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Dr. April Linson

Dr. April Linson


Dr. April’s earliest memories seem to always involve animals. As a young girl, she helped her dad care for family pets and felt that love and connection that only a companion animal can bring. Growing up in a small town in rural West Virginia, she spent lots of time outdoors and most childhood games and adventures involved at least one dog. Starting school exposed her to even more dogs in her neighborhood and many new friendships developed. Her dad could always tell when the school bus was about to arrive by the gaggle of neighborhood dogs which would assemble at the bus stop, waiting for her to get off!

Dr. April and her dad had their own rescue even before it was popular! She and her dad would find abandoned dogs and she nursed them back to health, then she and her dad worked to find them good homes. After initially thinking she wanted to be a human doctor, her passion for animals led her to realize she was destined for veterinary medicine.

Dr. April attended Potomac State College, then a year at West Virginia University before heading off to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she practiced in Huntington, West Virginia for a year, then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten years after leaving veterinary school, she was proud to be able to open up her own practice in the Cincinnati area. In 2004, Dr. April and her family decided to move to California to experience the wonderful weather, beaches, and mountains and have become spoiled!

Meeting Dr. April today, you probably wouldn’t know that she is shy but it’s true. In veterinary college, she had to find a way to communicate with pet families and she realized that there’s a common bond with everyone she meets in the office—that passion for animals! Talking with the animals as she had done all her life led to conversations with their human companions and relationships blossomed. Dr. April loves every day at work because she is working with people passionately committed to caring for animals and together, they are able to make a difference in the lives of the animals and the people visiting the office. Celebrating, sharing and protecting that bond between people and animals is a unique joy. She enjoys bringing integrative elements into her practice that many practices don’t offer, such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, and laser therapy.

Dr. April is an avid athlete: she played basketball in college and still enjoys coaching her daughter’s team today. She loves spending time with her family whether it’s projects around the house, working out, swimming, playing with the pets, or simply doing nothing. In her free time, she loves reading, writing, and photography. She is a passionate Cincinnati Bengals fan. Dr. April and her wife Cathy met in 1999 and have been together ever since. They adopted their daughter Shen from China in 2002.

The family has two cats: Buddy, who came home with Dr. April for a long weekend and never left, and Cleo, who was rescued from a dumpster and hissed at everyone – but now purrs every time someone gets close enough to pet her! They also have three dogs: Stella, a pittie who loves to snuggle and adores children; Zoe, a bossy, but loving Boston; and Mea, a Boston who has never met someone she didn’t like & loves to sneak in as many kisses as she can every day!

Dr. Betty Lobanov

Dr. Betty Lobanov


Meet Dr. Betty Lobanov, a highly skilled and compassionate Veterinarian with a passion for providing exceptional care to her furry patients. Raised in the beautiful city of Santa Monica, Dr. Lobanov’s journey in the field of veterinary medicine has been one of dedication and academic excellence.

After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Dr. Lobanov pursued her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She earned her Veterinary Medical degree from Ross University in St. Kitts, where she underwent rigorous training and clinical studies. Her dedication to her profession led her to complete her clinical studies at Cornell University, further enhancing her expertise.

With a keen interest in internal medicine and surgery, Dr. Lobanov has honed her skills to address a wide range of medical conditions and perform intricate surgical procedures. Her commitment to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in veterinary medicine ensures that her patients receive the best possible care.

In addition to her exceptional veterinary skills, Dr. Lobanov is multilingual and fluent in Russian, allowing her to cater to a diverse clientele and communicate effectively with pet owners.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Lobanov embraces a variety of interests and hobbies. She was a competitive figure skater during her youth, a testament to her discipline and determination. Today, her focus has shifted to spending quality time with her toddler, husband, and beloved cat Ziggy, who holds a special place in her heart.

In her leisure moments, Dr. Lobanov finds joy in traveling, exploring new places and cultures, and unwinding on the dance floor. She also indulges in her love for sushi, savoring delectable flavors during her culinary adventures.

