I have always had a love of animals, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I truly knew being a veterinarian was for me. My favorite part of this job is watching a new patient grow from a puppy or kitten, and know that I am keeping them healthy throughout their whole life. It is such an amazing feeling when you an help a friend and their beloved pet through a difficult situation.
I grew up in Southern California where I earned my Bachelors of Science at Cal Poly Pomona and then my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University. Soon after graduating, I came up to the beautiful Central Coast with my husband Jon and our dog, an Aussie named Mick. In 2014 we expanded our family with our son Kolton, who has brought so much joy into our lives!! When I’m not hanging out with my family, I enjoy going to the gym, and I am constantly busy working on some type of craft or home project. I look forward to work each day, and can’t wait to create some more long lasting relationships with my clients and patients here at Mission Animal Hospital!!t goes here
JULIE BOSSERMAN, DVM
Dr. Julie joined our team in 2014, but she has lived on the Central Coast since her days at Cal Poly in 2000. After Cal Poly, she went to veterinary school at Ross University in the Caribbean– a pretty sweet deal. She did her clinical year in Washington state, and then practiced in Santa Barbara before we were lucky enough to find her. Julie found her love for animals early in life, remembering reading James Herriot books with her father.
Growing up in southern California, there weren’t a lot of animals except dogs and cats, so Julie begged her folks to send her off to farm camp. While there, Julie learned more about ALL animals, and also that raising them and fixing them was her life’s passion. Speaking of passion, Julie lives in Nipomo with her three dogs (Carolina, Holly, and Lexi), her cat Lucy, her horses Boss and Trigger, and her cows Penelope and Hannah. When not healing your pets or taking care of her own, you can find her running on the beach, playing soccer, or dancing with her cows.Content goes here
Gabrielle Szwajkowska, DVM
I was born in Southern California, but grew up in Europe before moving back to California to finish high school and attend college. My veterinary training was completed at Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine (go Cougs!). I had originally planned to trade the dreary skies of Washington for the sunny ones of Southern California. But after stopping to visit family on the Central Coast, I quickly fell in love with the area and changed plans accordingly!
My interest in becoming a Veterinarian was due to the wonderful mix of pets, people and detective work — with the added challenge of an inter-species communication barrier. Every day will teach you something new! The part that warms my heart most though is seeing previously sick pets feeling better, and reunited with their loved ones. I love the constant evolution of veterinary medicine, and more recently the growing awareness of the benefits of integrative veterinary medicine.
When I’m not at the beck and call of my own pets, I make the most of what this beautiful area has to offer... days are filled with the beautiful beaches, craft food and drink with friends, and gorgeous hikes. Evenings are usually spent indulging in a puzzle or board game, probably with a glass of wine.
I am the Office Manager here at Mission Animal Hospital. (Kevin’s note– she is the BEST office manager ever, but don’t tell her I said that…) I am here Monday through Friday greeting our furry and non-furry clients at the door, and assisting the doctors with their appointments for the day. I love working with animals as I find they tend to be the ones in our lives who love us unconditionally. I was born and raised in Riverside, CA but my family moved to the Central Coast when I was 12 and we’ve all made roots here. My mom, dad, and younger sister all still live here on the Central Coast. As I came to my veterinary career a little later in life, I’ve gone down a couple avenues of education, one of which was that I graduated from an Interpreting for the Deaf program in Huntington Beach. When I’m not at work, I love hiking, writing, spending time with my family and boyfriend, and most recently learning the banjo. I have three furry little children of my own, Olive the Jack Russell mix, Chloe the Russian Blue, and Frankenstein, my domestic short-haired something or other. Frankenstein is my little survivor cat, as she was born with fused joints in her back legs. She doesn’t let this stop her from cliff hanging up the couch in the hopes of reaching that chip crumb she’s been eyeing for the last half hour.
Melissa is one of our technician managers. She is AMAZING, and fills many roles for us: she is a primary caregiver to your pets, she monitors anesthesia, she performs dental cleanings… and in her spare time she is responsible for ordering supplies!! In Melissa’s words…. I grew up in Tracy, then moved to Simi Valley where I met my husband Doug. Together we moved to Morro Bay in 2004 to start our life on the Central Coast. My mom was a tech so I grew up in a veterinary hospital. At 20 I started my career in the pet health industry because it was just so natural for me. When not at Mission, I spend time with my husband and two kids. Our favorite things to do are to take our yellow Lab to the beach, and going out in the harbor in our canoe. Our orange tabby cat Sam is the most social kitty ever!! Everyone knows him!! We have to put him in the house if we go on a walk, because he will follow us. You don’t notice him until you’re a few blocks away, and then you are stuck walking your kitty back home.
I’m a Veterinary Technician at MAH. This means that I am responsible for patient care, diagnostics like taking x-rays and blood tests, and assisting the doctors in their diagnostic tests and procedures. I also am in charge of ordering prescription diets for our patients. (Other little known Bonnie facts– she is known to love Raisin Bran, and is also responsible for 90% of the laughs at MAH throughout the day!!). Bonnie grew up in Lompoc, and came to the SLO area to go to class, play soccer and volleyball at Cuesta College. When she’s not at Mission she enjoys Crossfit, running, riding, hikes, and hanging out with her family. She also enjoys outdoor sports like hunting and fishing. She and her family have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 15 goats, and two horses…. and love every one of them!!
Registered Veterinary Technician
Hello! I’m Erika and I’m an RVT at Mission Animal Hospital. I’m usually working behind the scenes at MAH, taking care of your four-legged friends. My interests include dental care and nutrition. I moved from Washington state for a change in scenery in 2017 and found an amazing group of people to work with. You’ll probably see me walking my Anatolian Shepherd around town, you can’t miss him!
Hi!! My name is Rachel and I’m a receptionist here at Mission Animal Hospital. I love working with people and their pets, helping get your questions answered and make you feel at home. I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, and moved to Southern California when I was 11. I had always loved animals, but when we moved my mom signed me up for every type of camp possible, including horse camp. That’s how I caught the horse “bug”, and over the years I figured out that I wanted to work with animals– and especially horses– as a career. I recently graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Animal Science, and didn’t want to leave SLO. Luckily for me, I found a job that combines my love of animals and working with our awesome clients!! I currently live part-time with my roommate, my pet mouse Mr. Moo, and my fish. The other half of the time I’m at the barn with my crazy horse Connor!!.
The Nicest Person Ever... and Our Manager of Patient Care!!
My name is Cassie and I am a Veterinary Assistant here at Mission Animal Hospital. I am so happy to work here, where everyone is so welcoming and supportive. We are one big happy family, and my goal is to treat you and your pets as family, too. I grew up in Laguna Niguel, CA, and my parents knew early on that I would follow a veterinary path, since I seem to have a natural connection with animals and was always bringing home strays and injured wildlife. They were on to something, as I have spent the last fifteen years loving my chosen career. In 2009 I moved up to the Central Coast to be closer to extended family. While here I met my amazing husband Mark, and we now have a wonderful daughter named Ava. Our household also includes a goofy 70# Golden named Charlie, and a 7# Cornish Rex cat named Petunia. Despite her petite size, Petunia reigns supreme in our home and keeps Charlie in check. Outside of work I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, being the perfect gardener every now and then, and teaching Ava an appreciation for nature and a passion for life.
Director of All Good Things
I am a Receptionist here at Mission Animal Hospital, and also am Manager of the Tender Heart fund and our annual pet food drive. Being a receptionist isn’t just about answering phones and scheduling appointments– it is so much more!! MAH has made me feel like family ever since I walked through the doors as a client, and I want to make sure every person feels the same way I did. Creating a loving, trusting environment is what makes Mission Animal Hospital so special. I grew up all over SLO County, in a small family of four, with one older sister. After moving to Durango, CO for a few years I realized how special living in SLO is and came back. Nowhere else has ever felt like home to me. I have always been drawn to all kinds of animals ever since I was a kid, mainly horses. After working in childrens’ therapy for many years I figured I should do what I wanted, so came to work at MAH. I have never been happier at a job!! I have always considered my pets my family, and I currently have a Chihuahua named Lexi and a horse named Eddie.Everyone who knows me knows my animals mean the world to me and that if you want to be in my life my animals have to approve!! It’s true what they say about animals having a good intuition about people, and I trust both my dog and my horse in helping me make that decision. My favorite story about my horse is when my friend was trying to set me up and they came out to watch us ride. I have never seen my horse so unfriendly towards a person. Needless to say, my romance didn’t work out!! My dog has also been right about people. Thanks Eddie and Lexi!!
