Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Leslie Sierra
    & Lalani
    Veterinarian


    How long have you worked in the veterinary field?
    23 years, 16 years as a veterinarian.

    For how long have you been a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital?  I started Sierra Animal Hospital in January 2008 with Brandy Lewis, Julia Zelaya and Jason Downey.
     
    What is your favorite part about your job? 
    Helping animals; being able to identify a medical condition, and relieve suffering in a being that cannot speak for itself. 

    Where did you grow up?
    Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
     
    Where did you go to school? 
    School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University

    What do you like to do when you are not at work?  Travel, cooking/baking, and recently, photography! 

  • Dr.
    Ashleigh McKinnon,
    Harvey & Gordon
    Veterinarian


    How long have you worked in the veterinary field?I’ve worked in the veterinary field for 6 years, but I’ve been a veterinarian since 2017.


    For how long have you been a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital? 
    Joined the team in August 2019.

    What is your favorite part about your job?  I love working with animals every day, and forming bonds with my patients and clients. It is important that my patients and clients trust me, so that I can be there for them in their time of need, or for their day-to-day needs. 

     
    Where did you grow up? Most of my childhood was spent in Saint Louis, Missouri. 


    Where did you go to school?  University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

     
    What do you like to do when you are not at work?  My husband and I love to do anything outdoors, including traveling, swimming, and hiking with our boys (Harvey and Gordon)



  • Mike Palchus
    & Wrangler
    Hospital Manager and Head Technician


    How long have you worked in the veterinary field?
    Since 2002 (17 years)

    For how long have you been a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital? 
    Since April 2015 (4 years)

    What is your favorite part about your job? 
    My favorite part of my job is exceeding client expectations while helping their pet.
     
    Where did you grow up?
    Charlotte, NC

    Where did you go to school? 
    Graduated High School in 2006 (in NC) and eventually joined the Navy and trained in the healthcare system at Fort Sam Houston, TX.
     
    What do you like to do when you are not at work?  

    • Travel
    • Go to pool/beach
    • Try new restaurants
    • Spend time with family
    • Watch movies/go to movie theatre
    • Exercise
  • Liliana Valdez
    & Bonnie
    Veterinary Technician


    How long have you worked in the veterinary field?
    12 years

    For how long have you been a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital?  7 years

    What is your favorite part about your job? 
    I love my job, but the best part about it is helping clients learn how to get the best care for their pets.
     
    Where did you grow up?
    I grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida

    Where did you go to school? 
    I graduated at South County, and I am taking college courses at HCC.
     
    What do you like to do when you are not at work? 
    When I am not at work, I like to hang out with my family and friends, whether it’s at the beach, or a simple cookout. 

  • Danielle Losh
    & Blade
    Veterinary Technician


    How long have you worked in the veterinary field? 
    I have been working in this field for 6 years, all of which I have been working with Dr. Sierra.

    For how long have you been a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital? 
    6 years.  Everything that I know, and have learned, I have learned from Dr. Sierra.
      
    What is your favorite part about your job?  
    Of course my favorite part is getting to work with animals, but the fact that I can make a difference in their lives by teaching their owners things that they did not know and being an advocate for the pets health and safety. 

    Where did you grow up? 
    Jonesville, Michigan

    Where did you go to school?  
    I started my education career at Hillsborough Community College and I am now working on my bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida.

    What do you like to do when you are not at work?  
    When I am not at work, I like to go to the amusement parks, spend time at the beach, and travel to places that I have never been before.

  • Yessika Munoz
    & Rosko
    Veterinary Technician


    How long have you worked in the veterinary field?
    I have been working in the veterinary field since 2013 (6 years).

    For how long have you been a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital?
    I have been a member of Sierra Anima Hospital since February, 2018.

    What is your favorite part about your job?
    My favorite part of my job is that I get to save lives and help our four legged pals get better, but the most important part is that I can be the voice for those who cannot speak.

    Where did you grow up?
    Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

    Where did you go to school?
    I received my Bachelor Degree in Animal Science, at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus.

    What do you like to do when you’re not a work?
    In my spare time I like to relax watching a series, or go out with my family.

  • Ashleigh Denney
    & Lucy
    Veterinary Assistant


    How long have you worked in the veterinary field?
    I began working at Sierra Animal Hospital in August, 2018. Prior to working here, I volunteered at many other veterinary offices to earn my veterinary assistant certification.

    For how long have you been a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital?
    Since August 2018.

    What is your favorite part about your job?
    My favorite part about my job is being able to work with animals and learn new skills to further my veterinary education.

    Where did you grow up?
    I grew up in Apollo Beach, Florida.

    Where did you go to school?
    I just recently graduated from Riverview High School and am now attending HCC.

    What do you like to do when you’re not a work?
    When I’m not at work you can find me at theme parks, on cruises, or spending time with my animals.

  • Kelly Nixon
    & Vinny
    Client Care Coordinator


    How long have you worked in the veterinary field?
    I just started working in the veterinary industry this summer.

    For how long have you been a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital?
    I became a team member at Sierra Animal Hospital in July, 2018

    What is your favorite part about your job?
    I enjoy seeing and loving on all the furry kids coming in and getting to know their owners, as well as being part of a team that is helping animals have a healthy, happy life.

    Where did you grow up?
    I grew up in the mountains of Conifer, Colorado.

    Where did you go to school?
    I went to school in Evergreen, Colorado.

    What do you like to do when you’re not a work?
    I enjoy traveling, gardening, boating, going to the beach and spending time with my family and friends.

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