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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 the 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 in her patients 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, as 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.

As a first-time mom with an active toddler to chase around, Dr. Woods enjoys spending her time away from work with her daughter; and as time permits for this new business owner and mother, Dr. Woods likes to “reset” by getting some dirt beneath her feet and heading out for a trail run, or else attending a Pilates class.

Fun Fact(s): Dr. Woods has visited 23 of the 50 US state highpoints (nearly half!), and prior to becoming a mother and purchasing her own practice (just a few short years ago!) you could have found Dr. Woods riding her Ducati sport bike out on a race track!

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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 two young boys and her rambunctious boxer, Winston.

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Jeff Pollard, DVM, Diplomate ABVP

Jeff Pollard, DVM, Diplomate ABVP

Board Certified in Canine/Feline Practice

The Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center is proud to have Dr. Pollard on our team of professional consultants providing exceptional veterinary care to all of our patients on a regular relief basis.

Dr. Pollard received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 from the University of Naples, Italy. Upon graduation, he worked in a mixed animal practice for several years before getting bit by the “ER bug.” Dr. Pollard has since practiced emergency/critical care medicine for the majority of his 25-year career.

In 2006, Dr. Pollard became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and is currently one of only eight veterinarians in San Diego County with this distinction! He has judged the Science & Engineering Fair for many years and served as a representative of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association.

Fun Fact(s): When not pursuing his passion for veterinary medicine, Dr. Pollard is an inveterate gardener and a firm believer in the adage that gardening is cheaper than therapy; and you get tomatoes!

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Arica, CVT, RVT

Arica, CVT, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician, 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 currently working to earn the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Clinical Practice, the highest professional credential for licensed veterinary technicians in general practice.

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.

Fun Fact: Arica has completed three full marathons and four half-marathons. She has run half of the events with her mother, and trains for each event running with her two dogs, Oslo and Sidekick.

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Salina, RVT

Salina, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Considering her crippling phobia of reptiles, it’s a wonder that Salina found herself pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Abounding with knowledge and incisive insight, and serving as one of the Cardiff Animal Hospital’s Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT), Salina is an unshakable source of leadership and guidance for the rest of the team. She hails originally from Yucaipa, and is a powerhouse of both optimism and useless trivia. Salina’s penchant for horseback riding and outdoor adventuring make her an essential component of everybody’s apocalypse survival team. She gets it all done with a smile on her face, and with the constant companionship of her amazing hound dog, Brooks.

Sasha

Sasha

Veterinary Assistant

Se Habla Español

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Sasha is in good company at the Cardiff Animal Hospital with her mesmerizing repertoire of knowledge and skill within the field. A product of over a decade of unflinching dedication to veterinary medicine, her reserved nature and stoic presentation make her the burning envy of many a flustered veterinary assistant; and her inability to lose her head is a priceless asset to our team. Sasha loves hiking and is currently in school to further her medical skillset: endeavoring fiercely to become an RN for a uniquely strange species- humans!

Elaine

Elaine

Veterinary Assistant

Elaine was born and raised in San Diego and has a passion for working with animals. Elaine’s long-term goal is to work with wildlife in rehabilitation, but in the meantime she keeps the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center team laughing, frequently interjecting quirky comments at odd-ball times, and infusing the hospital with her fun sense of humor.

Nickname: Lainey

Fun Fact: Elaine is the only staff member that enjoys listening to Country music, and she makes us listen to it often!

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Madison

Madison

Veterinary Assistant

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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.

Chris

Chris

Veterinary Assistant

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Chris made a bold career and geographic change in 2015, leaving auto-mechanics and New Jersey for veterinary medicine and the beautiful San Diego. Fueled by a desire to broaden his impact on the world, Chris is now an integral part of the surgical team at the Cardiff Animal Hospital. Chris is an avid student of history, particularly the American Revolutionary War. His fascination with the myriad, dynamic forces at play during the nascent country’s beginnings is matched by an equal love for outer space and space exploration. You can find Chris hiking or at the beach during his spare moments.

Aaron

Aaron

Technician Assistant

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San Diego’s native son, Aaron is a born and raised Del Mar-tian. You’ll find Aaron cheerfully fulfilling his role as a veterinary assistant, always with a smile on his face (albeit beneath his mask!) and a contagious desire to learn. Aaron keeps the Cardiff Animal Hospital running, tirelessly devoting himself to any task- glamorous or otherwise. He keeps the auto-clave running nonstop, and is highly acclaimed as the county’s most enthusiastic surgical launderer. He is working to further his accomplishments within the field by earning his Registered Veterinary Technician license, followed by achieving specialty certifications in radiology. When not immersed in veterinary medicine, Aaron enjoys frequenting the ethereal dreamscapes of H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction writing and eating green apples. You can identify him by his relentless good attitude and the beloved Yorkie terrier by his side.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Technician Assistant

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A transplant from the distant sun-soaked land of Orange County, Stephanie relocated to San Diego in 2015. She transitioned into veterinary medicine following a career in the restaurant industry and is presently enrolled in courses to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Stephanie shamelessly admits her disdain for hiking without compunction, opting instead for fine food and culinary adventures. Her home abounds with four-legged creatures, including two dogs named Kaya and Gatsby, as well as two cats named Pixel and Potato.

