Our Staff

The staff at Capitola Veterinary Hospital are caring and competent. We are dedicated to ensuring the health and comfort of your beloved companions. Marissa, our hospital manager who oversees day to day business operations. Melodie, our client service representative who is in charge of keeping things organized and making sure our clients’ and patients’ receive the best customer service experience possible.  Shelly, our Registered Veterinary Technician helps to provide top notch patient care with the assistance of  our five veterinary assistants, Shauna, Kellie, Madi, Ashley, and Marisol. Dr. May, Dr. Volat, and Dr. 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.


Shelly & Rose

Shelly grew up in Santa Cruz. She has worked on the central coast in the veterinary field for over 25 years. She has experience with both small and large animals. Shelly received her RVT license after attending the Hartnell College Animal Health Technology Program. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horses, and spending time with her husband and their four legged family.




Shauna, Sierra, & Sonoma

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.


Kellie & Riley Roo

Kellie & 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 many years of experience working in a veterinary hospital as a 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.


Vanessa & Zooey

Vanessa & Zooey

Vanessa grew up in San Diego. 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 & Piper

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.


Marisol & Bonita

Marisol’s passion for animals arose at a very young age as she grew up caring for her many pets. She was involved in the FFA program during high school where she got to raise her very own lamb and pigs. Marisol is a graduate from Central Coast College where she has received her Veterinary Assistant Certification. Attending Central Coast she has had the great opportunity of working with a variety of different animals, including dogs, cats, pocket pets, livestock, avian and exotics as well as wildlife. She is very excited to be working at Capitola Veterinary Hospital where she hopes to further expand her knowledge in the veterinary field. In her free time, Marisol enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and spending time on the beach with her family, friends and German Shepherd/mix Bonita.


Ashley & Boomer

Ashley is a veterinary assistant who graduated from the Carrington College Veterinary Technician program in 2015, passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2016, and is currently studying to take her California Veterinary Technician Exam to be become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Ashley has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2014 and truly loves her job in the field of veterinary medicine. Her love for animals is an important part of her life and has influenced her to dedicate her life to providing the best veterinary care possible. She has several beloved furry family members that consist of a horse named Thomas, a dog named Boomer, and a cat named Oscar. In her free time she enjoys taking long trail rides with Thomas or long walks on the beach with Boomer, as well as spending quality time with family and friends. Some of Ashley’s other favorite things to do are watching movies, swimming, camping, and lots of other outdoor activities.