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 these 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.
Dr. Sanfilippo was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Cal Poly Pomona earning her Master's Degree while working as an registered technician in a local veterinary hospital. In 2009 she graduated Western University of Health Sciences with her DVM. After graduation Dr. Sanfilippo moved to Shasta County. In 2017 she joining the Haven Humane Clinic staff were she delights in giving back to the community while pursuing a profession she enjoys. In her free time Dr. Sanfilippo and her children like to play games, read books and watch movies.
LeAnna graduated from Anderson High School in 2008 and joined the team as a veterinary technician in 2012. She is now a Registered Veterinary Nurse and our clinic manager. She started working in veterinary medicine at age 18 and it’s been her passion ever since. Outside of work she enjoys gardening and yard work, walking her dogs, painting, reading, and taking trips to the California coastline. If she didn’t work with animals her dream would be to own a plant nursery as she collects imported tropical houseplants. LeAnna loves to spoil the shelter pets that come through the clinic, much to the jealousy of her senior Chihuahua Lolita and her Pug/Boston terrier Haven Alumni, Myrtle.
Heidi was born and raised in Redding. She graduated from shasta high school in 2009. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2014, starting as a kennel attendent and working her way up to a registered veterinary technician in 2018. She became part of team Haven in 2019. In her free time you can find her spending time with her pets , crocheting and spending time with her friends and loved ones .
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.
Jenn grew up in Cottonwood and in San Diego. She graduated from El Capitan High School and went right into pursuing a career path in the medical field. She became a Haven hospital receptionist in April of 2018. She is a single mother to her teenage son, Landon. She loves animals, enjoys camping and the outdoors, going on adventures with her son. She looks forward to adopting a dog of her own in the near future, but for now gets her fill of dog and cat love at work where she is usually be found in the back giving extra treats and walks to our hospital patients and shelter animals.
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.
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.
Cassie graduated from University Preparatory School in 2015, with plans to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the start. She has plans to obtain a license as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the near future. In her spare time, she remains forever entertained by her 3 cats: Ollie, Milo, and Sadie, and has since gone under oath to prevent a fourth family member.
Shanda was born and raised in San Diego. After meeting her husband they decided to follow his dream career and move to Northern California. Shanda worked in the veterinary field for 12 years while living in San Diego, where her hard work and dedication drove her career upward until she found her calling as an orthopedic specialty technician. While in this field some of her more memorable moments included working with a border patrol canine officer, a 600 pound tortoise named Zoey and a kangaroo from the San Diego zoo. Driven by a passion for her work, Shanda's love for animals has grown with every step of her career. In her free time she can usually be found on Shasta Lake wake boarding or at home tending to her garden, so long as the weather allows. Every night she can be found in her kitchen cooking a gourmet meal, surrounded by the people she loves.
Jackie was born and raised in Redding and has been an animal lover and advocate her entire life. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 12 years. In her free time, Jackie enjoys fishing, camping, and traveling.
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.
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!