Staff

  • Matt
    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
    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
    Associate 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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  • Naomi
    Associate Veterinarian

    Naomi is from Honolulu and graduated from UH Manoa with a bachelor of science degree in Animal Science.  She started at Animal Clinic of Honolulu as a kennel assistant and worked her way up to veterinary assistant until she got accepted to Veterinary School at Ross University.  She finished her clinical training at Kansas State University and started with us in July 2021.  She lives with her family and is looking forward to starting a family of her own with her absolute favorite breed--Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  She enjoys caring for succulents, hiking, and binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix.

  • Amelia
    Office Manager

    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]


  • 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

  • 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

  • Sophia
    Reception/Assistant

    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

  • Tonia
    Reception

    Tonia joined our team in 2020

  • Candice
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    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

  • Karen
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Years in Practice: 1

  • 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

  • Daniel
    Veterinary Assistant

    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

  • 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

  • Ashley
    Veterinary Assistant/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

  • Alicia
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alicia was born and raised on Oahu.  She graduated from  Mililani High School and is currently attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she is pursuing a B.S. degree in animal science with the hopes of eventually attending Veterinary school.  She also works at UHM as a Veterinary extension assistant.  Alicia lives at home with her cute Silky Terrier Pocho and her Sun Conure Kipper.  In her free time she loves to garden and is currently obsessed with figs, of which she has over 20 varieties growing!  She also loves to read and danced ballet for over 10 years.

  • Megan
    Kennel Staff/Reception

    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

  • Dustin
    Kennel

    Dustin joined our staff in 2020.

  • Deni
    Veterinary Technician

    Deni joined our team in 2021 after graduating Windward Community College Veterinary Technician program.  She is currently studying hard to pass her Veterinary Technician Certification test.

  • Andrew
    Veterinary Assistant

    Andrew joined our team in May of 2021.  He is currently attending Penn Foster school of dog training.  He has two domestic shorthair cats named Archer and Mr. J and a Labrador retriever/Pitbull puppy named Duffy.  Andrew's goal is to become a professional dog trainer and a certified veterinary technician.

  • Sydni
    Reception Assistant

    Sydni started with Animal Clinic of Honolulu in July 2021.  She is currently in school and working part time during the summer months.  She enjoys spending time with her friends, her sister, and her 3 cute dogs.  She enjoys going to the beach, gaming, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, biking, soccer, volleyball, all types of dance, karate, and anything that required physical activity.

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Office Hours

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