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Our Careteam

We are proud to be an AAHA certified practice in Las Vegas & Southwest Las Vegas, NV since 2007! So, your pet’s emotional and physical well-being is prioritized with every visit. We put patients first!

Alex

Alex

Client Care Specialist

Change can be a good thing – just ask Alex, a receptionist at Aloha Animal Hospital. Before joining Aloha, Alex worked at another animal hospital. When she realized that it was time to change things up a bit and work somewhere closer to home, she joined the staff at Aloha Animal Hospital. She hasn’t looked back since!

Born and raised in Salinas, CA, Alex had always dreamed of working in a veterinary hospital. After high school, she attended college with the intention of becoming a veterinarian nurse, but wasn’t 100% sure if that’s what she really wanted to do. She decided to become a receptionist, a position she would end up enjoying more than she anticipated. She loved the job and the environment and decided she wanted to stay in that field.

Alex’s introduction to animals came via the 3 dogs she had while growing up. She grew particularly close to her black labrador named Kona, who she would spend time walking, swimming and hanging out with. To this day, Alex fondly remembers Kona as “the best dog ever.”

When it comes to her favorite parts of being at Aloha Animal Hospital, Alex loves nothing more than to interact with clients. It brings her an immense feeling of satisfaction knowing that she was able to make someone’s day less stressful by helping them solve their problems. A self-professed busy-body, Alex enjoys keeping an organized schedule with a tidy to-do list because it makes things at the office run smoother.

Currently, Alex and her boyfriend have 3 dogs: a great Dane mix named Belmont, a silver labrador named Quin and a Jack Russel mix named Paliki. In her free time, she enjoys marveling at the simplicity of nature and loves spending time outdoors.


Alyssa

Alyssa

Veterinary Assistant

The way that pets trust us, and the way that they often need us to speak for them, always made an impression on Alyssa. She knew that she wanted to do everything in her power to give something back to the animals who had always given her so much. Alyssa decided to dive headfirst into veterinary medicine, and she hasn’t looked back since!

Alyssa grew up in Rosemead, California and spent several years working with medical records as a Health Information Clerk. She signed on for a Veterinary Assistant course at Carrington College of Pomona, and graduated in 2006. Next, Alyssa took her first job in the veterinary world at a clinic in Los Angeles. She’s been a veterinary professional ever since!

Alyssa started here at Aloha Animal Hospital in August of 2019 after her wife was transferred to this area. She’s fond of dental work and also has a special passion for ear cleanings and nail trims. Most of all, Alyssa likes to see happy, healthy pets every day and meet their loving owners.

At home, Alyssa lives with her wife and her “step-dog” Mumu. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up on her favorite television shows and movies and watching her favorite sports teams. Alyssa is a big WNBA fan and loves to cheer on the Los Angeles Sparks and the Las Vegas Aces.


Amy

Amy

Client Care Specialist

Amy was born a natural caregiver; it’s simply the essence of who she is! She’s adored caring for both people and animals ever since she was a child, and is thrilled to make a difference as a member of the Aloha Animal Hospital family.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Amy is currently attending school to study nursing. She first heard about an opening here at Aloha Animal Hospital through a coworker, and was thrilled to join the team shortly after applying. Amy especially enjoys interacting directly with clientele and their beloved animal companions.

Amy lives with her wonderful daughter, Carly, and plans on adopting a dog in the near future. When she has a spare moment between family life, work, and her school studies, she likes traveling, camping, and hiking through the beautiful scenery of Nevada.


Angela

Angela

Veterinary Assistant

Angela always wanted to be able to help those that can’t speak for themselves. Coupled with the fascination she felt when watching Animal Planet programming at home, she realized that a career in veterinary care made perfect sense! Angela hasn’t looked back since—she’s proud to now serve as a part of Aloha Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Angela was born in Detroit but moved with her family here to Las Vegas at the age of five. She attended the PIMA Veterinary Assistant program and took an externship at a local animal hospital, where she would hone her skills for the next six years. Angela then moved to Reno and worked in specialty surgery before relocating again to Seattle, Washington to perform emergency work in the Intensive Care Unit.

