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Our Team

We’re one big family.

Our team has one singular goal – to provide the absolute best care to your pet throughout their entire life.

Jodi Woods, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVPP

Jodi Woods, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVPP

Medical Director, Practice Owner

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

A native to Southern California, Dr. Woods earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Animal Science from the California State Polytechnic University. Dr. Woods then moved to the Midwest to attend veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Woods completed an internship in general medicine and surgery at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, prior to returning to UW Madison to complete two years of specialty residency training in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. At the end of her surgical training, Dr. Woods spent a year working in an emergency/specialty care hospital in Iowa before returning to her native Southern California, making San Diego her home.

While surgery is her passion, Dr. Woods finds herself drawn to all aspects of veterinary medicine, most notably, the management of acute and chronic pain conditions. Dr. Woods’ commitment to pain management is demonstrated by her numerous accomplishments in this area. Dr. Woods is one of only 136 veterinarians worldwide to hold the Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner title. Dr. Woods is also certified in canine rehabilitation and veterinary acupuncture, making her the only veterinarian in San Diego County to hold all three of these certifications! In addition, Dr. Woods is certified in the PennHip radiographic procedure (an advanced technique to measure hip laxity as a predictor of hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis), and also completed certifications in Veterinary Food Therapy (CVFT) and Veterinary Tui-Na (CVTP) through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Woods’ favorite part of being a general practitioner is the relationships she gets to develop with both her patients and their families. Dr. Woods is known for her exceptional bedside manner and her commitment to providing the best client service and patient care available. This entails taking the time to allow a patient to “warm up” to her – proceeding with diagnostics and treatment at the appropriate pace for the patient and client’s comfort – as well as spending the time needed to ensure that a client understands the treatment options and plan recommended for their pet.

Dr. Woods enjoys spending her time away from work hanging out with her daughter or heading out for a mountain bike ride.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: A mug of hot water!
My super power is: Living life caffeine-free!

Want to learn more? Click the button below to read Dr. Woods’ fun bio!

Melodee Ingram, DVM

Melodee Ingram, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Ingram is a Cardiff local but began her higher education at Washington State University in Pomona, WA where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. She continued on to obtain a Masters Degree in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Her veterinary degree was obtained from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2012. Dr. Ingram’s original career path was directed toward equine medicine therefore she completed a large animal internship in Salinas, CA following graduation from veterinary school. Dr. Ingram returned to Southern Californian and practiced locally as an equine practitioner with a specialty in sports medicine and rehabilitation of the elite horse. To better serve her patients, Dr. Ingram is certified in veterinary acupuncture in all species.

Dr. Ingram enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine which directed her career change to small animal medicine. Most notably, Dr. Ingram enjoys the complexities of ophthalmology, internal medicine, pain management but more so, bonding with her clients and their beloved pets.

When Dr. Ingram isn’t at work, she is chasing around her three young boys and her rambunctious boxer, Winston.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: 
Peanut butter and ice cream
My super power is: Knowing where everything is (which is very useful because I’m a mom of 3 boys)!

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Jasmine Alam, DVM

Jasmine Alam, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Jasmine Alam is a Southern California native, born and raised in Orange County. Dr. Alam completed her undergraduate degree (a BS in Wildlife and Fish Conservation Biology) at UC Davis and graduated with honors from Mississippi State University with her DVM.

After convincing her partner, also a veterinarian, that California is the place to be, she found herself back in beautiful Southern California following graduation. While she enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Alam is especially interested in soft tissue surgery, as well as exotic animal medicine. Dr. Alam is excited to be a part of the Cardiff Animal Hospital team and looks forward to strengthening the human-animal bond between her patients and their owners.

When not at work, Dr. Alam enjoys spending time at the beach, perusing her local Target, and eating all the delicious food San Diego has to offer. Dr. Alam and her girlfriend have two dogs, Pablo (a pug), and Finley (a pit bull), as well as a panther chameleon named Taco.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Pugs
My super power is: Disconnecting luer lock ports on IV lines

Lori Braun, DVM

Lori Braun, DVM

Veterinarian

Like most veterinarians, Dr. Braun has always been drawn to animals. Growing up in San Diego, she was lucky enough to have a one-on-one encounter with a San Diego Zoo education critter (a kinkajou!) during a 5th grade school program. From that moment on, she knew that her future career was going to be working with animals. After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Zoology, Dr. Braun spent close to 10 years as a zookeeper, working with a variety of amazing species.

Deciding to make a career shift, Dr. Braun attended veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada, completing her clinical year at Auburn University. Dr. Braun spent the first 16 years of her veterinary career practicing in Oregon as a general practitioner, but most recently focused in end-of-life/hospice care. Now, after many years of wooing, Dr. Woods was able to tempt Dr. Braun into moving back to San Diego and joining the wonderful team at the Cardiff Animal Hospital.

While Dr. Braun loves almost all aspects of veterinary medicine, client education is her forte.

In her spare time, Dr. Braun enjoys game nights (especially trivia!) and, as she’s new to the area, learning all about what North County has to offer! Her 14 year old French bulldog, Gizmo, and snuggly kitty, Luke, are (of course) also a big part of her days.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: ANYTHING key lime!!!
My super power is: Packing a moving truck Tetris

Arica, CVT, RVT, VTS (C/F CP)

Arica, CVT, RVT, VTS (C/F CP)

Registered Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Canine/Feline, Clinical Practice)
Treatment Supervisor

Arica has been working in the veterinary field for over 17 years. Having started out as a Technician Assistant, Arica dedicated herself to veterinary medicine and elected to attend and graduate from one of the top veterinary technician programs in the country (the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology). Arica earned her Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) license in 2008, and over the past nine years, Arica has developed a special interest in canine/feline medicine and anesthesia.

