Joy Fox-Beaudet

Veterinarian

Q: Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names, species, and breeds?
A: Yes, we currently have four cats and one dog.  When we are able to purchase a home, we are looking forward to having more pets join our family!  Our four cats are April, a very gentle Domestic Long Hair, Angel, a feisty/unpredictable calico, Odin, a very handsome Maine Coon, and Berenice, a tabby cat who was rescued with a head injury when she was a very young kitten.  Wellington is our Whippet.  He is a very sensitive little man.   He loves to snuggle under his blanket on his bed when he is not chasing skunks out of the yard.

Q: Is there any family information you’d like to provide?
A: My husband and I are blessed with two beautiful children who are now in high school. Time flies by far too quickly!

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: The most rewarding part of my career has been being able to bring comfort and relief to my patients and clients in different phases of their lives.  Sometimes it is in the form of surgically fixing a problem or medically diagnosing and successfully treating a disease.  Other times it is in the form of palliative relief, perhaps not curing a disease, but managing pain and providing a comfortable life.

Q: What would you consider to be your greatest life accomplishment?
A: Having children – bringing two new lives into the world and watching them grow and develop into the people they are today has been very humbling.

Q: If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – take care to educate yourself to to prevent problems where you can with really good preventive medical care and monitor closely to catch problems early! Trust your instincts, if something appears amiss, you are most likely right and we should investigate together.

Lisa Bartlett

Associate Veterinarian

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
A: Hiking in the forest, walking with the dogs on the beach, recently started doing weekend backpacking trips with the dogs exploring other parts of northern California. You may also find me practicing yoga on my days off.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: Helping animals to feel better, being able to provide relief from pain and suffering, and preventing disease and extending quality of life. And helping the humans that love their animals so much- relieving animal pain helps relieve people pain too!

Q: What is your favorite comfort food?
A: Macaroni and Cheese with cookie dough for dessert

Q: What are three things you love?
A: My husband, my own pets (there are 4 of them but they can count as one), being able to come to work everyday and help people and animals

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Letting your dog ride loose in the back of a pickup truck- it is so dangerous! We see dogs come in hurt and in pain when they fall out, and it is so preventable!

Dr. Lea Schroeder

Associate Veterinarian

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
A: Spending time outdoors kayaking, hiking, walking the dogs; exploring my artistic and creative side by taking art and dance classes, meditating, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: I have realized even though I love challenges and learning, connecting with clients and their pets has been the most rewarding aspect of my career.

Q: What is your favorite comfort food?
A: Anything with dark chocolate

Q: What are three things I love?
A: Spending time outdoors soaking in the beauty of nature, spending time with animal and people I care about, and taking time for me (whether reading a book, getting a massage, taking a long walk….)

Q: If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: Love and take care of your pets to the best of your ability and when unsure of what to do please ask.  We are here to help you and educate you on how to best care for your pets.

 

 

Julie Lisignoli

RVT, Office Manager, Technical Supervisor

Q: Previous Veterinary/animal related experience?
A: I had no experience before working here besides owning my own cats and a dog, and petsitting for friends and family.

Q: Your pets?
A: Sadie (chow/collie mix), Sophie (heeler mix), Talulah (pomeranian mix), Gizmo (long haired tabby), Peanut Butter Cup (torti), and Lando Catrissian (short haired tabby)

Q: What you think clients would find interesting about you?
A: I graduated from University of Memphis with a BS in biology, and came to Humboldt to take classes at HSU for marine biology. I started working at Arcata Animal Hospital, and fell in love with veterinary medicine. I worked my way up being a kennel assistant, to a trained technician, to an RVT in 2010. Besides working with animals, I enjoy taking my dogs to the beach or on a walk, agate hunting with my husband, going to see live music, exploring National and State Parks, and cooking (especially thai food).

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
My favorite part of working at Arcata Animal Hospital is the relationship you create with clients and their pets. I have worked here long enough to see some pets through from puppy or kitten hood to end of life, and knowing that the pet had a happy & healthy life full of love makes it all worth it! I also work with some amazingly talented and caring people who are like my extended family, and we help each other through the good days and the sad ones.