After a time spent focusing on general practice and supervising surgery and dental procedures at a clinic in New Jersey, Angela returned to Las Vegas to be closer to family. She joined the Aloha Animal Hospital in January of 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. Medically, Angela likes the fast pace of emergency care, and she’s also fond of anesthesia work and the learning opportunities it provides.

At home, Angela lives with one pet of her own: Dippy, a cat who has a unique penchant for biting the bridges of her human subjects’ noses.


Brittany

Brittany

Animal Care Specialist

Brittany has wanted to better the lives of animals through veterinary care ever since she can remember. She recalls pretending her childhood stuffed animals were sick, listening to their “hearts” and putting bandages on them. Helping pets is simply in her nature! Brittany gets to give something back to the earth’s creatures on a daily basis—she’s a member of the Animal Care Specialist team here at Aloha Animal Hospital. 

Brittany is a Las Vegas native and began her career in the animal-care world at another vet clinic in the area, signing on during her senior year of high school. After exploring another path for a short time, she quickly realized that she wanted to get back to what she truly loved: helping pets. It wasn’t long before Brittany had joined the team here at Aloha Animal Hospital, and she’s been a valued member of the family ever since. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know a variety of animal personalities while patients are visiting the clinic, and witnessing happy endings up-close and personal is always a rewarding treat. 

Away from the clinic, Brittany spends a lot of time enjoying the company of her own dogs at home. She has four canine companions: Jack, a Beagle/Doberman mix whose favorite pastimes include napping and eating; a Shepherd/Collie mix named Daisy who is an expert at giving dirty looks; Bear the Husky mix who never tires of swimming and howling; and a German Shepherd puppy, Stella, who barks at every light and shadow that she sees. 


Candise

Candise

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Candise grew up right here in Las Vegas, where she always had at least one pet around the house. She’s had a soft spot in her heart for animals ever since she was a little girl—working with the area’s pets as a Licensed Veterinary Technician is a dream come true!

After working in the hospitality industry for a time, Candise knew that she wanted a change. That’s when she decided to take the leap into veterinary medicine—she enrolled in the College of Southern Nevada’s veterinary technology program, working graveyard shifts overnight to gain real-world experience during her studies. Now, she’s a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has been serving the pets and animal owners of her hometown here at Aloha Animal Hospital since September of 2017.

Candise lives outside of the city with her boyfriend and a menagerie of pets. They share their lives with two dogs, Duke and Clyde; a pair of cats who go by Ares and Achilles; two desert tortoises named Kronos and Prometheus; a lizard; several fish; and a coop-full of 10 chickens! When she isn’t tending to her own pets’ needs at home or caring for animals here at the hospital, Candise enjoys working around the house, gardening, reading, exercising, cooking, and baking.


David

David

Client Care Specialist

David is no stranger to caring for animals since he grew up on a farm in his home state of Oklahoma. At one point his family also raised Shar Pei dogs and they took every litter to the local veterinarian’s office shortly after the pups were born. It was during those many office visits that David realized something: working in the field of veterinary medicine would be a challenging, rewarding, and fun career! He’s been dedicated to the animal-care world ever since.

David’s veterinary career began in dog kennels, and he first started here at Aloha Animal Hospital in the boarding section when his daughter started daycare in 2010. Now, he’s a Client Care Specialist and greets every visitor to the clinic—human and otherwise—with a welcoming smile.

David and his wife, Charlene, have two wonderful daughters: Marissa is an aspiring actress, and young Olivia is already writing fantastic stories. The family shares their home with Tyson, a pug who constantly wants to be next to David, as well as Trixie the lazy Chihuahua.

Outside of his interests in the animal-care world, David is a fan of mathematics and has a special passion for teaching the subject to others. He even used to serve as a math tutor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and as a teaching assistant with the Clark County School District’s adult education program!


DeAnna

DeAnna

Client Care Specialist

As a child, DeAnna faced a good deal of bullying in school. Fortunately, her dog Sassy became her safe place to land. No matter how difficult a day she’d faced, Sassy would always be there waiting by the front door with her tail wagging and eager to shower DeAnna with welcome-home kisses. Even as an adult, this special connection she shared would drive DeAnna to seek out companionship with animals over humans. Today, she is happy and confident, thanks to those furry friends who helped her to fit in.

