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 attachekad, 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. Robyn Cates
Dr. Robyn Cates is from the Pacific Northwest and has a passion for travel and veterinary medicine. Dr. Cates grew up taking care of her pets, visiting the zoo, and studying biology. She received her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at the University of San Diego. After college, she joined the Peace Corps and lived in Zambia for 18 months, immersing herself in the local culture and language, and educating her community about fish farming and various health topics. She traveled through Southern Africa and later to Southeast Asia where she taught scuba diving in Thailand. Dr. Cates returned to the U.S after three years abroad and attended Oregon State University for veterinary school. During her time studying, she had the opportunity to participate in veterinary research in Costa Rica, and she volunteered at a spay/neuter clinic in the Galápagos Islands for one month. Dr. Cates is passionate about preventative medicine and educating communities on pet care. Her other interests include shelter medicine, aquatic medicine, and surgery. Dr. Cates moved to Oahu in 2021 and is excited about scuba diving, hiking, bodyboarding, and learning more about Hawaii. She currently lives with her partner and freshwater fish and is happy to have joined the PetVet Ohana.
Dr. Amanda Greenstein
Dr. Amanda Greenstein was born and raised in the small town of Ashland, Oregon. She received her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of San Diego and upon graduation moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean to teach scuba diving and conduct field research on local fisheries, sharks, and sea turtles. There were many stray dogs and cats on the small island she lived on and she became passionate about veterinary medicine after working with a local organization to organize spay and neuter clinics. Dr. Greenstein attended veterinary school at Oregon State University, where she had the opportunity to travel with classmates to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for volunteer veterinary clinics. Some of her most rewarding experiences in veterinary medicine involve providing veterinary care to communities that otherwise would not have access. Dr. Greenstein moved to Oahu to join the PetVet Animal Hospital Ohana and be able to scuba dive, kitesurf, SUP, hike, and surf in her free time. She is a Fear Free Certified Professional and strives to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in every appointment. Some of her special interests include surgery, dentistry, and preventative care. Her cockatiel, Penny, also flew across the Pacific Ocean with her to their new home in Hawaii!
Dr. Mari Kuboyama
Dr. Mari Kuboyama grew up in beautiful Manoa Valley. She was always surrounded by her family pets, and developed a soft spot for Golden Retrievers. After graduating from Mid-Pacific Institute, she attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She continued on to the University of California, Davis where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She furthered her training by completing a rotating specialty/emergency internship at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists. When not at the hospital, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching UH sports games.
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. Jonathan Onaga
Dr. Jonathan Onaga started dreaming of becoming a veterinarian as a young kid when he was allowed to help the family veterinarian with examinations and shots for the family Golden Retriever named Katy. Jonathan is the oldest of three children and was born and raised in Mililani. After graduating from Punahou School, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine. Jonathan returned home to pursue a Masters Degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Hawaii before attending veterinary school at Colorado State University. He enjoys spending his spare time fishing, diving, and playing sports with his friends.
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. 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. Jenny Tarr
Dr. Jenny Tarr is a native of Indiana. Ever since she was a small child, she had the goal of becoming a veterinarian. As a child she was drawn to the profession because of a love for animals and as an adult this attraction was strengthened because of a love for the people attached to those animals. Dr. Tarr graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Business Administration. She went on to attend Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2007.
Dr. Tarr moved to Hawaii in 2008 and worked in both Kaneohe and Waipahu. In 2016 she decided to try something new and commissioned into the United States Army Veterinary Corps. She spent three years stationed on Naval Base Kitsap in Washington State providing veterinary care to military working dogs and participating in public health and food defense missions.
The Army was a rewarding experience, but Dr. Tarr missed her friends and family in Hawaii too much to stay away. She is excited to be back in Hawaii and joining PetVet Animal Hospital. Dr. Tarr has special interests in emergency medicine, critical care, and surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, and watching Butler University Basketball in the company of her husband and cats (Boo and Rumple).
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.