Nicoline

Nicoline

Technician Assistant

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Sadly, Nicoline refused to indulge this author in her biographical details. But what we do know is that she holds a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Biology from USD, making her as intellectually formidable as she is clandestine.

Sean

Sean

Technician Assistant

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Feeling dissatisfied with a career in school psychology, Sean was met with providential direction one day during a chance encounter with a stranger’s wounded animal. Inspired by the actions of the receiving veterinary staff who cared for the injured pup, Sean immediately decided to switch careers, focused intently on gaining admittance into veterinary school. Finding his psychology degree to be lacking in the core science classes necessary for application to veterinary school, Sean finds himself diligently occupied fulfilling the academic requirements he circumvented while earning a liberal arts degree. While gaining priceless hours of experience learning hands-on veterinary medicine, Sean devotes his moments of free time to surfing, rock-climbing and writing. His gallant partner in crime: Bacchus, a three year old rottweiler.

Alexis

Alexis

Lead Client Service Representative

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Alexis has earned the ardent respect and admiration befitting a superhuman of her variety. Our lead Client Service Representative, Alexis is the foundational keystone without whom the hospital would cease to function. Nearly all incoming communication passes through her infinitely patient and capable lens, resulting in a telephone presence that is as comforting and empathic as it is spectacular. Alexis’ ability to effortlessly multitask is a gleaming spectacle occupying the bewildered wonder of her coworkers.

Alexis moved from Michigan to California ten years ago, living first in San Francisco with her husband, before the pair resettled to San Diego to start their family. Two cats make up the final components of Alexis’ dependents, and while her life may seem impossibly full to the untrained eye, she is also an avid backpacker and outdoor enthusiast.

Caroline

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon!
Tessa

Tessa

Client Service Representative

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Tessa eagerly joined the arduous maelstrom of life as a Client Services Representative at this busy veterinary hospital. Fielding phone calls ranging from dire emergencies to the bizarre and incomprehensible, it takes a uniquely strong individual to hit the ground running at the frenetic pace demanded by her role. A devoted mother of two canines, Tessa’s ambitions include completing her bachelor’s and post-graduate studies in Japanese linguistics, striving one day to earn a tenured professorship at a top university. In her exceedingly sparse free time, you can find Tessa savagely rock climbing, crushing it both in the gym and outdoors.

Katlynn

Katlynn

Client Service Representative

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Katy may be a relatively new addition to the team, though she’s anything but new to the tumult and mayhem of working the front desk at a busy vet hospital. Her nimble fingers extract order and meaning from the amorphous frontier of client service, turning nebulous disarray into finely tuned schedules without ever breaking a sweat. Katy is the epitome of detail-oriented efficiency and she is always up to the task. Her cohort of weary medical staff regularly renews their beleaguered spirits in the ardent fires of her fastidious certainty. By no means is this take-no-prisoners attitude confined solely to her post at the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center. Katy’s uncontested supremacy as the hospital’s premier Harry Potter fan speaks for itself, and her pug Smaug would happily relate her equally fervent love of Tolkien if he were capable of verbal communication. Unfortunately, the deductive powers of contemporary science remain unfit to crack the enigma of the pug’s breed, and we are doomed merely to wonder at what strange conversations Katy would have with hers if she were able to. You’d be lucky to have a coworker like Katy, but she’s too cool for you.

Abby

Abby

Veterinary Assistant and Inventory 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.

Fun Fact: Abby holds the staff records for Best Attendance and Longest Commute!

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Amy Donald

Amy Donald

Practice Manager

Though Practice Manager Amy Donald doesn’t work directly with the patients at The Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center, she’s always focused on optimal patient relations with an emphasis on excellence. The only non-clinical member of the Cardiff team, Amy was brought on board to handle the HR and business portion of the practice.

Amy brings more than 10 years’ experience in healthcare business operations, demonstrating her expertise in establishing best practices to maintain a culture of continuous improvement. Amy makes the clinic run smoothly and efficiently, hiring and building highly productive, quality-oriented teams with clearly defined direction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources from Park University, graduating magna cum laude, and continues to participate in continuing education, specifically HIPAA and OSHA compliance topics.

Fun Facts: Amy is the unofficial photographer for the clinic. She loves hot yoga and family when not at the hospital.  And even more fun: On command, Amy will talk like a duck for you.

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We have big hobbies!

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