DeAnna officially made the decision to join the veterinary field when she lost her beloved cat, Gomez, to an unexpected illness. She made a promise to herself (and Gomez) that she would never let anything preventable happen to her fur babies again, and being in the industry has helped her keep that promise. After years of working jobs that made her miserable, DeAnna is finally in a field that not only brings fulfillment, but also daily smiles.

Professionally, DeAnna gets tremendous joy from seeing patient success stories. In particular, she loves witnessing the before and after transformation of laser treatments. Animals may come in limping and uncomfortable due to arthritis but end up leaving with better mobility and happier all around after a session. DeAnna also enjoys giving treats to animals that have behaved well in the lobby. They are always so excited to take the treats right of her hand.

At home, DeAnna’s passion and love of animals have resulted in her building her own small zoo of furry, feathered and scale-covered friends. This menagerie of pets includes a Welsh corgi named Morty, two rescue cats (Arwen and Amberlee), a strawberry-loving bearded dragon, a green-cheek Conure named Loki, a fetch-playing blood-parrot chichlid named Bill, a red foot tortoise named Sally, and a Main Coon named Sneakers, who is the king of the house.

Despite all of these pets, DeAnna’s number one baby is her daughter, Daphnee, who definitely shares her mother’s love of animals. When she’s not busy looking after her human and animal family, DeAnna can usually be found watching movies or listening to music. She and her boyfriend are also major LA Dodgers fans and frequently dress up the whole crew in Dodgers gear whenever a game is on. The dogs love baseball season too, because it means they get to snack on unlimited popcorn.


Diane

Diane

Veterinary Assistant

Diane can’t remember a time when she didn’t adore animals. She’s owned everything from dogs and rabbits to guinea pigs, birds, and turtles! When she had the chance to advance her career and become a veterinary professional, Diane knew that it wasn’t an opportunity she could pass up. Now, she’s a proud member of the Aloha Animal Hospital Veterinary Assistant team. 

Diane is from Los Angeles, California and moved to Nevada at a young age. She’s been here ever since! She attended the PIMA Medical Institute to study veterinary technology and graduated as a Veterinary Assistant in February of 2019. She decided to dive headfirst into the field and has been working as an Assistant ever since—Diane joined the team here at Aloha Animal Hospital in September of 2020, and plans on returning to school to earn her Veterinary Technician’s diploma in the near future. 

As a member of the clinic’s care team, Diane particularly enjoys being part of a field that is constantly evolving. Most of all, she’s thrilled to work alongside other animal-lovers like herself and use her skills to make pets feel happier and healthier every single day.

When time permits away from the office, Diane enjoys visiting the beach, swimming, and spending time with her family at home. She has two siblings and also shares her life with one pet, a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix named BB. 


Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Client Care Specialist

As a little girl growing up in Long Beach, CA, Elizabeth remembers vividly her father buying her countless books about animals. Her favorite was all in Spanish, and filled with exotic animals. With that book as her inspiration, you could usually find her outside trying to catch and release lizards, or filling jars with dirt to house worms, snails, or isopods. As she grew, her interest in animals blossomed into a passion that would ultimately define her future.

Elizabeth’s career in the veterinary field began in January 2021, when she quit her warehouse job and decided to pursue her dream job. She was so determined to get the ball rolling, that she completed a year-long veterinary assistant program in just four months! Following an externship, Elizabeth began a licensed veterinary technician program while simultaneously gaining experience at a few different clinics. She recently moved to Nevada, where she found a good fit with Aloha Animal Hospital.

As one of our rock star Client Care Specialists, Elizabeth loves being the first person to greet the people and pets coming into the clinic. She also enjoys the diversity and the fact that every day is different. She recalls when her own childhood dog was sick, and how comforting it was to see those familiar faces every time they visited the vet. Drawing on this experience, she strives to help other pet parents who may be going through challenging times in this very same way.

Outside of the clinic, Elizabeth has several critters of her own, including Freddy, a three pound bunny who loves people and thinks he’s a dog, and a cat named Lana, who is super friendly and extremely well-behaved. Not surprisingly, Elizabeth’s pack also features several exotics, including a ball python named Chief and four tarantulas of varying species. She hopes to one day add a dog into the mix, but for now, she’s got her hands full.