Arica is one of only three veterinary technicians in the State of California to have earned the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Clinical Practice, the highest professional credential for licensed veterinary technicians in general practice.

Additionally, Arica and Dr. Woods are the only two certified instructors in Southern California for the RECOVER Initiative, the internationally recognized authority in veterinary CPR. Thus, the Cardiff Animal Hospital and Wellness Center is the only hospital to run in-hospital CPR training throughout the year, and keeps ALL team members certified in RECOVER CPR training.

Arica moved to California and joined the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center team in September 2016. When not at work, Arica can be found running up and down the coast with her two miniature Australian Shepherds, Oslo and Sidekick.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Hiking. I summited Mount Whitney (highest point in the contiguous United States) AND Mount Elbert (highest point in Colorado) in July ‘22.
My super power is: Relentless determination! Once I put my mind to something, I get it done!

Want to learn more? Click the button below to read Arica’s fun bio!

Madison

Madison

Veterinary Assistant


FUN BIO
Veterinary medicine is intermittently endearing, heartbreaking, chaotic, and enigmatic. Believe it or not, things can become stressful! Fortunately, we have Maddie. She is our bastion of tranquility in the trying waters of everyday veterinary medicine. With over a decade of experience in the field, it’s no wonder that you’ll never find Maddi shaken or off-center, whatever the problem at hand may be. The world needs more people like her, but in the meantime, the whole hospital staff benefits from the steadfast constitution of this unwavering hero. Maddie applies this same resilience and strength in all her endeavors, from making jaw-droppingly rad wood burning art, to cultivating Encinitas’ finest sunflower garden. Don’t think Maddie does it all alone, though! Parker, her dauntless rescued terrier, is never far from the action.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Scruffy terriers!
My super power is: Connecting with people

Hannah

Hannah

Veterinary Assistant


FUN BIO

Hannah spent a decade adventuring with her cats in Portland, OR; and while still relatively new to San Diego, Hannah is no stranger to providing animals with amazing quality care and endless cuddles. Without hesitation, Hannah has evolved into what you would call a Crazy Cat Lady. Between her and her partner, she now has a total of 6 cats (Margot, Lincoln, Oliver, Cali, Joey, and Walter). You will rarely find Hannah in the same place for more than a just moment. She performs best on her feet and thrives in the ever changing world of veterinary medicine.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Cat toe beans!
My super power is: Being even-tempered

Makayla

Makayla

Veterinary Assistant

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Cats
My super power is: Getting covered in animal hair because I can’t help but cuddle all of the sweet fur babies!

Karen

Karen

Veterinary Assistant

Anyone who knows me knows I love: My dogs!
My super power is: Knowing random animal facts — like jellyfish don’t die!

Alexandra

Alexandra

Technician Assistant

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Animals (especially bats)
My super power is: Making friends while traveling

Ruby

Ruby

Technician Assistant

Anyone who knows me knows I love: D&D as a creative outlet
My super power is: Putting 100% into things I’m passionate about

Sierra

Sierra

Technician Assistant

Anyone who knows me knows I love: My pig, Biscuit!
My super power is: Finishing all of my homework BEFORE it is due!

Carolyn (aka CeCe)

Carolyn (aka CeCe)

Client Service Representative


FUN BIO

Carolyn’s addition to the team represents an invigorated rebuttal to Katy’s hitherto unchallenged claim as the hospital’s most militant Disney fan. The shockwaves from this destabilizing rivalry threaten to tear asunder the very foundation of the Cardiff Animal Hospital. Fortunately, these two titans of Disney work opposite schedules. Carolyn is in her rookie season of veterinary medicine, fulfilling her duties as a customer services representative with agility and grace. Any attempt at describing the rigors and trials of front desk operations is doomed to be inadequate; suffice to say, it’s not easy. Carolyn’s free hours are largely consumed by her Medical Billing & Coding classes, but in her sparse free time, she is an avid amateur photographer and undersea explorer. She partakes in terrestrial adventures as well, as an inveterate camper and hiker. When the author questioned the authenticity of her hiking claim, dubiously citing the fact that everyone he had interviewed claimed to enjoy hiking, she was insistent that it is indeed a bonafide hobby of hers.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Disneyland
My super power is: Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Kayla

Kayla

Client Service Representative


Anyone who knows me knows I love:
Crocheting
My super power is: Eating an enormous amount of sugar

Abby

Abby

Inventory and Pharmacy Manager

Se Habla Español

Dr. Woods and Abby first met when Abby was completing an externship for the Technician Assistant program she was enrolled in at the time. Dr. Woods immediately recognized Abby’s drive and incredible work ethic and knew that Abby would be an asset to any hospital that hired her. Subsequently, Abby was one of the first two people Dr. Woods brought on staff when she purchased the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center in April 2015.

Abby attended and completed both the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician programs offered by the PIMA Medical Institute, and is eligible to take the national exam to earn her State certification and become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

When not at work, Abby can be found studying for her national exam or pampering her beloved Bichon, Snoopy.

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Being a complete mystery to all
My super power is: Juggling everything the hospital throws my way

Want to learn more? Click the button below to read Abby’s fun bio!

Stephanie, RVT

Stephanie, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Practice Manager

Anyone who knows me knows I love: Reggae, Frenchies, and Halloween
My super power is: Always knowing what’s going on in the hospital while living and working 2,000 miles away

We have big hobbies!

When not at work, our team loves to explore and do amazing things.