Meet Our Kennel and Grooming Team



Giovanni is part of our brother/sister duo of kennel assistants.  His sister is Ariel.  When not at LHAH you will find him playing video games or ‘airsofting’ (a competitive team sport in which participants eliminate opponents by shooting each other with spherical plastic pellets launched via replica weapons).  He is so into this sport that he has attended an ‘airsoft con’ where he met some of his favorite YouTubers. He is a senior in high school and is a member of the school board.  Gio is taking a photo-shop class where he lets his humor dictate his images. Giovanni’s teacher was so impressed that he was given an award for student excellence. He loves keeping all the critters at the hospital healthy and co-workers in a good mood.


Jessica grew up in the small town of Ripon, California, located in the central valley. She and her husband Aaron were married in March of 2017. After getting married they moved to Anaheim in order to pursue both their passions- for Aaron filmmaking and entertainment and for Jessica- equine husbandry. Aaron plans to attend Cal State Long Beach and Jessica, Cal Poly Pomona. Jessica owns Belgian thoroughbred cross named Forbidden Phorrest and hopes to eventually own many more horses. Phorrest is currently training in natural horsemanship for ground work. In the past he has been trained for eventing and especially loves jumping. He once jumped over a 5’3” arena fence! Jessica aspires to train him in dressage work. In her free time, Jessica would love to breed and train flat-coated retriever dogs. She has grown up with this breed of dog and hopes to welcome another one into her family soon.  She presently has a very talkative six-year-old miniature schnauzer named Cleopatra Ewok Hollandsworth. Some of Jessica’s other hobbies include reading, hiking, and swimming. Her bucket list includes learning how to surf and rock climb.

At Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, you will find Jessica spoiling the cats and dogs in our kennels and grooming department.


Octavio H.

Octavio Hernandez is another Southern California native.  He grew up in Costa Mesa and has called it home for the majority of his life. He now lives in Tustin with his loving and beautiful wife.

Octavio will admit there was a time where he did not care for pets as he does now.  That was until his family rescued a Maltese puppy, (Spanky). Octavio reluctantly took on the job of being the chief walker, sanitation engineer, kibble dispenser and playmate.  Over time, Octavio realized that this little white fluff ball loved him as much as he loved it. From unenthusiastic pet owner to Cynophile, he got his own dog, an Old English Bulldog, Bear. He came to love their friendship and learned how truly amazing pets were.

Prior to joining our staff in 2015 he was employed at a veterinary hospital in Orange.  No he attends to the needs of the cats and dogs in the kennel and grooming departments ‘as if they were my own.’


Alexsandra is one of our Kennel Attendants. This is her first time working with animals and she loves it. Her love of pets can be seen in the way she cares for her fur baby, Hunny. Hunny is very active and loves to play tug-a-war with anything she can.

Alexsandra is known as a Halloween Baby since her birthday lands on the day before Halloween. In her free time, she hangs out with her friends and loves to explore new places.