Besides animals, one of Elizabeth’s favorite hobbies is sewing. She’s made everything from pet beds and small hats to dresses and other articles of clothing. One of her funniest memories was when she got the big idea to make matching outfits for herself and her partner within two days. It was quite the challenge, but she pulled it off!


Kamalani

Kamalani

Veterinary Technician-in-Training

Kamalani grew up on the island of Maui in Hawaii, and was first introduced to veterinary care when she started volunteering during summers at the Maui Humane Society. Her passion only grew from there. Kamalani knew that she wanted to devote herself to animal care, and she hasn’t looked back since! 

After her time volunteering at the Maui Humane Society, Kamalani decided to join the United States Navy after graduating from high school. She went on to use her GI bill to fund her veterinary schooling, and the rest is history. Kamalani first began here at Aloha Animal Hospital as an extern for school, and was then offered a job upon completing her hours. Now, she’s a Licensed Veterinary Technician-in-training. 

Around the hospital, Kamalani enjoys collecting samples and determining results in the lab. She’s also fond of using diagnostic imaging like ultrasound and radiographs to really understand what’s going on internally with a patient. Above all, Kamalani enjoys interacting one-on-one with pet owners and their adorable companions in order to improve everyone’s quality of life. 

Most of Kamalani’s free time is spent caring for her wonderful son, Mana. The family has one pet at home: Loki, a talkative cat who is friendly to everyone he meets.  


Kianna

Kianna

Veterinary Technician-in-Training

Kianna has spent most of her life surrounded by a slew of animals, including dogs, cats and horses. When her first pony, Muffin, had an accident and suffered a life-threatening injury, Kianna watched in awe as the vet got her all fixed up. She didn’t lose her best friend that day, and the experience made her want to pursue a career in animal medicine. As a veterinary technician in training, she hopes to one day play a role in saving someone else’s dearest animal companion, just as that vet did for Muffin.

In high school, Kianna interned for Desert Pines Equine in Vegas. She also volunteered at several dog and horse rescue organizations. While attending college in Canyon, TX, where she majored in Animal Science Pre-Vet, she joined pre-vet club and interned at a mixed-animal practice. Since moving back to Vegas, Kianna decided to join the Aloha Animal Hospital team in June of 2022. Clinically, she enjoys assisting with procedures, bandaging wounds and successfully drawing blood.

Outside of the clinic, Kianna is ‘mom’ to a blue heeler named Ryder. Ryder is rarely without his favorite soccer ball and, much to Kianna’s chagrin, has an internal alarm clock. Every morning at 4am sharp, he is up barking and begging for breakfast. Meanwhile, Ryder’s brother, a pit bull named Buck, is busy snoring like a motorboat. Rounding out the canine companions is Ace, a black shepherd, Eli, a black and white pit bull, and Mel, a black terrier mix. Kianna’s fur family also includes two cats (Twosocks and Auto), two goats, and several horses.

Kianna’s personal interests include traveling, working out, and bartending part time. An avid music lover, Kianna can frequently be found mixing beats, shuffle dancing and participating in flow art.


Lulu

Lulu

Veterinary Assistant

Lulu grew up here in Las Vegas and was constantly around animals. She fell in love with the earth’s creatures early on, and always suspected that she would love to work hands-on with pets to help them live happier, healthier lives. Lulu gets to live her dream every day—she’s a proud member of the hospital’s Veterinary Assistant team!

After attending college, Lulu launched her animal-care journey at another local veterinary practice, where she gained crucial first-hand experience in the field. Next, she found out about an opening here at Aloha Animal Hospital through a friend who works here, and it wasn’t long before she had joined the clinic team herself. Lulu has been a member of the family ever since! She particularly likes monitoring pets during surgical procedures, and she loves to learn more and more about exotic pet care. The highlight of every shift, though, is getting to see patients leave with a wagging tail and a confident strut after receiving top-notch care from the hospital team. 

Outside of veterinary medicine, Lulu is an avid artist and loves to paint. She’s even had requests for pieces after sharing her work on social media! Lulu shares her life with two canine companions at home: Tyson, an English Bulldog whose favorite pastimes are eating, sleeping, and going on adventures; and a playful and cuddle-loving mixed breed named Baylee. 


