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Meet Our Team

1DMA1981_1080PX.JPGDr. John Abella
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline)
Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist

Dr. Abella received his Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) with academic distinction from the University of Hawaii in 1986.  He subsequently received his doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM) from Colorado State University in 1993.  He then completed an extensive medical & surgical internship at VCA West LA Animal Hospital among a variety of veterinary specialists. With his attainment of diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Dr. Abella provides a board certified practitioner's medical and surgical knowledge for your cats and dogs.  There are fewer than 10 veterinary general practitioners in the county who hold this distinction.  Dr. Abella is also certified as a Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist, PennHip practitioner, Hill's nutrition consultant, and a stem cell advocate trained with VetStem®.  He has served over 150 practices throughout Hawaii and California as an independent contractor emphasizing critical and emergency care.  Dr. Abella is also an accomplished ceramacist and enjoys golf, surfing, and soccer.

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Dr. Zelles received his Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1987.  He then worked as a veterinary technician for several years in Los Angeles attaining significant experience in endoscopic gastroenterology.  He went on to receive his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the prestigious University of California at Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.  During his doctoral studies, he gained additional extensive ultrasound and radiology training under the direct supervision of one of the pioneers of veterinary ultrasound.  His exceptional skill as a surgeon earned him a surgical scholarship in 1993.  Since entering general clinical practice in 1994, Dr. Zelles has amassed invaluable surgical, ultrasonographic, and endoscopic experience.  Helping people and their animals is Dr. Zelles' greatest professional joy.  His greatest personal joys are his wife Jennifer, his daughter Catalina, surfing, sailing, triathlon, and playing the guitar.

Dr. Tonina Desimone

Dr. Desimone is a local girl, growing up in Fallbrook. After high school, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and Master’s degree from Colorado State University. She finished up her education by getting her Doctorate from Ross University in the West Indies. Dr. Desimone enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. She also has an interest in alternative medicine and therefore is certified in ozone and prolozone therapy. In her free time she enjoys almost any outdoor activity but specifically hiking, fishing, SUP’ing, scuba diving, and wakeboarding. 

 The Support Staff

The receptionists of Aloha Animal Hospital are an experienced link to communicating with you.  Their job is much more demanding than one would imagine.  The receptionist is responsible for organizing our schedule to meet with yours while determining your animal's needs.  All the while, the receptionists are checking patients in and out, answering a plethora of questions, insuring prescription fulfillment, and keeping our finances straight.  Our receptionists are a vital communication link between you and  our veterinarians and we appreciate their abilities to keep the hospital organized.

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The Technicians
The employees of Aloha Animal Hospital are handpicked for their caring, compassion, and abilities.  The technical staff is lead by  registered veterinary technicians (RVT) who have over 15 years of experience in veterinary nursing care.  They are not simply animal caregivers.  The technicians are formally  trained and have years of practical application of catheter placement, venipuncture, monitoring and assessing patients with anesthesia and fluid therapy, daily procedures, radiography, inoculations, administration of medicines, organization of the charts and client communications.  We are extremely proud of the diligence and care that our technical staff provide.