Carol Crittenden, DVM
Carol Crittenden grew up in Temple City and remembers accompanying her mother to Temple City Animal Hospital to have the family dog, Midnight, looked after by Dr. Jobe and his staff back in the 1960s. She received her DVM degree from UC Davis in 1985. Following graduation she returned to the San Gabriel Valley and has been practicing locally ever since.
Dr. Crittenden is pictured here with her cat, Kit Cat. Not pictured are sons Sam (momentarily home after four years in the Marines) and Tim, daughter Elizabeth (who is responsible for Kit Kat’s name) husband Arthur and Speck the Chihuahua.
Lisa Nguyen, DVM
Dr. Lisa Nguyen received her DVM degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. After graduation, she practiced at a small animal hospital in Chicago for a year and then moved back to California. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a particular interest in soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine.
Dr. Nguyen grew up in Temple City and still has many family members living in the area. Besides her love for animals, she enjoys nature, cooking, and traveling. During her time in veterinary school, she completed two summer internships. One was at a horse farm in Hannover, Germany and another was at a small animal hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. There, she improved many clinical skills, learned about international differences in veterinary practices, and gained insight into other cultures. Moreover, Dr. Nguyen is a mean cook in the kitchen and loves to dabble in new recipes. Ask her about Bún riêu (Vietnamese crab and shrimp vermicelli soup) if you are interested in a delicious soup.
Jennifer Gih, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Gih was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She received her DVM degree from Kansas State University in 2013 and moved back to California to practice. Her professional interests include preventative medicine and surgery.
In her free time, Dr. Gih enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking, road trips and wine tasting. She lives in the San Gabriel Valley with her husband and two dogs (Angus and Sunny).
I-Shun Chen, DVM
Dr. Chen is originally from Taiwan and moved to the United States in 1993 to study veterinary medicine. In 1999, he graduated from Tuskegee University, then went on to practice small animal medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada. After spending eight years working in a small animal private practice hospital, he decided to pursue an internship at Iowa State University for emergency medicine/critical care. He moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and joined Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in 2010. He is currently an AVMA member and works at Temple City Animal Hospital every weekend. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and children, Emily, Bryan and Peter. He has a one-eyed dog named Snowball, a guppy named Red and has fostered kittens from the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center.
Sol Lucko, DVM
Dr. Lucko was born and raised in Colombia. She received her Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine degree from the University of Cordoba, in Colombia. She owned a private practice in Colombia, where she worked for a few years before she came to the United States. Dr. Lucko then worked as a veterinary technician until she completed the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates program to become licensed in the United States. She received her veterinarian license from the California Medical Board in 2014 and began practicing in Southern California. She is bilingual (fluent in Spanish). She lives with her husband, daughter and her beloved two poodles Sammy Jose (13 yrs old) and Billy Bo (4 yr old) when she is not taking care of your furry friends, she can be found playing tennis and spending time with her family. She is very happy to join the team at TCAH and looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members.
Arthur Crittenden, Business Manager
Cookies, payroll and painting, Arthur’s days at the hospital.
Kelly Blake, Hospital Manager
Kelly has always had a passion for animals and feels grateful that she has been able to serve clients and pets in this field for twenty-plus years. She has been with Temple City Animal Hospital since 2004. She has two perfect dogs and many beautiful cats that keep her on her toes.
Nancy Cervantes, Lead Technician
Nancy has been in the field for nineteen years. She enjoys watching NASCAR and Criminal Minds with her Chihuahua Mardi and her polydactyl cat Hagatha.
Jennifer Liu, Technician Assistant
Jen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from UC Riverside in 2003. After deciding to go down a different career path, she is currently taking prerequisite classes in preparation for veterinary med school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, snowboarding, and even reading while snowboarding :). Featured here is her favorite feline, Meow Meow. Jen also goes home to her feisty brown tabby, April.
Isabella Marchionne, Technician Assistant
Isabella grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was nine years old. When she isn’t at work or worrying about her vet school application, Isabella enjoys re-watching episodes of the Mary Tyler Moore Show and catching up with friends. Pictured with Isabella is her dog, Luna, who can’t be bothered to pose for photos unless she is offered a snack.
Meghan Osman, Receptionist
If Meghan had a bigger house she’d have more cats. Lots more cats.
Navi Gazca, Registered Veterinary Technician
Hey there! My name is Navi and this is my dog Eddie. I am in a Vet Tech program currently and love taking Eddie on walks to the park or to the beach. I plan on owning a snake one day too.
