Our Support Staff
Meghan Correa has been with San Jose Animal Hospital since 1993, and is our most valued senior staff member. She has lived in California for a majority of her life and has had a love of animals since childhood. Her own pets include two cats, Yoda and Howie, and three dogs (Coco and Bane). When not working, she enjoys running. She has been in three half marathons.
Chris Gonzales has been a part of San Jose Animal Hospital since 2003. He loves every part of what he does because animals are so important to him. He has a special "demon cat" named Pepper. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Boston Bruins, going to heavy metal concerts, taking his daughter to basketball games, and lifting weights.
Baba Jabraeili, RVT
Baba Jabraeili has been part of San Jose Animal Hospital since 2005. He obtained his veterinary technician licensing in Iran back in 1991 and became a U.S. Registered Veterinary Technician with an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2007. He first worked in Chicago for 3 years before moving to California. He enjoys hands-on work such as dental cleanings, radiographs, placing IV catheters, and running lab work. He lives with his wife, Carmen, a registered "human" nurse, and has two sons, Bronsin and Brayan, as well as a Chihuahua named Happy. When not working, he enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, ping-pong, listening to music, and traveling.
Kristen has been with San Jose Animal Hospital since 2011 and is currently the Hospital Administrator. She is a graduate from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. Kristen plans to complete testing to become a Registered Veterinary Technician while also pursuing a practice management certificate. She has happily married with a son as well as two cats (Torpedo and Oliver), and a dog named Phoenix. Kristen loves kayaking, scuba diving, reading, and has plans to visit every national park in America.
Luis comes to us after working eight years as a receptionist in the human health field. As an easy-going guy, he enjoys working with everyone at the practice. In his spare time, Luis enjoys gardening, painting and interior decorating when he’s not working out. He also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and vacationing whenever time permits. Luis has no animals at this time, but loves dog sitting for his friends.
Irene is a recent graduate of San Jose State University, earning a degree in Biology. She hopes to one day become a veterinarian and make animals as happy as they have made her. When she’s not around animals at San Jose Animal Hospital, she cares for her own Tibetan Terrier (Moo Moo) and cat (Zoltan). Irene enjoys arts and crafts, planning adventures with friends, and being outdoors in her spare time.
Sharon has been a receptionist at San Jose Animal Hospital since 2005. She loves working at the practice and loves making a difference in the lives of the pets that walk through our doors. She is married, with one daughter and three grandchildren, and she also has cats and a dog. She loves quilting and gardening. Little known fact, as a child, she used to have a fear of cats and dogs!
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Brittney is a graduate from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry. She is currently preparing to attend veterinary school with hopes to become a small and exotic animal veterinarian. Starting as a receptionist in 2016, Brittney has since worked to become a veterinary assistant at San Jose Animal Hospital due to her passion for hands-on work with animals and interests in surgery. Her interests include hiking, watching Netflix, and eating a lot of noodles.
Alexis has been part of the San Jose team since 2015, working as both receptionist and assistant. Under the fur on her scrubs, she’s also a full-time mom of twin girls, “dog-mom” to Nala and Loco, and a student pursuing a Biology degree at CSU East Bay. In her free time, Alexis enjoys going on adventures with her family, power lifting, and cooking.
Julia French works as both a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She is currently finishing a Bachelor's Degree in Ecology and Conservation. She hopes to later attend veterinary school and become an equine vet. Julia has had many animals throughout her life, including: dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, salt-water fish, and reptiles.
A resident of the Bay Area for over 22 years, Marcella loves to serve her community with great customer service through her passion for animals and interactions with clients. Marcella and her husband Chris have two boys - Carlos and Nathan - a Labrador Retriever named Marley, and two cats - Mama and Sammy. In her free time, Marcella loves going to Disneyland, taking Marley on walks, and spending quality time with her family.
Brian, a man of many talents, has had 15 years of experience in customer service in many varying fields including: Corporate, Retail, Sales, and many more. He is currently living in San Jose with his husband (Jason), daughter (Kaily), and three dogs (Kai, Oreo, and Missy). In his spare time, Brian likes to spend as much time as he can with his family.
