Heather Carmody, DVM
Years in Practice: 14
Heather grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, where her family still lives. She attended veterinary school at UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 2005. She fell lin love with Northern California, decided to stay and joined Placerville Veterinary Clinic immediately after her graduation. In 2010, she became a partner in the practice and full owner in 2014. She has a special interest in cats, but loves dogs as well. She has a German Shepherd Dog named Kaiser. Becoming a Veterinarian was Heather's childhood dream, and she is thrilled to have found a career she feels so passionate about. In her free time she enjoys running, yoga and gardening.
Barbara Otrubova, DVM
Years at Placerville Vet: 3
Dr. Barbara Otrubova is a 2006 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York. She obtained her BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Barbara was born in the Czech Republic and her family immigrated to the United States when she was two years old. She grew up in the Central Valley of California and after graduating from veterinary school, moved back to California to pursue a career as a small animal general practitioner. She has a passion for internal medicine and surgery with a special interest in felines. In her free time Dr. Barbara enjoys being a new mother, gardening, making all types of pickles, and hiking the Sierras with her husband and her two Scottie dogs Reese and Ralphie.
Alyssa Franzen, RVT/Manager
Years in Practice: 9
Alyssa started here as an assistant out of high school and then left to go to school in Colorado for a few years to get her RVT license. After graduating, she and her husband moved back to El Dorado County to start their family. The have two boys, Isaiah and Silas, and three fur children, Riggs, Covey and June. Alyssa has been an RVT for 8 years now and she loves practicing dentistry the most. When she’s not here, she enjoys personal training at her family’s gym, traveling with her husband and children, or volunteering with local non-profits.
Ysabel Knapp, RVT
Ysabel was born in San Francisco California and her family moved to Placerville in 1991. She always had a love of animals large and small hence one of the many reasons for the family to move. She has over 20 years veterinary experience, 13 years as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Being part of Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Ponderosa High School and winning overall large animal master showman at the El Dorado County Fair kicked off her animal career. Her well rounded experience ranges from private veterinary practice to UC Davis VMTH to non-profit spay and neuter clinics and volunteering everywhere in between. She is an advocate for animal welfare and wellbeing. Ysabel and her husband Rob live in Shingle Springs with their spoiled cat love Sunny. They both love to work out at the gym and compete in bodybuilding classes. She loves to hang out and float in the pool, horseback ride, garden, spend time with friends & family and travel.
Donna Mellor, Veterinary Assistant
Years in Practice: 25
Donna has worked for Placerville Vet as a veterinary assistant since 1995. She loves working with animals and could not imagine doing any other job. She and her husband Jason reside in the Garden Valley area. She loves boating, camping, geo-caching with her family, and of course, the 49ers.
Katelyn Keene, Veterinary Assistant
Years in Practice: 2
Katelyn grew up in Rhode Island where her family owned a small ranch sanctuary. Growing up among many rescued animals, caring for animals became like second nature. Katelyn graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2017. Expanding her experience in animal husbandry after graduation, she volunteered at The Marine Mammal Center, San Francisco Zoo and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers. Recently moving to Placerville for her husband Matt’s new career, Katelyn is returning back to the veterinary medical industry as a new addition to our team. Her special interests include herpetology, entomology and wildlife Biology. In her spare time, Katelyn likes to spend time kayaking, biking, camping, running, pet-sitting and cuddling with her Bearded Dragon, Sidd
Years in Practice: 2
Growing up in Auburn, California, Lanae was surrounded by wildlife and animals from a very young age. With a neighbor who worked as a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation specialist, Lanae would frequently find herself drawn to aiding in their care. After graduation from UC Berkeley and interning at an animal rescue, Lanae knew that her future would involve animal care and welfare. Recently, Lanae moved to Placerville with her boyfriend and her two rambunctious Olde English Bulldogs, Nemo and Dory. During her down time, she and her pups can be found enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family, or rooting for the Warriors, Giants, and Steelers!
Elliott Nunley, Veterinary Assistant
Elliott is 28 years old, he has lived in the Sierra foothills as long as he can remember. Through he has a background working in feline shelters, Elliott enjoys working with both cats and dogs. In his free time he takes his dog Zoey on long walks and spend time with his cats. Elliott is an aspiring RVT who hopes to be accepted into RVT school in 2020.
Megan Joseph, Veterinary Assistant
Megan joined the Placerville vet team in January of 2019 as an intern in order to get in clinic training for her veterinary assistant certificate. However she was hired as an official member of the team in June of 2019. She is a senior at Oak Ridge High School but also is enrolled in the Central Sierra Animal Health course at Ponderosa High School. Megan has two cavalier King Charles spaniels (Oliver & Poppy), a Siamese cat (Luna), two parrots(Tango & Rio), and a horse named Chantilly. Megan enjoys being a color guard member in the ORHS marching band and riding her horse in her free time. When she graduates high school she plans on attending Folsom lake college and then hopefully transferring to UC Davis.
Jana Rua, Lead Customer Service Representative
Years in Practice: 5
Jana joined our team in January of 2015. She was born and raised in Portola, Ca in beautiful Plumas County. After graduating high school she moved to Chico where she attended Butte College. In 1995 she moved to Sacramento for better career opportunities. She later met her husband Leon and they moved to Placerville shortly after. She and Leon have a beautiful daughter Zoey and a dachshund/terrier mix named Holly. In her free time Jana enjoys reading, crafts and traveling the US in their toy hauler in search of the perfect sand dunes.
Lee Anne McDonald, Customer Service Representative
Years in Practice: 4
Lee Anne joined the practice in February of 2016 as a receptionist. Originally from outside of Boston, MA, she has called California home for over 20 years. Lee Anne lives locally with her husband Greg, daughter Allison, and 2 dogs, Tbone and Venus. Lee Anne loves sports, including her New England Patriots. More so, she loves watching her daughter play basketball and volleyball. When not attending a sporting events she can be found with her nose behind a book, playing cribbage or hanging out with her family at the river.
Chellsie Wells, Customer Service RepresentativeChellsie has lived in California all of her life. Growing up Chellsie had dogs,cats, birds, rabbits, and reptiles. She has also worked with wildlife rehabilitators to care for birds, squirrels, and skunks. She resides in the Placerville area with her dogs, cat, and chickens. Chellsie spends her free time playing ukulele, guitar, and working in her garden.
Lanessa Machado, Customer Service Representative
Lanessa joined the team in March 2019. She grew up in the mountains of El Dorado County, California. She has always had a great love of animals and nature. She has cared for many types of animals big and small. She spends her time caring for and loving her two dogs and six cats as well as spending time with her other half Brad in their lovey home. She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, cooking, studying psychology and just relaxing with the fur kids.