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Meet Our Team
At Ferndale and Fortuna Veterinary, we pride ourselves on creating a professional working environment that stills bring a family-like atmosphere to both our employees and our clients. Our hospitals employ over 25 team members, all with unique personalities and levels of experience, with each person very much a part of "our family". Read below to meet our team members and learn a little about how and why they are here.
Veterinarians are the first-line care providers for your pets and it is their goal to provide the best level of quality medicine they possibly can. Our doctors rotate between the two hospitals on a two-week interval, as well as share a rotation in being on-call for emergencies and working on the weekends.
Kristopher Flores, DVM, MPVM
Dr. Flores graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation, he practiced in the North Coast for one year before returning to Davis to complete a residency in Herd Health and Comparative Reproduction. During that time, he also earned a Masters in Preventative Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Flores returned to Humboldt County in 2014. It has always been his dream to be a mixed animal veterinarian in a place such as the Eel River Valley. He is committed to continuing the legacy of excellent care for animals of all sizes at Ferndale and Fortuna Veterinary.
Dr. Flores and his wife, Jennifer became practice owners in September, 2016. That same month, they became proud parents of baby Benjamin. They enjoy spending time with family and taking advantage of the natural beauty of California’s North Coast.
Jennifer Renner, DVM
Dr. Renner is a true born and raised Humboldt County local. Raised on the family dairy, she had her goals set on veterinary medicine at an early age. She graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and spent a few years in Orland before returning home to help with the family dairy business and joining our staff in 2008. Jennifer stays busy giving back to the community by being a local volunteer firefighter in Loleta and a Fortuna Rotary member. We couldn't be more proud!
Cody Johns, DVM
Dr. Johns joined Ferndale and Fortuna Veterinary in 2011. Originally a Waco, Texas native, he worked and lived in Guatemala for 2 years during his time with the Peace Corps. After he returned from Guatemala, he enrolled at Baylor University in Texas where he completed his pre-veterinary course work, all while working as a small animal technician, a zoo keeper, and a lab technician. He moved to California where he graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Dr. Johns has also done veterinary relief work in Peru and Mexico.
Kenichiro Yoshida, DVM
Dr. Yoshida grew up in a small town called Castroville, California, the Artichoke capital of the world! He attended Fresno State University and worked in biomedical research working with rodents, rabbits, pigs, sheep and non-human primates. He was accepted into Purdue University in Indiana and graduated from The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, and accepted our job offer shortly after. Dr. Yoshida loves music and plays the guitar. He also loves cooking and gaming, used to play ice hockey, and once held a 2nd degree black belt in Kendo (a Japanese style of fencing/swordsmanship).
Kelly Burke, DVM
Dr. Kelly Burke is the most recent addition to Ferndale and Fortuna Veterinary! She is a New Yorker, born and bred, and obtained a degree in Biology and Spanish from Binghamton University in 2012. Shortly after, Dr. Burke was accepted at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and moved to the beautiful island of St. Kitts & Nevis. She completed her clinical year at University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a DVM in September 2016. She enjoys working with all types of animals and is excited to explore her new home in Northern California. In her free time, she likes to run, travel, hike, practice yoga, and spend time with friends.
Our behind-the-scene team makes sure everything runs smoothly. Their areas of responsibility are vast, and often overflow into time outside business hours. We couldn't do what we do without them!
Jennifer Flores, RVT, Accounting
Jennifer started veterinary life as a kennel assistant at 15 years old working in a veterinary hospital in the Sierra foothills. She started as a music major at Sacramento State University, but graduated with a B.S. in Biology, and a minor in Chemistry. Jen tried to apply for a job with her new degree, but decided she didn't like life outside veterinary medicine. She soon started learning the trade of a veterinary technician, and accepted a job with us in 2010 (and met husband Kris). After a year of working at Fortuna Veterinary, Jennifer moved back to the Davis area, where she worked at Woodland Veterinary Hospital learning the ways of hospital business, all while obtaining her RVT license. But she didn't stop there! Jennifer moved back to Humboldt with Dr. Kris Flores in 2014, where they were married in 2015, welcomed baby boy Benjamin and purchased Ferndale and Fortuna Veterinary in September 2016! Whew! We can't wait to see what's next!