Born and raised in San Jose, Linda has worked at two different boarding kennels over the span of 11 years. Linda enjoys pet-sitting, dog walking, gardening, cooking, fitness, water sports, dirt bikes, and mixed martial arts. She owns two mixed-breed dogs (Harley and Hogan), doves, finches, geckos, and Jeffrey the turtle. Linda also has rescued and rehabbed four strays. In her free time, Linda is a Crossfit Coach/Trainer for Crossfit San Jose. Though Linda has since moved to Gilroy, she is committed to her work here at San Jose Animal Hospital, keeping the people and animals healthy or getting them there!
Carlos is a recent graduate of St. Francis High School and is currently attending Evergreen Community College, planning to later transfer to a CSU and become a firefighter. His hobbies include playing and coaching basketball and taking his dog Mocha out on walks.
A San Jose native, Ben has been working with San Jose Animal Hospital since 2015. He has more than 18 years of experience with animals in both shelter and private medicine. Ben recently received his Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from San Juan College. He has four rescue kitties at home and enjoys fostering bottle babies. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter, as well as fishing.
Therese is a South Bay area native and currently lives in South San Jose. She has two pets: a dog named Samson and a cat named Simba. Therese enjoys playing video games during her free time and often travels to the East Coast to visit family.
A Bay Area native, Kat currently works as a veterinary receptionist. Before becoming a veterinary receptionist, Kat was a licensed cosmetologist for 5 years. Though she still free-lances in cosmetology, Kat decided she needed a change of pace and after owning animals her entire life, decided to work in a field in which she could help out the furrier members of society stay healthy. Kat has one dog, a Wire Haired Terrier named Finn and lives in San Jose with her loving husband.
Yissel has been working with pets since 2014. She started as a dog groomer, where she developed an interest in the veterinary field. Yissel spends her afternoons with her two dogs, Perla and Loki, who love to go on walks. As much as she loves working with pets, Yissel also loves helping people, and became an EMT two years ago. She is passionate about the medical and veterinary field, and will continue working with both pets and humans.
Olivia is a San Jose native with aspirations to become a veterinarian. She is happily married with 5 dogs, 4 cats, and no kids (yet). Olivia loves traveling with her husband, and is a Harry Potter fanatic belonging to the Slytherin house.
Melissa was born and raised in the Bay Area where her future academic plans include transferring out from Foothill College to a 4-year institution to finish up her Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has an immense love and passion for animals with hopes to be in the Veterinary field one day. In her free time, she likes to travel with her friends and loved ones or spend time with her precious Chihuahua, Noodle.
Daria was born and raised In San Jose, and has loved animals since childhood (especially reptiles and cats). She has two cats, Sushi and Chuco, and two dogs, Bingston and Buddy. Outside of work, Daria loves art, music, all martial arts, and spending time with her two daughters.
Ciera grew up in San Francisco, and graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After graduating, she spent 5 months in Costa Rica working at a wildlife rescue, while doing research and rehabilitation of sloths and monkeys. Ciera hopes to go to veterinary school, and eventually work as a wildlife vet in conservation. Outside of work, Ciera is usually eating pizza, outside enjoying the fresh air, or visiting family.
Carissa is a South Bay Native working as a veterinary receptionist on our team. She has always loved working with animals, and was excited to offer her customer service skills and smile to our front desk. Carissa also freelances as a hair and makeup artist part time, and loves giving back to the community in any way she can.
Briana de la Cerda
Briana grew up in San Jose, and is currently studying Veterinary Technology at Carrington College. She has two dogs named Pinkie and Piglet. In her free time, Briana enjoys playing soccer and taking her dogs to the dog park.
Baby Kitty is a 7-year-old female, left at our back door 6 years ago, suffering from a severely injured leg that needed amputation. She has been here ever since. She's free to roam the hospital as she chooses, but generally prefers to stay in the kennel area, having become "institutionalized" over the years.
Cakes is a 2 year-old female who was abandoned at our hospital doors as a kitten along with two of her siblings. While both of her other siblings went to other homes, Cakes was diagnosed with serious a intestinal disorder and was hospitalized for over a month. During her recovery, the staff fell in love with her and she has a been a resident of the hospital ever since. She loves to hide behind the refridgerator in the back and stare down the hallway at all the commotion that goes on in our dental and treatment areas.
In Memory of: Stormy (2001-2018)
Stormy was the proud mascot of San Jose Animal Hospital for many years, after being abandoned at our front door. He routinely greeted clients, both in the lobby and in the exam rooms. We loved Stormy immensely, and we know that he’s comforting many other pets across the Rainbow Bridge.