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES
Front Desk Supervisor
Kari was born and raised in Kahaluu and has also lived on the Big Island and Maui. After fifteen years of working as a medical communications operator, 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, Kari enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with her 3 children. She’s looking forward to welcoming you and your pet(s) to our PetVet ohana!
Kim was born and raised in Waipahu, Oahu. Growing up, she developed a genuine passion for people and animals alike, and was always fascinated with the science that ties everything together. She is currently pursuing her degree in Biological Engineering, with an interest in regenerative medicine. At home, you can find her snuggling with her Shiba Inu Mikasa or her various parrots. On her free time, she also enjoys freediving, traveling and cooking. With many years of experience in customer service, she looks forward to helping you with your furry family!
Sara was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She has lived in Rome, Italy, Rhode Island, New York and Santa Fe, NM, prior to finally settling down in Hawaii in 2005 when she and her husband moved to Kauai with their New Mexican Poi dog Aya Sophia. She has her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from UH Manoa in Sculpture. She brings 6 years of experience to PetVet in group play doggie daycare and boarding, as well lots of experience rehabilitating and fostering traumatized and at-risk dogs and cats into social happy furbabies. In her spare time, she loves trail running on Maunawili, Nuuanu-Pali, and Tantalus trails with her most recent rescue, a Greyhound/Whippet mix hunting dog from Kauai named Tashi. She is excited to meet you and your dog for a fun play day at PetVet!
Jen comes from many years of experience in the veterinary field and recently joined our team, November of 2018. She is a registered veterinary technician from the state of California. She completed her certification from the Veterinary Technician Program at Modesto Junior College. Her interests include veterinary dentistry, low stress handling, and enjoys working with all species of animals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their fur babies. Jen is known for her calm, patient manner with both our patients and their owners.
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!
Tiffany was born and raised in Honolulu. She earned her B.A. in Japanese Language as an undergraduate at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Later she decided to pursue an education in veterinary medicine by attending the two-year Veterinary Technology Program at Windward Community College in which she graduated from with honors and shortly thereafter became certified. She has always been surrounded with many animals growing up, and currently has a toy fox terrier/ chihuahua mix named Mia who loves being the center of attention. She has gained experience in emergency/icu, oncology, and general practice over a few years. As one of the technicians of the team at PetVet she can’t wait to help provide the care that your pets need and be there to answer any questions you may have.
Abby was born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences. She relocated to Hawaii with her husband in the military. She joined the PetVet ohana in 2019. Since she’s been on an island, her favorite hobbies are going to the beach and hiking with her husband and puppy, Butters!
Cherie was born and raised here in Honolulu. She graduated from Moanalua High School and Honolulu Community College with an Associates’s in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Infants and Toddlers. She is currently a part of the Veterinary Technology Program at Windward Community College. Cherie enjoys caring for all animals and the interaction and relationship between animal and caretaker, especially when there are children who partake in caretaking. In her free time, Cherie enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and fur babies. Cherie loves the welcoming and home-like environment that PetVet provides and hopes that the clients and patients feel the same.
Greer was raised in Maui and moved to Oahu halfway through high school. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science and Minor in Environmental Studies. She is also currently in school to become a certified Veterinarian Technician. Greer has a 6-year old Great Dane/ Mastiff named Scout. Her interests include animal nutrition and animal behavior. In her free time, Greer enjoys cooking, watching Wisconsin football, and cuddling with Scout.
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.
Mikayla was born and raised here on Oahu and graduated from James Campbell High School. Since she was a little girl she always aspired to work with animals, but was given another opportunity where she earned her Associate’s degree in Applied Science. She then later worked at a pediatrician’s office as a medical assistant, and a front office administrative assistant. After 3 years of working in a pediatrician’s office, she decided it was time to pursue her dreams of working with animals. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her two kids, travel and enjoying some good food.
Roman was born and raised in Texas. He recently moved to Oahu with his wife and their dog. The dog is a Chihuahua mix named Juantes. In his free time, Roman loves to spend time exploring the island with his wife and their dog.