Dr. Rod Pearson
Dr. Rod Pearson graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He built Kaneohe Veterinary Clinic, Kaneohe Pet Health Center, and Family Veterinary Clinic. After building these successful practices he retired, but retirement didn’t agree with him! He decided there was a need for a new hospital on Oahu and set to work on his plans. He worked with our other PetVet veterinarians at these previous hospitals, and is happy to bring together the most compassionate, bright, skilled veterinarians in our new PetVet Animal Hospital Ohana. He spends any free time with his wife Roslyn, grandkids, and his mixed breed dog Mobert whom he adopted from the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Dr. Melanie Pearson
Dr. Melanie Pearson grew up in the veterinary world both around her father’s clinics (Dr. Rod Pearson) and with the ‘work’ he brought home with him. Youngest of four, she was born and raised in Kailua and graduated from Punahou School. She Pole Vaulted for Boston College while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Biology, and went on to graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her clinical year at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Pearson has practiced in central California as a general practitioner and in an Emergency Hospital in Prescott, Arizona before returning home. In her free time she enjoys taking her two chocolate labs Nestle and Twix hiking, and to the beach.
Dr. Christy Anbe
Dr. Christy Anbe grew up 5 minutes from PetVet in Aiea. She enjoyed hiking at Aiea Loop trail and going to Pearlridge shopping center. Her love of animals started with “adopting” the neighborhood cats. Her favorite childhood cat was named Nancy. She remembers her greeting her every day and following her around the yard.
She graduated from Punahou School. She enjoyed the traditions of Punahou carnival and the “flaming P”. She then attended University of Hawaii at Manoa. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Animal Science. She loved driving out to the North shore to the UH farm. She had to buy some extra jackets when she went to veterinary school at Michigan State University. She was there when the Spartans won the 2000 NCAA basketball championship!
After veterinary school she returned home with her adopted fur baby “Jazzman”. She immediately started working at Family Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Rod Pearson and Dr. Joy Yasuda. They enjoyed taking care of all the fur babies on the island, from doing wellness exams to late night emergencies. She stayed at “Family” for many more years after that. She enjoys doing a mixture of preventative medicine, internal medicine cases and general surgeries.
She is happily married with 3 daughters. She is also quite busy with her fur babies too. She has 2 older poi dogs- Mochi, a border collie mix and Nala, a pitbull mix. Nala is her tripod baby, she was recused when she was a puppy and needed an amputation. She also has a “foster failure” tuxedo cat, named Mitty. When she fostered her, she didn’t want to get attached, so she called her “Kitty”. When she decided to become her forever family, she decided to call her “Mitty” since she answered to “kitty” already. She recently adopted a rescue silky terrier, Messi. He has added so much joy to her family. When she has family time, they enjoy going to the beach, hiking, and playing soccer at the park. When she has personal “free time” (which is rare), she enjoys doing yoga and watching movies.
Dr. Rene’e Nagata
Rene’e Nagata grew up on the Big Island and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of 8. At an early age, Rene’e pursued her passion to become a veterinarian by volunteering at a local pet clinic and worked her way up from cleaning kennels, to veterinary assistant, to proud responsible pet parent. Rene’e continued her education at University of Hawaii and then at Iowa State University, where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Rene’e also completed a prestigious internship at California Animal Hospital, Ettinger Lusk and Feldman, where she learned medicine and ultrasound from the leading cardiologist and internist. Rene’e has over 20 years of veterinary experience at Kaneohe Pet Health Center and VCA Kaneohe Animal Hospital. She loves practicing general medicine and is honored to be a part of PetVet Animal Hospital where she can further devote herself to the care of pets and people. Rene’e has two 2-legged children and two 4-legged children. Bobber is a cuddly Labrador/Pitbull rescue and Sally is a ferocious lizard hunter Maltese/King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Rene’e enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, running and fishing in her spare time.
Dr. Joy Yasuda
Dr. Joy Yasuda grew up in Aiea and attributes her early love of animals to her dad who got her first dog and allowed her to keep a pet pig in the family’s backyard. Dr. Joy graduated from Aiea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Animal Sciences. She then went on to Washington State School for her degree in Veterinary Medicine. While attending Wazzu, Dr. Joy completed a summer fellowship in veterinary pathology at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Joy has been practicing veterinary medicine in Hawaii since 1999 and started at a small clinic in Waipio Gentry. She then worked alongside Dr. Anbe and Dr. Rod Pearson for many years at Family Veterinary Clinic in Pearl City, which has grown into the now VCA Family and Specialty Animal Hospital.
On her days off, Dr. Joy enjoys spending time with her husband and twins and she can be found watching their sporting events on the weekends. Umi, a rescue dog from the Humane Society, and Annie an adopted calico cat who was found in Waianae round out the members of Dr. Joy’s immediate family. And at the end of the day, with the little spare time she has, she enjoys watching “America’s Got Talent” on demand.
