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Dr. Gayle Roberts graduated from Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights. She attended UC Davis for 8 years, earning her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1976 and her DVM in 1980. Dr. Roberts has practiced in Orange County ever since. She loves working with all animals, and even served as park veterinarian at Lion Country Safari. She was staff doctor at Crown Valley Animal Hospital when she gained national notoriety for her care and work with the pelicans that were maimed off of Dana Point in 1982 and 1983. Dr. Roberts received the Lorne Greene New Wilderness Award for this work. She then worked in the referral surgical practice that did the beak prostheses on the pelicans for just over a year. She purchased Northwood Animal Hospital in 1986. Dr. Roberts especially enjoys surgery, dentistry and working with exotic animals.
Dr. Roberts lives in Lake Forest with her husband, Jim. They have two children, Dustin, 34, and Diana, 28. The whole family shares her love for animals which includes their own large animal family; thier 2 cats: Huckleberry & Francisco, their rescue dogs: Mortecai, Dillyn and their Australian Shepard puppy, Razzle Dazzle. In her limited spare time, Dr. Roberts enjoys running and tae kwon do.
Jennifer Pursley, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Pursley grew up in Orange County and graduated from Saddleback High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences from UCI and her DVM from UC Davis in 1997. She also completed an externship in exotic pet medicine with Dr. Doug Mader. Dr. Pursley joined the Northwood Animal Hospital team shortly after her graduation. Dr. Pursley especially enjoys working with ferrets, rabbits, birds and all types of exotic pets.
Dr. Pursley lives with her husband, Greg, and their schipperke Bridgett and Leeli In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and other crafts.
Hannah Hsu, DVM
Dr Hannah Hsu joined our team full-time in January of 2015. Dr. Hsu was born in Taiwan. As a teen, her family moved to New Zealand. She graduated high school from St. Margaret's College in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2000, she came to the USA for her Animal Science undergraduate study at University of California, Davis and earned her DVM degree in 2009 from University of Missouri, Columbia. Shortly afterwards, Dr. Hsu completed a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in Southern Florida, then moved to the sunny Southern California. She is interested in diagnostic imaging, acupuncture and herbal medicine as complementary therapy to conventional medicine.
During her free time, she likes to go backpacking, rock climbing and taking photographs. She also likes more sedentary activities including playing the Chinese instrument, Erhu and attending continuing education meetings to further advance her knowledge so she can better educate clients and provide customized healthcare to pets.
Liz Wagner, CVPM Practice Manager
Liz was born and raised here in Orange County. She started her career in retail management then decided to pursue her passion, which was working with animals. Since then she has held many different positions in the veterinary setting including receptionist, kennel attendant and technician. In April 2011, Liz joined our team as the practice manager. She felt she was a great fit for Northwood Animal Hospital because we all share her love for animals and dedication to providing them high-quality compassionate care. She is thrilled to have recently earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager designation
Liz lives in Mission Viejo with her husband of 7 years, Brent, her 2 kids, and her 2 rescue terriers, Banjo and Cookie. In her free time Liz enjoys cooking, entertaining and yoga.
Cindy was born in Youngstown, Ohio and moved to the Orange County area in 1988. She received her RVT license in December of 2009, and has worked at Northwood Animal Hospital for 19 years. She is passionate about assisting clients and their pets in maintaining optimal healthcare, and loves the positive working environment Northwood has to offer, which consists of a team that resembles the closeness of a family.
Cindy's personal family include her fiancé, Howard, who works as a horseshoer, her son Eric, 28, who lives in Aliso Viejo, and Kelly, 25, who just moved to Lake Forest. Cindy also has a large animal family, all of which are very dear to her heart! Tanner, a teacup Chihuahua is 5 years old (Cindy references him as the best dog ever), along with her 2 rats and Georgia, a white and gray short hair.
In her spare time, Cindy enjoys horseback riding, bike riding, and going to off road races several times throughout the year. Northwood Animal Hospital is thankful to have Cindy as a part of our team, and appreciates her dedication to clients and their pets for the past 19 years!
Kristy has been a member of our team since 2002. Please check back for her full bio!
Lauren has been a member of our team since July 2014. Please check back for her full bio!
Caitlin has been a member of our team since July 2014. Please check back for her full bio!
Tino, Veterinary Assistant
Celestino (Tino) was raised in a very poor family in Mexico. When he was 18 he came to the United States to create a better life and worked to gain his status as a United States citizen. He has now been working with animals since 1995 and treats them with love and care. Tino joined our team in August of 2011 and has since been dedicate to providing that love and care to the clients and patients at Northwood Animal Hospital. Tino's easy-going personality paired with his expertise and admirable work ethic have made him a perfect fit for our Northwood family!
