Our Team

Jeannette M. Kelly, DVM

Jeannette M. Kelly, DVM

Diplomate ACVIM, Oncology

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jeannette M. Kelly founded Veterinary Cancer Care in 2004 as a response to the critical need for specialized cancer care for pets in New Mexico. Her vision extended beyond the mere treatment of cancer, aiming to ensure the best quality of life for each of her patients. This vision now anchors the clinic, guided by innovative treatments merging traditional and alternative methods. Dr. Kelly's journey in veterinary medicine began with her graduation from Colorado State University in 1994, followed by an internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Her dedication and passion for oncology led her to complete a residency at the University of Pennsylvania and the Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Here, she honed her skills and laid the groundwork for her future contributions to veterinary oncology. In 2009, Dr. Kelly achieved a significant milestone by becoming Board Certified in oncology, further solidifying her expertise in the field.

Residing in Santa Fe with her family and a diverse array of pets, Dr. Kelly embodies the spirit of compassion and care that she brings to her professional life. Her commitment extends beyond the clinic, as she actively supports local animal shelters and engages in numerous outdoor activities, fostering a strong connection with the community and the environment. Under Dr. Kelly's leadership, Veterinary Cancer Care has become a beacon of hope and healing, driven by an unwavering mission to advance veterinary oncology through multi-institutional clinical trials. Her dedication to kind, gentle treatment options that prioritize the patient's quality of life has set a new standard in veterinary care.

Kai

Kai

Office Manager

Kaimana Kanekoa, or Kai, is the dynamic Office Manager at Veterinary Cancer Care, joining the team in January. With a diverse career background, Kai has built and managed a nonprofit radio station in Hawaii, owned a landscaping company, and worked as a licensed massage therapist. A lifelong animal lover, Kai shares a home with two Chihuahua Terriers, Pete and Bip. Outside the office, Kai is an adventurer at heart, with hobbies that include hiking and camping, immersing in the beauty of nature, and gaming, where strategy and excitement meet. As a foodie exploring diverse culinary landscapes, Kai embodies a zest for life.

Lana

Lana

Oncology Nurse/ Head Veterinary Technician

Lana Weston is the dedicated Oncology Nurse and Head Veterinary Technician at Veterinary Cancer Care, starting her vital role in September 2020. Lana graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a Veterinary Assistant in 2013. Inheriting her love for animals from her mother, Lana cares for three dogs and a large family of cats, embodying her nurturing spirit. Outside of her role at work, Lana cherishes time with family and enjoys feeding wild birds, showcasing her care for all living creatures. Lana is an invaluable member of the Veterinary Cancer Care team, and we are so grateful to have her contributing to the healing and well-being of many.

Denise

Denise

Veterinary Technician

Denise Soon is a seasoned Veterinary Technician at Veterinary Cancer Care. With over 30 years of dedicated service as a vet tech, Denise's educational background is equally impressive, holding a BS from Texas A&M and a BA from Cedar Valley College. Her expertise is further validated by her certification as a New Mexico Registered Veterinary Technician (NM RVT).

Denise's extensive experience make her an invaluable asset to the Veterinary Cancer Care team, ensuring the highest level of care and compassion for all patients. Denise's connection with animals stretches back to her earliest memories, surrounded by pets and naturally taking on the role of caregiver. Her personal menagerie includes dogs, cats, a horse, and a turtle, showcasing a life devoted to the love and care of animals across a broad spectrum. In her free time, Denise extends her passion for animal care into flower gardening, providing nurturing attention to plants with the same dedication she gives to animals. Moreover, she actively trains and competes with her dogs, demonstrating a deep commitment to their well-being and development. Her comprehensive understanding of veterinary medicine and life-long devotion to animals ensure the highest level of care and compassion for all patients under her watch.

Brit

Brit

Veterinary Technician

Brit is an enthusiastic Veterinary Technician at our clinic whose journey in veterinary medicine spans 13 years. Her multifaceted career has seen her excel as a Customer Service Representative, Veterinary Technician, and Manager and her commitment to continuous learning is evident in her recent graduation as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP). While not currently licensed, Brit is dedicated to furthering her education to achieve her degree and licensure in veterinary medicine. Never one to slow down, Brit is also pursuing certification as a Holy Yoga instructor. Raised amidst various animals and involved in horse racing, 4H, and shelter volunteer work, Brit's lifelong passion for animal care is evident. Brit's personal menagerie includes three dogs: Alice (PewPew), an Australian Shepherd mix; Isis, a 10-year-old Doberman; and Ace, a 3-year-old foster-turned-family-member. She also has Pepper, a 6-year-old Husky mix. In her free time, Brit enjoys outdoor adventures, family gatherings, dance, hockey, yoga, reading, and tea. Her dedication to her furry family and professional development makes her a valued team member at our clinic.

Melissa

Melissa

Business Development Specialist
 
With over two and a half decades of experience, Melissa Salazar has dedicated her career to helping businesses thrive in New Mexico and Texas. Holding degrees in Marketing and Business Management, Melissa has worked with both large corporations and small businesses, always gravitating towards the more personal side of small companies. She believes that local businesses offer a unique and personal touch, creating an outstanding experience for their clients.

A lifelong animal lover, Melissa finds great joy in working in a field where she is surrounded by furry friends. Her passion for animals aligns perfectly with her role at Veterinary Cancer Care, where she brings her extensive business development skills to support the growth and success of the practice. In her spare time, Melissa and her husband enjoy playing slowpitch softball and traveling to tournaments nationwide. These activities provide a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and offer opportunities for new adventures and experiences.

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