Our Care Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Team of Haiku Veterinary Clinic in Kaneohe! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (808) 235-6405 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

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!

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.

Jeanne
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 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!

Kevin
Technician Manager

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.

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.

From Waipahu, 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 with clients, and doing labwork examining samples under the microscope, and drawing blood.

Jenee
Veterinary Technician and Receptionist

Jenee is born and raised in Kaneohe.  She grew up constantly rescuing stray or injured animals in her neighborhood. She’s had a fascination with animal care ever since she can remember! Jenee’s passion never quit—she’s proud to serve the area’s pets and animal parents as a member of the Haiku Veterinary Clinic family.

Jenee has completed the first year of Windward Community College’s veterinary technology program and is excited to finish up her education in the near future. Her favorite part of her work is interacting directly with the loving pets and pet owners of the area—Jenee loves to go home at the end of a shift knowing that she’s made a real impact!

Away from work, Jenee likes shopping, going to the beach, dancing, and visiting Disneyland whenever the opportunity arises. She and her son, Nathaniel, share their home with a rambunctious dog named Ollie as well as two cats: Momo is very curious and acts more like a dog than a cat; Troubles prefers to relax and watch the commotion from afar.

Kristianne
Veterinary Assistant and Animal Care Staff

Kristianne’s childhood Chihuahua/terrier mix was fiercely protective and loyal to a fault—early on in life, she recognized the true value of our animal companions! Kristianne always knew that she wanted to put her skills to good use by helping others’ pets, and she gets to do just that as a member of Haiku Veterinary Clinic’s care team.

Kristianne is originally from Maui, and moved to Honolulu in 2009 to earn her bachelor’s degree in animal science. She settled in Kaneohe in 2014 and has been gaining experience in the field of veterinary medicine ever since. Now, she’s a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Technician with the Haiku Veterinary Clinic team!

Aside from her interests in the world of animal care, Kristianne enjoys trying new foods, snorkeling, playing video games, practicing on the guitar, tending to her fish tanks, and spending time with her own pets. She lives with Kainani, a rescued hound mix who is learning more tricks and commands every day, as well as a pair of lovable cats who go by Felix and Piper.

Tiffany
Lead 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.

Ashley
Receptionist

Ashley grew up with everything from dogs and cats to horses and goats—it wasn’t difficult for her to develop a deep-seated passion for animal care at an early age. She’s been volunteering at animal shelters since she was only 10 years old! Ashley now serves as one of Haiku Veterinary Clinic’s front-desk receptionists.

Ashley was born in Washington, D.C., and spent her childhood years in Maryland before moving to California after getting married. Five years later, her husband was assigned to a base in Hawaii—she’s been here ever since. Ashley has worked in animal shelters since the age of 17, and served in three separate facilities before joining the team here at Haiku Veterinary Clinic. She also volunteers her time to the HiCaliber Horse Rescue when she’s not helping pets and their owners here at the hospital!

Ashley’s interests outside of animal care include horseback riding, reading, cooking and baking, hiking, and kayaking. She and her husband have two dogs at home: Roxy is a feisty Chihuahua/dachshund mix who was adopted from the San Diego Humane Society, and Nani the terrier came from the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Meda
Receptionist

Meda started working at Haiku veterinary clinic in June of 2017.  She grew up with many animals that her parents would bring home such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds!  Growing up Meda had a dog named Susie who was a Golden Retriever that was extremely smart.  When Meda’s family would swim at the beach, Susie would jump into the water to “save” them from drowning even though they were fine. 

Meda worked previously at a dental office as an Assistant and as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic.  She left to finish schooling, and to be a stay home mom for her daughter Ria.  After some time she was ready to work again, so she came to join our team as a receptionist!   

Meda’s favorite thing about working at a veterinary clinic is seeing happy clients and pets after they get the care they need.  She enjoys getting to know everyone that comes through the clinic and loves seeing the puppies and kittens come in for their appointments as they grow up. 

Meda grew up on the North shore of Oahu and now resides in Kaneohe.  Her aunt was a horse massage therapist so Meda spent a lot of time at the ranch just hanging around and learning more about horses.  Her family consists of her husband Nick, her daughter Ria, and their cat Kage.  When Meda is not at the clinic she enjoys golfing with her dad and spending time with her husband and daughter

Bryson
Animal Care Team Leader

Born and raised on Oahu, Bryson grew up with all types of animals – dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, tortoises, and fish!  Bryson’s experience of growing up with animals made him want to become a Veterinarian.  Bryson used to volunteer at Ohana Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary assistant and was taught how to care for patients and work in the lab.

