Our friendly and professional staff includes a hospital manager, registered veterinary technicians, technician assistants, receptionists, and a groomer. We know the importance of great customer service (furry and non) and we strive to make your visit as pleasant as possible.We offer compassionate medical care for your pet at our full service facility. With our knowledgable staff, you can expect consistantly high quality care for your four-legged companion.
Teresa Mishodek – RVT/ Office Manager
Teresa has been in the veterinary field for over 30 years! She has been at Lake Forest Animal Clinic since we opened, and is the hospital manager. Her goals are to provide the best care for all animals and to provide a safe environment for them to come to. Teresa has an African Grey Parrot named Nala, who is 17 years old. Teresa enjoys hiking, working out at the gym, singing in a gospel group, and visiting and spending time with the sick at Hoag Hospital.
Karin – Veterinary Assistant/ Receptionist
Karin has been in the veterinary field for over 15 years, and been with us since 2009. She owns a variety of animals: dogs, cats, bunnies, birds and even horses. Karin and her daughter care for foster animals from “high-kill” shelters and adopt them into loving homes. They have saved 9 kittens and 2 dogs from euthanasia this last year alone.
Christina – Veterinary Assistant
Since Christina was 8 years old, she knew she wanted to work with animals. As an adult she followed her dreams and took a Regional Occupation Program Course in Animal Health Care and did an internship with us. Christina is a proud mother to 3 handsome boys, and 2 dogs.
Stephanie – Veterinary Technician
Stephanie grew up with a variety of different animals and always had a passion to work in the veterinary field. She started with us 10 years ago as veterinary assistant and then transitioned to Receptionist followed by veterinary technician. Stephanie spends her free time in the gym and chasing around her 3 year old daughter.
Karyn – Veterinary Receptionist
Karyn has a full house with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 adorable 7 month old little baby girl. Karyn has worked in the veterinary field for 14 years. She enjoys bowling competitively and spending time with her daughter.
Nikki – Veterinary Receptionist
Nikki has had a passion for animals and the desire to take care of them since she was a little girl. Animals always cheered her up and made her feel safe, so she wanted to do the same for them. She spends her free time with her two year old daughter and they enjoy visiting the petting zoo and stables, and walking their dog at the harbor. She has one dog named Titan, and one fish named Blue. Nikki’s goals are to continue learning about and providing excellent animal care, and going above and beyond her job description.
Kim- Veterinary Receptionist
Kim has been in the veterinary field for 29 years. Kim has the ability to make anyone laugh and can put a huge smile on anyone’s face. Her nurturing nature was made to take care of pets and people. Kim’s goal is to learn something new everyday. Kim has one Shih Tzu named Nya and enjoys camping, wine tasting, music, and sports.
Haley – Veterinary Assistant
Haley has two dogs, a Pitbull named Yogi, and a Jack Russell Terrier named Maggie. She has always felt a deep connection with animals and has always wanted to work with them because they make her so happy. Her goal is to take care of each animal like its her own and make sure that the clients are happy with the results and quality care. Haley is also a yoga instructor and in her free time she enjoys being outdoors doing activities like running, hiking, and even paddle boarding.
Veronica – Veterinary Assistant
Veronica first joined us during an internship with the ROP program at her high school. She began working with us shortly after her graduation. This is Veronica’s first job working with animals. Veronica cherishes her animals and knows that others cherish their own pets as well. She feels it is very rewarding to be able to help animals get better. Veronica has one cat named Tigger and one puppy named Tina. Her goals are to continue her education and gain experience in the veterinary field. She hopes to one day become a veterinarian.
Gena – RVT Gena has been with Lake Forest Animal Clinic since 1997. She has one Irish Setter named Rory and she is looking to adopt another Irish Setter in the future. Rory has had a passion for animals since he was a puppy, especially cats!
Stephanie – Veterinary Technician
Stephanie has been in the veterinary field for 12 years and joined our team in late 2014. When Stephanie was five years old she made an impulsive decision to work with animals. She has two basset hounds, Veruca and Bruno, and a 2 year old human named River. Stephanie hopes to learn something new every day, and her hobbies include motorcycles, muscle cars, and yoga. We are so happy to have Stephanie on our team!
Alma – Groomer (Canine and Feline Stylist)
Alma groomed her first dog when she was just 12 years old, and after that she was hooked. She found a school that was taught by an award winning groomer, Marcia Hill and learned the proper way to groom both dogs and cats. She spent 15 years competing in grooming competitions and acquired over 20 awards. Alma loves her profession and takes pride in what she does. She loves the challenge of taking a dog or cat that has been turned away from another groomer, has been abused, or is just a young animal that has never been groomed, and transforming them inside and out by building that relationship of trust. She feels every pet is unique and tries to learn and listen to the individual needs of each pet. Alma has two dogs, a Chocolate Lab and a Jack Russell Terrier, and two unique cats, a Scottish Fold, and a Sphynx. Alma has two adorable grandbabies and enjoys spending as much time a s possible with them. She also enjoys traveling, camping, and going to her river house with her husband. We are so thankful to have such an amazing groomer as part of our team, she really is the dog and cat whisperer!
Felicia - Veterinary Receptionist
Felicia has always had a strong passion for animals growing up she had hamsters, guinea pigs, reptiles, fish tanks, cats, and dogs. At home, Felicia lives with a Puggle named Bentley Wellington, a Highland Lynx named Gatsby, a Bengal named Renaldo, and a reef tank with clownfish. She has been working with animals for over 8 years now. Her goal is to become a registered veterinary technician. In her free time she enjoys going to Disneyland and working on her reef tank.
Jamie - Veterinary Assistant
Jamie grew up surrounded with animals and always knew that they would hold a special place in her heart. She participated in the ROP program at her high school and did her internship here at Lake Forest Animal Clinic. It made her realize how rewarding and fun it is to work and care for animals. She started working at Lake Forest Animal Clinic after high school and still loves bonding with all the animals. She has two dogs, a Pomeranian named Oso and a Maltese named Bambi. Jamie’s goals are to continue learning about animals, giving them the love and care that they need, and becoming a Veterinarian Technician in the near future.
Jenna - Veterinary Receptionist
Jenna grew up in a household full of all sorts of 4 legged critters so when she started searching for a career she knew it had to revolve around animals. Since animals have always been a huge part of her life she knew she wanted to give back to them as much as possible. Jenna graduated recently from Menlo College with a degree in psychology and was member of their championship basketball team. She now has three fur children, a Bengal named Willow, a Highland Lynx named Indy, and a Maine Coon named Meeko. She can’t wait to see what the future holds for her in the animal field!
Johanna - RVT
Johanna has always had a passion for animals, especially cats. She attended school at Cal Poly Pomona to earn a degree in Animal Health Science. In 2015, she became a RVT and loves everything about it. Johanna's passion is caring for all sorts of animals and seeing them able to live happy and healthy lives. At home she lives with her cat Marie who she hand raised from a young age as a kitten. In her free time Johanna enjoys long walks and swing dancing.