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Managing Partner, Administrator
Kim previously owned a property management company before retiring in 2006. One day, her veterinarian and friend, Dr. April Linson, called her and said she had the opportunity to buy a practice. Kim jokingly asked her if she wanted a partner; without hesitation Dr. Linson said yes! In January of 2007, Woodland Hills Pet Clinic opened their doors to the public.
Kim has always felt she has a knack for calming animals down, and firmly believes that animals should never be afraid to come to the vet’s office. It’s still one of the cornerstones of Kim and Dr. Linson’s practice beliefs, and they do everything they can to make animals and their owners as comfortable as possible in the clinic.
At home, Kim keeps several pets of her own. She has a Golden retriever, a ragdoll cat, a senior cat rescued from an alley, and two Tuxedo cats.
When she isn’t working or caring for her pets, Kim enjoys drawing, gardening, and building things. Kim actually designed and built the clinic’s reception desk!
Growing up in Sonoma County, Kathy was always fascinated with animals. Her early years were spent living in the country with horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and cows. After studying math and science in school and spending four years as a mathematics instructor, Kathy decided to sign up for veterinary classes at the local junior college. Now she gets to live her passion every day as an Animal Care Specialist!
Kathy’s veterinary career began when she volunteered at the Sonoma County Animal Shelter. She also shadowed many veterinary practices throughout her schooling and volunteered at the Humane Society. After working at a local pet hospital for three years, Kathy moved to the Los Angeles area and started at Woodland Hills Pet Clinic in early 2014.
Kathy has been married to her husband Mario for 26 years. They have two wonderful children: Ariel, 24, who holds a degree in film and media, and Alyssa, 21, who is a very talented dancer. The family shares their home with Dakota, a four-year-old Golden retriever, Rosie, a rescued Shih Tzu, and Milo, a 10-year-old cat who loves cuddling every chance he gets.
In her spare time, Kathy loves reading and says she couldn’t live without her Kindle. She also likes to sew, and hopes to make a line of dog and cat products some day!
After working in the hotel industry for eight years, Shy started to feel rather disenchanted with her job. One day, she started looking through the wanted ads in the Sunday paper and saw an opening for a veterinary receptionist position. The thought of working around animals sounded like a welcome change from the challenges of hotel management!
Around the clinic, Shy wears many hats: she serves as a greeter, a pet handler, an educator, a bookkeeper, and even a lab assistant. She’s especially passionate about client education, and loves to help a pet owner understand their companion’s needs.
Shy and her husband, Seth, have three comical terrier mixes: Xena, Ralphy, and Hercules. When she isn’t spending time with them, Shy enjoys photography and finds a true sense of comfort when holding a camera.
Vet Assistant/ Tech Assistant
Originally hailing from Staten Island, NY Sheila is a melting pot of rich culture from Irish to Polish to American Indian. If it contains potatoes and cabbage, sign her up. Before venturing into the Veterinary field, she was the VP of a very successful record label, but soon found that her true passion was with interacting with more than just two legs.
Her love for animals started at an early age when her father rescued a boxer named Gretchen that would for the next 15 years grow to be her closest friend and protector. Since this chance meeting Sheila has gone on to volunteer with Boxer Rescue, LA in hopes of sharing the love she found.
Sheila is always moving at the speed of light. As a veterinary and tech assistant, resident animal whisperer, and helper to whoever needs it…Sheila is always vertical. With Woodland Hills Pet Clinic for a couple months now, Sheila was instantly made part of the team after answering a local help wanted ad. Her love for making animals feel at home even when they are in the clinic is what makes her an invaluable part of the team.
Outside of the office, Sheila’s family consists of her new boxer Jake, Bassett hound Bogie aka Rodney Dangerfield, and Clarence her 65 year old Tortoise. All of her animals have been rescued and she hopes that she can continue to help place rescued animals in homes.
Zaneta is originally from the Czech republic where she grew up on a ranch that had many farm animals. She learned to milk a cow when she was only five years old. She came to the United States as an exchange student in 2000.
She has been studying to be an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) at Pierce College and has volunteered at Spunky’s Ranch and for the Hope Foundation, which cares for the pets of homeless people.
Zaneta is happily married with two children, ages twelve and four. She has a dog, two cats, a bearded dragon, and two lab rats that she adopted from school.
She enjoys cooking, baking, playing board games with my children, and reading the classics. She also likes to watch documentaries of any kind but, especially, ones on space, oceans, and the supernatural.