Dr. Jenna Cooper
Dr. Jenna Cooper is from Orange County and grew up with a home full of pets. She went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a major in Animal Science and graduated from Massey University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2007.
When she graduated, she wanted to be able to handle any situation so she took a position at an emergency and specialty hospital and worked her way into one of the top facilities in West Los Angeles where she was an associate for 7 years before moving back to private practice in Orange County at OC Veterinary Medical Center for four years.
Being in these positions has provided her the knowledge and skills to provide top of the line care here at Banderas Pet Hospital.
She believes continued learning is an on-going commitment to her career and she is an active member of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and California Veterinary Medical Association. She attends clinics and regular seminars every year.
Dr. Cooper has a strong belief in prevention of disease and advocates always for the best care for your ‘pet kids’. Today preventing health conditions before they occur is the best medicine.
Accidents and illness still occur, and when they do, she is highly trained in emergency and critical care to keep you from needing a trip to the emergency after-hours hospital- keeping all of your pets health records and care in one place when possible.
Dr. Cooper and her husband, Daniel, have two clever daughters – Kate and Holland, and two dogs – Samantha and Odin.
The “Pet Kids”: Samantha, is a rescue husky-shepherd cross from Canada- she smiles when she is in trouble and allows the kids to dress her in scarves and tutus on a regular basis.
Odin is a Rottweiler, affectionately referred to as ‘odin-weiler, happy-weiler, hungry-weiler and when he is in trouble ‘no-din’ who can be seen looking after the children like something out of the ‘Good Dog Carl’ books.
Tori grew up with a love for animals, but especially felt drawn to horses.
She got her start at the age of 12, riding and working in the equine
industry. In 2011, she transitioned to small animals and she began her first
veterinary job as a receptionist. Her interest in and experience with small
animal veterinary medicine continued to grow, and she therefore elected to
pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. She obtained her Registered
Veterinary Technician (RVT) license in 2017 and continues providing quality
and loving care for the dogs and cats she adores.
Jenny grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita and began her animal caregiver career with an after school program and internship in her junior year of high school. After graduation, she began employment at the same facility where she cared for pets and learned the art of animal hair styling. Wanting to learn more about animals, she continued her education at UC Davis where she received her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and Management in 2012. She has been happily working with the great staff and pets at Banderas Pet Hospital ever since. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her dog, Phoebe.
Dr. Leslie Healis
Dr. Leslie Healis is a 2015 Western University Health Science, College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate. With a love of animals, passion for science and conservation, Dr. Healis’ career in veterinary medicine seemed to come naturally. She attended California State University Long Beach achieving both a B.A. in Psychology, and a B.S. in Biology, option; Zoology. Her Psychology degree from CSULB and her education from WesternU have furthered her belief in the importance of client education through effective communication.
Dr. Healis is a strong advocate for continued learning; she is currently working on her ABVP (American Board Veterinary Practitioners) specialty in feline medicine and attends seminars and lectures.
Dr. Healis joined Banderas Pet Hospital in November 2017. Her interests include feline medicine, internal medicine of all species, education, exotics/zoo/wildlife, and surgery. Dr. Healis and her husband Matt have many “pet-kids”; three dogs Omni (a terrier mix), Butters (a poodle mix), Gus (golden retriever), and their two cats Little C, and Tink. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and in her free time- hiking, painting, reading, and spending time at the beach.
Dr. James Kim
DVM, DACVS-SA, Surgeon
Dr. James Kim is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is certified in all aspects of surgery including but not limited to soft tissue, oncologic, and orthopedics.Dr. Kim is a southern California native, grown up in his hometown of Diamond Bar. He remained in the golden state by attending the University of California, Berkeley and received his degree in molecular cell biology. He then received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis. He completed six additional years of advanced training ending with his surgical residency at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis. He now provides mobile surgery services to Southern California after having worked at several specialty referral centers in Los Angeles and Orange County. When not in the operating suite, he frequently visits Disneyland to hunt Pokemon with his wife, also a veterinarian. Other hobbies include honing his eye-hand coordination by playing video games such as Overwatch and keeping his two cats (Fiona & Birdie) out of trouble. Becoming a professional Starcraft player proved too elusive and instead Dr. James Kim now lives his other dream as a small animal surgeon.
Kennel Attendant/ Technician Assistant
Brenn grew up locally in Mission Viejo. She has always loved animals, and has had all different kinds- from dogs and cats to lizards and hamsters. She is currently attending Penn Foster College studying veterinary technology. She loves relaxing and watching animal related shows with her Maine Coon mix, Link, and Mini Poodle, Gambit. She also loves spending time outdoors and with family.
BVSc, MS, DACVR, Radiologist
Dr. Jennifer White is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. She received her veterinary certification in 2007 from Massey University in New Zealand. She then went on to briefly serve as a general practitioner in a walk-in practice in Chicago before completing a one year rotating small animal internship at VCA Aurora and VCA Berwyn Animal Hospitals. She stayed on staff as an emergency clinician for one year following her internship. Dr. White then completed a residency in diagnostic imaging at Washington State University, developing strong interests in both ultrasound and cross sectional imaging (CT and MRI). During her residency, she also completed a Master's in veterinary science. Her Master’s research, evaluating the use of ultrasound elastography on small animals, is the first of its kind in a clinical setting. In September of 2013, Dr. White joined the staff of the Veterinary Specialty Hospital where she enjoys being an important part of the diagnostic process for all patients.
Leatha was born and raised in a small town in Southern Michigan. Although she lived in town, the area was mostly farmland and she spent a lot of time around cats, dogs, farm animals and wildlife. Leatha has lived all across the country, but calls California home. In April of 2015, Leatha graduated from the Veterinary Attendant program at Heritage College and has worked at several veterinary hospitals since. Leatha is owned by 2 cats: a blue-eyed Persian named Milo who camed from the shelter, and a black domestic short hair named Makmak, who was a "failed foster" from a time when Leatha fostered for a cat rescue group. In her spare time, Leatha enjoys being out in nature and attending car shows and racing.
Alexis grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita and has always had a love for
animals. Alexis spends her free time volunteering at the humane society in
Oceanside, relaxing at the beach, or spoiling her 2 dogs Ruby Rose
(Lab/Beagle mix) and Princess of Darkness (Chihuahua/yorkie).
Tori grew up in and around veterinary hospitals and has always had a passion for animals. She began working in a veterinary hospital in 2007 and has fallen more and more in love with the industry since. Over the years she has worked in a variety of hospitals including emergency and has developed a wide set of skills and knowledge over the years. She has worked with Dr. Cooper in the past and instantly developed a strong bond which lead her to follow Dr. Cooper when she opened her own hospital. Even though she is a lover of all animals she has a special place in her heart for cats. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, friends, and lots of animals!
Dr. Alissa Brown
I am a compassionate and devoted small animal veterinarian who is committed
to providing the highest standard of veterinary care to my patients. I
completed my veterinary education at Western University of Health Sciences.
Following graduation, I completed a year long internship at California
Veterinary Specialists where I was intensively trained in surgery, internal
medicine and emergency care. My areas of interest are ultrasonography,
preventative care and geriatric medicine. My first babies are two cats, Link
and Knox. My husband and I also have three daughters and enjoy all the
family time we can get. Having grown up in Orange County, I feel honored to
get to work in the community that nurtured my development. I look forward to