Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Darlene O. Sanchez DVM, CVA

    Dr. Sanchez is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Loving Hands Animal Hospital, Inc. She grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona in 2005. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2009. In 2017, Dr. Sanchez became recognized as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Her passion is holistic medicine which includes Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy and Food Therapy. Her other professional interests include critical care, soft tissue surgery, feline medicine, ultrasonography and dentistry. Dr. Sanchez is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Dr. Sanchez has been nominated as 'Top Veterinarian' by WestCoast Magazine 4 times in a row. Her focus on client communication and compassionate care is 

  • Dr. Shannon Noland DVM

    Dr. Noland was born and raised in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona in 2013. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2019. Her passion is small/exotic/wildlife medicine with a strong interest in surgery and ultrasonography and a hope to learn veterinary acupuncture in the near future. Throughout her journey to become a veterinarian, Dr. Noland has volunteered at Bunny Bunch, Farm Sanctuary, Wildlife Waystation, and in South Africa at the Avv Van Dyk Cheetah Center. She has done externships all over Southern California and has worked with everything from rattlesnakes to big cats and all creatures in between. At the moment, Dr. Noland has an Alaskan Malamute, a Samoyed, 2 German Shepherds, an African Grey, a Red-lored Amazon parrot, and a bunny! When Dr. Noland is a not at Loving Hands Animal Hospital or cuddling her own animals at home, she can be found at the gym weight lifting, wakeboarding, single skiing, or snowboarding.

  • Trina Cowles
    Practice Manager

    Trina has been working in the Veterinary field since 1986 after obtaining her Associates Degree from Riverside Community College. She continued her education at Cal Poly Pomona and later received training in Veterinary Management at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. She is currently a member of the Inland Empire Veterinary Managers Association. Her field of interest is focused in animal behavior and genetics, as well as client education and leadership development. Since 1986, Trina has obtained all her pets, ranging from iguanas, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, cats and dogs, through rescues and animal shelters.

  • Alyssa Hullinger
    Lead Receptionist

    Alyssa has been in the Veterinary Reception field for over 14 years. From working with and caring for cats & dogs to friendly pocket pets, farm animals, and wild critters, “There is never a dull moment in this environment.”-Alyssa

    Growing up having pets of her own and being involved with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for 4 years was just the start of her compassion and love for animals.

    “Originally I wanted to become a Veterinarian, but up until actually working at an Animal Hospital for a couple years where I saw first-hand the many responsibilities that the Veterinarian has and the stress levels, I then decided that Reception/Veterinarian Assistant was the position for me.” 

  • Mariana Covarrubias,

    Ever since Mariana was a kid she wanted to work with animals, she graduated from Westech College in 2015, as a Veterinary Assistant. She grew up always having pets as part of the family. Her dream is to have her own rescue one day, she finds peace and comfort in the aide of helping those who can’t help themselves. At the moment she has 4 Huskies, 4 Kitties and even a Parrot! Mariana enjoys working with the public and getting to know her clientele along with the joys of meeting new fur babies on a daily basis.

  • Erika Acosta,

    Erika is currently attending Cal Poly Pomona as a Pre Veterinary Medicine major, her passion for animals awoke inside as a young child as she was raised in a home surrounded by dogs and cats. But it wasn’t until she experienced her first animal science class that brought her love for large animals to light. She also volunteered at a Farm Sanctuary during the summer of 2016  and was mesmerized by the beauty of these large creatures. This is where she found that she now knows that she wants to put her heart and soul towards large animal veterinary medicine. When Erika is not working, she likes to go on hikes, visit botanical garden museums, attend concerts and read.

  • Andrea Sanders,

    Andi has been working for and with people all her life, but the opportunity to work with animals didn't start until 2011.  Her first foray into this industry was working for a pet daycare and boarding facility.  Her experience working with large groups of dogs started an interest in the study of animal behavior and she hopes to one day run an organization for the rescue and training of service animals for disabled people.  She hopes to learn all she can from LHAH and is very thankful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of individuals.

  • Masha Chudinova
    Lead Registered Veterinary Technician

    Masha has been studying and working with small animals since 2008. She is originally from Russia and earned her RVT license through Purdue University in 2016. Masha works closely with the doctors in providing the best possible care for our patients. She loves feline medicine and enjoys performing dental procedures and ultrasounds. When Masha is not at Loving Hands Animal Hospital, she can be found riding horses, hiking, or spending time with her family which includes her husband, two little girls and her cat, Charlie.