Makayla

Makayla

Veterinary Assistant

Fixing problems and helping others has always been a part of who Makayla is. This desire has led her to serve in many different capacities over the years, from mission trips to volunteer work projects to children’s leadership roles and more. Coupled with her love of animals, Makayla knew becoming a vet would allow her to apply all of her skills and interests and ultimately work in a job she truly loved!

When Makayla was a little girl, her family took a trip to the San Diego Zoo. She remembers being fascinated by the medical facilities and relished the thought of the doctors being able to work with such amazing creatures. Every subsequent interaction she had with an animal only strengthened her desire to enter the veterinary field. She is currently attending Colorado State University and plans to apply to vet school once she graduates. 

As a veterinary assistant at Aloha Animal Hospital, Makayla has enjoyed the opportunity to attend many surgical procedures – something that she finds particularly fascinating. She also has an affinity for diagnostics, as she feels it tests her knowledge. Her favorite part of the job, though, is interacting with patients and their owners. Being able to work with so many different types of animals is something Makayla truly appreciates.

Outside of work, Makayla remains close with her immediate family. They have several pets, including a green cheek conure named Emerald (a.k.a. Emmy), and a terrier poodle mix named Louie. Emmy is the queen of the house and is always squawking for attention. Louie acts more like a cat than a dog, especially while lounging on the back of the couch or being easily startled. Makayla also has a gray DMH named Willow, whom she shares with her fiancé, Joel. Willow is a sweetheart but a total diva.

Makayla’s personal interests include doing pretty much anything outdoors, whether it’s hiking, climbing, zip-lining, camping or water activities. She also loves to travel and has visited many countries over the years, including a cruise to Alaska, on which she met her fiancé. 


Mason

Mason

Animal Care Specialist

Like so many of his colleagues, Mason decided to work in the veterinary field because of a deep love of animals and a strong desire to assist those in need. He recalls an inspirational story about a local kayaker who came across a dog stranded on an island. Hearing about how the man patiently rescued the dog and returned him safely to shore further spurred Mason’s passion for helping animals.

For Mason, working at Aloha Animal Hospital is a family affair. In fact, it was his mom, who also works here, that initially told him about the opening for an animal care specialist. He officially became part of the team in July of 2022 and hasn’t looked back since.

Outside of work, Mason resides with his mother and their two dogs: Daisey and Maya. Daisey is a very sweet pit bull Dalmatian mix, while Maya is a complete spaz. Mason’s favorite hobbies include playing basketball, and hunting. He recently downed his first buck from 506 yards away.


Megan

Megan

Practice Manager

Animals have always been an important part of Megan’s life; she knows just how much pets mean to the families of Las Vegas. When her brother and sister-in-law—Drs. Jason and Jamie Sulliban—invited her to manage their brand-new veterinary clinic, she jumped at the opportunity! Megan is proud to use her customer-service and management background to better the lives of the area’s pets as Aloha Animal Hospital’s Practice Manager.

Megan is originally from Hawaii. After college, she moved between jobs in the retail industry before becoming a manager at a brewery. She then became Aloha Animal Hospital’s Practice Manager in 2008, shortly after the clinic opened its doors to the public. To this day, she never has a dull moment at work—every day presents something unpredictable and exciting! Megan is responsible for everything from clinic-to-vendor communications and human resources management to client correspondence and supply purchasing.

When she isn’t working to help the pet owners of Las Vegas here at the clinic, Megan can be found reading, writing, working out, and spending time with family and friends. At home, she has two cats: Russell prefers to spend time around Megan but no one else; love-bug Bailey is the exact opposite and loves receiving attention from anyone and everyone.


Monica

Monica

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Monica grew up in Ventura, California with plenty of family pets. She spent time with everything from dogs, cats, hamsters, and birds to turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, and fish! For her, caring for the earth’s creatures is just something that comes naturally—doing it professionally as a member of the veterinary field simply makes sense.

Monica worked in a pet store in northern California before jumping headfirst into the world of veterinary care. Now, she’s a Licensed Veterinary Technician and gets to help pets hands-on every day. Monica is especially fond of the fast-paced nature of her work, and she’s passionate about preventative care and exotic animal medicine. Most of all, she loves to connect one-on-one with pet owners just like herself and get to know their adorable animal companions.