Saori, Veterinary Assistant
Saori was born in Japan, and moved to California with her family thirteen years ago, because her dad was transferred to the United States for work. Although they love living in the United States, they of course miss their extended family members, who are still living back in Japan.
Saori began working at Northwood Animal Hospital in 2007 as a kennel attendant, and since then, has moved into the position of a veterinary assistant. Saori states that she loves working here because of the fun, kind, and caring doctors and staff, as well as the warm atmosphere!
She has a wonderful animal family, which consists of their Cocker Spaniel/Cavalier King Charles mix -"Churro", a Maltese/Poodle mix-"Kirby", and Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix-"Ricky"!
Northwood Animal Hospital is so grateful to have Saori as a part of our team. Everyday she brings a positive attitude, and an incredible work ethic, which is very much appreciated by her fellow staff members.
Lacey ahs had a passion for animals as long as she can remember. She graduated from Heritage College's Veterinary Technician Program in November 2016 and is waiting to take the state test to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Lacey has 2 fur babies at home: Link, a 7 year old rescue chiweenie and Jax, a 3 year old Persian guinea pig.
Joni,Client Service Representative
Joni was born in Pittsburg, CA and moved to the Orange County area shortly after. She has worked at Northwood Animal Hospital as a receptionist for 8 years and states that she'll work here for thirty more years if possible! Joni loves working at Northwood because she loves her fellow co-workers and just as importantly, cherishes every client that comes through the door as well as their animals, big and small. She states that her favorite aspect of her job is being able to witness happy pets going home to their families!
Joni has been married to her husband Jerry, who works as an electrical engineer, for 30 years. They have two sons, David,27, who is graduated from Santa Barbara and is currently a master dive instructor, and Kenny, 23, who has his own personal training business!
Joni also has an extensive animal family! This includes, , Sherman and Crunch, which are both orange kitties, her rescue dog Muffin, who Joni says "we go together like peas and carrots!", Katie, a female Shepherd, and Tug, her "big baby boy" dog. Needless to say, Joni loves animals and acknowledges their importance as family members.
In her spare time, Joni enjoys spending time with her animals, hiking, going to the beach, bike-riding, and gardening. Northwood Animal Hospital is thankful to Joni for her genuine commitment to clients and their animal family members for the past 7 years! Here's to 30 more!
Rebecka, Client Service Representative
Rebecka has always been an animal lover. She started volunteering at the Orange County Animal Care Center at the age of 18 where she gained plenty of experience handling animals. She started working at Northwood Animal Hospital in 2014 as a kennel attendant and has since moved to the front staff. She is currently attending school working towards becoming a veterinarian at a zoo.
There is no shortage of excitement at home for Rebecka! She has 3 dogs: Tootsie, Lilo, and Ningy, a cat named Kitty, and a turtle named Professor Snape.
Whenever Rebecka has free time she enjoys teaching martial arts, cooking, and drawing.
Lisa, Client Service Representative
Lisa joined our team in June of 2016 . Check back soon for her full bio!
Dana, Client Service Representative
Dana was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Southern California in June of 2015. She started a career in finance, but decided to pursue her passion and joined the Northwood Animal Hospital team as a kennel attendant in July of 2016. She has since moved into a receptionist position and enjoys working with animals every day!
Dana lives in Irvine with her husband, Anthony, son Logan, and beagle Lacey.
Rigoberto, Kennel Supervisor
Rigoberto Torres, also known around the hospital as "Rigo", has worked for Northwood Animal Hospital for 16 years as the kennel supervisor! Rigo is reputable for his beautifully done body shaves and terrific toe-nail trims! Rigo loves working at Northwood Animal Hospital because of how close the staff is with one another, just like a family! Specifically, he loves working with the animals, who are always at such ease when in his gentle and trustworthy care.
In his spare time, Rigo enjoys baseball, working on his house, and spending time with his family. Rigo's family includes his wife, Teresa, two daughters, Paulina and Fatima, son Rigoberto, Jr., or "Berto" for short, and their Pomeranian, Owen!
Northwood Animal Hospital is so thankful for Rigo's dedication to our clients and patients, as well as his willingness to go above and beyond for the past 20 years!
Tracy, Kennel Attendant
Tracy joined our team in January of 2016 . Check back soon for her full bio!
Kelly, Kennel Attendant
Kelly joined our team in August of 2016 . Check back soon for her full bio!
Claudia, Kennel Attendant
Kristy has been a member of our team since November of 2016. Please check back for her full bio!
Sydnie, Kennel Attendant
Kristy has been a member of our team since March of 2016. Please check back for her full bio!
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