With her expertise, genuine care, and diverse interests, Dr. Betty Lobanov is a dedicated advocate for the health and well-being of her animal patients, making a positive impact on the lives of both pets and their loving owners.



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!

Jennifer, RVT

Jennifer, RVT

Practice Manager

Meet Jennifer, a seasoned professional with a deep-rooted passion for animals and a wealth of experience in the veterinary field. Hailing from the central coast of California, Jennifer’s animal journey began during her junior year of high school, setting the stage for a remarkable career ahead.

After high school, Jennifer’s commitment to service led her to the United States Army, where she received formal training and had the opportunity to explore various parts of Germany. Throughout her military service, her love for animals remained steadfast.

Over the years, Jennifer has amassed extensive knowledge in animal nutrition and dentistry, showcasing her dedication to providing the best possible care for her furry patients. In 2016, she proudly became Fear Free Certified, ensuring that her patients’ emotional well-being is just as important as their physical health.

Jennifer’s pursuit of excellence didn’t stop there. In 2009, she obtained her Registered Veterinary Technicians license (RVT), and in 2015, she passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam), further cementing her expertise in the field.

Drawing from her wealth of experience, Jennifer transitioned into technician and hospital management, excelling in these leadership roles. Recently, she made the decision to embark on a new academic journey, pursuing a pre-vet degree at Arizona State University online. Her dedication to continuous learning and growth is a testament to her unwavering commitment to the welfare of animals.

Beyond her professional life, Jennifer finds immense joy in her role as a mother to her beautiful son, Dominic. She cherishes quality time with her family and friends and shares her home with several rescue animals, including dogs, cats, and tortoises.

In her leisure moments, Jennifer indulges in her passion for horse riding and has honed her artistic skills by making candles and mastering the art of stained glass. Her life is a harmonious blend of caring for animals, nurturing her loved ones, and pursuing creative endeavors.

Yesenia, RVT

Yesenia, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Meet Yesenia, our amazing upbeat and passionate Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Yesenia’s love for animals is matched by her enthusiasm for her profession. With a rich background in arts and science, she brings a unique perspective to her role.

Outside of work, Yesenia has a keen interest in photography and music, reflecting her creative spirit. She finds joy in capturing moments through her lens and immersing herself in melodious tunes. Her commitment to animal welfare is evident not only in her career choice but also in her personal values.

Yesenia is driven by her goals to excel in her field. She aspires to earn certifications in Fear-Free and Cat-Friendly practices (CFVP), aiming to provide the best possible care to her furry patients. Her dedication extends to her personal life too, as she’s a devoted mom to four cats, three dogs, and an eight-year-old human boy. She’s also known to open her heart and home to foster kittens, showing her deep compassion for animals in need.

With a career spanning back to 2014 and becoming an RVT in 2019, Yesenia boasts a wealth of experience. Her journey has taken her through various facets of veterinary care, including General Practice (GP), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Internal Medicine (IM), and even exotics and shelter medicine. Her well-rounded background equips her to tackle diverse challenges with confidence and expertise.

In her downtime, Yesenia enjoys spending quality moments with her partner, bonding over films and indulging in video games. She also finds relaxation in the form of puzzles and the written word. Yesenia’s multifaceted interests reflect her dynamic personality, making her not only an exceptional RVT but also a well-rounded individual.

Yesenia’s vibrant spirit and dedication to animal care make her a valuable asset to our team. Her journey from 2014 to becoming an RVT in 2019 showcases her continuous growth and commitment to her craft. Whether she’s working in General Practice, Intensive Care, Internal Medicine, exotics, or shelter medicine, Yesenia’s experience and passion shine through, making her a true advocate for the well-being of animals.



Veterinary Assistant

Introducing Mayla, a compassionate and driven veterinary assistant whose passion for animals has guided her on a remarkable journey in veterinary medicine. Born and raised in the scenic city of La Paz, Mexico, Mayla’s love and connection with animals blossomed at a young age, sparking her determination to pursue a career in this field.

