Our Careteam

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.
Reception Supervisor
Sarah has always been drawn to animals, even at a young 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 when clients ask for her specifically to discuss their pet’s needs.

Sarah lives in Auburn with her family on their “funny farm”, which includes her longtime horse, Queenie, her Border Collie named Kaep, and several other furry farm animals. In her free time, she shows her Quarter Horse, Cracker and enjoys being out on the lake fishing.
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.
Veterinary Technician
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 recently finished her schooling for her A.S. degree, passed her national and state exams, and is now a Registered Vet Tech! We couldn’t be more proud of Heather. Her favorite part of the Veterinary Field is client education and working hands on with the patients. Heather’s favorite type of patient is when we have spicey felines who require extra patience!

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 Golden Retreiver Mix, Kona, an energetic Border Collie Mix, Guinness, as well as a pair of loveable cats named Stitch and Mama Cat.
Veterinary Technician
Kristen grew up in northern New Jersey, where she harbored a love for animals ever since her earliest days. For her, getting to see the bonds that pet owners share with their companions is extremely rewarding. Helping to nurture and strengthen those bonds is even better! Kristen is a proud member of the Veterinary Healing Center’s front-desk team.

Kristen launched her veterinary journey in 2006, when she signed on at a hospital in Elk Grove, California. In 2008, she and her husband moved to the Sierra Foothills, where she began helping pets at a hospital there until 2013. After a small break from the world of veterinary medicine, Kristen was thrilled to join the Veterinary Healing Center of El Dorado Hills family in April of 2018, and she’s been tending to the needs of the area’s pets and animal parents ever since.

Away from the office, Kristen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a good book, and camping and hiking in the great outdoors. She and her husband were even married at one of their favorite camping locations! At home, the pair shares their lives with one pet: a cat, Tippet, who loves pulling at his owners’ pant legs when his dinner isn’t being made fast enough.
Stacey is a pet owner herself, and she joined the veterinary profession for one simple reason: she wanted to be able to give something back to animals, who have offered her so much love and companionship over the years. Stacey gets to do just that as a member of the Veterinary Healing Center of El Dorado Hills’ talented front-desk team!

Stacey is from Sacramento and first started her journey in 2015 at a large practice in Rocklin. After working at another hospital for a short period of time, she moved to Santa Rosa for her schooling and started working for a small animal clinic there. It was during this time that Stacey volunteered to help animals and pet owners affected by the Santa Rosa fire, and she also volunteered to help animal victims in Redding, California during the Carr fire.

Upon moving back to Sacramento, Stacey joined the Veterinary Healing Center family in September of 2018 and has been serving the area’s pets and animal parents ever since. She’s a member of the hospital’s front-desk staff, and her favorite part of the job is interacting one-on-one with pet owners on a daily basis.

At home, Stacey shares her life with four dogs—Loki, a quirky boy who is full of sass; the leader of the pack, Ellah; a bad boy named Remi; and Max, who likes to roll off of the couch for belly rubs—as well as a loveable rabbit named Sancho.

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