  • Sara Andrew
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Coming soon

  • Plinio Jauregui-Ettenger
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Biography to come.

  • Chuck Mize
    Veterinary Assistant

    Chuck started working as a Kennel Attendant in 1991. With what had started as just a summer job and then turned into a lifelong decision to take care of our Pets & their Families. Chuck has been a Veterinary Assistant for the last 20 years. With working at 2 different Clinics, he enjoys performing Dental's and assisting in surgeries. Also, loves to teach and pass on his knowledge to the next generation of Veterinary Assistants and Registered Veterinary Technicians he works with. When Chuck is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, watching Disney Movies with is 9 year old Daughter, going out for a night of Bowling and also playing on the computer.

  • Lauren Ramirez,
    Veterinary Assistant

    Lauren is a 4th year animal science pre-vet major at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since the time she was 3 years old. Although Lauren loves animals big and small, she aspires to work with large animals like cattle and horses as a veterinarian. As a high schooler in San Diego, her love for horses grew during her time volunteering with an off-the-track thoroughbred rescue. She is currently involved in 'foal watch' at Cal Poly, a class where she helps take care of a pregnant mare and will be present for her birth. In her free time she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, as well as playing with her Saint Bernard Cleo, kitten Kenmore and cockatiel Coco.

  • Roxanne Hayes
    Veterinary Assistant

    Roxanne is in her 2nd year of Mt. San Antonio College's Registered Veterinary Technician program. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2015 and has continued to gain knowledge and experience ever since. She has one dog named Mowgli and a black cat named Bagheera. She aspires to one day complete the gang by adopting tortoise to name Baloo. Roxanne is also a wife and a mother to a beautiful 2 year old boy who enjoys helping animals just as much as she. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family by going to the beach or taking nature hikes. 

  • Robbie Ramirez, Treatment Room Assistant

    Robbie is a pre-vet student from Cal Poly Pomona, He is currently in his final year of undergrad with hopes of going to vet school here in California and eventually specializing in equine reproduction and podiatry. Robbie was brought up raising and breeding Andalusian horses but loves animals of all sorts. Recently, He has been involved in the breeding program at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horses at Cal Poly, and has assisted with AI, Ultrasounds, and surgery on the oldest established Arabian horse breeding farm in the United States. Currently, he takes care of 4 horses at home along side a group of pregnant mares in the Foal Watch program at Cal Poly. Eventually, Robbie aspires to open his own equine specialty practice and equestrian complex to continue his family's line of Andalusian horses. When he's not a school, at work, or training horses, Robbie enjoys relaxing with his 10 year old German Shepherd pup Lolo and watching Dr. Pol, or being at Disneyland with his family.

  • Omega Betts
    Room Nurse

    Ever since she was a child, Omega has always had a passion for helping animals-large or small. She has been working here as one of one of our Kennel Attendants and is working towards becoming a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently a student studying at Chaffey College to major in Zoology. Omega enjoys lending a helping hand to furry friends of all sizes whenever she can; growing up she’s always volunteered at local shelters and organizations to care for animals in need. When Omega isn’t here, she enjoys spending time going out and being with friends and family; including her dogs and cats.

  • Helena Kisor
    Room Nurse

    Helena grew up in Diamond Bar, CA. She just obtained my bachelors degree in animal veterinary science from Cal Poly Pomona. She will be starting her masters degree in Animal Science in August 2019. She hopes to become a Veterinarian one day! In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, going to the beach, camping, and spending time with friends and family. 

  • Marlen Gonzalez
    Room Nurse

    Marlen is currently a 4th year Animal Science pre-vet major at Cal Poly Pomona. Ever since she was a child, she has loved all kinds of animals big or small.  She hopes to become a veterinarian one day for both dogs and cats. While working at Loving Hands Animal Hospital, she has also become more interested in learning about reptiles and rodents. Currently, Marlen has 2 German Shepherds mix, a spaniel mix, a chihuahua, and 2 guinea pigs. When Marlen is not working or at school, she likes running, playing the piano, violin, and spending time with her pets and family. 

  • Madison Ermer
    Exam Room Assistant

    Since Madison was a child she wanted to save the world one animal at a time, and that's what she plans on doing. She is am currently a kennel attendant, her goal is to become a registered veterinary technician, with hopes of starting school in the fall 2017. When not working she enjoys spending her time with her pug Bella and her chinchilla Ruby. She absolutely loves working at Loving Hands Animal Hospital, she says that it's been one of the greatest opportunities that she has ever received.

  • Mario DeLoera
    Treatment Room Assistant

    Biography coming soon.