San Diego Team

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Cate Lemmond CEO and Founding President

Cate is the founding President and CEO of the Anicira Veterinary Centers. Since starting in this position in January of 2005, Cate 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. Cate received an MS in public policy and animals from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a BA in government from the University of Virginia. Cate 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.

Lily is a dedicated advocate for animals, driven by compassion. Since her early years, she has had a fondness for animals, nurturing a dream of becoming a veterinarian. While her academic path took a different trajectory, her passion for working with animals remained strong.

A graduate of Mission Bay Senior High School, Lily studied psychology at Mesa College. Beginning her career in veterinary medicine as a receptionist, Lily’s adept coaching and leadership capabilities swiftly garnered notice, propelling her into the role of a practice manager at a large veterinary hospital before joining the team at Anicira in 2023.

Lily’s demeanor is frequently described as empathetic and inquisitive, qualities that shine through in all her interactions. Her genuine concern for the well-being of animals and their human family members is palpable. At Anicira, her interest in veterinary medicine has found its home, where she flourishes in the opportunity to help pets in need, offer top-tier care, and see the joy of pets reunited with their families after successful treatments.

Lily’s devotion to animals is profoundly personal. Having navigated the challenges of caring for sick pets, she understands the importance of compassion, support, and education in the veterinary field.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Lily enjoys various creative and active pursuits. From painting, drawing, dancing, and hiking, she embraces life’s joys with her loved ones. She shares her life with Raider, a spirited 6-year-old domestic shorthair cat. Raider’s journey into Lily’s life unfolded serendipitously; he initially arrived as a temporary guest but quickly won Lily’s heart with his spicy personality. He now rules the household with his unmistakable charm.

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.

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.

Holly Wilson is a passionate and dedicated Registered Veterinary Technician who has been with Anicira since February 2023. Holly’s educational journey took her to Mt. San Antonio College, where she completed the RVT program and obtained an AS degree. Holly’s interest in working with animals stemmed from a lifelong passion. She finds immense joy in witnessing the unique personalities of each pet and strives to create the best possible experience for them during their visits to the Anicira.

Holly has extensive experience in veterinary medicine. Sharing her knowledge with colleagues and watching them learn and grow brings her great satisfaction, solidifying her dedication to her craft. At Anicira, Holly has found a nurturing environment to expand her expertise. She cherishes the opportunity to perform dental procedures and has acquired invaluable knowledge from the exceptional doctors she works with.

Holly’s unwavering passion for helping pets is rooted in her desire for them to experience the best lives possible. Above all, she wants pet parents to know that she treats each and every animal as if they were her own. Holly is committed to providing the best possible care and ensuring that every pet’s experience is exceptional.

When she’s not providing exceptional care to her patients, Holly enjoys indulging in her hobbies, such as quilting, spending quality time with friends and family, and nurturing her deep love for dogs. You’ll find a delightful array of furry companions in Holly’s home. She shares her life with four dogs, a cat, and three Crested Geckos.

Megan Simmons is a compassionate veterinary nurse with a deep love for animals.

Megan obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oregon. At Anicira, she finds joy in offering affordable care options to pet owners. Her passion lies in giving animals a second chance at life.

Overall, Megan’s mission is to make a meaningful impact on the lives of animals by providing them with the care, love, and compassion they deserve. She finds fulfillment in being a part of their journey and aims to be a trusted partner for pet parents in promoting their pets’ well-being.

Megan shares her life with her rescue German Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Loki. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring new places, taking her dog Loki for hikes or to the beach, and spending time with her loved ones.

Jackye’s profound love for nurturing creatures in need began at a young age. From bottle-feeding kittens and puppies to volunteering at shelters, her affinity for animals blossomed into a career. Her favorite aspect of working with animals lies in her profound connection with them, which transcends language barriers to foster understanding and compassion.

As a veterinary nurse, Jackye finds fulfillment in the dynamic nature of her work. She appreciates the opportunity to learn and make a tangible difference in animals’ lives. At Anicira, she is driven by a sense of purpose in serving her community and advocating for the well-being of pets. Describing herself as confident and approachable, Jackye exudes a sense of assurance in her work while fostering a welcoming atmosphere for clients and colleagues alike.

Among her proudest accomplishments is her previous role as an animal trainer. She has worked with a diverse array of species, including dogs, cats, birds, camels, and more.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Jackye leads a vibrant life outside of work, embracing both quiet moments of relaxation and adventures exploring the world. Whether binge-watching shows or embarking on outdoor escapades with her boyfriend and dogs, she finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. Having pursued her education at the University of California, Riverside, Jackye majored in Theater with a minor in Dance, reflecting her multifaceted interests and talents.

In her home, Jackye shares her life with a menagerie of beloved pets, including four cats—Jinkies, Jafar, T’Challa, and Harley Quinn—two dogs—Jessie Mae and Jay—a red-eared slider named Jazz, and a ball python named Jolie. Each pet holds a unique story of rescue or adoption. Through her warmth and dedication, Jackye seeks to not only enrich the lives of her own pets but also to foster a sense of community and compassion among fellow pet parents.

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.