Outside of work, Monica enjoys spending time with her husband and working on her snake’s terrariums. She has a collection of pet snakes that hail from all corners of the world! She also shares her life with several geckos, a uromastyx, and a pair of Chihuahuas named Tre and Paris.


Patty

Patty

Administrative Specialist

For Patty Sulliban, veterinary medicine is truly a family affair—Dr. Jason Sulliban is her son! Her daughter, Megan, also works here as the Practice Manager. Patty has been a member of the Aloha Animal Hospital team since day one, and is proud to serve the pets and animal owners of Las Vegas as the clinic’s Administrative Specialist.

Patty grew up near Chicago and Seattle and graduated from Seattle University. She then married and moved to Hawaii for the next 21 years and taught high school while raising her children. She then returned to the Seattle area where she served as a social worker in the city for 12 years. When her son and daughter-in-law opened their own veterinary practice, Patty jumped at the chance to apply her compassionate nature and background experience in the animal-care field.

At home, Patty has one pet of her own: Mokihana Louise, a stubborn and spoiled miniature schnauzer. When she isn’t helping the pet owners of the area here at the clinic, Patty enjoys catching up on reality television and dabbling in writing. She used to write fiction, and even has a novel completely finished!


Robyn

Robyn

Client Care Specialist

After 25 dedicated years in the hotel industry, Robyn decided it was about time that her customers started including the furry, four-legged kind. Animals have always been a part of her life and her family, so a transition into the veterinary industry just felt right. She joined Aloha in January of 2022 and has not regretted her career change for a second!

In her role as Receptionist, Robyn really enjoys the daily work with our clients and their animal family members. Always a people person, she’s excited that she now gets to add animals to the mix. She thrives in our fast paced environment and appreciates the fact that every day is different.

Outside the clinic, Robyn is Mom to two amazing boys: Matthew, who lives in Western NY, and Mason, who resides here in Vegas with her. Mason has plans to join the ministry. The family dog, Daisey Mae, was a rescue who chose them when she was just 6 months old. Now a senior, Daisey is well aware that she’s a princess. Whatever you do, don’t ask her to go potty on wet grass.


Skylar

Skylar

Animal Care Specialist

Skylar’s family adopted a German Shepherd puppy when she was a young girl. When the puppy tested positive for parvovirus, she needed an extended hospital stay. When the dog finally came home, she was healthier and happier than ever! That experience made a permanent impression on Skylar—she knew she would love to be part of a team that made those kinds of things happen every day.

Skylar is originally from Livonia, Michigan and moved to Boulder City and then Las Vegas with her family. She was only 17 years old when she signed on with her first animal hospital, where she learned invaluable lessons in the world of pet care that serve her well to this day. Now, she’s a proud member of the front-desk team here at Aloha Animal Hospital and couldn’t be happier to help the pets and animal parents of the area. Skylar’s favorite parts of the job are learning new things on an almost daily basis and speaking one-on-one with pet owners.

Away from work, Skylar enjoys music, learning, and spending quality time with her family and pets. Along with her parents and brother, she has two pets: Duke, a German Shepherd who loves his tennis ball and enjoys learning new tricks; and a food-obsessed pet rat named Buster.


Sweelin

Sweelin

Veterinary Technician-in-Training

According to Sweelin, the crux of our daily lives can be summed up in three main activities: eating, sleeping and working. While the first two are compulsory, with the third, we have a choice. She chose to pursue a career in the veterinary industry because she knew that working with animals would bring her the most joy. As she works to become a veterinary technician, Sweelin will not only be improving her own life, but also helping animals who are unable to help themselves in a more significant way. It’s a win-win!

Sweelin’s journey began at the Detroit Zoo, where she worked in the gift shop. On her lunch breaks, she’d wander the grounds, looking at all the animals. Most of her days off were spent there as well. Shortly thereafter, she was hired as a kennel attendant at One Exotic Zoo, where she worked for about a year before enrolling in, and graduating from, a Veterinary Assistant program. She joined the Aloha Animal Hospital in April of 2022 and expects to graduate with her Veterinary Technician degree in November.

