20 Sep Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team


Hospital Manager

Christine joined Oaklawn Animal Hospital in 2015. A Rhode Island resident since 1992, she attended the University of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the Oaklawn team, Christine worked in the Hospitality Industry for 25 years with a focus on Hotel Management. She shares her life with her two children, a Beagle named Dusty and Chihuahua sisters, Daisy and Dakota.

Candace - Oaklawn Animal Hospital


Client Care Representative, Fear Free and TickSmart Certified

Candace joined the team at Oaklawn Animal Hospital in May 2016. She has almost 2 decades of customer service experience and has been hands on working with animals since 2010 in a variety of environments. Candace is TickSmart Certified through the University of Rhode Island. When she isn’t busy doing TNR and rescuing cats, she enjoys spending time with her fiancee hiking and enjoying nature. Her home is shared with her 4 cats, 2 bully mix dogs and assorted small critters.


Client Care Representative

Samantha joined our reception team in March of 2013. She is the sunshine of the front desk with her welcoming smile every day! Sam shares her home with her two adopted cats, Gracie and Luna. Her interests outside of Oaklawn include watching Netflix, baking and reading. Currently, Samantha is going to school for Occupational Therapy.


Client Care Representative, Fear Free Certified, TickSmart Certified

Sonja has been working here at Oaklawn since 1984. You might recognize her when you walk in as she has been an integral part of our staff. She loves ferrets and shares her home with two ferrets and one dog. If you have a difficult problem, Sonja is the person you go to! Sonja is also our very own Queen of Green, implementing our recycling and composting program.



Client Care Representative

Amanda joined the Oaklawn team in October of 2020, when she moved back from Texas. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s online Veterinary Technician program, and in her spare time enjoys being home to spend it with her pets.


Client Care Representative

Alexis has been with Oaklawn Animal Hospital since November of 2020. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2018. Her interests include spending time with her family, traveling, shopping, and enjoying all outdoor activities with her two German Shepherd Dogs Zyra and Xena.


Lead Technician, Certified Veterinary Technician, Fear Free Certified

Maria is our Lead Technician and is Fear Free Certified, and has been with us since 1996. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from URI in 1999, and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2006. She is married and has two daughters. She shares her home with 2 cats and 2 dogs. Her interests include spending time with her family, hiking, and cycling. She is also proficient at various handicrafts like knitting and sewing.

Crystal - Oaklawn Animal Hospital


Technician, Certified Veterinary Technician and Fear Free Certified

Crystal is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has been with the OAH family since 1998. She is also Fear Free Certified. She is married and has a son named Dylan. Crystal has Luna, a Cattle Dog, Sprocket, a labradoodle and two retired racehorses, Tabitha and Magnum to care for at home. Her interests include gardening and going on walks with her family and dogs. She also enjoys riding her horses. She received her technician certification in 2006.

Sarah CVT - Oaklawn Animal Hospital

Sarah B.

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sarah B joined our team in March 2019 after graduating from New England Tech. In July 2019, Sarah became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Sarah shares her contagious smile and positive energy in everything she does. Her future goals include completing her bachelors degree and teaching future Veterinary Technicians. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her dog, Rosie, and cats, Sissy and Princess.

Oaklawn Animal Hospital


Certified Veterinary Technician and Fear Free Certified

Christine has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2005 and in the Veterinary field for 25 years. Outside of work, Christine’s a weightlifter and triathlete. She lives with her husband and three felines.


Technician, PennHip Certified

Ashley has been a technician at Oaklawn Animal Hospital since 2006. She began her career as a technician in 2003 and has never looked back. Ashley shares her home in Cranston with three dogs Mexi, Mila and Mango and a cat Bing. Her hobbies include going out with her friends, shopping and spending time with her family.


Technician, Fear Free Certified, PennHip Certified

Courtney, a Fear Free Certified technician, started with Oaklawn Animal Hospital in early 2013 as an assistant. In January 2016 she was promoted to Technician. Courtney works closely with Dr. Mahaney to provide canine rehabilitation treatment and services. With her positive attitude and work ethic we are pleased to have her on our team. She is drawn to misunderstood animals and highly believes in behavioral training. She lives with her rescued dog, Leroy.


Technician, Certified Veterinary Technician, Fear Free Certified

Fran is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has been at OAH since 2006. Her calm demeanor and ability to quiet even the most upset cats has earned her the nickname of “Cat Whisperer”. She has worked as a technician for many years before joining our OAH family, and has an associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Newbury Junior College. She and her husband Tom share their home with many animals. Fran also spends time writing and is interested in photography.



Kristina has been part of our team since 2004. She started as an intern while she was in the ninth grade at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, RI. The internship turned into a part-time summer job then a full time career as an Assistant. In 2008 she graduated from a CNA class at Berkshire Place in Providence, but realized that animals are her true passion. In 2014 she was promoted to Technician who has proved her eagerness to keep learning. Kristina has a black and white cat named Hydrox and two dogs: Buddy and Pixie. In her free time Kristina enjoys spending time with her daughter, Rosalie and her family.

Jaclyn - Technician


Technician, Fear Free Certified

Jaclyn joined our team in December 2020. She graduated from New England Tech in May 2014 completing the Veterinary Technology Program. She began her career as a kennel assistant at NKAH, was eventually promoted to Veterinary Technician in 2012, and she is Fear Free Certified now! She has loved the career ever since and feels it is her purpose to help her patients and educate her clients. Jackie lives with her two cats Frankie and Pumpkin. Her hobbies include going out with friends, hiking, and spending time with family. She likes to bring a positive atmosphere to her staff, clients, and pets!



Certified Veterinary Technician

Baharik, aka Bee joined the Oaklawn Animal family in September 2021.  She became a certified Veterinary Technician after completing the program at New England tech and has been in the field for 10 years now. Bee is married and has three fur babies. Cupcake a pit mix, Ezra a Boston, and Clemenza the Frenchie/baby dinosaur. In her free time she loves making dog and baby apparel for her Etsy page, taking care of her 50+ houseplants, and taking the pups on adventures.


Assistant, Fear Free Certified

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Karla, who in April 2016 became our newest certified veterinary tech assistant. She dreams of one day becoming a veterinary technician. She has a very friendly manner loves to make people smile and laugh. She has one dog named Bianca who is 12 years old. She loves spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include dancing and eating!

Jordan - Kennel Assistant Oaklawn Animal Hospital


Technician, Fear Free Certified

Jordan joined the Oaklawn team in August 2017. Although, she dreams of one day becoming a technician, as a new mom, Jordan spends her free time with her beautiful daughter. She also lives with her two cats, Lilly and Jax and her rescue pup Halani.




Jessica joined our Oaklawn and Cranston Animal Hospital family in June 2020. Jessica is looking forward to learning more about Fear Free methods in working with our patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, Zayden and Chihuahua, Princess. Jessica also enjoys hiking, discovering new places and trying new foods.

Cassidy - Kennel Assistant



Cassidy joined Oaklawn Animal Hospital in January 2021 as kennel assistant. She currently attends the University of Rhode Island with a major in animal science on the pre-veterinary track. She dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys painting, knitting, writing, and spending time with her family. She lives with her guinea pig, Finnegan/Finny.

Ashley - Kennel Assistant



Ashley joined our Kennel Assistant team in August 2020. Her positive energy is contagious! Ashley enjoys shopping and spending time with her daughter.