Bryson currently has 2 fur babies- Joba an 8 year old MinPin/Terrier and Mana, a Chihuahua/Fox Terrier.  Joba was going to be sent to the humane society, but Bryson rescued him before that could happen.  Joba is now a loving and protective companion. Mana is a hyper, but very loving pup that was given to Bryson by his girlfriend for their one year anniversary. When Bryson isn’t at Haiku Veterinary Clinic, he is working out, playing with his pups, or hanging out with his friends.

Leia
Animal Care Team Member

Leia was born in Hawai’i and raised in Kaneohe. Leia has always loved animals since she was a kid.  Growing up, she’s had dogs, birds, rabbits, and fish!  Events that have inspired her to want to become a Veterinarian is when one of her dogs, Oreo, became pregnant.  Leia got to watch Oreo give birth.  It was an amazing experience to witness and assist her with raising all the puppies.  Leia would take in injured birds or orphaned chicks that she found around her neighborhood and would try her best to take care of them.  Leia knew that animals would always be a part of her life because she loved to take care of them.

Leia attended Western Oregon University her first year of college, but her major was still undecided.  She had thought about becoming a Veterinarian but doubted herself.  She then transferred back home to attend University of Hawaii at Manoa for her sophomore year, and now was the time to decide her major.  As she looked through all the majors offered, none of them interested her besides Animal Science.  From there she knew that Animal Science would be her major and that she should just pursue becoming a Veterinarian no matter how challenging it may be!

Leia enjoys spending time and getting to know all the animals that come to stay with us.  Leia is the youngest of three children and is living with her parents currently. They have a dog named Ali’i who is a Staffordshire/lab mix and a Rabbit named Hunbun.

Leia’s hobbies or interests include hula, relaxing at the beach, and hanging out with friends and family.

Lori-Ann
Animal Care Team Member

Lori-Ann was born and raised in Oahu.  She currently lives in Kailua with her father and their rescue dogs and cats.  Lori-Ann grew up with an animal loving family.  Her biggest influences were her mother and grandmother.  They loved animals, and that love was reciprocated by the animals they cared for.  They would always rescue stray cats in her neighborhood and feed them.  This passion for animals eventually lead Lori-Ann to work at a doggie day care for 7 years while she attended Windward Community College in the Veterinary Assistant program.

Lori-Ann started to work for us in October of 2013 as an Animal Care Team member.  She enjoys giving the extra care and attention to the pets boarding with us to be sure they are more comfortable and loved.  She treats all of them as if they were her own.  When Lori-Ann isn’t too busy she likes to talk to the animals at work.  She feels like it makes them feel more comfortable to be able to have someone to talk to.

Lori-Ann’s love transcends for the animals in her care.  One in particular was Kulu the clinic dog. She always wished that she could’ve taken Kulu home with her.  Once Kulu crossed over the rainbow bridge, she took home his ashes to be put in a special place with his photo and a print of his foot.  For Lori-Ann her pets are her life, but she enjoys traveling with her daughter.

Kyoko
Animal Care Team Member

Kyoko has been working with us as a grooming assistant and animal care team member since February 2017.  She has always wanted to work with animals her whole life.  Previously Kyoko would walk the neighborhood dogs, and help her friend’s boarding business.   She also worked in the kennel at a veterinary hospital while working retail in Waikiki.

Kyoko’s favorite thing to do at work is to admire the Ko’olau Mountains while walking the dogs.  She loves how beautiful and peaceful it is in Kaneohe.  Commuting from Waikiki is sometimes difficult for her, but she said that it is worth it a 100 times over.

In her spare time she works at a flower shop, cuddles with her many cats, and goes running.

Tigger
The Clinic Cat

Meet Tigger! Tigger joined the clinic when he was nine months old, as an adopted kitty. Dr. Elison and the staff took him in and cared for him and he has been here at Haiku ever since! We consider him a big part of our Haiku family! Tigger is now 13 years old, and at times he can be a bit of a drama king.  He is the sweetest boy ever and his personality is one of a kind! You can find Tigger lounging around the clinic, hanging with the groomers, playing with all his toys and getting extra loving from the staff here! His favorite thing to do is yell(meow) at the staff to give him extra snacks!