Our Staff

The staff at Capitola Veterinary Hospital are caring and competent. We are dedicated to ensure the health and comfort of your companions. Marissa Mauldin is our hospital manager, overseeing day to day business operations. Vanessa and Melodie are our client service representatives in charge of keeping things organized and making sure our clients’ and patients’ needs are met.  Anthony and Christina are our veterinary nurse/technician staff members.  Shauna, Jana, Kellie, and Madi are our technician assistants who assist in patient care. Shauna, Jana, and Kellie also regularly help the client service representatives with client care. Dr. River May, Dr. Katie Volat, and Dr. Tiffany Mitchener are grateful to work with such a competent and compassionate team.


Marissa & Hansel

Marissa is a native Californian who grew up raising horses, riding horses and taking an in depth interest in animals at an early age. Marissa sought education in veterinary service shortly after graduating from high school, which began with the Vet Technology program at Yuba College in Marysville, CA. In 2011, Marissa was awarded Certification as a Veterinary Practice Administrator by Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She began her career in veterinary medicine in 2003 and has been working as both a practice owner and practice manager since 2007. Some highlights of her career have included dental work on a Bengal Tiger and rescue work with orphaned black bears. Marissa and her husband live with their family of six dogs, three cats and two horses.


Anthony & Cali

Anthony is our technician supervisor. He has been working with animals since 2007. He has an associate’s degree from Cabrillo College, and his many years of experience over the years have gained him a broad knowledge of veterinary medicine working with a wide range of animals. Anthony moved to Santa Cruz for school, but his main motivation was his love for the ocean and thrill of chasing down swells to surf along our beautiful coast. He spends his time off in the Sierras with his friends and family hiking, snowboarding, and fishing. His family consists of his wife, Sumer, two cats, Tuxy and Tawny, and his California King snake, Mitch.



Christina is a graduate from the veterinary technician program at Foothill College.  She feels very fortunate to have grown up in Santa Cruz, where natural wonders like the forest and beach and their inhabitants have nurtured her interest in animal sciences from an early age. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Zoology and has just received an A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Christina aspires to one day transition into zoo and wildlife medicine, where she hopes that her familiarity with small animal medicine will make her a well-equipped advocate for animal welfare and habitat preservation. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of a veterinary team that values sustainable practices and is always striving toward progress. In the moments when she doesn’t have her nose in a textbook or hands on a cat or dog, Christina enjoys painting, playing the banjo, and exploring the outdoors with her German Shepherd, Roxy.



Shauna graduated from UC Santa Cruz, where she began her interest in animal rescue. She volunteered for the Marine Mammal Center, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the UCSC Long Marine Lab, where she had years of hands on experience with seals, sea lions, sea otters, and dolphins. After college, Shauna became an animal control officer for Santa Cruz County. After two years as an officer, she transferred positions to become an animal health technician for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Shauna is excited to expand her career in the veterinary field. Shauna and her husband, Joe, have just welcomed baby boy, Orion and have two twin boys, Austin and Logan. Shauna and Joe also have two furry four-legged children, their two rescue dogs, Sierra and Sonoma. When Shauna is not working, she spends her time hiking with her dogs, attending her sons’ sporting events, and being surrounded by her amazing family and friends.




Jana was raised in Santa Cruz and developed a deep love of animals and the ocean at an early age. Participating in a youth dolphin trainer program helped her make the decision to pursue a career in the marine sciences and animal behavior fields.  Jana graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Marine Biology and now splits her time between our hospital and training CA sea lions at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.  She thoroughly enjoys animal training and the process of creating such positive, trusting relationships with these animals.  She hopes to one day be employed at an aquarium working with animals for research, conservation, and education purposes.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, going to the beach, and other outdoor activities with her golden retriever/mix, Annie, hanging out on the couch with her cat, Sam, (both rescue pets) and spending time with her friends and family.


Kellie and Riley Roo

Kellie and Riley Roo

Kellie’s love for animals has been a driving force in her life. Her animal advocacy began at an early age when she would bring home abandoned cats for what she claimed would only be “one night.” One night often turned into forever, and thus a passion was fueled. Kellie brings over six years of combined experience working in a veterinary hospital as a kennel and veterinary assistant. She pursued a B.A. in Humanities at San Jose State University with the intention of becoming better equipped to make a greater impact on the work she is passionate about. Her free time is usually spent walking her dog (Riley Roo), running, reading, cooking, snuggling with her two cats (Rafi and Remi), and spending time with her husband, great friends, and family.


Vanessa and Zooey

Vanessa and Zooey

Vanessa grew up in San Diego, CA. where she first stepped into the animal industry as a kennel attendant at a local dog daycare. She would monitor the social interactions between dogs in groups upwards of 50! She fell in love with the behavior and psychology of the canine world and hasn’t been able to keep herself from animals since. She has moved up to Santa Cruz as a UCSC transfer student, where she is studying the language of humans now, instead of canines. She is also excited to continue learning the medical aspect of animal care with the Capitola Veterinary Hospital. In her free time Vanessa likes to hike and explore the beautiful landscape of Santa Cruz.


Melodie & Nemo

Melodie grew up in Grass Valley, a small town in the foothills of Northern California. She loved growing up with the family cats, and took on the role of the family ‘veterinary assistant’ when any of them were sick. Her family calls her the ‘animal whisperer’ because it always seemed that Melodie could create a special bond with any animal she came into contact with. Not only did she love the furry pets in her life, she also loved marine mammals, dolphins being her favorite animal of all. Her dream, since she was a little girl, was to become a ‘Dolphin Trainer’! With this goal in mind, she earned an AS in Natural Sciences, and then moved closer to the ocean to earn a BS in Biology at CSU Monterey Bay. While in Monterey, she started volunteering at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories with rescued and unreleasable California Sea Lions, learning how to become a marine mammal trainer. Melodie also wanted to get experience in the medical side of animal care, and started working in the veterinary field as a Client Service Representative. Melodie is looking forward to learning more about all   aspects of animal care, husbandry and training. In her free time, Melodie likes to cuddle with her rescued cat, Missy, and her high school sweetheart/husband Jim.


Madi & Penny

Madi was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She grew up surrounded by and caring for her many animals. She recently graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. As an undergraduate, Madi worked with a variety of animals including horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats but is excited to start her career with small animals. She is currently working on her A.S. in Veterinary Technology through Penn Foster. In addition, she volunteers with the Marine Mammal Center, rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured marine life. In her free time, Madi loves spending time at the beach, hiking, and riding her horses.