Meet Our Clinic Staff

 

Dr. Howden was raised in the north state and graduated from Fall River High School in 1995. After graduation she attained her Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Once graduated, she became a Registered Veterinary Technician and worked as such at a local veterinary hospital for three years. In 2003 she moved to southern California to attend Veterinary School at Western University of Health Science, College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon program completion Dr. Howden moved back to the Redding area where she began work at Haven in July of 2007. Since then she has enjoyed ten years of amazing staff, adopters, animal rescue and a rigorous surgical load. Dr. Howden and her husband have two daughters, and a son as well as 2 dogs, and a cat. In her spare time she enjoys being a mom, baking, jewelry design, and serving on the Board of Governors for the California Veterinary Medical Association.

 

Leanna has worked at Haven since 2012 as a Veterinary Technician and is currently also the clinic manager. She started working in the Veterinary field at 18, and has enjoyed every moment of her experience. When she is not at work she enjoys hiking, bike rides, camping and other outdoor activities. Her main passion besides animals is art, which motivates her to draw and paint in her spare time. Although she has many “favorites” at work, her heart belongs to her three year old Pug/Boston, named Myrtle, adopted from Haven, and her 6 year old Chihuahua named Lolita. She graduated Anderson High school in 2008 and has almost completed her studies to be a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Genevieve grew up in Sonoma County, California, with two brothers who were allergic to animals.  Because she could never have any of her own, she could often be found at the neighbor's house playing with their three dogs, Mitzi, Annie, and Candy.  She started pet-sitting at the age of 9 and was a farmhand by age 12.  When she turned 15, she was old enough to volunteer at a small animal veterinary hospital, which eventually became a full-time position for her.  In her free time, she also volunteered with a local wildlife rescue center.  After graduating high school, she worked for an emergency/specialty veterinary hospital and obtained her RVT license in 2000.  In 2016, she moved to Shasta County with her daughter, dog, 2 cats and a handful of chickens and joined Haven Humane Society.  Genevieve loves the outdoors, spending time on the lake, off-roading in the mountains, and enjoying the warm weather in Northern California.

Erin was born and raised in Nevada.  Since she was very young, she has enjoyed the company of animals. Erin graduated from Enterprise High School in Redding and Linn Benton College in Albany, Oregon, with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has been working as a veterinary technician for Haven Humane since 2016. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her dogs, Queen Tesla the Whippet, King Tubby the Pug and Oswald Cobblepot the Great Dane mix.  Her hobbies include drawing, painting, gardening and exotic animal husbandry.

Bridget has been with Haven Humane Society since 2013 and has worked in multiple departments of the organization ultimately landing at the clinic as a technician. She enjoys running a small zoo out of her home between her own animals, a rotation of foster babies, and her side project of animal rehabilitation. When her nose isn't buried in a book you can usually find her going to a local event, playing board games with friends, or finding something new and fun to do with her family. 

Christine was born in Sacramento, but raised in Shasta County since the age of 7.  She graduated Enterprise High School and pursued her education to be a licensed pharmacy technician, which she did for 25 years.  She decided to try something new career-wise and came to be a part of the Haven family in August of 2016 as a receptionist at our clinic.  In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts with her husband, spending time with her kids and grandkids, and living it up at the lake and camping.  Christine loves her pack of flat faced dogs-- two English Bulldogs, Winston and Peaches, and Otis, the Boston terrier.

Marianne Steele grew up in Southern California loving animals of all kinds. She has worked in several shelters as well as clinic and vet hospitals. Marianne’s dedication to find animals loving homes and educate the public on proper care has always been her mission. She recently decided to pack up and move to the North State to explore the beauty and slower lifestyle here with her fiancé and 8 year old son. She quickly became a part of Haven Humane as a receptionist at the clinic to continue her life’s work in the animal field. While she has had many pets her only pet right now is her beloved malti-poo, Apple, that she saved 2 years ago. She plans to add more to the mix very soon.

Jennifer was fortunate to grow up surrounded by different kinds of animals. Her love for animals turned into wanting to care for them and after high school she started working for a veterinary clinic in Redding. Over the years she has had various jobs but has always wanted to return to helping the animals. She is happy to now be at Haven as a technician at the clinic!  She and her husband enjoy life with their dairy cows, cats, and chickens. They have adopted a few cats from the shelter and share how much happiness the cats bring them and that they truly touched their hearts.  Jen enjoys being outdoors and traveling. She loves the ocean, scuba diving, and spending time with family.

Megan is a northern California native who started at the clinic in November of 2017. Though she is new to veterinary medicine she has always had animals of her own including horses, cattle, dogs, birds, and more.  Graduating from Central Valley High School she was a student athlete and an active member of the FFA.  Her passion lies with Dental Hygiene and she is on the path to her Bachelor’s Degree to pursue that. In the meantime Megan loves working at the clinic and broadening her experience in the medical field. Being the youngest of 3 she values her me-time by traveling, hiking, and riding her horse Fancy with her dog Brandy.

Kaitlyn has been at Haven since August 2017 but has worked in the veterinary field for a number of years. She works primarily as a receptionist at the clinic, but enjoys learning the duties of a technician when time permits. She hopes to continue learning and someday further her career in veterinary medicine, graciously following in her mother’s footsteps. Kaitlyn has one dog, Benson, and proudly accepts her fate as a crazy cat lady; starting with her cat Kwazii. She grew up in Redding, and enjoys outside adventures and activities with her son. 

I'm Sir Julius. I came to the clinic in 2017 as a very scared, withdrawn cat in a trap and the clinic staff made me family. I am now a very important member of the staff, helping everyone with their daily tasks; some would say I am the mascot at the clinic. My hobbies include keeping seats warm, standing on paperwork, and trying to play with in-use pens. I absolutely adore meeting new people, pushing items off desks, eating treats and receiving pets, so if you see me do not be afraid to say hello!