Our caring and compassionate Veterinarians!

Meet the Veterinarians 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!

Dr. Sharman Elison
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 Wexford, Ireland. 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 two dogs and a cockatoo. Their cat, Tigger, lives here at the clinic.

Outside of her clinic duties, most of Dr. Elison’s interests still revolve around animals. She is a member of the Aloha State Dressage Society of 2017, and is the immediate past-President of the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association. She’s also associated with the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club, which works to provide curatorship of the ancient Ulupo Heiau temple in Oahu.

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 State University, 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.

Dr.Kirsten Jensen
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Jensen, grew in in Rochester, Minnesota, and from the early age of 10, Dr. Jensen knew that she wanted to become a veterinarian. When Mr. Kitty her childhood suddenly got ill and she found him in pain one day she felt helpless not knowing what was wrong. It was when she took him to a local veterinarian where he was able to get the medical attention necessary to help him get better that she knew that was what she wanted to do.  It was then that she became determined to want to learn all she could and do her duty to want to help animals!

Dr. Jensen’s desire to become a doctor was not only inspired by Mr. Kitty, but also her parents who are both doctors as well, but the “human” type. With a passion for traveling along with helping animals, Dr. Jensen spent much time traveling and learning multiple areas of animal care from around the globe. She continued to Veterinary School at Edinburgh, Scotland, and upon graduation continued on to an Emergency-based internship in Glasgow.

While studying abroad at a zoo in Australia for a summer, she became good friends with Dr. Massengale. So, when she decided to move to Hawaii they reconnected and after hearing such wonderful words about Haiku Vet she just had to see it for herself!

Dr. Jensen has a love for animal behavior, especially the anxious type. Finding satisfaction in being able to help them feel safe and relaxed as well as healthy. She also enjoys feline medicine and palliative care cases. But, she doesn’t stop there, Dr. Jensen is also the lead for our NEW à HAIKU HOME CARE. She finds that it is just much more relaxing for some pets depending on their cases to receive their care in their own home versus coming into the office, plus she is able to spend more time with them.

“I love being able to help animals feel better!” she says, “and I also enjoy helping people understand their pets’ behaviors, wants, and needs. It feels good to know that I can make a positive difference in the world every day. I’m very lucky that I don’t have a “job”; I have a “vocation”.”

Aside from saving the world one pet at a time Dr. Jensen is a big hiking enthusiast and tries her best to get out there as much as she can, so if you catch her on the trails don’t be shy to say “HI!”