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
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. Amanda Dale
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.
Dr. Robert Chung
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. Jessica Massengale
Dr. Massengale moved to Oahu in January of 2016 and gained valuable experience at a large 24-hour Emergency veterinary hospital. She started working with us in 2017 to provide more personal care to her patients and their owners. She grew up in Kentucky and attended high school in Lynchburg, Virginia where she learned to ride horses. She continued her equestrian career in college where she competed on the local Hunter/Jumper circuit until attending veterinary school.
During her undergraduate studies, Dr. Massengale studied equine physical therapy. Veterinary medicine was a natural next step in her learning and understanding of equine movement and structure. After studying equine science at an all-female, liberal arts college, she finished her pre-veterinary studies at the University of Kentucky. She then began veterinary school in 2010 at Auburn University in Alabama and graduated with her DVM in 2014.
Dr. Massengale enjoys interacting with clients and their pets. She values the human-pet bond and feels nurturing this relationship is an honor. Her areas of interest include dermatology and preventive care. She currently resides in Kailua with her 12-year old beagle “Marley” and an 8-month-old German Shorthair Pointer “Bodhi”. On her free-time she enjoys going hiking, snorkeling, traveling, and horseback riding.
During the summer of 2007, Dr. Massengale worked in a zoo in Brisbane, Australia. She was previously a veterinary technician during her college years at the world renowned Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital as well as other small animal veterinary hospitals in central Kentucky. Her experience with both large and small animals gives her a unique perspective of veterinary care. She is excited to be a part of the Haiku Family!