Kelly has one of the longest running histories with Ferndale Veterinary. She celebrated 25 years with Ferndale Veterinary in 2016! Originally hired as a receptionist in 1991, Kelly quickly moved into the role as office manager and has been there ever since. Born in Sacramento, but raised in Humboldt County, Kelly has been (and remains) a strong presence in our community. She was a 4-H leader for 20 years and has been on the Jr. Livestock Board for over 30 years! She's helped many kids over the years excel in animal and livestock care and continues to do so today. Thank you!
Our veterinary technicians are the heart and soul of our hospitals and are vital to providing your pets with the best care possible. Veterinary Technicians work under the direct supervision of the veterinarian and are responsible for many job tasks around the hospital! Most of our technicians stay located in one hospital or the other, but will occasionally travel between both locations when needed.
Jessica Boling, RVT
Born and raised in Humboldt, Jessica grew up on the Avenue of the Giants before moving to Redding. Jessica got her first job in veterinary medicine as a veterinary assistant at 18 and enrolled in Shasta College where she completed the Veterinary Technology program in 2005. Jessica moved back home and was hired on at Ferndale Veterinary in 2006 and became a registered Veterinary Technician in 2009. Jessica is very passionate about her career, and in 2014, started the Humboldt Veterinary Technician Association with a fellow RVT from another veterinary hospital. Jessica lives in Hydesville with her husband, Kevin, and their busy household of both two legged and four-legged children.
Rebecca Connich, RVT
Becky was born and raised in Petaluma, CA. She also attended Shasta College in Redding where recieved her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2005. During her time in school, Becky was hired on at Gateway Animal Hospital in Anderson, CA where she worked along side a board-certified small animal surgeon in specialty practice. Becky moved to Humboldt and became part of our team in 2010 after her husband, Mike, enrolled at Humboldt State University. Becky commutes all the way from beautiful Kneeland to Ferndale everyday for work, and we couldn't be more grateful!
Mayra LaMastus, RVT
Born in Ukiah and raised in Willits, Mayra got her first job in a veterinary hospital as an assistant in 2005. She received an A.S in General Studies at Mendocino College, but later transferred to Cosumnes River College in 2008 to complete an A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. Mayra spent 3 years in North Carolina alongside her husband, Clifford, while he was stationed in the Army, but moved back to California in 2013 where she brought her lovable personality and smiling face to us! Mayra, husband Cliff, and daughter Mila, share their home with a cat named Moe, and their dog, BeeGee (a Pug with serious personal space issues).
Mona Schlageter, RVT
Mona grew up in Carpinteria, California. She got her first taste of veterinary medicine at the young age of 15 when she got a job working as a veterinary assistant. Mona studied at Cal Poly, then later at Cuesta College, before taking a job at Green Gate Farms, an Arabian horse breeding facility, where she worked for 10 years. Mona left Green Gate to become a dog groomer, where she ended up grooming pets in a veterinary hospital for 6 years. Mona eventually hung up her grooming apron in exchange for a job in Pismo Beach where she acquired her veterinary technician license and worked as technician for 7 years. But the horses called her back to Green Gate where she worked for another 5 years before moving to Humboldt County in 2012, and joined our team in January, 2013. Mona also has a special love for dog agility, and competed for 17 years, and has also competed at National level! She just doesn't stop, does she?
Karly Christen, RVT
Ferndale / Fortuna
Another local Humboldt girl, Karly job-shadowed at Ferndale Veterinary as a high school student, prompting her to enroll at Yuba College in Marysville. Karly graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology (must have been all those fantastic technicians she had for role models) is currently in the process of taking her final board exam before she receives the coveted title of RVT. We are so excited for her! But animals aren't Karly's only passion; growing up with a music teacher for a mom, Karly also plays the piano and violin, loves horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and camping.