Kris Wymer

RVT, Bookkeeper, Inventory Manager

Q: Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names, species, and breeds?
A: I am lucky to have Ernie, who has stepped into the humongous footprints of her predecessors. She is part Papillon, I think, & part Muppet.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: Veterinary medicine is hard work. All of us live for the moment successes, whether it be to give comfort or save a life.

Q: What is you favorite comfort food?
A: All food is comfort food.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: What is a peeve?

Q:If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: Pet-proof your home. Treat them like you would a 5-year-old and supervise them outdoors.

Dorie Johnson

RVT

Q: What is your position at the practice?
A: RVT

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: 2 dogs, Albert and Jack

Q: Is there any family information you’d like to provide?
A: Husband and two beautiful daughters

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
A: Spending time with family and friends.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: Helping our furry family members

Rachel Green

RVT

Q: Do you have any pets? What are their names, species, and breeds?
A: I have two pets. Johnny is a 12-year-old long haired tabby cat that I adopted almost a year ago. Soliel is a 5-year-old dwarf rabbit, and I adopted her about 4 years ago. They are the sweetest pets and I am lucky to have them.

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
A: When I’m not at work or at school, I love going hiking, tide pooling, bird watching, and other outdoor adventures. I also love reading, especially with my cat in my lap.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: I really enjoy being involved in helping a patient get better. Especially after an emergency or difficult procedure, it is very rewarding to care for an animal and being a part of every step towards their recovery and wellness. I also enjoy learning and advancing my skills, especially as veterinary medicine evolves.

Q: What is your favorite comfort food?
A: I really enjoy vegan mac and cheese

Q: If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: Don’t wait to bring your animals to the veterinarian. If you notice a problem with your pet, don’t hesitate to call us.

Kat Charest

RVT

Q: Previous Vet/animal related experience?
A: Kat has 8 years’ experience in the veterinary field working in all aspects of care & has been working as a Registered Veterinary Technician for 3 years.

Q: Your pets?
A: A mischievous orange tabby cat named Dopple and a sweet Labrador Retriever named Missy.

Q: What do you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: She grew up in the Los Angeles area and relocated to Humboldt County 3 years ago. She is currently back in school pursuing a degree in the fine arts. Her interests and hobbies include music, reading, spending time outdoors and riding her scooter around the beautiful Humboldt County scenery.

Shannon Westman

Veterinary Assistant, Project Coordinator

Q: Previous Veterinary/animal related experience?
A:  I have been working at Arcata Animal Hospital for 3 years. I started working with animals in 2005 in a groom shop and later went on to work in several zoo’s and aquarium’s throughout the country. After my travels, I came back to to Humboldt and came to work here.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: I love it here because I know that every patient we see is given the best care possible.

Kristina

CSR

Q: Previous Veterinary/Animal related experience?
A: Manager at a boarding establishment. Pet owner.

Q: Your Pet(s)?
A: Doobie-canine

Q: What you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: I have two college degrees. I can speak 3 languages, I have an amazing 8 year old daughter. I love taking my jeep off road and mudding. I love doing target practice on the weekend.

Mariah Fuentes

Assistant

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Canine, Jella Bella, boxer mix, 4 years old

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: Saving an animal’s life.

Q: What are three things you love?
A: Jelly Bean, food, and Nick

Q: If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: Pets are like toddlers: they constantly want attention, they need walks and lots of exercise. They are your best friend!

Q: What is something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
A: I want to build my own ranch to have a horse rescue center and physical therapy for MS patients and use the horses to help them with walking and holding themselves up for their physical therapy.

