Meet Our Team

Here at Animal Hospital of SLO, we are proud to provide a team of friendly, experienced veterinarians and support staff to care for your pet. Our doctors, technicians, and office staff strive to provide the best care available, and each member of our team has a history of caring, compassionate service.

Explore our staff biographies to learn where we’re from, how we came to veterinary medicine, and why we love the work we do!

Dr. Cody Lewis, DVM – Practice Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Cody Lewis grew up in Northern California, where his father was a farrier (horseshoer) and raised livestock. After being raised around animals and inspired by his father’s love for them, he was driven to pursue a career as a veterinarian. He attended Cal Poly for his undergraduate studies in biochemistry and instantly fell in love with the Central Coast. He then went on to complete his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

As the owner of Animal Hospital of San Luis Obispo, Dr. Lewis works with small animals and practices strict guidelines issued by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). At AHSLO and our sister hospital, Primary Care Animal Hospital in Arroyo Grande, Dr. Lewis and his team hold themselves to the highest standards in veterinary medicine and strive to deliver excellent care to every pet. Why? Because pets deserve nothing less!

Dr. Kelley Zucker, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kelley Zucker grew up in southern California before attending Cal Poly SLO for her undergraduate degree. She attended Veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada, then completed a one year medical/surgical internship in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Zucker practiced in Massachusetts and New York for 10 years before she finally had enough of the long cold winters and returned to San Luis Obispo in 2020. She now lives in SLO with her husband and two kids, their dogs Terry and Penny, and cats Bruce and Bunny. When not at work she enjoys exploring SLO County with her family, DIY home improvements and furniture rehab, and watching Bravo.

Dr. Chelsea Dauer, DVM

Dr. Dauer grew up in Los Osos and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2011. She graduated from St. George’s University in January 2017 with a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. She attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, for her clinical year. Dr. Dauer has been working as a small animal veterinarian on the Central Coast since 2017.

Outside of practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Dauer enjoys riding her horses, hiking with her dogs, wakeboarding at the lake, and playing soccer. Locally, Dr. Dauer also volunteers with Coast Mounted Assistance in Montana de Oro and the Horse Emergency Evacuation Team.

Kim Babcock

RVT – Lead Veterinary Technician

Kim grew up in San Bernardino County and moved to San Luis Obispo County in 2014 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Cal Poly. After graduation in 2019, Kim continued her professional development by obtaining her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). From a young age, Kim knew she wanted to work animals and never considered an alternate career path. In her spare time, Kim can be found walking on the beach or hiking with her two dogs: Ashley and Charley.

Miley Plaza

Veterinary Assistant

Miley Plaza grew up in Stockton, CA and came to SLO to study Animal Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is currently a junior on the Pre-veterinary tract with a minor in biology. In addition to working with dogs and cats here at the clinic, she has worked closely with exotics at a rescue zoo in Paso Robles for two years. She will be applying to Veterinary school following the completion of her undergraduate degree at Cal Poly, and plans on specializing in wild and exotic animal medicine. When not at work or school, Miley’s free time is spent with her dog Pismo, hiking, surfing, and going to the beach.

Hannah Beneroff

Veterinary Assistant

Hannah grew up in Madison, New Jersey, and she is a recent Cal Poly graduate with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. In New Jersey, she consistently volunteered at the local animal shelter. Currently, Hannah is taking a gap year while applying to veterinary schools. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog Cody on hikes and to the beach.

Cassidy Sherwood

Veterinary Assistant

Cassidy is a military brat, who grew up all over the United States. She has been in San Luis Obispo for over 6 years now, and is getting her bachelor’s degree online in Health Sciences. She has over 5 years experience in the vet field. She has one pug/Boston terrier mix Cochina, and two cats, Pippa and Quinn. In her spare time, you will find her reading, playing roller derby, or watching trash TV.

Sadie Bruder

Veterinary Assistant

I start working at Animal Hospital of San Luis Obispo in May 2023. I previously worked at Stenner Creek Animal Hospital for 5 years. I started working in veterinary medicine in San Diego at Turquoise Animal Hospital. My first animal job was volunteering at Pacific Primary Sanctuary in Haiku, Maui. I currently live in Los Osos, with my boyfriend and my cat doodle. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my cat and taking walks around Los Osos.

Heather Lewis

Practice Administrator

Heather wears many hats for Animal Hospital of San Luis Obispo and Primary Care Animal Hospital, including managing the central business office and financial operations of both clinics. When she is not in the office, you will find Heather enjoying her time with husband Cody and son Noa. She loves to involve their beloved dogs Wyatt Earp, Skylar, and Cali in their outings, especially taking the whole family to the beach. Heather is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the wonderful pet-friendly and family-oriented community AHSLO supports!

Brandy Kosters

Front Desk/Client Relations

Brandy discovered her love for animals while spending time at the lake with her family dog Alex, a black lab. She worked as a grooming assistant in Iowa for five years, where she also took on additional roles within the hospital. Soon after moving to the Central Coast, Brandy began to miss working with animals, and she started at AHSLO in August 2015. Since then, Brandy has become a familiar face when clients first enter the hospital. When not working, Brandy enjoys cuddling her two adopted orange tabbies, Tyler and Katie and her newest addition shih tzu Millie.

Anita Wasserman

Accountant

Bio coming soon!