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

Jodi Woods, DVM, CCRP, CVA

Medical Director, Practice Owner

A native to Southern California, Dr. Woods earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly, Pomona. 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 small animal 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.

Dr. Woods’ favorite part of being a general practitioner is the relationships she develops 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 is certified in the PennHip radiographic procedure (an advanced technique to measure hip laxity as a predictor of hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis), is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). Dr. Woods has also completed certifications in Veterinary Food Therapy (CVFT) and Veterinary Tui­‐Na (CVTP) through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

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 848 EVO out on a race track!

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 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. He has judged the Science & Engineering Fair for many years as a representative of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association.

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.

Monica Laflin, DVM, CVA

Practice limited to holistic medicine

Dr. Laflin received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978. After graduation, she worked for two years as a critical care practitioner at the St. Louis Emergency Clinic, before moving to San Diego in 1980. Dr. Laflin worked as an associate veterinarian for five years before purchasing the former Cardiff Animal Hospital, Inc., in September 1985.

In 1992 Dr. Laflin branched out into several aspects of holistic veterinary medical care. Since 1993, Dr. Laflin has been practicing as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, a Certified Animal Chiropractor, a Certified Veterinary NAET Practitioner, and has completed the required case reports and certification tests for both the basic and advanced courses in Veterinary Homeopathy taught by Dr. Richard Pitcairn.

From 2004-2011, Dr. Laflin continued her advanced homeopathic studies with Dr. Luc de Scheppar; and in 2011 Dr. Laflin completed the necessary course work and passed the examination to receive her Fellowship in homeopathy (FHom) from PHAU University.

On an annual basis, Dr. Laflin attends advanced seminars in veterinary acupuncture, animal chiropractic, applied kinesiology, muscle releasing techniques, Chinese and Western herbology, Veterinary NAET/NET, and veterinary homeopathy.

NOTE: To ensure Dr. Laflin’s current patients continue to receive their necessary care, Dr. Laflin is no longer accepting new patients.

Stephanie Fasone, RVT

Stephanie Fasone, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager

A native to Southern California, Stephanie began her career in veterinary medicine as a high school intern when she was 17 years old. She gradually worked her way up the ranks, from kennel attendant to receptionist, to technician assistant, and to ultimately to the role of Veterinary Technician, after earning her State certification and becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. Stephanie has been with the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center since Dr. Woods purchased the practice in April 2015. She originally came on-board as a Lead Veterinary Technician and is now the Practice Manager in-training. Stephanie is currently focused on the challenge of earning her CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager), an arduous 3-year program.

Nickname: Baby Steph (because you rarely find her without her adorable new daughter, Penelope, strapped to her chest – unless, of course, Dr. Woods’ has kidnapped her).

Arica Cayton, CVT

Arica Cayton, CVT

Certified 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 and is currently working to earn the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Clinical Practice, the highest professional credential for 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.

Stephanie Hawkes

Stephanie Hawkes

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Originally from Melbourne Beach, FL, Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Health Science from the University of Central Florida. Seeking out a new adventure, Stephanie relocated to Colorado, where she completed the Veterinary Technician program at the Denver Community College. After graduation, Stephanie relocated to Encinitas and joined the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center team. Stephanie is currently studying to take the national exam to earn her State certification and become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

When not at work, or studying for her national exam, you can find Stephanie at the beach, or playing with her 4-year old “pup”, Austin Pantalones.

Fun Fact: Stephanie and her boyfriend are currently converting a fifth wheel RV into a Tiny House!

Abby Herrera

Abby Herrera

Veterinary Technician Assistant

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!

Krystine Staats

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Krystine started her veterinary career in 2010 while still serving in the US Navy, volunteering as kennel support/technician assistant at Naples American Veterinarian Clinic (Naples, Italy). From there, she moved to San Diego and attended the PIMA Medical Institute, where she graduated with honors, receiving the Director’s Award.

Krystine has spent most of her career working in the emergency/specialty care environment and thus is excited to launch a new chapter in her career at the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center.

When Krystine is not at work, she is studying for the National and California state veterinary technician exams. In her free-time that remains, you can catch Krystine at the dance studio, or assisting in the theater program of a local high school.

Nickname: K-staats

Fun fact: All of Krystine’s pets are named after The Beatles and their songs.

Elizabeth Raftery

Elizabeth Raftery

Veterinary Technician Assistant & Client Service Representative extraordinaire

Se Habla Español

It’s hard to pin down where Elizabeth is actually from, so we’ll just stick with what we know for sure, and that is that Elizabeth loves working with animals. Elizabeth has spent time performing observational research on monkeys and armadillos in the jungles of Paraguay with the non-profit, Para La Tierra, and has also worked as an intern at the Best Friends Animal Society rehabilitating animals using Positive Reinforcement training. Originally having focused on behavior, it was during her time working in behavioral rehabilitation with fighting-ring dogs that triggered her interest to become more involved in the medical sphere of animal welfare, and Elizabeth went on to work with several different animal rescue organizations and veterinary hospitals in Southern California.

Since she joined the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center team in the Spring of 2016, Elizabeth has sunk her feet into numerous roles, but we could never keep her away from the front office, working directly with our clients. Elizabeth has since become the unofficial Client/Patient Care Advocate for the hospital, as she thrives and feels most accomplished when she knows she has helped to elevate the client/patient experience at the hospital.

Starting this Fall (2017), Lizzie will begin to work on completing the requirements to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Nickname: Lizzie

Fun Fact: Lizzie is highly trained with a chainsaw! She was the Head Sawyer of her AmeriCorps NCCC team as they worked with invasive species in Montana, and clearing roads from Hurricane Sandy in New York, among other projects.

Kelvin Chan

Kelvin Chan

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Kelvin was born and raised in Hong Kong. At the age of 15, Kelvin moved to San Diego but then relocated to the East Coast to earn his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (BS in Animal Science). Kelvin has since been working as a Veterinary Technician Assistant and joined the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center team in November 2016. Having expressed a special interest in the integrative and holistic aspect of the practice, Kelvin was sent to the Chi Institute in Florida to attend a specialized training course in Chinese Veterinary Medicine; he now works closely with Dr. Woods and our integrative/holistic client base.

When not at work, Kelvin can be found surfing; or adventuring with his dog, Nanuq, somewhere where the Wi-Fi doesn’t exist.

Fun Fact: Kelvin is the unofficial, after hours “Activities Director” for the staff.

Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith

Technician 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!

We have big hobbies!

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