Jacob Head, DVM ~ Practice Owner

Education
Graduated Konawaena H.S.,1989 Graduated Colorado State University, B.S. in Microbiology, 1993. Graduated Colorado State Veterinary, 1998. DVM

Experience
8.5 years emergency critical care 10.5 years general practice.

Internship
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery

Specialized Training
Synthese Fracture and bone plating. Kyon Tibial Tuberosity Advancement TTA and TTA2 knee surgeries. VetStem- Regenerative cell Therapy.

Pets
3 cats, Jenner, Queso, Bamboo and 2 dogs, (Pike and Rome).

Hobbies
Triathlon, golf, cycling, hiking, reading, travel, being outside, spending time with family and friends.

Memberships
Veterinary Orthopedic Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association. American Animal Hospital Association – Accredited Member, A Director for Konaweana Foundation 2007-2012


Jolene Head ~ Veterinary Nurse

Education
B.A in Interior Design, Certified Massage Therapist

Experience
Jolene has 19 years experiences a Veterinary Nurse, She has worked in general practice and Emergency critical care.

Specialized Training
Veterinary Nurse in Emergency Critical Care for 5 years

Pets
2 dogs Pike and Rome, and 3 cats, Jenner, Bamboo and Queso

Hobbies
She is a runner, writer and loves to read and travel.

Background
Jolene together with her husband Dr. Jacob Head have owned and operated the practice since 2007. She has been in the veterinary industry since 1998 working first as an assistant in a general practice and progressing on to being a nurse in an emergency critical care practice. She manages the practice,does the AQS inspections for pets arriving in Hawaii, assists in surgery and works as a veterinary nurse. She write the very popular Pet Chronicles and Pikes Corner as part of the Hospital advertising each Friday in the West Hawaii today. She loves to cook and hates messes. When she is not doing all of thee above, she spends the rest of her time chasing after their 3 children and spending time with her husband.


Bridget ~ Veterinary Nurse

Experience
Trained at Keauhou Veterinary Hospital

Specialized Training
CE in Dental care for animals.

Pets
2 dogs, Toby and Roxy

Hobbies
Spending her time outside, hiking, camping and going the beach, she also enjoys working on cars.

Background
Bridget was born and raised in Kona. Bridget has worked as a veterinary nurse at KVH since 2007. She enjoys working with animals and hanging out with her family and friends. On her days off she can be found adventuring either on the ocean or the land. She is always up to learning or doing something new. She is an invaluable member of our veterinary team and we could not do what we do with out her.


Leilani ~ (CERT4) Veterinary Nurse

Education
Certification for Veterinary Nursing TAFE Australia

Experience
Greenway Veterinary Hospital and Kings Cliff Veterinary Hospital in Australia.

Specialized Training
Leilani is a retired Professional Surfer. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician, she is a Nutritional Advocate for both Hill’s Science Diet and Eukanua Pet Food

Hobbies
Leilani enjoys, coffee( lots of coffee) Surfing, traveling( she has been all over the world) and reading.

Background
Leilani was born and raised in Kona and is excited to be back in the USA after being away for the last few years. After retiring from professional surfing a few years ago, Leilani went to school to be a veterinary nurse in Australia where she has worked for the last couple years before moving back to the Big Island. She loves spending time with her friends.When she is not at work you can bet she is out surfing or traveling the world. When asked for one word to describe herself she said “AWESOME”. We agree.


Crystal ~ Veterinary Nurse, CVT

Education
Minnesota School of Business- Bachelor of Science – Veterinary Technology Argosy University- Associate in Applied Science Degree, Certified Veterinary Technology

Experience
Veterinary Tech since 2004, Worked and managed a veterinary hospital in Minnesota and worked at a veterinary Hospital in Waimea.

Pets
1 Dog named Leroy

Background
Crystal has a vast knowledge base and experience from working in veterinary medicine since 2004. She is a certified veterinary tech. She moved to Hawaii with her husband and her dog in 2015 and joined our team in 2016. We are excited to have her on our team.


