THE MISSION ANIMAL HOSPITAL TEAM
Editor’s Note: In over thirty years of veterinary practice, I have never seen a better team. They truly are a family… and they will treat your pet as their own.
JULIE BOSSERMAN, DVM
Your Pet's Doctor
SPECIAL INTERESTS: DERMATOLOGY, INTERNAL MEDICINE
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.
The Best Office Manager in the World
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.
Senior Care/Diets 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 Cassie and I am a Veterinary Technician 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.
I am a Receptionist at MAH. I help our guests and clients in any way they need, check them into rooms, and enjoy building relationships with our clients. I actually started as a client of MAH, after my sister found the best vet in town for my dog Liam and his back problems. After the first laser appointment I was hooked!!
I was born and raised in the south county on the Central Coast. I always had a family dog or two growing up, and they were very much a part of our family. I have always had a passion for animals– especially those with handicaps of some type– and I love helping them and seeing their quality of life bounce back. I know how hard it is to see your pet in pain, and I want to be part of their recovery!!
My dog LIam and I love the beaches and hikes in the area. When I am not helping folks at MAH, I spend time with my husband, go on hikes, love to travel, and have been known to go help out at the shelter in my spare time.
Liam is my saving grace, and makes me laugh every day. When I come home from work we have a ritual– he meets me at the car door and starts talking away, telling me about his day and letting me know how much he missed me and loves me. It is so heartwarming!! If I “whine” back at him he will match me until I end the conversation. I know that I am loved!!
Amazing All Around Help and Vet To Be...
I am a Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist at MAH. I help greet the clients when they come in, assist the doctors during exams, run diagnostic tests like X-rays and bloodwork, and fill medications.
I grew up in southern Orange County and came to SLO to attend Cal Poly, where I major in Animal Science.
I grew up raising a variety of livestock, from goats and chickens to cattle, and have always had a love for animals. When I was about 8, my horse Clarence broke his leg and went through emergency surgery at a large equine clinic down south. The vets at the clinic gave me a tour and allowed me to see his radiographs and their surgical equipment. From then on I was hooked!!
When I’m not at Mission, I love going on hikes around SLO, going to Crossfit with my pal Bonnie, going to the beach, and attending church on Sundays.
I don’t currently have any pets in SLO, but one of my favorite livestock stories is when I first brought home my 4H steer. He was stronger than I thought, and pulled away while on a walk to go running through my neighbor’s backyard. My neighbor called me later to tell me she that she watched the whole thing!!
SARA FULLER, DVM
Your Pet's Doctor
SPECIAL INTERESTS: INTERNAL MEDICINE, DENTISTRY
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!!
KEVIN TOMAN, DVM
SPECIAL INTERESTS: INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE, ORTHOPEDICS, SURGERY
Kevin was born in Illinois… a really long time ago. Before becoming a veterinarian, he was a fly fishing guide in Montana, Idaho, BC, and Alaska for many years. He graduated from veterinary school at UC Davis in 1986. After practicing in northern California for a decade, he spent fifteen years in integrative small animal practice in southwestern Colorado. Kevin was lucky enough to have a “lifetime dog”, a Bernese Mountain Dog named MacGregor. Kevin and his wife Diane share their lives with a loved and spoiled Golden Retriever named Brook, a deaf adopted Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Phoebe, and a couple fat cats. His hobbies include fly fishing, photography, and gardening.
A QUICK NOTE FROM KEVIN– I AM HONORED TO WORK WITH THE TEAM YOU’LL MEET BELOW. IN THIRTY YEARS OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, I HAVE NEVER BEEN AROUND SUCH A TALENTED AND SMART GROUP OF PEOPLE, WHOLLY DEVOTED TO THE HEALTH OF YOUR PET. I CONSIDER THEM MY FAMILY AND MY PARTNERS.
COME IN AND VISIT WITH US– YOU’LL RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE. I PROMISE.
The Big Boss
In another life I was a chef. I was lucky to begin my cooking career at Chez Panisse where I worked and learned so much over 4 years. It was an amazing time! My cooking journey led me to Colorado where I worked as a private chef for 7 years during which time I met my husband Kevin. After we married we decided to move full-time to what was our weekend getaway, a beautiful property in the mountains outside Telluride. In addition to our timber frame home that Kevin had previously built, he built 2 guest cabins and we opened our bed and breakfast, The Cabins at Bear Creek. It was one of the best experiences of my life but after 7 winters at 8000 feet the Central Coast called our names.
Now I cook for fun and enjoy making cookies for Mission Animal Hospital which are offered on a daily basis as long as supplies last. I’ve been experimenting with nutrient dense tasty treats for our four legged friends and plan on offering those as well at some point in the near future. In my spare time, besides cooking, I enjoy gardening, reading, writing, long walks on the beach with Kevin and our two dogs and making sea glass jewelry.
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.
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!!
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!!
ASHRAF UKILI, DVM
Your Pet's Doctor
I am a Veterinarian here at Mission Animal Hospital. I am from Agadir, which is a city located in southern Morocco. In Morocco, I was a licensed Veterinarian, and had been working on large animals in my own Veterinary practice for three years before moving here.Two years ago my wife, our cat, and I relocated to San Luis Obispo and plan to make it our permanent home.
In Morocco there are not many animals that find their forever homes– in fact, there are very few. I myself had never had a pet. So, when I came home one night and was surprised by tiny meowing noise– my wife had rescued a kitten from the streets. Of course she took no precautions, and didn’t think about the fact that the kitten might be carrying diseases or fleas. She couldn’t help it. She fell in love with the tiny fur ball, and so did I. She goes by the name of Morocco, and she has more followers on Instagram than I do. Apparently my wife is under the impression that I am Dr. Doolittle. . I’ve come home to many surprises which include a turtle, baby porcupine, puppies, baby opossums, and countless kittens. We both have a sincere interest in helping make a positive difference in animals lives.
I am the Technician Manager here at Mission Animal Hospital, and my goal is to take care of your pets just the way I would want to be taken care of if I were sick or hurt.
I was born in Templeton and raised in Atascadero and Shell Beach, depending upon the day due to my parents’ divorce. I have always loved animals. I have ridden horses ever since I can remember, which sparked my love for helping animals.
I live with my husband Casey and three dogs– Dolly ( a Queensland Heeler) and my Aussies Jewel and Cessna. We also have four horses– Tylie, Tuff, Stoney, and P-Diddy. Jewel knows how to open and close doors, and sometimes when we get home from work she will be inside. But don’t wory– she is nice enough to hold the door open for Cessna, too. So now we have to lock the doors… on our own dogs!!
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!!
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!!.
I’m a Registered 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!!
Gabby is a veterinary technician at Mission Animal Hospital, and so is a primary caregiver for our patients. She performs diagnostic tests like x-rays and bloodwork, helps during exams, and assists during surgical and dental procedures.
Gabby grew up in northern CA, moved to the Central Coast after high school… and never wants to leave!!
Gabby has always had a love for animals and their families. She has also worked in animal shelters and in emergency clinics, so we are proud to have her join us here at MAH.
When she’s not at Mission, she enjoys spending time with her family, photography, dancing, and spending time in the beautiful outdoors. (As this is being written, Gabby is floating down the Merced River in the CA foothills.)
Gabby’s family includes 3 cats and an older Lab, and she says that they are perfectly boring… but that she loves them anyway.