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Dr. Luaces was born and raised in Redding, California. He is a 1998 graduate of Washington State University with a B.S. degree in Microbiology. He is also a 2002 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine having finished his clinical year at North Carolina State University. Following graduation Dr. Luaces completed a rotating internship in surgery and medicine with VCA Berwyn/Franklin Park where he also met his wife Kathy. In his free-time Dr. Luaces enjoys numerous outdoor activities including snowboarding, wakeboarding, mountain and road biking and triathlons. Dr. Luaces and Kathy share their home with their daughter Avery, “some” cats and Ned their 12-year old rescued Australian Shepherd.
Dr. Tennant grew up in Sacramento, California and graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside in 2001. She then attended St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and graduated in 2006. After graduating, she moved to Northern Virginia, where she practiced for 9 years before deciding to move back home to California. She enjoys mentoring veterinary students and was part of the mentor program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for several years. Dr. Tennants professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and zoonotic diseases. In her spare time, you will probably find her outdoors, as she especially loves trail-running, mountain biking, snowboarding and golfing. She has two cats, Jinx and Mini Jinx, (aka MJ), and two Australian cattle dogs named Dee and Target.
Dr. Fantov was born and raised in California, but spent the first part of her veterinary career in Oregon. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990, she worked for 5 years as a mixed animal practitioner on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Since then she has been concentrating on small animal medicine, with interests in internal medicine, nutrition, and herbal therapies. Dr. Fantov likes to incorporate both conventional and complimentary therapies to help your pet heal when ill and stay as healthy as possible. She and her husband have a small farm where they try and live a sustainable life style. They share their home with her horse, sheep, several dogs and stray cats as well as all of the wildlife.
Jaime was born and raised in Redding, CA. At a very young age she developed a passion for saving animals. After graduating high school, she attended Shasta College to work on her degree in biology. She has spent most of her adult life working in the veterinary profession, starting in kennels and eventually working her way up to practice manager. She spent several years working at an emergency veterinary hospital, before moving onto CARE Animal Hospital in July of 2012. In her spare time, Jaime enjoys fishing, backpacking, snowboarding, horseback riding and anything that has to do with being outside. She also has a love for music and dancing. Jaime currently lives with her pack of 4 dogs, 2 parrots, a saltwater fish tank, and a cat.
Veterinary Technician Supervisor
After spending most of her childhood in Hawaii, where her father served as a pilot in the US Coast Guard, Whitney knew she wanted to work with animals. In 1996, Whitney and her family relocated to Redding California where she finished high school. She later began classes at Shasta College which is where she graduated with an associates degree in veterinary technology. Although she graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program in 2010 she has worked as a veterinary technician since 2005. Whitney’s favorite hobbies are going on Harley rides with her husband, cooling off at the lake, snowboarding, dirt bike riding, and many other outdoor activities Northern California has to offer.
Renee is a Veterinary Technician who has a true passion for animals especially her sweet French Bull Dog, Phoebe. Renee has spent her entire life native to Redding. Shortly after graduating high school, Renee attended Shasta College where she received an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. Renee has worked for Care Animal Hospital, formerly All Cats, since 2002. When she is not working she enjoys spending time outdoors with her kids.
Shane was born in Phoenix Arizona. She moved to Missouri when she was 9 and lived on a farm where she began her true love for animals. She traveled extensively as a young adult while working as a veterinarian technician, and going to school to get her B.S. in Zoology. She eventually settled down in Northern California where she graduated from Humboldt State University, and met her future husband Brett. Shane has been working as a veterinary technician for 13 years and has been with CARE for 3 1/2 years, and loves every minute. She now has 4 dogs, and 2 amazing children.
Laurel moved to Northern California when she was 16 years old and loves the area. She has been in the veterinary industry for a total of 6 years now, and couldn't imagine working in any other field. At home Laurel enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her 2 children and 6 fur children. She also loves spending as much time as possible in nature.
Kelly has lived in Redding, CA most her life. She moved from Orinda, CA when she was 5 years old. She graduated from Foothill High School and went off to Shasta College to complete her veterinary technician classes. Kelly had worked with AllCats Veterinary Hospital for 6 years, and then it was changed to Care Animal Hospital. She loved being a receptionist for many years, but was moved to Pharmacy Technician when we started to expand. When Kelly is not working she enjoys exploring the outdoors. She loves everything from camping, fishing, hunting, wakeboarding, snowboarding and riding her horses. Kelly shares her home and land with a couple of horses and several dogs.
Krista is originally from San Luis Obispo, CA and moved to Redding when she was 12. She has always had a passion for animals and helping furry creatures in need. She attended Shasta Community College and graduated in 2012 with an Associates of Science in Agriculture and Veterinary Technology. She has worked in the veterinary field as a technician and a receptionist since she was 18. Her current pet children include 5 cats, 1 dog, a rat and an assortment of tropical fish. When not working she can be found reading or enjoying the great outdoors.
Christine was born in Mendocino County and raised in Cottonwood, California. She has been working in the veterinary industry for almost 10 years and says she could not imagine doing anything else. She currently shares her home with her 2 furry children, Debo and Patron. Both American Staffordshire Terriers that she rescued while working in the veterinary field. When Christine is not working she enjoys hiking, riding dirt bikes, gardening, cooking, crafts and spending time with her friends and family.
Kennel Supervisor/Technician Assistant
Stephanie was born and raised in Redding, California. She started working at CARE in 2013. Since then she has adopted two animals through the hospital; Apple, a feline with one eye, and Clover, a dog that was rescued by our staff during a major wildfire. Stephanie also shares her home with another dog named Titan and two senor cats, Senior Flap Jack and Mr. Cool Dude. When Stephanie is not working she enjoys gardening, hiking and rock collecting. She is currently attending Shasta College where she is working on getting her associates degree in science to become a Registered Technician.
Dani was born and raised in Redding, CA. She shares her home with a few dogs, two horses and various other livestock. She joined our team in September of 2013 as a ROP student and was officially hired as an employee in March of 2014. Dani is currently attending Shasta College as a full time student and is planning on furthering her education in veterinary medicine. When she is not at work or school, she enjoys spending time hiking or hanging out by the lake with her friends.
Kennel Attendant/Veterinary Assistant
Brittany Kelly-Gonzalez was born and raised in Redding,CA. She graduated from Central Valley High School and is now attending Shasta College, where she plans to further her education in agriculture. She loves spending time outdoors such as hunting, fishing, horseback riding and spending time with her German Shepherd. Brittany has been with CARE for a little over a year.
Stacy was born and raised in Northern California. She has spent the last 25 years living off the grid on 40 acres with her animal family. Stacy's animals include; 3 horses, 3 goats, 6 pigs, 5 cats, 6 1/2 dogs and several chickens and pigeons, and last but not least, a grumpy old parrot. Stacy likes cooking and reading and learning the "old ways" as Buddy Goy is her hero. Stacy also enjoys spending time with her best friend aka her mom and her brother in Idaho.
Lucky came to CARE in September of 2013 after a destructive wildfire broke out in the Igo area of Redding. He was brought up front for adoption where it was quickly decided that this was his forever home. Lucky is the official greeter here at CARE, and he takes his job very seriously.