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Practice Manager

Janet started as a receptionist at Sequoia Veterinary Hospital when our founder, Dr. Smith
was still practicing back in 1989. She learned as much as she could through the years and
became our practice manager in 2001, working behind the scenes for just over 12 years.
She loves animals, enjoys helping people, and knows how amazing our clients and patients
are. She has known some of our clients for more than 20 years! Janet is proud and grateful
to work in such a wonderful veterinary practice, with so many caring and compassionate
people. When not at the hospital, she and her fiance Tim enjoy kite boarding in the
summer, skiing in the winter, and traveling in between. Their home is ruled by Herman
Jones and Dexter, their rambunctious feline duo.





Senior Technician, Registered Veterinary Technician

Karen joined the Sequoia Veterinary Hospital team in August of 1980 (yes, that's not a typo). Karen graduated from the Foothill College Animal Health Technology program in June of 1980. She has provided us all with support through her skills and friendship and is a treasured part of this practice. She has seen many of our clients through multiple generations of treasured pets and continues to offer her best efforts every day to care for every individual dog and cat who comes through our door. Over these years, Karen's interests outside the veterinary hospital have also grown. She has worked as a dog trainer with specialties in obedience, Schutzhund, and AKC tracking. She practices karate and received her black belt in 2000. In recent years, Karen has become an avid scuba diver. She is a member of the Silicon Valley Scuba Diving Club and received her first dive master certification in 2003. Recently she attained the multi-level master diver certification which is very difficult. Due to her scuba diving interest and skill level, she has been able to travel the world and see parts of the ocean many of us only dream about. Karen has taken diving trips to Honduras, Belize, Bonaire Island, Channel Islands, the Philippines, and Palau, Micronesia. Just like the rest of us, Karen's life would not be complete without her menagerie of pets. Her home is shared with Cameo the cat, sweet pit bull Roxie, a three-toed box turtle named Chester, and her Amazon parrot named Bea. She also enjoys gardening, baking, and making jams & jellies when she has time at home. She has won multiple ribbons at the San Mateo County Fair home preserves competition.



Veterinary Assistant

Have you seen Crystal before? If you have visited a veterinary clinic on the peninsula in the last 20 years, you might have. Crystal joined our team here at Sequoia in 2008. She came to us as a highly skilled veterinary assistant with 17 years of experience. We are happy to have her here full time and you should be too. Crystal grew up locally and graduated from Woodside High School in 1990. At 19 years of age, she started working in veterinary medicine and loved it. Besides her daytime job, on some nights and most weekends, you will also see her at the South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Palo Alto. She has been moonlighting there for ten years. It is kind of neat to have our patients get the same great nursing care and a familiar face during the day and into those late evening hours. Outside work, Crystal spends her time at the gym, bike riding, playing bunka and poker. She makes at least yearly visits to Disneyland. She also has traveled to New Orleans and to Mexico in recent vacations. No matter where she is she has lots of fun, just like her young Bull Mastiff, Chai. Chai is super sweet, smart and sassy, and enjoys keeping her momma on her toes.



Registered Veterinary Technician

Shanna is a very skilled and experienced technician, having been in the veterinary business for over 15 years, and started with us in the summer of 2013. She loves to keep herself busy, so much so that she has a second job working at the North Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic. She enjoys the balance between working in critical care and day practice. When not working or napping with her two older felines (Mensa and Midge - a reformed feral), Shanna loves taking her three energetic terriers on excursions at various spots around the bay area. She also enjoys movies and the outdoors, including rafting.

Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistant