Dr. Louisa Asseo grew up in sunny Southern California. As a child, her love for animals and a passion for science made the decision to pursue a career in Veterinary medicine a “no brainer”. She graduated with a bachelors in General Biology from UCLA, and then received her DVM degree from UC Davis in 2002.
Dr. Nathalie Petersen grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and spent her summers in rural Michigan, where she developed a love for animals and nature. Her mother, a human physician, encouraged her to choose a career in which she would find joy in her work. It only made sense that Nathalie pursue her dreams of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and Zoology. She received her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University in 2011.
As a lifelong animal lover, Dr. Hana Link feels that it is truly an honor to be a veterinarian and help animals every day. Hana has wanted to be a veterinarian from as early as she can remember. Fortunately, she had the kind of parents who never said 'no' when she wanted another pet! She attended the University of San Diego, graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Religious Studies. She then attended veterinary school at University of California, Davis, where she was active in One Health efforts and volunteering with rabbits.
Ashlie has always known that she wanted to work directly with animals and help nurse them back to health. She has been in the veterinary field since 2005, working in general practice, as well as directly with animal rescue groups.
Ann spent the first 7 years of her life in a beach town in Southern California and then migrated north to the Bay Area which she has called home ever since. She began her journey in the veterinary field in 2012 as a Kennel Technician at an all bird hospital, which is where she knew she had found a career that she could be passionate about. (Side note: She is convinced that in her past lives she was many different species of birds, a large variety of felines, and definitely a whale at some point.)
Samantha has been an RVT since 2013. After graduating from the Mesa college animal health technology program, she started her first job as an exotic animal RVT at the Rancho San Diego animal hospital. She has loved being an RVT ever since.
Stephanie is a local, having grown up in Orinda. She has been in the Veterinary field for over 19 years. She has seen and done a lot but is always eager to learn more.
Savannah grew up in Danville and recently relocated to Pleasant Hill. She graduated from Chico State in May 2017 and before starting her journey in the veterinary field with the hope of one day becoming a veterinarian.
Nikki grew up on the tough streets of Oakley, California. She has been in the Veterinary field for 12 years and has known Dr. Asseo the whole time.
Alyssa grew up in Antioch, California. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years.
Haleigh was born to a pack of five and raised locally in Clayton, Ca. From the earliest of ages, Haleigh had a very special bond and love for animals. Her family always had a household full of dogs and cats, which they rescued from local shelters. Haleigh moved to San Diego in the early 2000s and spent six years enjoying the sunny beaches of San Diego. Haleigh worked primarily as an esthetician before making the decision to chase her life long passion of caring for animals.
Elizabeth started working in the veterinary field at age 19. She continued her education in veterinary nursing over the years, while also getting her BA in Psychology with her interest focused on teens. Her favorite part of the job is connecting with the patients in a way that builds trust, so treatments can be completed with the least amount of stress possible. She also loves getting to know the many different personalities of all the animals, and to celebrate them for what makes each of them special.
Kasey is passionate about the health of animals, people, and the environment, and ultimately aspires to continue her education to become a veterinarian. Originally from South Carolina, she attended Clemson University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2014 (Go Tigers!). Shortly after graduating she and her fiancé decided to start a new adventure in California.
Krishna originates from the state of Iowa. Her love of all things animal, as well as her talent for great customer service, brought her into the Veterinary field 17 years ago. Of those 17, she has worked with Dr. Asseo for 11 years.
Hitch joined the Oasis team as a kitten in August 2017, after 'hitching' a ride to the hospital under the hood of a car.
Hitch's primary duties include walking around the back areas of the hospital showing off his obnoxiously large and fluffy tail, stealing bugs from our reptile patients, and lounging on Dr. Asseo's desk on sunny afternoons.
In addition, Hitch takes on many of the PR duties for the hospital, through his personal Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/hitch_thehospitaltroll/.