Amy Fletcher

Receptionist- Client Services Representative

Q: Position?
A: Receptionist- Client Services Representative

Q: Prev vet/animal related experience?
A: Pet owner, no prev vet experience

Q: Your pet(s) (name and species)?
A: Leai – Italian Greyhound

Q: What you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: I grew up here in Humboldt County. I attended McKinleyville High School and graduated in June 1997. My father was a professor of philosophy at HSU until he retired in 2010. My hobbies include singing, I enjoy going out to karaoke but would love to sing professionally or with a band. Music and animals are my two biggest passions, and I am blessed to be working at such an amazing animal hospital with a wonderful staff and clients.

Jeremy Gotgotao

Veterinary Assistant

Q: Position?
A: Veterinary Assistant

Q: Previous Vet/animal related experience?
A: Volunteered as a keeper aide at the Sacramento Zoo, volunteered as a dog trainer at the Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter, volunteered as a veterinary assistant at the Bradshaw Spay/Neuter Clinic, worked alongside veterinarians and lived among elephants at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, practiced clinical skills at a dog rescue in Thailand, and worked as a kennel technician at a private practice.

Q: Your pets?
A: Kobe (chihuahua mix), Mamba (pit bull), and Dory (Flowerhorn cichlid)

Q:What you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: I graduated from Humboldt State University with a cellular/molecular biology degree. I am aiming to diversify my experience for my veterinary school application. I am also very passionate about dance. I have been dancing since high school and have explored many different styles from hip hop to ballet to cultural dancing. I have danced for many hip hop dance companies where I was able to be a part of dance competitions throughout California. I also choreograph and teach my former high school dance company every year.

Valerie Zepeda

Veterinary Assistant

Q: Previous veterinary/animal related experience?
A: Sequoia Park Zoo, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center

Q: Your pet(s)?
A: Smokey Taco (pit bull terrier)

Q: What do you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: I am bilingual, English as a second language. I am working on my B.S. in zoology. Would love to become a wildlife vet. Enjoy summers at the river with my dog, so we can cool off and splash in the water together. Vegan activist, although I am not a vegan. Interested in marine organisms, bryozoan research with Dr. Sean Craig HSUI would love to meet your animal(s)!

Q: What is your favorite part of working here?
A: Cuddle time

Shar

Veterinary Assistant

Q: Position?
A: Veterinary Assistant

Q: Previous veterinary/animal related experience?
A: Previous pet trainer and animal care specialist at Petsmart for three years. Worked at a previous vet hospital as a Vet Assistant for two years.  Now working at Arcata Animal Hospital as vet assistant for domestic and exotic animals.

Q: Pet’s names?
A: Back home I have a Siberian husky named Koa, a Siamese mix named Amy and a 50 gallon fish tank.

Q: What you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: Currently volunteering at our local Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for orphaned and sick animals and currently on my journey to become a Registered  Veterinarian Technician. On my free time I like to go camping, hiking, tidepooling and praticing yoga.

Erica Fitzpatrick

Veterinarian Assistant

Q: Hire Date?
A: 08-21-2017

Q: Previous Veterinary/Animal related experience?
A: I have worked as a receptionist and veterinary assistant for the past 10 years. I worked mostly with cats and dogs, but I also got the opportunity to work with mini of the primates and Rosie the bear from Sepuoia Park Zoo for their annual exams. In my off time I would also foster pets and bottle babies for some of our local pet organizations. I also, enjoy pet sitting, specializing in geriatric pets with special needs.

Q: Your Pet(s)?
A: “Izzy” a 10 year old black & white McNabb, “Cricket” a 14 year old tri-colored Australian Cattle Dog, “Spark Plug” a 15 year old black & white Chihuahua, “Rudy” a 14 year old one eyed orange Domestic Medium Hair, who is partially paralyzed.

Q: What you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: After working in the food and beverage industry for over fifteen years, I finally wanted to pursue my lifelong dream of working with animals. So, I first started out as a volunteer at the Sequoia Humane Society in my off time. I knew then this was the path for me. After ten years, I’m doing what I truly love.

Q: What is your favorite part of working here?
A: Being given the opportunity to expand my training and knowledge on all animals furry, feathery, and scaly. Also, the doctors and staff are so knowledgeable, loving, and caring to all their patients and clients.