Jonathan, RVT, VTS (ECC), Emergency Dept. Manager
Jonathan started working in veterinary medicine as an assistant in general practice in 1992 followed by an emergency clinic 6 years later where he worked for 16 yrs. He attained his credentials as an Registered Veterinary Technician in California in 2006 with the intent to also specialize in Emergency and Critical Care. In 2007 he began working at a 24hr specialty practice in Orange County in an effort to gain the necessary knowledge and experience to apply to the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT). He gained further experience by working with Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), a mode of dialysis for Acute Kidney Injury, and long term therapeutic mechanical ventilation. His interests include, but are not limited to, acid/base, advanced anesthesia/analgesia, mechanical ventilation, shock and transfusion medicine. Following several years of study, he passed his boards in 2010, achieving his Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care, VTS (ECC).
Jonathan has volunteered his time as a member of the AVECCT Examination and Mentoring Committees and has also served on the Appeals Committee. He has authored and contributed a chapter on ocular emergencies in The Technicians Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. Jonathan has lectured nationally and locally and attends continuing education conferences on a yearly basis. He is also certified in Veterinary CPR: Basic Life Support. Jonathan lives in Los Angeles with his three dogs and four cats. Much of his free time is spent going to concerts, museums, the beach and simply just relaxing with a good book.
Gabe, RVT, Emergency Dept. Manager
Gabe was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2004. He obtained his RVT after being grandfathered in and working on the alternate veterinary technician program. His passion is for emergency and critical care veterinary medicine. He is currently working on obtaining his VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialty) in emergency and critical care. When not at work, Gabe is a major foodie, likes to work on cars, and work out. He recently adopted a Presa Carnario puppy named Fettuccine Biggie Capone.
Kristine, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Kristine was born in New Jersey but grew up in the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valleys. Kristine has been working in the veterinary field since 1994. She is an RVT and just recently got her VTS in emergency and critical care in 2019. She joined the MASH emergency and critical care team in January 2020. Her goals are to use her knowledge and skill to minimize patient fear and maximize patient comfort. She also wants to teach all that encompasses emergency and especially critical care to the MASH emergency team. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, go to the beach and be outdoors, also enjoy good food and wine.
Dayna, Emergency Triage Lead
Dayna was born and raised in Pasadena, California. Dayna has been working in the veterinary field since 2001. She has over 12 years of experience in general practice medicine and over 7 years of experience in emergency and critical care. She joined the MASH emergency and critical care team in January of 2018. She has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science/Pre-vet Med from Cal Poly Pomona University. Dayna is driven by emergency and critical care medicine because she gets to be a part of a team of fast responding critical care Dr’s and techs that help patients defeat all odds against them and reunite them with their owners after debilitating disease, injury or trauma. Dayna plans on pursuing the alternative route program to earn her RVT and wants to obtain her VTS in Emergency and Critical Care medicine in the next two years. In her free time, she enjoys taking her four kids to the beach and spending lots of time at family gatherings; cooking, laughing, and playing music. She has a 6-year-old cat named Meow Meow, a 2-year-old Rottweiler named Kapone, and two one year old guinea pigs named Peanut and Sugar.
Chelsea, Veterinary Assistant, Shift Lead
Chelsea was born and raised in Los Angeles. Chelsea has been working in veterinary field since 2011. Before joining the MASH team, she worked with avian and exotics. Chelsea’s goal is to get her RVT license and get her VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialty) in emergency and critical care. She has a passion for wolf conservation efforts and has been volunteering at APEX Protection Project for 9 years caring for the wolf-dog pack. She has a tortoise named JB, and a dog named Bullet. In her spare time, Chelsea likes to play basketball, travel and work out.
Angie, Veterinary Assistant, Emergency/Internal Medicine, Shift Lead
Angie was born and raised in New York. She moved to Los Angeles 3 years ago because she has always loved the weather here and for a new experience. She has been in the veterinary field for 12 years. Angie is going to obtain her RVT soon and her goal is to become a lead/manage a department. She has 2 dogs, a Pit bull named Jordan, and a Maltipoo named Logan. She also has 2 cats, an 18-year-old named Angel and a 2-year old named Rogue. Angie loves the outdoors, camping, watching sports, and going to music concerts.
Emily, Veterinary Assistant
Emily was born in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1998. Emily has been working in the veterinary field since 2010. She started out as a receptionist at an exotic animal practice and has worked her way up to technician assistant. She joined the MASH team in March of 2018. Emily wants to pursue her RVT and VTS in emergency and critical care in the future. Emily has a passion for emergency and critical care medicine because of its fast pace environment and the joy that comes when a pet gets better. Emily has a 9-year-old American Bulldog named Monty.
Halley, Veterinary Assistant, Shift Lead
Halley was born and raised in the Inland Empire. She has been in working in the veterinary field since 2008. She started working in general practice but found that her passion was for emergency and critical care. Halley would like to get her RVT license and pursue a VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialty) in emergency and critical care. She has 2 dogs, a Pitbull named Jordan, and a Maltipoo named Logan. She also has 2 cats, an 18-year-old named Angel and a 2-year old named Rogue. In her spare time, she loves going to concerts, experimenting with makeup and hair, and she also will model from time to time.
Lily, Veterinary Assistant, Shift Lead
Lily earned a degree in Biochemistry from the University of California in Santa Barbara. She worked five years in pharmaceutical and oncological research before transitioning to the veterinary field. She has two beautiful cats and a wonderful service dog. In her free time, she co-operates a home-based pet care business. She strives to provide her patients with compassionate care.
