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. Michael O’Hara, DVM – Associate Doctor
Dr. Michael O’Hara grew up in Orcutt, CA and studied molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz. He initially began working in the local veterinary medical community as a veterinary technician, and he went on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University before returning to the Central Coast to practice. In his free time, Dr. O’Hara enjoys golfing and hiking with his wife Katie and three dogs.
RVT – Lead Veterinary Technician
Sarah grew up in Paso Robles, and she has been working in the veterinary field since she was a teenager. Sarah is a licensed Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with 15 years of clinical experience in the SLO community and beyond, and she enjoys the opportunity to mentor our Cal Poly student assistants while providing the highest quality of care and support to our patients and clients. Sarah is recently married to her husband Steve; in her spare time, she loves to hike with her “one and three-quarters dogs” – an Old English bulldog named Bo and a three-legged Hawaiian rescue named Toby.
Keely moved to SLO from Orange County, CA to study at Cal Poly. She joined the AHSLO team last year, and she has also volunteered with Woods Humane Society and Pacific Wildlife Care. Keely recently graduated from Cal Poly with her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a concentration in veterinary medicine, and she is now working full-time at AHSLO to increase her technical skills while she applies to vet schools. Keely hopes to earn her DVM and go on to practice veterinary medicine. Keely likes to go hiking and camping, and she’s also a long-distance runner. She has a black cat named Luna with gold eyes and a kinked tail who she rescued from Woods.
Grace is a SLO local who is currently attending Cal Poly. She has always had a passion for animals, and after completing her Bachelor’s degree in animal science she hopes to attend vet school to become a veterinary ophthalmologist. In addition to school, Grace runs the breeding group Poindexter Border Collies, shows champion dogs, and hosts a private dog training program out of her home. When not at work or school, Grace can be found enjoying the outdoors with her three Border collies Caragh, Deakon, and Stout and her horse Keela.
Alex is a Cal Poly student from Livermore, CA. She moved to SLO to study animal science at Cal Poly, and she is currently a pre-veterinary student in the process of preparing her vet school applications. Alex grew up raising, showing, and breeding dogs, pigs, and poultry through her local 4H program, and she has continued this involvement at Cal Poly in their hands-on livestock enterprise classes. Alex loves working at AHSLO because the doctors are compassionate and knowledgeable, and the staff is so willing to help her learn! When Alex graduates, she hopes to go on to become a veterinarian herself. You can follow Alex’s adventures with her 1-year old mini Australian shepherd Kodak on Instagram: @kodakksmoments.
Kambria was born into a family of animal lovers, and she grew up in a small, rural town in Oregon with Saint Bernards, Bassett Hounds, a Rottweiler, and many other furry critters as her “brothers and sisters.” After a first career in human healthcare, Kambria went back to school to pursue the education and experience to work with animals professionally. She is currently a student at Cuesta College. In her spare time, Kambria can be found riding and training her American Indian horses and camping with her husband.
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!
Sonja is a Central Coast native who has been an animal care professional for over a decade. Sonja received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and completed graduate education in animal welfare at the University of British Columbia. She has experience in small animal and exotic medicine, wildlife rescue/rehabilitation, companion animal behavior and training, and wildlife research and conservation. Sonja was very grateful to spend a summer in college interning with Dr. Lewis, and she loves working closely with him and the rest of the team to ensure excellence of care at AHSLO. In her free time, you can find Sonja volunteering in local feline rescue (adopting more cats!) or enjoying the beach with her fiancé Justin and rescue dog Rosie.
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 likes to spend her free time cuddled up at home watching Netflix with her black and white Shih Tzu named Chandler.
Front Desk/Client Relations
Kassie was born and raised in Cayucos, where she grew up with dogs and cats. As a student she was active in our local 4H and FFA programs, and she raised many lambs and a heifer to show at the Mid State Fair. Kassie has always had a passion for animals, and she has recently made the transition into veterinary medicine as a career. She is very excited for the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge while serving SLO’s pet community. Kassie recently adopted a new puppy named Annie who comes to work with her every day. In her free time, Kassie is an avid outdoorswoman, and she is looking forward to Annie being old enough to join her on hikes and camping trips.
Bio coming soon!