Our Careteam

Crystal

Veterinary Technician

Crystal’s family constantly had dogs when she was growing up, and it took a while for young Crystal to realize that not all families owned pets! She couldn’t imagine her life without the companionship and love of animals, and always strives to do everything she can to connect with pets and animal lovers.

Born in Sacramento, Crystal moved with her family to Alaska when she was only six months old. They returned to Placerville when Crystal was in kindergarten. At 17, she applied for a Kennel Assistant position at Lake Forest Pet Hospital, eventually undergoing on-the-job training to become a Technician. She’s worked with Dr. Cahoon since February of 1998!

Crystal’s favorite part of her workday is serving as a problem-solver. Whether it’s an uncooperative patient, a client in a difficult situation, or even a simple scheduling issue, Crystal loves to work with pets and their owners in a flexible manner to accomplish a singular goal: achieving great health for pets.

Crystal and her husband of 13 years, Jason, have two wonderful children, Alyssa and Dylan. Their home wouldn’t be complete without Lincoln, a nine-year-old German shepherd who is an expert squirrel chaser, and Bozley, a ten-year-old yellow Lab who gets his exercise by chasing Lincoln.

In her free time, Crystal is an avid photographer and prefers snapping pictures of landscape scenes and pets. She’s currently working on her first online photography course to better her skills! She also likes educating herself on organic gardening and is looking forward to the summer’s crop of fruits and vegetables.

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Erin

Veterinary Technician

Erin was always the kid who would rather be hanging out with her dogs than going out with friends. She’s always been drawn to the innocence and unconditional love of pets, and feels lucky to experience it every day as a Registered Veterinary Technician!

Erin grew up in San Jose, California and lived there for 20 years before moving to El Dorado Hills with her family. Shortly after moving to El Dorado Hills, Erin enrolled in the veterinary technology program at Cosumnes River College and began working for Dr. Cahoon in 2001. In 2003, she passed her national and state technician exams, officially becoming a Registered Vet Tech! Erin especially likes calming down nervous pets, working within the unpredictable nature of emergencies, and educating clients and coworkers about animal health.

Erin is married to her high-school sweetheart,  who is a tournament and marketing director at a local golf course. They have a daughter and a son, both who already share their mother’s love of animals at very early ages. The family has three rescued pets: Weebles is a three-legged cat who Erin adopted from the clinic, Otis is a loving pitbull who is constantly searching for a warm, soft place to curl up and sleep, and Boo is a sweet and silly pitbull who keeps the family laughing on a daily basis.

Outside of work, Erin loves to stay active by running, hiking, swimming, and yoga. She also likes camping, gardening, and participating in active events for charities. She’s done two Avon Walks for Breast Cancer and a Tough Mudder!

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Heather

Veterinary Technician

Heather grew up with just about every type of pet imaginable, and was constantly taking in critters who needed care or attention during her younger years. She’s adored animals ever since she could crawl! When Heather discovered the field of veterinary technology after high school, she knew that she’d found the perfect fit. She hasn’t looked back since—now, Heather is proud to serve as a Registered Veterinary Technician with the Veterinary Healing Center family.

Heather is a native of the Sacramento area and began working in veterinary clinics in 2005, when a doctor at a local overnight emergency hospital offered her a job upon seeing how well she applied a head wrap to her own dog. She started at a clinic in Folsom after beginning her studies in veterinary technology at Cosumnes River College, and continued to work in the area for nearly three years before joining the team at a Sacramento-based referral center. Heather served pets and their owners there for the next eight years before joining the Veterinary Healing Center team in July of 2016.

Around the clinic, Heather is particularly passionate about animal behavior and loves to share her personal observations with pet owners. She also likes critical care work, one-on-one patient nursing, and satisfying toenail-trimming sessions.

At home, Heather and her wonderful young daughter share their lives with five dogs: Turtle, a short-haired Dachshund/Chihuahua mix; a long-haired Chihuahua named Brytan; a short-haired Dachshund who goes by Lilly; Gemma the rat terrier/Chihuahua mix; and a long-haired Dachshund named Wendell. When she isn’t enjoying the company of her family or caring for pets’ needs here at the clinic, Heather likes to relax by reading a good book or tending to her garden.

