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. Alaina Miller
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 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.
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!
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.
Registered Veterinary Technician
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.
Celeste has always loved animals and science,and after feeling stalled in a synthetic chemistry research path, she decided to give veterinary medicine a try. She has been working as a veterinary assistant for the past 2.5 years, and she plans to apply to veterinary school this year. She hopes to use all of the knowledge she gains from WHPC in her own practice as a veterinarian one day. Needless to say, this turned out to be the path she was always meant to take!
Celeste lives with her partner J and their two silly cats, Henrietta and Momo. In their spare time they like to travel, garden, hike, and play music. Celeste is a classically trained violinist and she also enjoys playing the guitar, bass guitar, accordion, and harmonica.
and general practice. She has worked as a doctors assistant and receptionist.
She has a 15 year old Persian named “Madison” that enjoys sleeping on her head.
In her free time she enjoys being with her daughter for dance class and taekwondo, going to the beach and movies. She also enjoys music concerts and photography.
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.