Meet The Mission Animal Hospital Team 

At Mission Animal Hospital, we are passionate about your pet’s healthcare.

We believe in integrity. We treat you and your pet as family, and that takes trust.

We believe in doing everything we can for your pet.  

We believe in communication, because we consider you our partner in optimizing your pet’s health.

Most of all, we believe in the love of a pet. 

 

 

SARA FULLER, DVM

SARA FULLER, DVM

Medical Director, Veterinarian

SPECIAL INTERESTS:  INTERNAL MEDICINE, DENTISTRY

 

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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
NATALIE WISE PERKINS

NATALIE WISE PERKINS

Practice Manager

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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.

 

CASSIE CANO

CASSIE CANO

The Nicest Person Ever... and Our Manager of Patient Care!!

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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.

 

NATALIE CADY

NATALIE CADY

Behavioral Consultant

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I am the Behavioral Consultant (aka “The Dog and Cat Whisperer”) here at Mission Animal Hospital. I help our clients solve some of their behavior concerns. I love being able to help our clients learn more about their dogs and cats quirks, which in turn help strengthens their bonds with their furry friends. I also assist the veterinarians and veterinary technicians in providing medical care to our patients. Since I love visiting with our clients, you will often find me up front with our lovely receptionists! I have a blog dedicated to cat behavior where I share my knowledge of cat behavior and provide tips to improve the lives of cats and cat owners everywhere. ( love both dogs and cats, but decided to focus on cats for my blog because there isn’t enough help on the world wide web for cats and their owners. Dogs get all of the love…) I grew up in sunny San Diego, where I lived for 23 years. I moved around for a few years, ending up in Hawaii where I received my Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I focused my studies on animal behavior, working with a behaviorist who teaches animal behavior and dog training. While in Hawaii I met my husband and we decided to move to California to continue to explore new places. We moved to SLO in August of 2017 after he accepted a new position here. Shortly thereafter, I got hired at Mission Animal Hospital! I have always loved and respected all living creatures from a young age. Once I started working as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic in Hawaii, I was addicted and new that I would work with animals forever. I became specifically interested in animal behavior when working as an Admissions Representative at an open admission animal shelter. Over the time I worked there I admitting approximately ten thousand animals! At every opportunity I would counsel and educate the public to help them keep their animals. I love the outdoors! Hiking, backpacking and camping are some of my favorite activities. I also love gardening and making my yard beautiful. When in warm, clear waters I love freediving for sea shells. Here’s a funny story about my cat. When we lived in Hawaii, I would take our cat, Sophie, outside on a harness and leash where she would hunt lizards under the mango trees. (Don’t worry, I wouldn’t let her hurt them!) One day a lizard fought back and bit her on the end of her nose and wouldn’t let go! I sure wish I had been videotaping!

 

EUNICE PIERCE

EUNICE PIERCE

Senior Care Manager

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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.

 

SUE MacCAGNO

SUE MacCAGNO

Receptionist and Director of Fun

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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.

 

SHANNON GLINES

SHANNON GLINES

Amazing Technician

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Some of my responsibilities include anesthesia induction and monitoring, dental cleaning, radiographs and vaccinations. I was born and raised in SLO County in Arroyo Grande as a child and living since my teenage years in North County. I moved out of the area and recently moved back to SLO to be closer to family and friends. I have always loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a child. I started working in a vet clinic at 16 and have continued a career in an animal related field ever since. When I am not at Mission, I enjoy hiking, spending time at the beach and working on home improvements. One funny story about my pets is that when my dog Luna ( a Miniature Dachshund) was a puppy she would carry anything that she could and hide it in her kennel. One day I came home to find her sleeping in her crate with a CD case, a hair brush and her toys.Content goes here

 

JULIE BOSSERMAN, DVM

JULIE BOSSERMAN, DVM

Veterinarian

SPECIAL INTERESTS: DERMATOLOGY, INTERNAL MEDICINE

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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

 

MELISSA WILSON

MELISSA WILSON

Technician Manager

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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.

