Our Highly Trained Staff 

Is Committed to Helping You.

(818) 783-7387

MEET OUR TEAM

James Isaacs

DVM

James Isaacs, DVM

Dr. Isaacs started his own practice, Encino Veterinary Clinic in 1983.  His desire to practice quality medicine led him to build an excellent facility, and the Clinic became a cornerstone of veterinary care for the community.  

Jose Izarpate

Practice Manager

Jose Izarpate

Jose started volunteering at a local shelter at the age of 16, and has been working in the veterinary field for over 13 years. He has worked with several exotic species as well as all domestic species of pets.

Miguel Zarpate

Assistant Manager

Miguel Zarpate

Miguel is both the Assistant Practice Manager, and a veterinary technician. His expertise in both fields makes him a very valuable and essential member of our team. He is currently training for the Iron Man Triathlon.

Jenny Freeland

Lead Receptionist

Jenny Freeland

Jenny began  helping out at a local cat rescueat the age of 11, and has been working in the Veterinary field ever since.  She really enjoys working with clients and doing everything she can to facilitate their experience during their visit at Encino Veterinary Clinic.

Debra Vandell

Vet Tech

Debra Vandell

Debra is a Vet Tech student at Pierce College and has been working at Encino Veterinary Clinic for 3 1/2 years. 

Jacob Laundis

Veterinary Technician

Jacob Laundis

I have been working in the Veterinary field since I was a child. Animals are the world to me. I offer pure love and compassion in all that I do. I always believe TLC is the best medicine one can have and you can never have to much of it. 

Alicia Amundson

Veterinary Assistant

Alicia Amundson

Alicia is studying biology at UCLA and hopes to become a veterinarian someday. She started out volunteering and has worked her way up to Veterinary Assistant. She also volunteers at the Los Angeles Humane Society, and is a member of the Pre-Veterinary Society at UCLA.

Kelly Elder Receptionist

Receptionist

Kelly Elder

Kelly has been working at Encino Veterinary Clinic since the year 2000. We value her expertise.

Nikole Simmons

Veterinary Technician

Nikole Simmons

After attending Pierce College in the “pre-Veterinary” program,  Nikole started as a receptionist in 2007. She has since moved into the “back” and is now working as a veterinary technician. She will be a doctor someday.

Alfredo Ponce

Veterinary Assistant

Alfredo Ponce

Alfredo has been a Veterinary Assistantat Encino Veterinary Clinic for over 12 years. He is also the maintenance supervisor.

Dawn Hummer

Groomer

Dawn Hummer

Dawn Hummer has been the amazing pet groomer at Encino Veterinary Clinic for over 25  years.
You can make an appointment with her by calling Encino Veterinary Clinic at (818) 783-7387, and asking to speak directly with her.

Edgar Diaz Vet Tech

Veterinary Assistant / Groomer

Edgar Diaz

Edgar has been a veterinary assistantat Encino Veterinary Clinic for at least 8 years. He is now learning to be a groomer as well.

Susan Werner

Marketing / Photography

Susan Werner

Susan has been in charge of marketing, website design and photography for Encino Veterinary Clinic, for the past 7 years. If you have a question regarding the website, you can reach her at VetMarketing100@gmail.com

Jennifer Cotone

Receptionist

Jennifer Cotone

Jennifer has been a faithful employee of Encino Veterinary Clinic since 2006. Now that she’s married , with two children and a dog, we are only lucky to have her on Saturdays. We hope she’ll be here for many more years.

Sean Martel Receptionist

Receptionist

Sean Martel

Sean is the most upbeat person in the world…..please email me a little more info ! : )

Gonzalo Mendiola

Veterinary Technician

Gonzalo Mendiola

Javier Jiminez

Veterinary Technician

Javier Jiminez

Javier is a highly accomplished veterinary technician and has worked for our clinic for 22 years. He loves his work.

Melissa Perez

Veterinary Technician

Melissa Perez

This is an adorable new veterinary technician who will one day trust me to take her photo : ))))

New Vet Tech

Veterinary Technician

New Vet Tech

If you are an experienced veterinary technician, please feel free to send in your resume !

Jedi Ibarra Receptionist

Receptionist

Jedi Ibarra

Jedi is our newest receptionist , but she comes with management experience and is a great asset to our team.

Welcome Jedi ! May the force be with us ALL.