Jessica — Hospital Manager
Growing up in the East Bay, Jessica knew she wanted to work around animals from a young age and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She started working in the veterinary field as a vet assistant and started at Irving Pet Hospital in 2008, where she advanced from Front Desk Supervisor to Hospital Manager, a position she held here until 2012. She left for a few years to start a family and pursue other interests, eventually graduating with a small business certificate and a baking and pastry certificate. She returned to Irving Pet Hospital as a bookkeeper in 2015.
Jessica shares her home with her wife, daughter Cataleya, and a family of rescue pets that includes Rocky the chihuahua and three cats named Chaos, Trouble, and Havoc. Havoc was brought to our hospital when he was just a few days old and along with the rest of the staff, Jessica bottle-fed him until he was ready to adopt.
When she’s not working, Jessica is a stay-at-home mom to her daughter and enjoys going to Disneyland and other amusement parks, crafting and creating edible works of art for her business Fresh by Jess.
Yuumi — Office Manager
Born and raised in San Francisco, Yuumi has a degree in Child Development and taught toddlers to third graders for 13 years before making the switch to the veterinary field. She has loved animals since she was a small child and prior to becoming an employee, she had a cat who was a patient here at Irving Pet Hospital.
When she’s not working, Yuumi enjoys reading, eating, taking naps and chasing after her children.
Kelly — Nursing Manager
A love for science and animals led Kelly to study Animal Physiology at the University of California at San Diego. She says her work at Irving in the veterinary field is a perfect marriage of her two passions.
At home, Kelly enjoys spending time with her 3-legged Persian cat Sasha, and her Shepherd/Husky mix Mollie. A naughty and stubborn puppy at first, Kelly says Mollie helped educate her about canine behavior. Mollie has since turned out to be an awesome companion, and when Kelly’s not working, the two can be found hiking and exploring the outdoors together.
Nani – Expansion Specialist
Nani’s real name is Sharon Marenco, but she’s been referred to as “Nani” for the past 18 years. She first began working in the veterinary field in 1999, starting out in general practice, emergency, and zoos.
Born and raised in the Mission District, Nani graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science and Management. In 2002, she returned to San Francisco to work as a specialty nurse with SAGE Veterinary Centers. Three years later, she transitioned into various management roles, ultimately ending up in the SAGE San Mateo location, where she oversaw all aspects of hospital operation.
A life-long animal lover, Nani has loved and taken care of 10 dogs, two cats, and innumerable fish, reptiles, and birds. She doesn’t currently have any pets, but she pet-sits for a golden retriever so often she is like her own dog.
Nani is kept very busy by her five children, three of whom are active in travel sports. She loves being outdoors and watching her kids play and compete.
Veterinary Assistants & Technicians
Teresa — Registered Veterinary Technician
Teresa was born in Daly City and has lived all over the Bay Area and North Bay. She came to Irving Pet Hospital after doing a college externship here and never left. Teresa was going to school to become a registered nurse when she realized her true passion was animals.
At home Teresa has two dogs named Bear and Sadie who are both playful cuddle bugs. When she’s not helping animals at the hospital, Teresa enjoys listening to music, reading, being outdoors, traveling, and hanging with her family and friends.
Angeleena — Veterinary Assistant
Growing up with German Shepherds in the small town of Pacifica, Angeleena had a love for animals from a very young age. She’s now a student at Penn Foster hoping to earn her Registered Veterinary Technician certification and specialize in dentistry, behavior, or physical therapy.
When she’s not working, Angeleena enjoys playing fetch, going hiking and to the beach with Lula her Pit Bull and Meeka her German Shepherd. She also likes cuddling her cat Alister, who loves belly rubs!
April — Veterinary Assistant
Born in Daly City, April moved to Pinole in the East Bay area while still in elementary school. Always an animal lover, April is currently attending Skyline Community College where she’ll soon finish her Associate’s Degree.
When she’s not working, April enjoys spending time at the park with her three dogs Leo, Bella, and Tigger. Her pack also includes several hamsters.
Megumi — Veterinary Assistant
Growing up in San Francisco, Megumi always had a love for animals and a passion for working in healthcare. Her goal was to become a veterinarian and she has earned a degree in Animal Science from UC Davis. Her journey eventually took her to a career in nursing but she continues to love working in veterinary medicine.
Megumi shares her home with a sweet, sassy diva of a golden retriever named Nanako, but who is known as Panko (the Japanese word for breadcrumbs) because she’s the same color. She also has a tuxedo cat named Bobby, and spends her off time with her pets and catching up with friends and family.
Chris — Veterinary Assistant
Chris grew up in the small town of Agoura Hills, CA, about 30 minutes north of Hollywood, and has had a lifelong passion for animals. He got his job at Irving Pet Hospital by walking in and asking if they had any open positions, and they did!
At home, Chris has a German shepherd named Koda who is exceptionally smart: she knows how to open doors, cabinets, her crate, obeys all commands and is extremely loyal. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys working out, hiking, camping, and spending time with his family, friends and young nephew.
Cynthia — Veterinary Assistant
Growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco, Cynthia always loved animals but it was a bad experience with her own puppy at another veterinary hospital that convinced her to enter the field herself. She realized she wanted to be a voice and protector of animals and be part of a team that truly cared for their well-being.
Cynthia recently lost the dog that was her introduction to the veterinary field, and while she has no pets of her own at the moment, she enjoys giving the love she had for her dog to every one of her patients at Irving Pet Hospital—and to the dogs and cats she pet sits through Rover.com. When she’s not working, Cynthia enjoys going on nice long walks and watching dog movies.
