Registered Veterinary TechnicianErica Bode
Erika is a Southern California native. After studying at Moorpark College and UC Santa Barbara, majoring in Marine Biology, she ultimately decided that Veterinary Technology was to be her career. Erika graduated from Los Angeles Pierce College in 2004, received her RVT license in February 2005, and has worked for Westlake Village Animal Hospital for more than 6 years. When not spending time with her rescued dog "Bryce" and cat "Sashi," you can find her either at the beach, snowboarding or planning her next traveling adventure!
Registered Veterinary TechnicianHeather Ingraham
Heather graduated from Los Angeles Pierce College in June 2009 with an A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. She passed her California State Board Examination in September 2009 to become an RVT. She has worked for Westlake Village Animal Hospital for almost 6 years. She lives in Simi Valley with her cat "Callie" her 2 Cockapoos "Daisy" & "Annabelle", and her Golden Retriever "Ella". In her free time Heather likes to take her dogs to the beach and to go to the movies!
Registered Veterinary TechnicianNatalia Mitchell
Natalia graduated from Pierce College's veterinary technician program with an AS degree in June 2011. She is currently studying to take her RVT test in the fall. She enjoys spending time with her son and playing with her dog Bobbie, and her cats Tulip & Bell.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianDiana Silva
Diana was born in Orange County, CA and received her BS in psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2005. But her love for animals changed her life and she is now back in school taking classes at Pierce College to become an RVT. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs going on hikes and taking them to the beach.
Veterinary AssistantTara Barrows
Tara grew up in Carpinteria, California and graduated from Carpinteria High in 1990. Tara enjoys her free time with her dogs Leo and Mr. Woobi and her parrots Chloe and Merlyn. Tara enjoys working here at Westlake Village Animal Hospital as a technician assistant and is working towards her goal of becoming a Registered Vet Tech
Veterinary AssistantChloe Missel
Chloe was raised in beautiful Santa Barbara. She has recently earned a certificate for completing her Veterinary Assistant program. She first realized she wanted to work with animals when she started riding horses when she was 3 years old. Chloe has a precious Pomeranian, named Kona, who commands all of her love and attention.
Veterinary AssistantBirgit Scholz
Birgit was born and raised in Germany. Birgit received a college degree in Business Administration and immigrated to the US in 1995. Birgit has worked for Westlake Village Animal Hospital for 10 years as a Vet Tech, and she is also a successful dog trainer. The love of animals has changed her life! Birgit lives in Ventura with her dogs "Shogun" a Husky-Shepherd mix and "Lucky", a Corgi-JRT mix. She loves the outdoors, especially the beach and mountains. Birgit plays an important role in leading our veterinary staff during our vaccine clinics on Saturdays.