Professionally, Sweelin enjoys performing blood draws because she finds it both challenging as well as rewarding. She also takes pleasure in doing ear cleanings, because she enjoys seeing the satisfaction and relief it brings to the patient.

At home, Sweelin is ‘mom’ to a Yorkie named Sparkle and a Pit Bull named Skyler – both of whom she refers to as true blessings. Sparkle can jump remarkably high when she gets excited, which is pretty much every time Sweelin walks through the door. Skyler is a big cuddle bug who will gently nudge your hand to remind you to keep petting her.

In her spare time, Sweelin enjoys playing the cello, a hobby for which she was named first chair in high school and featured in three concerts.


Tara

Tara

Veterinary Assistant

When Tara Rivera was 12 years old, one of her many beloved pets needed emergency care. She watched in awe as the veterinary staff cared for and comforted her pet. Not only did they make her dog feel better, but they made Tara feel better as well. It was at that moment when Tara said to herself, “I want to be like them!”

Tara’s journey began in high school, when she started volunteering at her local animal shelter. From there, she went on to work at a dog daycare before officially entering the veterinary field as a Kennel Technician. Now, as a Veterinary Assistant at Aloha Animal Hospital, Tara feels she’s officially found her calling. 

Growing up in Palm Springs, CA, Tara comes from a large family, with five siblings and her parents. Today, she shares her life with her husband, John, and their three dogs: a German Shepherd named Nala who loves to talk, another German Shepherd named Simba who is a total momma’s boy, and a Belgian Malinois named Kiara who is an 85 pound ball of nonstop energy.

Outside of work, Tara’s personal interests include training and playing with her dogs. In her spare time, she can often be found playing soccer, working out at the gym, or watching Netflix while curled up with her pups. 


Tiana

Tiana

Veterinary Assistant

If you asked 3-year-old Tiana what she wanted to be when she grew up, she’d have told you with pride and full confidence that she was one day going to be a vet. Her passion for animal care, combined with a fascination with science, biology and medicine, kept this desire burning throughout the years. Today, as one of the veterinary assistants here at Aloha Animal Hospital, Tiana is thrilled to be working toward making her childhood dream a reality!

Tiana’s journey into the industry began as a Kennel Attendant at a nearby clinic, where she also began training alongside the support staff and veterinarians. After much hard work and dedication, she was eventually promoted to the role of Veterinary Assistant. She joined the Aloha team in May of 2022. Professionally, Tiana enjoys witnessing the complete turnaround in patients. Earning the trust of our clients is also something she finds very rewarding.

Outside of the clinic, Tiana is ‘mom’ to three pets of her own: two sweet and dorky cats, Titus and Natsu, and a spicy Arabian horse named Valentine. Titus enjoys bird watching and tuning in to Zoo TV every morning. Natsu can usually be found lounging by the water bowl, supervising showers or napping in the laundry basket. Valentine doesn’t know what the word “calm” is, but he sure is beautiful and definitely provides plenty of laughs.

In her spare time, Tiana enjoys bare-bow archery and special effects art – both of which she self-taught.


Tsai Hutchins

Tsai

Petriage Remote Veterinary Nurse

Tsai grew up in a small town in New Mexico, surrounded by animals, from rabbits and dogs to horses. In high school, she began working with small and large farm animals on a volunteer basis. This experience made Tsai realize that she wanted to make animals an integral part of her life, not just personally, but professionally as well. As a nurse here at Aloha Animal Hospital, Tsai is continuously inspired to give all that she has to our precious patients each and every day.

After high school, Tsai earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science and continued to work with animals in a clinical setting. She joined the Aloha team in 2007. Professionally, she has a special interest in dentistry, and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to assist a veterinary dentist with oral surgeries. While she admits that her job can sometimes be emotionally challenging, she also finds it incredibly fulfilling.

Outside of the clinic, Tsai is happily married with two children – a son and a daughter. The family’s pets include a pit bull named Punkin, who is a total ham, a pit bull / lab mix named Suki, who is Tsai’s shadow, and sweet guinea pig named Freeway.

Tsai’s personal interests include reading, and spending time with her children (4-legged included). Last year, she set and accomplished her goal to read 100 books. This year, she hopes to surpass that goal. 


“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”

 – Pam Brown