Nicole — Veterinary Assistant
Born in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Nicole started working at Irving Pet Hospital after getting her degree in Animal Science from UC Davis. She once owned 10 guinea pigs, but is now a full-time mom to her dog, Lucky. During her free time Nicole likes to do anything involving musical theatre!
Rachel – Veterinary Assistant
Rachel grew up in a small town at the top of Lake Michigan, where she spent most of her time either swimming in the Great Lake or playing in the forests. Mushroom hunting and berry picking were two of her favorite things to do, and she was surrounded by wildlife. Whitetail deer and barred owls still seem like magical creatures to her.
Rachel started out as a kennel attendant for her hometown’s largest veterinary clinic and worked her way up, eventually becoming a veterinary assistant. She has two dogs. Loki, an Australian Shepherd, was born with a neurological birth defect that makes him a floppy boy, but he’s sweet and loves to give kisses. Bella is Rachel’s Toy Poodle mix that was a feisty little stray when she rescued her, but now loves getting cuddles.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys crocheting, going for long walks and playing video games. And she enjoys exploring the Bay Area!
Tiffany – Veterinary Assistant Intern
Tiffany is a native of Daly City and San Francisco. She is currently studying in the Foothill College Veterinary Technician program, which is where she learned of the internship opportunity with us.
Prior to college, she worked as a dog walker and in the dog hotel field. She enrolled at Foothill because she wanted to enter more clinical work.
A life-long animal lover, Tiffany has a five-year-old Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix named Coby at home. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, playing video games, and walking to the beach with Coby.
Ryan – Kennel Attendant
A native of Daly City, Ryan has loved and worked around animals since he was very young. It was getting his first dog, however, that convinced him that he wanted to enter the veterinary field. That’s why he applied to work here at Irving Pet Hospital as a kennel attendant.
The dog that changed Ryan’s career path is a German Shepherd/Doberman mix named Moose. Ryan and his brother adopted Moose from the SPCA. Moose is a character – among other eccentricities, he likes to put his favorite toy inside his food bowl while he eats.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys working out, playing basketball, DJing, and spending time with friends and family.
Front Desk Staff
Nancy — Front Desk Manager
It was a feisty tabby kitten named Oreo who awakened Nancy’s love for animals when she was a child and realized that she had a responsibility to see that this little one was taken care of. However, it wasn’t until after she graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in business marketing that she realized that she really wanted to pursue animal care, and that she wanted to do it at Irving Pet Hospital.
Even though Nancy is a San Francisco native, she still enjoys exploring her hometown and often spends her time off going on long walks to take in all the sights and sounds of the city.
Jenny — Front Desk/Reception
Jenny was actually a client of Irving Pet Hospital before she became an employee. Animal care has been a passion since she lost her first dog to cancer many years ago.
Since that time, Jenny has acquired an animal family that she loves spending time with when she’s not at work. They include Hennessi, her ankle-biting Chihuahua, and a pack of reptiles named #75, Scarlett, Fabio, and Gina. Exploring new places and great restaurants are her favorite pastimes.
Angela — Front Desk/Reception
Growing up the Bay Area, Angela has always had a passion for animal welfare, and it’s the reason why she now works in the field of veterinary medicine.
An advocate of work-life balance, Angela is a fan of tattooing and spends quite a bit of time in body art shops with the artists. She also enjoys play-dates at Lafayette Park with her energetic 7-year-old Maltipoo, and is a regular attendee of the annual Animal Care Expo, where she enjoys the opportunity to use her experience and skills to educate the public and strengthen the human-animal bond.
Megan — Front Desk/Reception
Megan grew upon a farm in the small town of Lockeford, CA where she was surrounded by animals—goats, chickens, lambs, ducks, pigs, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rats and more. Of course she developed a great love for animals and since her grandfather was a veterinarian, she spent a lot of time in his clinic working with pets and livestock.
At home Megan has two feline family members: Lilly, who she found in a pizza shop parking lot and Bernie, a seal point mix that she rescued from a field across the street from her house. When she’s not working, Megan enjoys going to the gym, reading mysteries, playing board games and going home to visit her family.
Frappa — Front Desk/Reception
Veterinary medicine is a second career for Frappa, who grew up in the Bay Area wanting to be a veterinarian. She instead got a journalism degree from San Francisco State and moved to Washington, D.C. to work as an associate editor of a national magazine, interviewing celebrities on both coasts. She eventually became disillusioned with the media world and moved back to San Francisco to be closer to family and make a career change. After doing an internship at a rescue farm in Chico, she followed her childhood passion and started working at Irving pet Hospital.
Frappa shares her home with Kona, a white-bellied caique parrot, Wasabi and Rumi, a bonded pair of parrotlets, and J’main, a grey tuxedo cat. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking hearty vegan meals, getting together with family and friends, salsa dancing, wine tasting, and going camping with her fiancé, William.
Ashley – Front Desk/Reception
A native of San Francisco, Ashley graduated from CSU Long Beach with a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems. She’s always loved animals and began working with them in high school when she volunteered with both the San Francisco SPCA and the SF Zoo.
She doesn’t currently have any pets. In college, she had a hamster named “Gamja,” which is Korean for “potato,” and her beloved chihuahua, Cherry, passed away at fifteen last year, so she’s waiting a while before restarting her furry family.
In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends, many of whom she’s known since childhood. She’s also very close with her family and gets together with them in LA whenever she can.