Dr. April Linson
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 grew up in Santa Monica and received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She obtained her Veterinary Medical degree from Ross University in St. Kitts with completion of clinical studies at Cornell University. Her areas of special interest include internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Lobanov is fluent in Russian and used to be a competitive figure skater growing up. In her spare time Dr. Lobanov enjoys spending time with her toddler, husband and cat Ziggy. She enjoys traveling, dancing and sushi.
Managing Partner, Administrator
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 grew up on the central coast of California where she started her animal career in her junior year of high school. After high school, she was formally trained in the United States Army and spent her time in various parts of Germany. Since then, Jennifer has gained vast knowledge in animal nutrition, Dentistry and became Fear Free Certified in 2016. She has spent her last several years of her career in technician and hospital management and recently decided to embark on a pre-vet degree at Arizona State University online and hopes to obtain her degree soon. When not working, Jennifer spends her time with her beautiful son Dominic, her family, and as much time as she can with friends. Her home includes several rescue animals from dogs and cats to horses and tortoises. Recently they just introduced a new King Charles Cavalier named Magnus into their home. In her spare time, Jennifer likes to make candles and has recently taken up the art of stained glass.
Mayla was born and raised in La Paz, Mexico and always felt love and connection towards animals which led her to choose a career in veterinary medicine. She started Veterinary School in 2016 at the University of Guadalajara and spent the next 5 years of her life there. She has now recently graduated and working toward licensure in the US while she learns and tries to get as much experience as she can from this great team.
I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and have been involved in the veterinary field for more than 6 years. Throughout the years, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in general, shelter, and emergency medicine, with a greater interest leaning towards emergency veterinary medicine. Recently graduating from California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, my passion and commitment for veterinary medicine have since evolved. After 2 1/2 years up north studying for my undergraduate degree, I am back in Southern California and have landed this amazing opportunity with amazing people here at Woodland Hills Pet Clinic! My hopes and aspirations for the years to come are to learn and help as much as possible while at the same time preparing for the next chapter in my life, the College of Veterinary Medicine.
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.
Katherine was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and has always had a big heart for animals since she was a child. She started school in 2021 to become a veterinary assistant at Animal Behavior College, where she got an excellent opportunity to work at Woodland Hills Pet Clinic. Now she can actively gain experiences and edify her newly learned skills with an amazing team who share the same passion. Her favorite part of the day is coming home to her two four-legged children; a Maltese named Bembo and Rottweiler named Nala.
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.
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