 

EMILY WELDON

EMILY WELDON

Director of All Good Things

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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!!

 

COURTNEY YATES

COURTNEY YATES

Receptionist

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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!!

 

ERIKA SUTTERLUETY

ERIKA SUTTERLUETY

Dental Manager

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TORI MANSFIELD

TORI MANSFIELD

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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.

I’m originally from the valley and now I have the amazing privilege to be here on the Central Coast for the last 16 years as my father graduated from Cal Poly and when offered a position here, he jumped on it. I would never want to be anywhere else in the world, not only is it beautiful but the people here are amazing as well. When I’m not at work I get to be with my absolutely amazing 4-year-old son, Brooks. He is quite literally the light of my life. I don’t know what possessed God to gift me with such a perfect child, I call it “Divine Intervention” because I certainly don’t deserve it. 

This is the most rewarding, amazing job I have ever had. They’ve trapped me I can’t go anywhere else!

 

JORDAN

JORDAN

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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. 

I was born in a small farm town in rural Ohio, then moved to sunny Southern California (I’ve also lived in Arizona and Oregon). After my boyfriend graduated college, he found a wonderful career opportunity in SLO county, so we decided to call the Central Coast our new home, and we absolutely love it! 

Growing up in a farm community, I have had a love for all animals my entire life. At a young age I had experienced everything from bottle-feeding lambs on my grandma’s sheep farm, finding kittens in car engines, showing rabbits in 4-H, raising baby chicks, and watching puppies being born! A job in veterinary medicine kind of fell into my lap at the perfect time (I used to be a licensed insurance agent!), and I can’t imagine working in a different field. I love enriching the lives of our patients by working with and educating their owners on providing the best care possible. 

I’m very passionate about sustainability and eco-friendly living, and volunteer with the Surfrider Foundation. I live on an orchard in the forest and keep busy with my two rescue pups, Blue & Chavo, rescue kitty, Buddha, and two hens, Dorothy & Sophia. When not with animals, I’m usually gardening, hiking, or doing some kind of craft project!

Since we have moved to our home in the forest, my dogs have encountered many different animals. My little Chiweenie, Chavo, loves to play with the wild peahens that live on our property! We can’t tell if she’s playing back or just trying to keep him away, but he sure has a lot of fun with her!

 

ASHRAF UKILI, DVM

ASHRAF UKILI, DVM

Veterinarian

SPECIAL INTERESTS:  THE COMPREHENSIVE CARE OF OLDER PETS

 

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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.
BONNIE CALHOUN

BONNIE CALHOUN

Technician Manager

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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!!

RACHEL DRISDELLE-SARTORELLI

RACHEL DRISDELLE-SARTORELLI

Reception Manager

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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!!.

 

KATHRYN BENTON

KATHRYN BENTON

Physical Therapy Manager

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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!!

 

ADRIAN

ADRIAN

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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.

My primary passion is being the best father, husband and person I can be. I am particularly interested in a respectful parenting philosophy (R.I.E) and developing my sense of emotional health (Mister Rogers is my hero). My favorite activities are pick up soccer, off leash dog hikes, and dancing with my family at SLO Farmer’s Market.

I am so grateful for how welcoming our community has been, and I am excited to continue to serve your families through animal medicine.

 

AARON

AARON

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My name is Aaron and I am a Veterinarian Assistant. I assist our team with the handling, monitoring, and overall care of your pets while they are under our care at Mission Animal Hospital.  I grew up here on the central coast and I was born in Santa Maria and have lived in Orcutt and San Luis Obispo for most of my life. When I was a kid I would find and bring home stray animals all the time. I think my fate was always sealed in Animal Medicine.

When I’m not at Mission caring for our patients, I love scuba diving, playing guitar and drums, trail running, camping, kayaking, and overall anything that involves playing outside. The outdoors and music have always peaked my interest.

 

GABBY COLLINS

GABBY COLLINS

Technician Manager

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Gabby is a Registered 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.

 

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