Veterinary Support

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Kaori O'Neill
    Veterinary Tech School: Baker Community College

    Hi, my name is Kaori (pronounced like Cody). I graduated from Baker Community College's Veterinary Technician's program in June of 2006, and became licensed immediately thereafter.   I enjoy working with animals and the people here at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital.

    I married my best friend, Dan, in 1999 and moved here with him from Japan. We have a German Shepherd dog, "Nechan" (means sister in Japanese)

    Outside of work, I enjoy road cycling and mountain biking. I am very fortunate to have a job here at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital and to have a bike trail right next to the clinic!

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Kris Barrett

    I have lived in Traverse City most of my life, moving here from downstate when I was four.  I have had many different animals, from multiple cats, four dogs, a rabbit and many pocket pets.  I currently have a Pomeranian named Skuppy, Brody a yellow Labrador, a torti cat, Cricket and a pet rat, Templeton.  I have been a veterinary assistant for many years, which has been beyond rewarding.  Working with animals was most certainly a true calling.  Taking care of people's pets has always been an honor for me.  Especially, any that may be worried or acting out, and having the ability to gain their trust.  VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital is a great new home and I really enjoy being here.   In my spare time I enjoy camping, going to the beach, and going for rides in my JEEP with the top down, enjoying all Northern Michigan has to offer, especially in the summer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Rebecca Haskins

    My name is Rebecca.  I have worked at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital since September 2004.  I have attended Baker College and studied Veterinary Technology.  Since joining the  Cherry Bend team I have adopted two cats and one dog.   The kitties names are Orion and Eragon.  Hope is my dog.  Since 2005 I have been the Hospital Pet Nutritional Advocate.  As a Pet Nutrition Advocate I stay up to date on prescription and over the counter pet foods.  In April of 2009, I traveled to Kansas to tour the Hill's Pet Nutrition Center and canning food plant.  I was able to see the research center for Hill's pet foods and learned so much. 

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Shanna Paison

    I started working at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in July of 2000 as a veterinary assistant.  I also work as a receptionist at the front desk.

    Since starting at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital I have rescued many animals.  Currently I have 2 cats.  A tiger cat named McMonster and an exotic shorthair named Paris.  We recently added a human baby to our family.  His name is Owen and he was born on 11-12-13.

    I am so lucky to get to do what I love for a living.  I really enjoy seeing all of our patients and their parents.  Cherry Bend has become my second family.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Amber Scheidel

    I started working at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital as a high school student in June of 1999.  This was my first job.  I fell in love with the hospital and the staff.

    Cherry Bend is my second home.  I have grown up here.  Cats and dogs have always been a special part of my life.  I adopted an elderly cocker spaniel from a client that could no longer care for her.  Most recently I lost my lab/boxer mix in December of 2013.  I am looking forward to my next pet.  Pet sitting is something I like to do in my spare time.  Pets 24/7 is how I like it!