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.
Sarah
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.
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.
Heather
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.
Rebecca
Veterinary Assistant
Jeanette
Veterinary Assistant
Coming soon!
Lindsey
RVT
Bio coming soon!
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    • Donna BrodskyDonna Brodsky

      Brought PeeWee, who lost use of his back legs, in today for the first time and were treated with calm and care. I love the Eastern approach and we all have high hopes that acupuncture, laser treatment, and some herbs will fix the hitch in his giddyup and restore his youthful step again. Fingers crossed.

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    • Joseph Cooper IIIJoseph Cooper III

      For nineteen years, four dogs and one cat Brad and his team have been there for us with expertise and compassion.

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    • Nikki Z.Nikki Z.

      Came today and Sarah helped me with what I needed and this visit was by far the fastest and easiest!!! Read More

    • Theresa Ostland EdwardsTheresa Ostland Edwards

      We started seeing Dr Cahoon and Dr McKerney because we needed alternative health care for our 12yr old mutt. We specifically chose Veterinary Healing Center for their knowledge and experience with Eastern Medicine applications. Our family is overjoyed for our pet and the pain relief he is now experiencing since starting his treatment plan just a few months ago. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The prices are comparable to other veterinary offices. I highly recommend their services for your pets needs.

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    • Stephanie JonesStephanie Jones

      This place is full of the kindest, most compassionate people. Dr Mckerney is Zoey’s favorite and she has gone above and beyond to always give Zoey the best care. Even while Zoey is hospitalized, Dr Mckerney and the staff have checked on her regularly. It means the world to us 💜💜💜

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    • Amanda HeinenAmanda Heinen

      Dr Brad quite literally saved our old girl's life today, simply by caring enough to keep trying to solve the mystery behind her symptoms. Thank you for not giving up on her and for helping us manage the costs of her care as well. Highly recommend this office!!

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    • Mary Jo TruesdaleMary Jo Truesdale

      They take care of our pets as if they are their own! Everyone is welcoming and their holistic approach is appreciated!

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