Our Careteam

Lisel

Practice Manager

As a young child, Lisel was inspired to work with animals by her cocker spaniel, Charles Dickens. He was Lisel’s constant companion, allowing himself to be dragged to friends’ houses and brushed like a doll. The unconditional love that Charles Dickens demonstrated confirmed what Lisel had already suspected: that a career in animal care was the only choice for her!

Lisel was born and raised in Oahu. In 2000, she began here at Haiku Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist. It wasn’t long before she was asked to take on the position of Practice Manager. Now, Lisel’s passion for animal care has resulted in a rewarding 15-year career!

Around the clinic, Lisel especially enjoys watching puppies grow up, seeing sick animals get better, and witnessing families bond and thrive over their pets. Seeing generations of families grow up with their furry friends is incredibly special for her.

Lisel is a passionate horseback rider and loves riding in the rain, ranching, and working cattle. She also enjoys traveling, having bonfires on the beach, and spending time with family and friends. Lisel is active in the area’s volunteer community and sits on several boards, including the Windward Veterinary Technician Board; she’s been a member since it was founded!

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Nova

Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Kailua, Nova and her family had all sorts of animals while she was growing up. Her father regularly found and brought home stray animals, and Nova spent time around everything from dogs, cats, and birds to tortoises, fish, rabbits, and ducks! For Nova, a career in the world of animal care was simply the perfect fit.

Nova joined the Haiku Veterinary Clinic family in March of 2010, and has served the pets and animal owners of the community as an Administrative Assistant ever since. Her favorite part of the job is getting to greet the various pets who visit the clinic and giving their owners a helping hand.

Nova is married and lives with her daughter Stella, two dogs named Nunu and Kaya, and a bird who goes by Hercules.

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Jeanne

Veterinary Technician and Administrative Assistant

Pets were always a central part of Jeanne’s family as she was growing up. The older she got, the more she realized that she’d like to be more informed about their care. One of Jeanne’s most trusted friends regularly brought her dog here to Haiku Veterinary Clinic to see Dr. Elison, so she decided to apply for a job!

Jeanne serves as a Veterinary Technician and Administrative Assistant here at the hospital. She enjoys studying medical conditions, administering preventative care, and educating enthusiastic pet owners about the best possible care for their beloved animal companions. She’s also passionate about serving alongside her compassionate and talented coworkers; nothing beats working with a team of animal lovers just like herself!

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Kevin

Lead Veterinary Technician

Growing up in California and Oregon, Kevin and his family always had animals around the house. He’s had a deep respect and love for pets since he can remember, and he’s turned his passion into a career spanning more than 20 years!

Kevin’s Veterinary Technician career began in 1994 when he applied for a job at his local vet’s office in East Honolulu. After four years of service there, he moved on to another clinic in 1998. After another six years, he began at a 24-hour emergency facility in Waipahu, staying there for six years and managing for five. At this point, Kevin had an itch to get back to more one-on-one care with pet patients, so he started here at Haiku Veterinary Clinic in 2011. Now he serves as the clinic’s Lead Veterinary Technician!

As a Tech, Kevin loves to see an animal in poor health leave the clinic feeling better. He’s particularly good at helping cats and dogs feel more comfortable—he’s even been called the “cat whisperer!” Kevin is also passionate about teaching others the fine art of Technician work.

Kevin and his wife, Sara, run an organization called the Love a Cat Charity, which helps control the overpopulation of feral cats in Hawaii. They care for about 300 cats on a daily basis! When he isn’t caring for animals, Kevin enjoys collecting stamps, crafting items from wood, and watching movies.

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Tiana

Veterinary Technician

Tiana has wanted to work in animal care ever since she was a little girl—she’s been hooked ever since she saw her childhood cat give birth to kittens! Tiana is proud to care for the area’s pets and animal owners as a member of the Haiku Veterinary Clinic team.

A Waipahu native, Tiana began her veterinary journey while shadowing a Veterinary Technician during high school. Through her shadowing, she learned of the Veterinary Technician program at Windward Community College and jumped at the chance to apply. Tiana attended the program for three years and graduated with her Technician’s certification in May of 2015.

Tiana first started here at Haiku Veterinary Clinic in March of 2015 while finishing up her studies, and was hired on as a full-time employee in June of that year. She is especially fond of working in the lab, examining samples under the microscope, and drawing blood.

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Monica

Veterinary Technician

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Monica grew up with what she liked to call her own little zoo. Her childhood experiences with dogs, cats, hamsters, reptilian pets, and more helped her to develop a natural affinity with animals early on in life! Monica’s passion never quit—now, she helps pets daily as one of Haiku Veterinary Clinic’s Veterinary Technicians.

Monica attended the Animal Behavior College and was certified as a Veterinary Assistant in 2011. She then completed an internship at the same veterinary hospital that she had always taken her own pets to—Monica was offered a job on her second day of work, and gladly accepted! She’s been working in the veterinary field ever since.

Monica joined the Haiku Veterinary Clinic family in February of 2016, and is particularly passionate about ear cleanings. Most of all, she loves to hear about the true differences the team makes in the lives of pet owners and their animal companions.

Monica lives with her boyfriend and two dogs: Ruka, a miniature Australian shepherd, and a pit bull named Blue. When she isn’t hiking with her pups, Monica can be found visiting the beach or relaxing with hot Pilates and heated yoga sessions.

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Tiffany

Receptionist

Although she’s had a soft spot for animals ever since she was a little girl, Tiffany pursued human healthcare and worked in the medical industry for many years. Eventually, she decided it was time for a change of pace—animal care was the perfect solution! Tiffany is now a receptionist here at Haiku Veterinary Clinic and couldn’t be happier.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Tiffany joined the Haiku Veterinary Clinic family in October of 2015. She’s especially fond of talking with clients and answering questions, and also enjoys doting on the adorable puppies who visit the hospital.

Much of Tiffany’s time outside the clinic is spent with her young daughter and stepson. When she has a moment between her busy work and family life, she enjoys fishing and helping out with her boyfriend’s chickens.

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Mindi

Pet Groomer

Growing up, Mindi was always surrounded by a wide variety of animals. She’s been caring for pets since she was young, so a career in the animal care field simply makes sense! Now she serves as one of Haiku Veterinary Clinic’s Pet Groomers.

Mindi’s veterinary career began when she was 15 and secured a job in a kennel. Since then, she’s worked in a variety of pet hospitals around the area. In September of 2012, she stopped into Haiku Veterinary Clinic and applied for a job. She’s been here ever since!

Creating original haircuts is one of Mindi’s favorite aspects of her job, as it gives her a chance to flex her creative side. She also likes to clean dogs’ dirty ears because she knows it makes them feel much better.

In her free time, Mindi likes spending time outdoors, particularly at the ocean. She’s also interested in plants, art, and music.

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