Claudia Lomeli, Technician Assistant
Hi. My name is Claudia Lomeli. I’ve been working with animals for about three years and I’ve been around animals since I was four years old. I currently own a poodle mix named Bengi, a basset hound named Maya, and a red-headed amazon named Pedro. I love working with animals and IO want to keep working in this field for many more years.
Jeanette Barrera, Technician Assistant
Hello, my name is Jeanette Barrera! I am 24 years old, currently in my last year at Cal Poly Pomona. I will be graduating with an Agricultural Science degree, and I plan to attend a veterinary school. I have a passion for working with animals, which is why I love my job. In my spare time, I enjoy trying new things, shopping at Target, reading occasionally, and spending time with my fur babies. When I first started working at Temple City Animal Hospital I was not a big fan of cats but now I own three (and three dogs too)!
Vanessa Hernandez, Technician Assistant
Hi! I’m Vanessa, ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to work in the animal field. I’m currently finishing school and will be receiving my Associates as a Vet Tech, my plans are in continuing my education and maybe one day becoming a Veterinarian. I have 4 dogs and 2 guinea pigs at home. The ones posing in the picture with me are Ivy on my right, Mia on my left, and Tito in the middle.
Consuelo Gomez, Technician Assistant
Hi, my name is Consuelo but I also go by Connie or Cons. I enjoy seeing all the dogs, cats, bunnies, etc. that come into this hospital. I have a pit bull boxer named Apollo and a Maltese mix named Cielo. I enjoy going on hikes with my dogs. I graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Animal Science. I am planning to apply to veterinary school in the near future. I cannot imagine myself in a career that doesn’t involve animals because they are amazing.
Dylen Brooks, Technician Assistant
Since childhood my love and enthusiasm for animals has been a major part of my life. I was always in awe of nature and enjoyed volunteering at the Wildlife Waystation where I was delighted to work with bears and large cats. Professionally, my work with animals has been diverse. In addition to my consistent work as a Veterinary Technician since 2007, I am a certified dog/cat groomer, dog trainer, and run my own pet sitting business. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!
Kristine Pham, Technician Assistant
I am a second-year Biology major at the University of California, Riverside. My long term goal is to become a Veterinarian, although I also do have dreams of becoming an interior designer. I didn’t always live in Temple City; I was originally from Los Angeles and moved to Temple City when I was about ten. When I was eight years old, I brought my rabbit Daisy in to get her nails clipped and that was when we learned that my bunny was actually a male. My favorite colors are what I like to call “sunset colors’ like pastels and pink, orange, yellow, and white. My favorite breed of dogs are Huskies and I wish I had the time and space to own one but I, unfortunately, am not there yet.
I turn 20 this summer, and although I am younger than most of the people at the hospital, I still strive to do my best so I can work and live without any regrets. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity TCAH has given me and I try to do what I can to help and give back.
The picture here shows me with my friend’s dog, Jackie, who lives with me and has adopted me as his own. You can tell just by looking that he is the sweetest thing on earth!
Kathryn Beisel, Technician Assistant
Hello, my name is Kathryn. I have wanted to work with animals since I was a young child because of my german shepherd, Timothy. I have graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Mount San Antonio College. Every day I look forward to meeting and caring for every animal that comes in no matter how small or big. When free I enjoy playing games, reading, being with friends, learning new things, and spending time with my Australian Cattle dog mix, Molly.
Heather Spaun, Technician Assistant
Heather graduated from UC San Diego in June 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in both General Biology and Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is very passionate about animal welfare and is on the path towards vet school. She has three dogs – Lucy, Bella (pictured), and Auri – one of which she rescued from the streets and nursed back to health! Heather has also fostered cats in the past and is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get her own kitten.
Noemi Mejia, Technician Assistant
Hello, My name is Noemi and I moved from a small country town named Rome, Georgia to Los Angeles about three years ago. I am currently going to school to be a Registered Veterinary Technician, where I have only four more months to go until I graduate! I love being outdoors and going on different types adventures and being spontaneous. My passion is to help, save and protect our animals and be the voice for them!
Jackie Portillo, Technician Assistant
Hi I’m Jackie, and this is Simba. He was not happy about our photoshoot! Although I love all animal species, I have a sweet spot for tabby cats and pit bulls. I’ve worked in animal care for over 5 years with livestock, lab animals, and shelter animals. I’m a Pasadena City College and UC Davis alumni, and will soon be for Platt College.