In 2016, Mayla embarked on her veterinary education at the prestigious University of Guadalajara. For the next five years, she devoted herself to learning and honing her skills in animal care and medicine, laying the foundation for a fulfilling career ahead.

Recently, Mayla proudly graduated from veterinary school and earned her MVZ Medico Veterinario Zootecnista (Mexico veterinary medicine degree)  allowing her to practice in Mexico. Now, she is eager to broaden her horizons and enhance her expertise by pursuing licensure in the United States. Driven by her passion for animals and the desire to make a positive impact on their lives, Mayla seeks to embrace new challenges and grow professionally.

In her current role as a veterinary assistant, Mayla is delighted to be part of a fantastic team. She relishes the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals and gain valuable hands-on experience. Each day, she brings her caring nature and enthusiasm to work, providing support and compassionate care to furry patients.

Mayla’s dedication to her career goes beyond the clinic walls. She strives to continually expand her knowledge and expertise, staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in veterinary medicine. Her unwavering commitment to her profession and her genuine love for animals make her an invaluable asset to any team.

Outside of work, Mayla finds joy in exploring her surroundings, enjoying the natural beauty of La Paz, and spending quality time with her loved ones. Her journey in veterinary medicine is driven by her desire to create a brighter future for animals, one paw at a time.



Veterinary Assistant

Meet Ofelia, a compassionate and dedicated veterinary assistant with a deep love for animals. Currently pursuing her education as an RVT student at Mt. San Antonio College. Ofelia’s passion for the veterinary field has driven her to gain two years of valuable experience in the industry.

Throughout her life, Ofelia has been surrounded by a diverse array of animals, ranging from reptiles to dogs, ferrets, hedgehogs, and even goats. Her diverse exposure to different species has cultivated a profound understanding and connection with the animal kingdom, fueling her desire to provide the best possible care for her furry patients.

As a veterinary assistant, Ofelia’s commitment to her patients goes beyond routine tasks. Whether she’s assisting in treatment procedures or working behind the front desk, her warm and empathetic nature shines through. She has a unique gift for engaging in full conversations with her furry charges, creating a sense of comfort and safety during their time in her care. And, in her heart, she knows they understand her in their own special way.

Ofelia’s enthusiasm for learning and advancing her skills is boundless. As she continues her journey as an RVT student, she eagerly anticipates acquiring new knowledge and experience that will enable her to provide even better care for the animals she serves.

Outside of her work and studies, Ofelia enjoys spending time with her own animal companions, cherishing every moment with them. Her deep connection with animals extends beyond the clinic, and she values the joy and love they bring to her life.

With her unwavering dedication to her furry patients and her determination to excel in the veterinary field, Ofelia is a valuable asset to our team. Her genuine care and ability to communicate with animals make her a trusted ally for the well-being and happiness of the pets she encounters.



Veterinary Assistant

Allow us to introduce Chrissy, an enthusiastic Veterinary Assistant. Alongside her role in the veterinary realm, Chrissy possesses a deep passion for dance and a profound love for Anime.

Chrissy’s journey is a testament to her dedication and resilience. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration. Interestingly, her academic path originally started in Animal Science, highlighting her innate connection with the animal world. While her journey took a detour, she eventually found her way back to her true calling in the veterinary field, a decision that brings her immense joy.

In her role as a Veterinary Assistant, Chrissy’s upbeat nature and unwavering commitment to animals shine brightly. Whether she’s assisting with medical procedures, providing nurturing care to her four-legged patients, or supporting the veterinary team, her enthusiasm is contagious.

Beyond her professional responsibilities, Chrissy is an avid dancer. Dance serves as a powerful outlet for her creativity and emotions. The rhythmic movements allow her to express herself and find solace in the art form. This dedication to dance mirrors her dedication to the well-being of the animals she cares for.

