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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Veterinary Assistant

 Madeline started working at Haiku Veterinary Clinic in May of 2018. She came from a larger corporate hospital setting hoping to learn and gain more hands-on experience that a smaller clinic has to offer. She grew up in Northern Kentucky with her mom, stepdad and 3 younger brothers. She majored in Animal Science/Pre-Vet at the University of Kentucky until she got married and moved to California. After settling in California for 4 years, they got orders to move to Hawaii and she has been here since! Her home consists of her husband, Rob, and their two fur children, Annie and Atlas.

Madeline has had a passion for animals since she was a child. Growing up, she dreamed of working as a veterinary professional. She realized how passionate she was about animal care when she rescued her dog, Atlas, from being a bait dog and had to nurse him back to health after he had been diagnosed with parvovirus. This passion has landed her a position as a Veterinary Assistant.

Here at Haiku, she enjoys working with the puppies and doing puppy vaccines. She also likes answering questions on how to raise puppies and give good dog owner advice! She finds joy in being the voice of the animals and loves making a difference.  In her spare time, she loves traveling, walking her dogs on the beach and baking!

Veterinary Assistant

Mackenzie started working at Haiku Veterinary Clinic in July of 2018. She came in looking for some veterinary experience for her future in marine science and rehabilitation. She grew up in Southern California with her mom and sister. She was always interested in science-based education and her family encouraged her to follow that passion.

She attended the University of California Santa Cruz and majored in marine biology. She then moved to Hawaii to study marine science more and attended graduate school at Hawaii Pacific University.  She worked at a marine mammal rehabilitation center, but was never able to fully participate in the recovery of the animals that she cared for because she lacked veterinary experience. Since working at Haiku she has been able to expand her veterinary experience and now cares for the animals as a Veterinary Assistant.

She enjoys working with the other enthusiastic veterinary professionals who care about the wellbeing of every animal. Dermatology cases are her favorite; she likes looking at different slides under the microscope because you never know what you might find! In her spare time she enjoys free diving, spending time in the ocean, hiking and watching all the movies. Her family here in Hawaii now consists of her graduate school friends, roommates and her Haiku family.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Animal Care Team Member

Alex started working at Haiku Veterinary Clinic in May of 2018. She moved here all the way from Rochester, New York where she grew up with 2 sisters and a family dog. She’s had a love for animals since growing up: she dog-sat a lot of the time and really enjoyed taking care of them. She now serves as an Animal Care Team member and Inventory Specialist here at Haiku!

A specific event in her life that made her passionate about animals was when a family friend would stay with them and he brought his huge bulldog. Her mom never let them have a dog, so she tried to show her mom that they could have one by taking care of the bulldog. Her mom then surprised her and her sisters with a dog a few years later!

Moving to Hawaii has been a big change for her. She left behind her family and friends and now lives here with her twin sister and brother-in-law. But they have created their own small family with each other and close friends.  She enjoys being around the animals every day and meeting all the different boarders. She especially likes taking them for walks because she likes how excited and cute they get. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and going to the gym. She likes the outdoors and crafty projects. She currently is attending school to get her bachelor’s degree and she’s proud of it!

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 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.


Rosemarie started working at Haiku Veterinary Clinic in September of 2018. She always wanted to work around animals ever since she learned what an “animal doctor” was. So getting her foot in the door as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic was a golden opportunity for her. She now serves as a receptionist here at Haiku!

She was born in California, but raised in New Mexico. She loved New Mexico and thrived in the desert where she looked for snakes, tortoises, and a variety of lizards. Her household was their own little petting zoo with animal companions such as hedgehogs, gerbils, tarantulas, dogs and a snake or two.  She spent a lot of time in her backyard gardening and raising chickens and rabbits to further expand her knowledge on self-sustaining.

Her favorite part of work is registering the new pets that come in. She likes seeing the positive process of people taking care of their new family member. She also enjoys all the cuddles and kisses from the patients. In her spare time she is currently learning piano and teaching her daughter sign language. Her family here consists of her mom, 3 siblings, her better half and beautiful 2-year-old daughter.

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!