Tatiana ~ Veterinary Assistant

Education
B.A. College of Charleston, Charleston South Carolina

Experience
She has worked in various aspects of animal care at multiple facilities.

Specialized Training
Speaks fluent German, Certified in Pet CPR and First aid, and “Knowing dogs 101: Dog Language” Certificate

Hobbies
she loves to go hiking, to the beach, read and travel.

Background
Tatiana moved here from South Carolina in 2016. She is fluent in German and has traveled the globe. She is our resident cat lady, as cats LOVE her. We are delighted to have her as part of our team.


Crystal, (CPhT) ~ Direct Release Coordinator

Education
Pharmacy Technician

Experience
12.5 years in retail pharmacy. 2.5 years in Hospital Specialty Pharmacy

Specialized Training
Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), Independent team Beach body Coach

Pets
Cat named Charlie

Hobbies
Going to the beach, running, hiking, swimming in the ocean, cliff/ waterfall jumping, cooking and baking, spending time with her husband

Background
Crystal moved here from Oregon with her husband Chase and her cat Charlie in 2014, after many delays including a motorcycle accident that almost took her husbands life she arrived with a new appreciation for life. She is excited to combine her passion for caring for others and her love for animals into one exciting career. We are equally excited to have her as part of our KVH family. She is our Direct Release Expert extraordinaire and can help you with all your Client services and Direct release questions.


Kaitlin ~ Client Service

Education
Honakaa High School

Experience
Hair stylist and Former Security Operations

Hobbies
Like to cut hair, reading, taking care of her family

Background
Kaitlin is from Big Island she has never actually live out of the State of Hawaii. She has been around animals her whole life and after spending some time doing professional security for events like Ironman, Concerts for Colbie Caley, John Mayer, and various private conventions for large corporate affairs.

Kaitlin loves spending time with her family and her boyfriend. She loves to go to the movies, reading and spending time at home in her garden. We are excited to have Kaitlin as part of our team. Her positive attitude and willingness to jump in and help where she is needed make her a valuable part of our team.


Evan ~ Veterinary Assistant

Education
B.S. Biology Appalachian State University

Experience
Exotic animal caretaker and various facilities

Specialized Training
Dolphin Trainer at Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Pets
2 dogs Nalu and Reef

Hobbies
Surfing, hiking, exploring the outdoors, scuba diving reading and going to the beach.

Background
Evan has been coming back and forth to Hawaii for the better part of 8 years she has traveled all over the world but has decided to make Hawaii her home with her fiancé and their dogs. We are so excited to have Evan as a part of our team here at Keauhou Veterinary Hospital her years of experience with animals and her amazing customer service skills are an asset to our organization. The fact she is a super cool human makes it all that much better to have her as a part of our team.


Cathryn aka Cat ~ Client Service Coordinator

Education
West Hawaii Exploration Academy

Experience
5.5 years as a dental assistant , 2.2 years as a Customer service Supervisor

Pets
2 Dogs: Makana and Kona
2 Cats: Bruce Wayne and Simba
2 Birds: Steve and Twitter
1 Pot Belly Pig: Kevin Bacon

Hobbies
Going to the Movies, traveling, spending time with family.

Background
Cat is from Hawaii she was born on Oahu and moved to the Big Island when she was 11 years old. She has always loved animals and has a menagerie of animals her whole life. Together with her husband and her kids she enjoys all that Hawaii has to offer. Cat has a wide variety of customer service experience and is always happy. Her friendly smile and calm demeanor are greatly appreciated by our staff and our clients. We are excited to have her as part of our team.


Pike’s Peak ~ Chief Dog in Charge

Education
Trained on the Job

Experience
9 years of living the dog life at a Veterinary Hospital

Pets
I don’t have pets I have staff

Hobbies
Eating, playing with my fox, running, going to work

Background
Pike was adopted form the HIHS we adopted him because no one wanted a damaged dog in need of care. We brought him to work and after several repairs he became a member of our family and a member of our Keauhou Veterinary Hospital team. He is our ambassador and is the “author ” of our advertising Column each Friday in The West Hawaii Today called Pike’s Corner.