Physical Therapy Manager
I am the Physical Therapy Manager and a Receptionist here at Mission Animal Hospital. As Physical Therapy Manager, I get to massage and do laser therapy on our painful pets, and it is very rewarding to watch them improve as a result. As receptionist, I have the pleasure of working closely with clients to help with any questions or concerns they may have for their pets. I am very grateful to have met such amazing people and animals. I grew up in Pacifica, just outside San Francisco. I went to Cal Poly in SLO and studied horticulture. After graduating in 2007 I moved back to SF but decided the Central Coast feels more like home. I’ve been living here– quite happily– since 2014. I began my veterinary career back in 2002 because I am and always have been an animal lover. Over the years I have realized how much I love working with people as well, and working at MAH lets me do both. I live with my sweet sister Andie, my dog Scooby, and two cats– Jade and Higgins. Since Scooby is a Shepherd mix, I occasionally have to brush out his undercoat. Every time I brush him my cat Jade gets very excited and has to roll around in the fur I brushed out of Scooby. She acts like it’s catnip!! So when I’m done brushing Scooby then I have to brush Scooby’s fur off Jade!!
Senior Care Manager
I am a veterinary technician and manager of our Senior Care program at Mission Animal Hospital. I was born and raised here in SLO. My love of animals started as a young child of 3, when my parents rescued a kitten that had been thrown from a car. After graduating from SLO High School I pursued my other love– dance. During my years as a professional dancer, I would pick up work as a Veterinary receptionist, kennel person or even dog bather. After several years as a professional dancer I injured my knee, and that injury enabled me to begin to think about advancing my education and returning full time to my first love…Animals. In my career in the Veterinary field I have obtained a degree in Biology and honed my skills in small animal medicine as well as wildlife medicine. I spent many years working in the Bay Area in the field of Veterinary Oncology and Emergency Medicine. From Veterinary Oncology to banding birds, I returned home to San Luis Obispo with a vast wealth of experience. I am happy to be at Mission Animal Hospital, and even happier that I can use my skills and knowledge to keep the pets of the Central Coast happy and healthy.
My name is Jordan and I am a client services representative, but also assist with patient care as well! Some of my responsibilities include client communication and client education (my favorite!), administering laser therapy treatments, working with our online pharmacy, and assisting the doctors in issuing health certificates for pet travel.
Customer Service Representative & Director of Fun
Sue is one of our ace receptionists, who greet and welcome our furry friends and their parents. In her words…. I grew up in Ohio and am a BIG Ohio State Buckeye football fan!! I moved to Sacramento in 1995 and finally in 2015 had the opportunity to move to the beach… and I love it!! I’ve always known at some point in my life I would work with animals. This is a dream come true for me, living at the beach and helping animals. My hobbies are walking my dogs at the beach, playing with my kitty, and listening– preferably dancing– to music! My cat Kona has taught my dog Ciara who’s boss by hiding behind the door and when Ciara walks through, Kona bats at her head.
Customer Service Representative
I am a receptionist at MAH. Some of my responsibilities are answering the phones, welcoming clients and their pets, and communicating client/pet need to our team members. I was born in Houston, Texas, and when I was 10 my family moved to Harare, Zimbabwe. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 16, but got tired of the crowded, fast pace of life in LA and headed north. I feel very fortunate to call San Luis Obispo home. I got into animal medicine because I love animals!! They love unconditionally, and since they cannot verbalize their pain or discomfort I am thrilled to help our clients keep their pets healthy and happy. I also get to work with an amazing group of people, and I get to learn something new every day. When I’m not at MAH, I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading, gardening, and listening to music. My favorite thing to do is to go to the beach with my awesome dog Lemmy. I love watching him run like the wind with a huge smile on his face!! When Lemmy was a puppy he was very curious about toilet paper. Once he figured out how to grab the end of the toilet paper and run, he began to unravel many rolls of toilet paper!! He doesn’t do this anymore but now he loves to grab the empty toilet paper rolls out of the recycle bin and hoard them. I find them in the strangest places!!
Customer Service Representative
My name is Adrian and I am thrilled to be a Customer Service Representative at MAH. I enjoy serving as part of your pet’s care team during your pet’s visit. I am a city mouse adapting to country life and I have lived in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Austin, and Los Angeles. My wife and I decided to move to the Central Coast to be closer to family, and we returned to her childhood home in Santa Margarita.
Customer Service Representative
My name is Tori and you can find me at the front desk as I am a receptionist here at Mission and its my job to make sure you and your pet feel welcome and cared for from the moment you walk in to the moment you walk out. I love my job, my coworkers and every single one of our clients and working here is an absolute joy! I have always been absolutely in love with animals, like most people I would assume, but when I saw an ad on craigslist looking for the world’s most amazing receptionist, I walked in and said “Here I am!” and I’ve been here ever since.