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Sarah

Receptionist Supervisor

Sarah has vivid memories of taking her family pit bull, Kelsey, to the vet’s office with her mother while she was growing up. Young Sarah was simply in awe—even from that age, she knew that a career in animal care was perfect for her!

Sarah grew up in Auburn, California and began her veterinary journey when she was hired at a small animal clinic in Nevada City. She was hired on here at the hospital in July of 2015 as a Veterinary Receptionist. Sarah says that the absolute best part of her job is having clients trust her with the health and care of their beloved animal companions.

Sarah lives in Auburn with her family, which includes her longtime horse, Queenie, her Border collie named Kaepernick (a true 49ers fan), and several other horses and chickens.

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Julie

Receptionist

As a little girl, Julie always helped her mother take care of the family pets. When none were sick, Julie would play veterinarian and set up a pet hospital in her room. She even had a toy phone and would pretend to set up appointments with clients! Little did Julie know that she’d be doing the real thing many years later.

Born in California, Julie lived in Pennsylvania and Virginia for a few years as a girl. She moved back to California in 1976 and has lived here ever since. She started working as a receptionist in a veterinary hospital in 1991, then moved to a smaller hospital closer to her home. After working there for seven years, Julie had her second daughter and took time off to be a full-time mom. In 2009, she returned to the workforce when her daughters were in school. After meeting and interviewing with Dr. Cahoon, she felt right at home.

Julie has been married to her husband for 25 years. They have two daughters, aged 15 and 17. The family has a Boston Terrier named Olive who can throw a stick up in the air by herself to catch it. She also likes to play with the family cat, Gina, who is a sweet ragdoll. They also have two outdoor cats, Buzz and Seal, as well as three horses: Winsome, Eclipse, and Pippin.

When she isn’t working or riding her horses, Julie likes camping, gardening, and swimming with her family. She’s also active in her local church.

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Karina

Veterinary Assistant

Karina knows how pets can be a source of happiness and strength when life gets tough—she’s always wanted to provide services to animals to keep this bond alive and well! Karina has been helping the pets of the area as a Veterinary Assistant since September of 2014.

Karina was born and raised in Sacramento. As a sophomore at the University of California-Davis, she began volunteering on the foal team at the University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She was able to secure several subsequent internships in small-animal emergency, dentistry, ophthalmology, and equine reproduction. Simultaneously, Karina secured a job at the Medical Teaching Hospital, working in Transfusion Medicine. She started working with Dr. Cahoon and his team shortly after graduating.

Karina has two sisters, both of whom are in college. Alex studies nursing at California State University-Sacramento, and Celeste studies kinesiology at San Jose State. The family has two dogs, a Dalmatian named Tapatia and Snoopy the Maltese. Karina also keeps many cockatiels.

When she has spare time, Karina enjoys reading and is especially keen on personal and observational essays. She also likes watching good TV shows—Game of Thrones is her current favorite!

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Heather

Veterinary Assistant

Heather is originally from Sacramento, California, but moved around quite a bit as a child. The one constant that she could always count on were the family pets! She’s never taken for granted the love, loyalty, and companionship that animals provide, and always wanted to do her part in giving something back. Now, Heather gets to live her dream on a daily basis as a member of the Veterinary Healing Center team.

After taking general education classes at Folsom Lake College, Heather decided to jump head-first into the veterinary industry by applying to Cosumnes River College’s veterinary technology program and gaining hands-on experience at an animal hospital. That’s where the Veterinary Healing Centers came in—she’s been a part of the family since February of 2016, and couldn’t be happier with her decision! Heather is a Veterinary Assistant here at the clinic, and enjoys administering medication and walking the hospital’s boarding pets. She’s also fond of jumping in to help the Technicians whenever necessary. Heather just recently received the news that she’s been officially accepted into the Veterinary Technology program at Cosumnes River College, and is looking forward to increasing her knowledge and furthering her education in the profession!

Aside from her interests in the animal-care world, Heather is an avid quilter and also likes relaxing in her hammock, reading, and spending time with her own pets at home. She and her mother live with a hyper and happy Border collie mix, Kona, as well as a pair of loveable cats named Stitch and Mama Cat.

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