Our Team

APPOINTMENT
Dr. April Linson

Dr. April Linson

Veterinarian

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. Alaina Miller

Dr. Alaina Miller

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Alaina Miller is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Southern California in June 2015 with her husband, who grew up in Woodland Hills. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and practiced as an associate veterinarian at a clinic just outside of Nashville for seven years before joining Woodland Hills Pet Clinic.

Dr. Miller wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She began working in veterinary clinics when she was 18 years old and has worked in nearly every position there is in a clinic – from a receptionist to a kennel worker to a veterinary assistant to a veterinarian, she has seen it all! Along the way, she was fortunate to find a wonderful community of doctors, staff, owners, and pets that helped nurture her desire to explore the field of veterinary medicine.

To Dr. Miller, being a vet is not just about practicing medicine – it is also about developing relationships. She loves getting to know animals and the people who cherish them, and she feels that this helps her provide her patients with the best possible care. Dr. Miller also enjoys discussing preventative medicine and healthy weight management with owners, and she believes that a proactive approach to pet healthcare is the best way to enjoy as many years as possible with our furry family members.

Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with her husband Sam and their two dogs Jack and Bristow. Jack is an older, one-eyed Jack Russell Terrier that is still spunky and LOVES to eat and snuggle under blankets. Bristow is an energetic mixed breed dog that continues to work on his Frisbee-catching skills and always has a “smile” on his face.

When she has free time, Dr. Miller enjoys traveling with her husband, practicing yoga, cooking, gardening, and playing with her dogs.

Dr. Marla Peck

Dr. Marla Peck

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Marla Peck was born and raised locally in the San Fernando Valley. She realized her passion for animals at an early age. Her goal to pursue a career in vet medicine became clear upon taking her first dog Smoky to the family Vet. His kind and compassionate nature led her on the path to becoming the veterinarian she is today.

Dr. Peck attended Chatsworth High and went on to study biology at Claremont Mckenna College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1996. After obtaining her biology degree she enrolled at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, home to her beloved Buckeyes. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Go Bucks!

After her collegiate career, Dr. Peck moved back to the west coast. She has worked at multiple veterinary facilities in Southern California. Including specialty emergency clinics, Vet Hospitals, and vaccine clinics. She takes pride in her abilities to care for her patients. Her emphasis on good communication and positive work experiences has led to long-standing relationships with her clientele.

She is currently residing in Calabasas with her two children Violet and Grant, and of course her rescues, most of whom are named after her alma mater. This includes her dogs, Sloopy, a ball and swimming obsessed pit/lab mix, and Tahoe, the food-crazed lounger Labrador Retriever. Her cats include Buckeye, the handsome and gentle snowshoe; Urban, the hide and seek specialist tuxedo; and Chip, the crazy tabby.

When Dr. Peck is not in the office caring for her patients she enjoys tennis, college football, fantasy football, hiking, ping pong, darts, and her newly learned passion for golf. She is excited about joining the team at the Woodland Hills Vet Clinic and looking forward to providing her expertise and caring nature to her current and future clients and co-workers.

Kim

Kim

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!

Zaneta, RVT

Zaneta, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

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.

Hanna, RVT

Hanna, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hanna was fortunate enough to qualify for an accelerated RVT program which she completed in 2017. In 2019, she successfully passed her state and national testing and received her RVT license. Her goals for the near future are to specialize in emergency and critical care.

When not working, Hanna enjoys being with her animal children, saving bugs, wine tasting, indoor rock climbing or practicing yoga.

Lory

Lory

Veterinary Assistant

Lory was born and raised in Southern California. Lory’s father immigrated from Havana, Cuba in his mid-teens and established a bakery in Glendale, Ca, helping to instill in her a firm work ethic and strong integrity. Lory graduated from Pierce College with a double AS in Animal Science and Equestrian Science as well as a Certification in Barn Management. Lory went on to work as a horse trainer for several years before she moved to Loudon County, VA. While in Virginia, Lory made a horizontal move in the animal industry from the barn to the clinic and started working as a veterinary assistant. 3 years later, Lory returned to Los Angeles, continuing to work as a veterinary assistant.

She has over 20 years of experience in the animal care and pet industry. She is degreed and certified in Animal and Equine Science with 10 years experience working in veterinary clinics across the Los Angeles Area, including emergency hospitals.

All my life, I have had a deep seated passion for companion animals and their needs, and love to help people keep their 4-footed friends healthy and happy.

Kristina

Kristina

Veterinary Assistant

Kristina was born and raised in Southern California. She has been working as a veterinary technician since 2007
mainly in general practice. She has four cats: Bam-Bam, Lola, S’more, and Missy. One day she’d like to have more and really become a crazy cat lady!

During her free time, she enjoys the company of her kitties, crocheting, playing video games, acquiring nerdy collectibles, and hanging out with her boyfriend.

Makayla

Makayla

Veterinary Assistant

McKayla comes from a small town in Tooele, Utah. Growing up she always had a love for animals, feeding and caring for the neighborhood cats and dogs. In high school, she was able to study Veterinarian Assisting, Agriculture Biology, and Equestrian Science. After moving to California she attended Animal Behavior College where she was able to earn her AVA certificate from the Vet Assisting program. In her free time when she’s not playing with Kiya her miniature schnauzer pup she also enjoys making craft spa soaps. She has also worked on multiple feature films doing the makeup and special effects makeup.
Crystal

Crystal

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.
Rachael

Rachael

Veterinary Assistant

I was born and grew up in Simi Valley California until I was 6 years old and moved to Corvallis Oregon. Oregon is where I fell in love with animals and the beautiful pacific northwest wildlife. I began my journey in animal husbandry when I was nearly 12 years old on a family friend’s farm where I learned how to tend to the cows and goats that lived on the property. It was there when I decided I wanted to eventually go on to become a veterinarian. I moved back to California for high school but soon traveled back to Oregon for college to study Biology and animal medicine. During this time I volunteered at emergency hospitals, animal shelters, and got an internship at the California Wildlife Center where I got to work with California’s native creatures. Upon graduating in the spring of 2020 from George Fox University in Newberg Oregon, I started working as a veterinary assistant to gain some additional experience. I have plans on continuing my education and hopefully going to veterinary school in the not too distant future. I am excited to be working at Woodland Hills Pet Clinic and to be surrounded by others who care about the welfare and happiness of animals just as much as I do.
We are dedicated to providing excellent care.

ADDRESS

5348 Topanga Canyon Blvd #108
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Click here for directions.

TEMPORARY HOURS

Monday - Thursday 8:00-6:00 pm

CONTACT

Call/Text: (818) 222-7387
Fax: (818) 222-7429
Email:  whpetclinicteam@gmail.com

Get in touch!

Use the form below to send us a message! A member of our team will get back to you as quickly as possible. If you need immediate assistance, please give us a call at (818) 222-7387.

Ready to come see us?

Schedule an appointment online!