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.
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.
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.
Irene was born and raised in the Bay Area and has chosen to be surrounded by animals her entire life. She actually majored in English at UC Davis, but it was still no surprise when she became a vet tech 10 years ago. She immediately had an intense passion for the job, which has never left. Irene considers herself to be incredibly lucky to have found a job that allows her to be of service to animals as they have truly enriched her life and changed it for the better. About 5 years ago, she took the steps required to become a RVT so she could continue to grow in her career and best help the animals that she works with. She has gained experience in general practice, emergency medicine, critical care medicine and internal medicine during her time as a technician and she loves the opportunity to work with the exotic animals we see at Oasis Veterinary Hospital.
His name is Jeancarlos, but he goes by J.C. because it seems easier for most peole to pronounce. J.C. joined the Oasis family in 2018. Before joining Oasis, he worked at an animal shelter in San Jose prior to beginning his vetmed career at another local hospital. J.C.'s long-term goal is to become a vet, and working in the field has simply confirmed that choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born and raised locally, Jen has been in the veterinary field for 3 years now. She enjoys expanding her knowledge and growing this passion with her fellow Oasis team mates.
I grew up in a small ag town called Escalon. Grew up with dogs primarily.But have a soft spot for cats. I moved from my small town of the central valley to the wild world of the east bay in the summer of 2019.
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/.