Williams

Kennel Technician

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 and was 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!

 

Ali Rice

Veterinary Technician

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!

 

Kellie Harris

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.