Karine Egami was born and raised in Manoa. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and has a degree in liberal arts from Honolulu Community College. She has one mixed breed dog named Rocky. She brings 22 years of client service in the veterinary field with her to PetVet. In her free time she likes to bead and work with natural stones. If you have questions about nutritional diets, health certificates, dental care, or preventatives, she’s your gal!
Cait was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She attended Joliet Junior College and received her Associates Degree in General Studies. She has a Cattle Dog mix named Lana Del Rey that was adopted from the Oahu SPCA. Her interests include preventative medicine and animal welfare. In her free time, she likes to cook and explore the outdoors. She is looking forward to greeting you and your fur child at the PetVet doors!
Jaz is a born and raised Hawaii local with a very short name that is easy to remember! She has roughly 3 years of experience in pet care whether volunteering at the Hawaiian Humane Society or working in various positions in local clinics. She has a 6 month old miniature dachshund named Pie Boy, who is the love of her life. On her free time, she likes to watch funny videos on YouTube, shop at Target, or lounge around at home with Pie Boy and watch Bobs Burgers. She is excited to meet you and your fur baby at our wonderful PetVet!
Kaitlin was born in Oregon but she has since lived in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, North Carolina, Washington, and now Hawaii. Although she has always had a love for animals, she originally pursued a career in human healthcare. After four years of working in an OB/GYN office, where she worked as both a front desk coordinator and a clinical medical assistant, she decided it was time for a change. Working with animals was the perfect solution since it allows her to combine her love of animals with her passion for providing care and excellent customer service. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys exploring and taking advantage of any opportunity to travel with her husband and their three children. She’s looking forwarding to welcoming you and your pet(s) to our PetVet ohana!
Shannon was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She attended Joliet College where she received 4 associate degrees: Veterinary Technician, Science, Art, and General Studies. She has 7 years of experience as a CVT. She has 2 spoiled orange cats named Mango and Sam who were both adopted (that is how she gets her nickname of “crazy cat lady”). Her interests include anesthesia and client communication. She loves learning about the pets in your family and taking care of them as if they were her own. In her free time she loves hiking and exploring the islands, playing soccer, building and making projects, and spending time with friends and family.
Sofia is from Warner Robins, GA. She graduated from Macon State. She has a Corgi/German Shepard named Koa. Her interests include reading, the gym and catching up on her favorite shows. She spends her free time with her family and enjoys the beach.
Jocelyn is a local girl from Wahiawa. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an AAS, and earned her certification as a veterinary technician shortly after. She is interested in emergency medicine and critical care. In her free time she enjoys the beach, free diving, playing with her dogs Scout a lab mix, and Clementine a Bernese mountain dog, and cuddling her cat Flick, a brown tabby.
Kelly was born in Louisiana and raised in various parts of the United States and Germany. She has a boxer/English Springer Spaniel mix named Shadow and an orange cat named Mr. Garfield. Her interests include feline medicine and zoonotic disease prevention. In her free time she likes to go to the beach with her husband and daughter.
Laura was born and raised all over California. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in Washington. She has a German Shepard named Ginny and a Chartreux cat named Oogie Boogie. Her interests include dog/cat training and socializing, and basically anything that has to do with animals of all shapes and sizes. In her free time she loves to go in search of adventure from the mountains to the ocean. If you have any questions about preventatives or basic training techniques, feel free to ask! She’s always excited to help.
Rebekah was born in the Philippines and raised in Ewa Beach. She attended/graduated from Moanalua High School and University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a BS in Animal Science. She has two dogs named Scooter and Tanner, two cats named Cookie and Fluffy, and a rabbit named Benny. Her interests include Veterinary Medicine and animal behavior. In her free time she likes photographing landscapes and nature, and watching videos on YouTube. If you have any questions about pet care and preventatives, please feel free to ask!
Haley-Kate was born and raised in Pearl City. She graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelors in Animal Sciences. She has a small Chihuahua named Missy. Her interests include learning and caring for both small and exotic pets and is currently applying to veterinary school. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and playing games. You are more than likely to see her face around PetVet as she is one of the technicians that can’t wait to welcome and help you and your pet during your visits!
Carmela was born in the Philippines and raised in Waipahu. She graduated from Waipahu High School. She has a Border Collie named Basil. Her interests include socializing and learning about dogs. She spends her free time with her family and dogs.
Dayna is a registered veterinary technician who was born and raised here in Honolulu. She attended Moanalua High School and is an honors graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at Windward Community College. Dayna has grown up with her now geriatric, Lhasa apso-Keeshond dog, named Kia. Her interests include veterinary dentistry and nursing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and going to concerts. Please ask her about how you can improve your pet’s oral health today!