San Diego Team

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Cate Lemmond CEO and Founding President

Catherine is the founding President and CEO of the Anicira Veterinary Centers. Since starting in this position in January of 2005, Catherine has worked to improve the lives of pets and the families who love them. During this time, the veterinary hospitals have seen major growth both in the number of non-human family members served and the breadth of services provided. Catherine received a MS in public policy and animals from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a BA in government from the University of Virginia. Catherine is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) as well as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). She shares her life with her three mixed-breed adopted dogs Bernadette, Liliana, and Louie.

Dr. Megan Oelstrom

Dr. Oelstrom has been involved with Anicira Veterinary Center since October 2013. She started as an associate veterinarian at the Manassas hospital helping the practice to grow and helping countless pets and their families. She now serves as the Chief Medical Officer overseeing all of the Anicira hospitals.

Megan received a BA in biology from the University of Virginia in 2005 and earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia.

She has exhibited a passion for surgery and helping animals in need since veterinary school. During that time, she volunteered with the Rural Area Veterinary Service providing spay/neuter and vaccine clinics in remote areas of the United States.

Megan feels blessed to be able to help animals in her community by providing affordable surgical services.

When not in the hospital, Dr. Oelstrom enjoys many outdoor activities (beach-going, skiing, camping) with her husband, two children, and her “Mississippi mutt”, Obi.

Melissa Gilligan Hospital Administrator

As Hospital Administrator, Melissa spends most of her time making sure daily operations run smoothly. Melissa is very passionate about her job at Anicira and cares very deeply about providing high-quality veterinary care and excellent client service. She works tirelessly to create an environment that feels welcoming where pet parents can be confident that their four-legged family member is receiving the best care. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is helping pets and their families who would otherwise not receive necessary veterinary care and seeing the happy success stories. In 2021, Melissa earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). Outside of work, Melissa shares her life with her long-term significant other and their six beloved pets. She loves cooking and trying new foods, being outside, watching new movies, and spending time with her closest friends and family.

When Dr. Holly was a kid, she constantly brought stray animals home. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Holly attended the University of Tennessee to obtain her bachelor’s in animal science and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After being out of school for several years, Dr. Holly attended the University of Missouri, where she received her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in veterinary public health. Working at Anicira, Dr. Holly enjoys providing much-needed dental care for pets and working at an organization whose mission is to provide affordable care to help animals live healthy lives.

Outside work, Dr. Holly loves spending time with her husband, friends, and dog. She enjoys reading financial, personal development, or adventure books. When Dr. Holly feels energetic and adventurous, she enjoys being active outdoors. Dr. Holly is always down to try something new. She enjoys visiting national parks and traveling to experience different cultures.

In 2022, Dr. Holly traveled to Romania to help pets at the Ukrainian border. She was humbled by this experience and met people from around the world who were passionate about helping refugees.

As a child, Lisa knew she wanted to work with animals. She pursued her passion and has been working in the veterinary industry for 16 years. Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in biology and Associate of Arts in Animal Science. She loves advocating for animals and being a voice for the voiceless. Lisa’s favorite part of working at Anicira is being able to provide high-quality and affordable care to pets. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking plant-based recipes, hiking, traveling and watching movies – especially horror and sci-fi movies. Lisa has two rescue cats of her own named Daryl Dixon and Rowdy.

Jenny is a friendly and compassionate Registered Veterinary Technician. She is a passionate advocate for pets and loves being able to be a voice for the voiceless. Jenny studied business at Coastal Carolina University and animal health technology at San Diego Mesa College. She enjoys working at Anicira because of the fast-paced, constantly changing work day and because Anicira can help pets who might not receive care elsewhere. Outside of work, Jenny likes traveling, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her boyfriend. She recently adopted a puppy named Levi from a rescue that works closely with Anicira.

Farnaz has always loved animals and decided she wanted to work with them when she was six. She is a strong advocate for pets and enjoys being a voice for animals. Farnaz received her Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology from Stanbridge College in Irvine, CA. Veterinary dental care is her passion, and she is proud to provide excellent dental treatment to pets who visit Anicira. Outside of work, Farnaz loves spending time in nature with her husband. They spend their weekends hiking, going to the beach, and if possible, taking a short trip to explore new places. She has a small mixed-breed rescue dog named Tommy.

Jessica is a spunky and creative client services representative and veterinary assistant who loves learning new things daily. She enjoys working at Anicira and being able to help all pets receive veterinary care. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys creating customizable apparel and skate. She shares her life with her two dogs.

Madeleine always knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field. She loves being able to help pets and seeing them thrive after receiving care. Madeleine has her Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology and is a Certified Dog Trainer through Karen Pryor Academy In her free time, Madeleine enjoys hiking, visiting wineries with her husband, and taking care of her small zoo of animals – which includes a pony, four dogs, two cats, one pig, and three goats.

Since Shana was a young girl, she has loved all animals and was interested in working with them. As a veterinary nurse and CSR, she enjoys helping pets feel happier and more comfortable. Shana wants pet parents to know she will do everything possible to ensure your four-legged family member is comfortable. She is proud to be able to do what she loves and work for an organization that helps pet families afford veterinary care. Outside of work, Shana enjoys with her kids – whether it’s cooking new dishes, going to the mall, or watching movies together. She shares her life with two cats and a guinea pig.

Sarah has always loved spending time with animals. As a Certified Veterinary Assistant at Anicira, she enjoys learning about animal health and behavior. Sarah is a deeply caring and empathetic person who treats each pet like they are her own. Outside of work, Sarah spends time working out and riding bicycles and motorcycles with her husband. She has three cats and three snakes.