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Dr. Sharman Elison

President, Clinic Director

Growing up in Kona, Hawaii, Dr. Sharman Elison spent a lot of time on her grandfather’s ranch. There, she cared for horses, spent plenty of time in nature, and developed a deep appreciation for animals of all kinds. For Dr. Elison, there wasn’t deliberation when it came time to choose a career path: a veterinarian was all she’d ever wanted to be!

After graduating Kamehameha Schools, Dr. Elison attended Oklahoma State University for three years to study in their pre-medical science program. Afterward, she spent a year in Washington State University’s veterinary program before transferring to the University of Illinois for her last three years of veterinary training. Having earned two Bachelor’s degrees in pre-medical science and her veterinary degree, Dr. Elison married her husband and returned to Hawaii. In her “free” time during her first pregnancy, Dr. Elison organized and opened Haiku Veterinary Clinic in 1977.

Dr. Elison loves to see people, pets, and families grow together over the years. Working with enthusiastic people and solving problems together is the ultimate reward for her. Medically, she’s passionate about integrating Eastern remedies, like acupuncture and herbal medicine, and state-of-the-art treatments like cold laser therapy into the clinic’s care regimen. She finished Colorado State University’s Veterinary Acupuncture program in 2002, and completed the Chi Institute’s Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine course in 2013.

Dr. Elison and her husband Ed have three grown daughters; two live in Hawaii and one lives in Seattle, Washington. When she has time, Dr. Elison loves to travel, take international trips, and meet up with friends and family whenever possible. At home, Dr. Elison and her husband keep three dogs, a cockatoo, and a retired dressage horse. Their cat, Tigger, lives here at the clinic.

Outside of her clinic duties, most of Dr. Elison’s interests still revolve around animals. She sits on the Board of the Aloha State Dressage Society and will be serving as the President of the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association for the next two years. She’s also associated with the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club, which works to provide curatorship of the ancient Ulupo Heiau temple in Oahu.

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Dr. Amanda Dale

Veterinarian

During her undergraduate education, Dr. Amanda Dale’s dogs ended up inspiring her to pursue a veterinary career. Nola and Koko suffered from various ailments, including coon-hound paralysis and torn ACLs, and working to correct these problems got Dr. Dale hooked on veterinary medicine. Now she’s a full-time veterinarian here at Haiku Veterinary Clinic!

Dr. Dale grew up in northern Wisconsin. She attended several schools for her undergraduate studies, including Cornell College in Iowa, the University of Oregon, and Northern Arizona University. After graduation, she attended the University of Wisconsin for her veterinary education. Dr. Dale headed to Hawaii after school to interview here at the clinic, and gladly accepted the mentorship of Dr. Sharman Elison and Dr. Autumn Fanning to get her start as a practicing veterinarian.

Around the clinic, Dr. Dale enjoys spending time with puppies and kittens, educating pet owners, and spending time in surgery. Most of all, she likes being able to go home at night knowing she’s made a difference in the lives of animals and their loving owners.
Dr. Dale and her husband, Alex, live in Kailua with a pair of trouble-making dogs named Reggie White and Donald Driver. They also have a box turtle named Larry David and a three-footed sulcata tortoise who goes by Relic.

In her free time, Dr. Dale likes stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, and hiking with her husband. They also make frequent trips to the mainland to see family, and enjoy snowboarding in Oregon and watching the Packers play in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Dr. Robert Chung

Veterinarian

Dr. Robert Chung’s first pet, a rabbit named Benjamin, was his constant companion when he was a kid. Dr. Chung even named his own son after him! This early experience with the love of animals inspired Dr. Chung to work with pets full-time as a licensed veterinarian.

Dr. Chung was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He completed his undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic Institute, then went on to graduate with honors from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

In 2013, Dr. Chung and his family moved to Oahu and he decided to introduce himself to the local professional veterinary community. When Dr. Sharman Elison gave him a tour of the facility and discussed Haiku Veterinary Clinic’s philosophy and mission, Dr. Chung was blown away. He was so impressed that he started working here immediately afterward!

Dr. Chung and his wife, Sena, live with their young son Benny. Sena works as the fiscal manager at the non-profit Pae Pae O He’eia, which helps restore and maintain the He’eia fishpond in Oahu and gives back to the community.

In his time away from the clinic, Dr. Chung enjoys spending time with his family, playing the guitar, going to the beach, and riding motorcycles.

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Dr. Amanda DeLisle

Veterinarian

Dr. Amanda DeLisle’s parents tell her that when she was only three years old, she found a butterfly in the family pool and saved the creature by gently blowing on its wings, enticing it to fly away. Dr. DeLisle has wanted to help animals in need ever since she can remember! She gets to live her dream every day as one of Haiku Veterinary Clinic’s veterinarians.

As soon as she was old enough, Dr. DeLisle started working at her local veterinary clinic as a Kennel Assistant, and also served as a stable hand at a number of horse barns. She completed her undergraduate studies at Austin College in northern Texas before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she enrolled in courses to become a Veterinary Technician. Dr. DeLisle then moved back to her hometown of Dallas, Texas and worked as a Technician for several years.

Dr. DeLisle spent two years teaching veterinary science at a high school in Lucas, Texas before becoming a full-time graduate student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she taught animal science and comparative vertebrate biology courses and oversaw collegiate Future Farmers of America agricultural programs throughout the eastern part of the state. After receiving her Master’s degree in agricultural education, she was accepted into veterinary school in Grenada—with a total of 12 years of collegiate studies under her belt, Dr. DeLisle became a licensed veterinarian!

Dr. DeLisle first met Haiku Veterinary Clinic’s very own Lisel when she was completing a cardiology externship in the area—a few weeks later, she was offered a job. Here at the hospital, Dr. DeLisle particularly likes seeing puppies grow and develop strong bonds with their owners, and she also has a special fondness for treating the area’s feline patients. Most of all, she enjoys connecting one-on-one with pet owners to make a lasting difference in families’ lives.

Aside from her interests in the world of veterinary medicine, Dr. DeLisle loves to stay active by playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, swimming, paddle-boarding, and snorkeling.

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