Philip Mincks, RVT
Phil graduated from Western Career College (now known as Carrington College) in 1998. He moved back home to Humboldt and eventually ended up employed with Ferndale Veterinary in 2000. He took a break from veterinary medicine in 2007, but he just couldn't stay away, and returned to our team in 2011. Phil and his wife, Jennifer, stay busy with their horses, Miniature Pinscher, and 4 children. He is well known by his co-workers by his sense of humor and his uncanny ability to quote movie lines.
Jessica Uutela, RVT
Jessica grew up in Orange County, and got her first experience in a veterinary hospital as a receptionist. She moved to Humboldt County in 2000 and joined the staff at Ferndale Veterinary. From technician to receptionist, there isn't much Jessica can't do! She took a couple breaks from veterinary medicine over the years, but she's always found her way back and we couldn't be happier to have her! Her cheerful smiles and happy personality makes the workday even brighter!
Another long-term employee, Katie started as a volunteer for Ferndale Veterinary as a high school student during the summers and in the evenings after school. After high school, Katie moved to Redding where she attended Shasta college, but returned to Ferndale Veterinary (as an actual paid employee this time) after she moved back home in 1999. However, Katie left us once again in 2005 when she moved to Utah so her husband, Jason, could pursue a career in architecture. While in Utah, Katie continued to work as a veterinary technician in a specialty veterinary hospital until she and her husband returned home in 2010 and she joined our team once again. When Katie isn't at work, she's taking care of her two dogs or riding her horses!
Frances joined out team in 2010 when we acquired the Fortuna Veterinary office from Dr. Hunter, but her animal experience goes way back. She started as a volunteer for the Sequoia Park Zoo at 13 years old where she got to work with the bears and chimpanzees. At the age of 19, she was hired on as a relief zookeeper for almost 5 years. Frances took a part-time job at Fortuna Veterinary with Dr. Hunter to learn more about animal medicine, but eventually switched over to become a full time employee of veterinary medicine. Frances enrolled and completed her Veterinary Assistant program, but is now currently enrolled in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program with plans to be a registered veterinary technician! We can't wait! When she's not studying, Frances loves watching movies, reading, gaming and archery
These friendly faces are here to greet you and help you with any additional care for your pets. They answer phones, e-mails, and act as a liason between clients and the veterinary staff. If you need an appointment or a special item ordered, they will gladly help!
Ana started working at Ferndale Veterinary in December 2014. She started as a part time employee, but it didn't take long for her to become full-time! Her friendly attitude, attention to detail and bi-lingual (Spanish) skills make her a valuable asset to the practice! Ana has a strong sense of family, was born and raised in the Ferndale community, and currently resides there with her husband and their 3 children.
Originally from Lake Placid, Florida, Jordan moved to Humboldt County when he was 15 and graduated from Fortuna High in 2011. Jordan has always loved animals and jumped on the opportunity to work at a veterinary hospital. He loves how compassionate everyone is with patients and clients, and has developed a growing interest in the veterinary field. He is even considering taking a vet tech course or two in the future. In his spare time Jordan loves to hang out with his best friend Rudy (a Jack Russel Chihuahua mix), watching movies and binging on Netflix.
Katrina was interested in animals and veterinary medicine at a young age while growing up on her grandpa's farm. Even though Katrina completed Animal Behavior College's Veterinary Assistant program, and was originally hired as a veterinary assistant, we lured her to our Fortuna hospital to become a receptionist in 2013. Her cheerful smiles and friendly attitude made her a perfect fit for attending the front desk! Katrina, her husband, Brigg, and their two dogs, welcomed baby boy Brantley in 2015. In 2017, they added another addition to their family when Katrina adopted a Labrador puppy with a broken leg from work.
Kelsey is another locally raised Humboldt resident. She attended both St. Bernard's and Eureka High School. Kelsey started her employment in reception with us in March, 2017, but has a budding interest in becoming a licensed veterinary technician and plans to enroll in an online veterinary technician school. Kelsey also doubles on occasion as a veterinary assistant. Kelsey loves to hunt and fish and ride her horse, Arrow. She also enjoys spending time with her cat and 4 dogs.