Jesse, Veterinary Assistant, Shift Lead
Jessie was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2010. He has worked in general practice, surgery, and emergency. However, his passion is for emergency and critical care veterinary medicine. He likes the knowledge that he gains from all the different cases, the actual patient care, and cultivating client relationships. Jessie joined the MASH emergency and critical care team in July 2018. Jesus recently finished the veterinary technician alternative route plan at Platt College. He plans to take the licensing test soon and become an RVT. Jessie has two dogs, a 3-year-old Cocker Spaniel/ Poodle mix named Dominic, and an 8-year-old Pomeranian/ Yorkie mix named Giselle. In his free time, he likes to watch soccer and other sports, go snowboarding in the winter, take long trips, and spend time with family.
Stephanie, Veterinary Assistant
Stephanie was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2000. She started out in general practice veterinary medicine but found that her passion was in emergency medicine. Stephanie joined the MASH emergency team in February 2019. Her goal is to become a registered veterinary technician. She has a 4-year-old Chiweenie named Jelly. She also enjoys rehabbing wildlife and currently has a squirrel named Lucky. When she has free time, she likes to be in nature and hike in the surrounding LA mountains. She also enjoys being with friends and family.
Jessica, Veterinary Assistant
Jessica was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA (Go birds!). She moved to Los Angeles in 2014. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2006. She has worked as a doctor’s assistant and veterinary assistant. She is currently working on obtaining her RVT and a certificate in feline behavior and training. She has 2 cats, Neuman and Dante. In her free time, she likes to watch true crime shows, try different restaurants and spend time with her cats.
Vivian, Veterinary Assistant
Vivian was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. This is Vivian’s first time working in the veterinary field, but she has volunteered at a general practice since 2017. She also has volunteered in emergency, cardiology, dental and surgery departments. Vivian joined the MASH emergency team in September 20202. Vivian just completed the veterinary technician program at Platt College and will be sitting for the VTNE soon to become a RVT. Her dream is to become a veterinarian someday. She is fear free certified. Vivian has a Fawn Pug named Cooper. When not working, Vivian likes to binge watch TV shows, movies, and documentaries. She also likes to cook, bike, crochet, go to the beach, hike, and learn about astrology.
Cesar, Veterinary Assistant
Cesar was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA. Cesar started volunteering with animals when he was 16 years old but has been working in the veterinary field since 2011. He has worked at a high volume spay/neuter clinic, general practice, and emergency. Cesar joined the MASH emergency team in September 2020. Cesar will be sitting for the Veterinary Technician National exam in December to become an RVT. His goal is to eventually go back to school to finish his prerequisites to get into the Registered Nursing program. Cesar has a 170-pound Saint Bernard named Sully, a Chihuahua named Tiki, and a DSH named Thomas. When not working, Cesar likes to cruise the streets of LA and Santa Monica, sightseeing and listening to Rihanna. He also likes to watch television shows and he recently become a gym person.
Doug, Technician Assistant
Doug was born and raised in Bloomington, California. He recently made a switch in careers to veterinary medicine. He joined the MASH emergency team in June 2019. Doug is excited about being in the veterinary field and his goal is to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Doug has a 10-year-old Pitbull mix named Cain and a cat named Bruce. When not working, he likes to relax and play video games.
Jenn, Doctor’s Assistant Supervisor
Jenn was born and raised in Los Angeles. Before moving into the veterinary field in 2017, she was a human ultrasound technician. She would love to cross train in both the human and animal fields. Her goal is to be able to do ultrasounds on animals. Jenn has three dogs, Athena, a chow, Bunny, a chow, and Chewy a Maltese/Shih Tzu mix. When not working, Jenn likes to hike, travel, and read.
Amanda, Doctor’s Assistant
Amanda was born and raised in Fresno, CA and moved to Los Angeles in 2001 for Web Design. After she finished school, she found that her passion lied in the veterinary field, she so moved back to Fresno to obtain her veterinary technician Degree. Amanda obtained her Associates in Veterinary Technology from San Joaquin Valley College in 2008 but with the economy, she had a hard time finding a job. She started an in-home pet sitting business to cater to animals with special needs so that pets wouldn’t get stressed out at boarding facilities while their parents are gone. Amanda moved back to Los Angeles in 2012 and worked various jobs at CA DMV, Juvenile Hall, a makeup company, and a law firm. After being away from the veterinary field for over 10 years, she is back and joined the MASH surgery team in April 2019. She hopes to obtain her RVT license soon. She has a 7-year-old brindle French Bull Dog named Dexter and a 1-year old black cat named Drogo. When not working, she loves to bake and hang out with friends.
Jolene, Doctor’s Assistant
Jolene was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2012. She started out in general practice and has worked as a kennel attendant, technician assistant, and now receptionist. Jolene loves learning new things and being helpful to clients and patients. Jolene goal is to go back to school to obtain an RVT license. Jolene has 3 cats, Kernel, Batman, and Buggy. She also has 3 dogs: Monkey (Shih Tzu mix), Speck (Terrier mix), and Benjamin Waffles (Lasa Apso Mix). When not working, she likes to spend time with her son, hike with her dogs, and catch up with friends.
Jessika, Doctor’s Assistant
Jessika is a Southern California native. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. She has worked as a receptionist and a technician assistant at general practice prior to working at MASH. Jessika joined the MASH emergency team in October 2019. Jessika’s has an Associates in Psychology and is currently working on her Bachelors. Her goal is to become a psychiatric technician. She has a Husky mix named Bruno, a German Shephard named Chubs, a Siberian Husky named Balto, and a cat named Tiger. When not working, Jessika enjoys hiking with her dogs, bike riding and binge-watching documentaries.