Chrissy’s love for Anime further showcases her multifaceted interests. Through Anime, she discovers new worlds, connects with captivating storylines, and appreciates the artistry. This passion for Anime adds another layer to her vibrant personality and speaks to her open-minded and imaginative spirit.

Chrissy’s journey from studying Animal Science to Health Administration and back to the world of animals exemplifies her unwavering affinity for creatures of all kinds. Whether it’s horses, snakes, dogs, or cats, Chrissy’s connection with animals is deeply rooted and forms a vital part of her identity.

In her role as a Veterinary Assistant, Chrissy’s diverse background and passions create a unique and valuable perspective. Her dedication to animal care, coupled with her love for dance and Anime, make her a compassionate, creative, and dynamic individual. With Chrissy on the team, both the veterinary field and her personal pursuits are illuminated by her positive energy and genuine enthusiasm.



Veterinary Assistant

Leslie is a tech assistant and currently a student at Pierce College in hopes of one day becoming an RVT. She has three dogs, and she holds love for all animals. She loves to spend time with her friends and family. She also enjoys all board games and crafts.



Room Assistant

Shen was born in China and raised in Ventura County. She has always had a special connection with her animal companions which have included many dogs, cats, and horses. Currently, she has 2 cats, Thor and Katniss, two dogs, Stella and Willow, and spends her free time riding her favorite horse, Jazzy.



Kennel Assistant

Meet Amanda, a kennel assistant with a bright and upbeat personality! Although she’s new to the pet world professionally, Amanda grew up around various animals such as dogs, horses, roosters, chickens, goats, and cows, which has instilled in her a deep love and understanding of these creatures.

During her free time, Amanda indulges in various activities that reflect her adventurous and curious spirit. She enjoys hiking and exploring museums, as well as attending sporting events to soak up the excitement. Being outdoors is an integral part of her life, and she finds joy in being in nature.

In quieter moments, Amanda finds solace in reading and assembling puzzles. Family is essential to her, and she cherishes the moments spent with her loved ones.

Her current job at Woodland Hills Pet Clinic has been instrumental in shaping her career path and expanding her knowledge about working with animals. The hands-on experience she’s gained there has boosted her confidence in handling and caring for animals.

Amanda’s ultimate aspiration is to grow into the veterinary field and complete her education with a focus on animals. With her passion, dedication, and the foundation she’s building at WHPC, there’s no doubt she will make a positive impact in the world of animal care.



Veterinary Assistant

Crystal is a Veterinary Assistant. She started her veterinary career at the Arizona Humane Society in animal care and soon became a veterinary assistant. She has a cat named Maya and a Cory catfish that she traveled with from Arizona. On weekends she likes to go hiking and taking naps.


Veterinary Assistant

Meet America, a dedicated and compassionate individual with a passion for animals. With over 6 years of experience in the veterinary field, she has made a profound impact on the lives of countless furry friends. America’s journey has been one of continuous growth and learning, and she aspires to take her skills to the next level by attending RVT school in the near future.

Working with animals has always been America’s calling. Every day, she finds joy and fulfillment in caring for these beloved creatures, knowing that she is making a positive difference in their lives. Her commitment to providing top-notch care and genuine affection shines through in every interaction.

Beyond her professional endeavors, America cherishes her free time spent with family and loved ones. Exploring her creative side, she delights in the art of baking, crafting delicious treats to share with those she holds dear. When not in the kitchen, you might find her at concerts, enjoying the rhythm and energy of live music.

At home, America’s heart is stolen by her senior Chihuahua, whom she lovingly cares for and cherishes. This furry companion holds a special place in her heart, enriching her life with unconditional love and friendship.

America’s journey in the veterinary field is one of compassion, dedication, and a sincere love for animals. As she looks forward to the next chapter of her career through RVT school, there’s no doubt that she will continue to touch the lives of both pets and their owners with her unwavering commitment and kind-hearted nature.

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