Locally born and raised, Shiloh graduated from Fortuna High before attending College of the Redwoods were she received a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Shiloh has aspired to work in a veterinary hospital from a young age and finally answered that calling in September of 2017. Shiloh's infectious smile and charming personality make her a perfect fit with our team. She loves to spend time with her family and boyfriend, John. And let's not forget Tater Tot the cat! Shiloh also loves to read, fish, hunt agates, and work out (she has even become a coach for Beachbody!) Shiloh says her dream is to someday have property where she can build a sanctuary for unwanted animals.
Our assistants work directly alongside our doctors and technicians to help complete job tasks and help care for patients during their visit. They give us the extra support needed to make sure we can provide the best care possible for your pet.
Jennifer is yet another Ferndale Veterinary veteran. She started with us in 2009 while attending college, and liked us so much, she just never left! Originally from Orange County, she moved to Humboldt to attend Humboldt State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management and Protection and a Minor in Forestry. Aside from being Ferndale Veterinary's weekend warrior, Jennifer loves to hunt and hike with her dogs, is a talented artist and has done several award-winning animal portraits (which you may have seen at the Humboldt County Fair) as well as some fantastic pet portraits.
Emily started at Ferndale Veterinary during her veterinary assistant externship for the Veterinary Assistant program through Animal Behavior College in May of 2016. We loved her so much, we offered her a job as an assistant before her program was completed! Emily is a girl of many talents, with her bubbly personality and happy smile, she often doubles as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. Born and raised in Humboldt, Emily did study photography at Sonoma State, but has big plans to obtain her veterinary technician license in the future! Go Emily!
Born and raised in Humboldt, Faith graduated from Fortuna High School in 2013. She started at Ferndale & Fortuna Veterinary with a part-time job her senior year. She later transferred to Broadway Animal Hospital as a full-time employee for 4 years, and returned to Fortuna Veterinary in 2017. When not at work, Faith likes to be outdoors camping and wakeboarding at the lake and recently became a certified emergency medical technician. She has a deep passion for volunteering and helping people. Faith's life goals are to become a Registered Veterinary Technician and would love to work in an emergency clinic. She feels helping animals and their owners in a time of need is very rewarding. Faith loves coming to work everyday and says "This doesn't feel like a job!"
Our kennel assistants are the base of our pyramid and without them everything would crumble. From cleaning duties to animal restraint, they are there to help whenever (and however) it is needed. We would be lost without our kennel staff!
Mariah joined us in November of 2014 for a part-time job during her junior year at Fortuna High School. Mariah left for a short-time after graduating high school to attend Humboldt State University in August of 2016. However, she continued to fill-in during breaks and holidays and eventually decided to return part-time in May 2017 while still attending HSU. Mariah's goals include graduating with a degree in Cellular Molecular Biology and become a clinical laboratory scientist. Outside of work and school she likes caring for her two kittens, two dogs and loves English horseback riding.
Sierra is our overachiever, graduating high school at the age of 16. Born in Salem, Oregon, her family soon relocated to Crescent City, California, where Sierra lived until 2016. Sierra has always had a strong love for animals, and came to Ferndale Veterinary in August 2016. She began riding horses at the tender age of 5 years old, and started competing at the age of 12. Sierra would love to enroll in veterinary technology school and someday obtain her registered veterinary technician license (which we would love!
Originally from San Pedro, California, Jackie graduated from Port of Los Angeles High School - a maritime based charter school. Jackie grew up sailing with her family in southern California and later started competing during Junior High. She spent her early high-school summers in Colorado with her uncle as a wrangler for Half-Moon Packing and Outfitting doing guided mountain packs on horseback and later became certified to become a Youth/Junior Sailing Coach. Jackie moved to Humboldt in 2013 to attend HSU and will graduate in 2017 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Jackie's goal is to apply to veterinary school and become a veterinarian
Originally hired for a receptionist position in our Fortuna office, Miriam quickly moved into an assistant position. She completed an R.O.P Veterinary Assistant Program out of Chico, California, graduated in 2016, and took a job as a veterinary assistant back home in Orland. But Miriam says she has always had a love for the Humboldt area since she was a little kid and decided to relocate and join our veterinary team in July of 2017. She says she's excited to start a new life in a new area with new people and we're just as excited to have her here with us!