Staff

  • Matt Leara, DVM
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Matt Leara was raised in a small town outside St. Louis, Missouri.  He graduated veterinary school from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine.  He immediately moved to Denver, Colorado and worked at a large, 10 doctor small animal practice for the next 6 years.

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  • Kristin Kunimoto, DVM
    Veterinarian

    Kristin grew up in Honolulu and always knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. She worked kennel shifts in high school which solidified her goals to be an animal advocate and enrich the human-animal bond. Kristin attended a liberal arts college knowing she would be practicing medicine later in life.

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  • Karen Park, DVM
    Veterinarian

    Karen was born and raised on Oahu.  She always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian even as a kid, when she would jump the neighbor's fence just to peel ticks off the dogs.  She graduated from Punahou and received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science at UC Davis.

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  • Amelia
    Reception Supervisor

    Amelia joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu's reception team in September of 2011. Originating from the Bay Area of California, Amelia moved to Hawaii at the age of 4 where she grew up on both the Windward and Leeward sides of Oahu.  Amelia received her high school diploma from Mililani High School in 1998 and in 2002 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  After receiving her degree, Amelia relocated to San Francisco, California where she managed the customer service department of Pets Unlimited, a 24 hour Non-Profit Veterinary Hospital, Shelter and Adoption Center.  Amelia is passionate about animal welfare and enjoys providing assistance and support to both the animal community and to pet guardians.  Amelia resides in Honolulu with her husband Steven and her 2 daughters.

    Years in Practice: 17

    Email: [email protected]


  • Charlynn
    Veterinary Assistant

    Charlynn is originally from Honolulu, but lived on the mainland for 4 years. She has had animals her entire life and currently has 2 dogs and 7 cats. She loves all of them very much and they are her children.  In her spare time she loves to do crossword puzzles, read, and listen to rock music. Her wish is to visit England one day.

    Years in Practice: 10

  • Lyla
    Reception Staff

    Lyla has 3 children and enjoys playing with her many cats.  She has been working at Animal Clinic of Honolulu since 2010.  Her future goals are to learn to play the guitar and piano, and to continue working with animals.

    Years in Practice: 9

  • Daniel
    Technical Staff

    Daniel joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu in August 2013.  Daniel has been in the veterinary field for 10+ years with an interest in obedience training.  He has experience with small, large and exotic animals; he was one of the technicians at the Honolulu Zoo.   In his spare time, he focuses on obedience training and dog shows.  He enjoys taking his dogs Dolly, Fanta, Bailey, and Sophie to the beach and being attacked by his cat Steve.

    Years in Practice: 6

  • Sara
    Technical Staff

    Sara joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu in 2016.   She is a Registered Veterinary Technician

    Years in Practice: 4

  • Hannah
    Certified Veterinary Assistant

    Hannah is from Honolulu and joined our staff in December 2016.  She is a certified Veterinary Assistant.  She is attending WCC for Veterinary Technology.  She had also worked at Poi Dogs and Popoki and the OSPCA.  She has an 18 pound black domestic shorthair named Crash that she spoils along with the help of her parents.  Crash is very active and loves to explore the outdoors.  Hannah hopes to complete her degree in veterinary technology and eventually start a service/therapy animal dispatch service.

    Years in Practice: 3

  • Ashley
    Kennel Staff

    Ashley was born and raised in Hawaii on Oahu.  She graduated from McKinley High School, Kapiolani Community College and UH Manoa.  She is currently also working as a Barista at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  She recently joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu taking care of all of our wonderful boarders.  She is a cat lover at heart but she also has multiple fish, mainly tetras.  She is also hoping to get a dog in the near future.  In her spare time she loves the outdoors--hiking, swimming, etc.  She also enjoys video games and watching movies.  She hopes to gain a lot of knowledge and hands on experience and learn new things in the treatment area.

    Years in Practice: 3

    Education: Kapiolani Community College; UH Manoa

  • Olivia
    Reception Staff

    Olivia was born and raised in Honolulu.  She graduated from Kalani High School class of 2007.  She then graduated from UH Manoa and received her B.S. in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science but decided to change paths and follow her passion to go back to school to become a Veterinary technician.  She is currently also working as an informal recreation manager at the warrior recreation center but also joined our family in May, 2017.  She has 2 sisters, one of which is an identical twin.  She also has a spoiled Shar Pei Terrier named Nala who is 7 years old.  In her free time, Olivia loves to lift weights at the gym and set P.R.'s.  She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, and taking Nala to the beach.

    Years in Practice: 2

    Education: B.S. Kinesiology and Rehab Science

  • Candice
    Technician Staff

    Candice was born and raised on Oahu.  She recently joined the Animal Clinic of Honolulu Staff in July after graduating from Veterinary Technician School at Windward Community College.  She has a small farm at home with 2 rescue birds (a Bulbul and a Zebra Dove) and her 2 cats.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend.

    Years in Practice: 2

  • Sophia
    Reception/Kennel Staff

    Sophia was born and raised in Honolulu.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School and received her associates degree from KCC.  She is interested in the veterinary technician program at Windward Community College.  She also works at Diane Von Furstenberg as a fashion merchandising stylist.  Sophia has a family dog named Gakkdugi (which means radish kimchi in Korean) whom she considers a brother.  She and her fiance also have a little Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix named Luna whom they consider their daughter.  Both dogs were adopted and are loved like children.  In her free time, Sophia has many interests and hobbies but her favorite ones are drawing/sketching art and reading novels.  Her goal is to become a veterinary technician so she can be in the medical field and make a difference in animals' lives.

    Years in Practice: 2

  • Megan
    Kennel Staff

    Megan was born and raised here on Oahu.  She attended Sacred Hearts Academy and graduated in 2014.  She spent 2 years at Poi Dogs Daycare and Boarding taking care of large groups of dogs.  She also spent some time working with students at Ali'iolani Elementary School and Saint Louis High School.  She has a large family with 2 older brothers and 2 nephews and 2 nieces.  Her 4 legged family members include two terrier mixes and 5 cats.  If you included all the strays she takes care of she would have over 15 cats!  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and animals.  She also enjoys shopping and reading along with binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix.  Her goal is to travel a lot and to try new foods from all over the world.  She would also like to someday be involved in animal rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing.

    Years in Practice: 1

  • Karen
    Technician Staff

    Years in Practice: 1

  • Madison
    Kennel staff

    Madison is originally from Seattle where she attended Bellevue College and received her associates degree in Natural Sciences.  During college she worked at a Veterinary clinic as a kennel attendant and eventually became kennel manager.  She aspirates to go to Vet school and become a  DVM.  All of her pets are still back in Seattle.  She has a Pomeranian named Skye and a Mini Mexican Hairless terrier named Richie.  In the past she has owned and cared for frogs, gerbils, a bull python, and guinea pigs.  Being with your babies at Animal Clinic of Honolulu eases some of her pain of not seeing her dogs everyday!  When not at work, Madison enjoys reading, working out, hiking, and trying out new coffee shops.  She also has a hidden talent--she can ride a unicycle!

  • Nadja
    Kennel Staff

    Nadja is originally from Berlin, Germany where she was a librarian for over 30 years.  After the Berlin wall came down she started traveling and came to Hawaii for vacation.  She loved it so much she returned every year and eventually met her future husband here.  She and her husband have 2 cats--Bravo and Delta.  In her free time she loves the outdoors, photography and digital art, and crafting.

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For after hours emergency care: VERC 735-7735

Honolulu Office

Monday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed