Dr. David J Shuman, DVM

President / Veterinarian

After graduating from UCSC in 1989 with a B.A. in Biology, Dr. Dave Shuman went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 1993. He worked at other practices before opening his own practice, Santa Cruz Westside Animal Hospital, Inc., in 1999.

Dr. Dave is recognized as a successful local business owner and generous supporter of the Santa Cruz community. He is married to Hilary and they have two young children, Quintin and Madeline.

Since opening his practice, Dr. Dave’s Westside Animal Hospital has grown into the big family it is today.

Dr. Kathleen Martinelli, DVM


Dr. Kathy Martinelli earned her undergraduate degree at Santa Clara University and continued on to UC Davis where she met Dr. Shuman and graduated in his same class in 1993. Dr. Martinelli practiced veterinary medicine in San Mateo for 7 years before moving to Santa Cruz in 2000, and became a member of the Westside Animal Hospital team in 2001.

Kathy and her husband Brian have a full household of two little girls, two dogs, two cats and a hen house. Her personal hobbies include skiing, and hiking. Dr. Martinelli is a respected and adored Vet who understands the common and unusual ailments of our patients from nose to tail but is especially skilled in internal medicine and endocrinology.

Dr. Sheena Logothetti, DVM


Dr. Sheena Logothetti came to veterinary medicine with a background in wildlife protection and environmental studies. She attended UC San Diego as an undergraduate and later earned a masters degree in Conservation Ecology from the University of Georgia. After years working to promote healthy ecosystems for wildlife, she enrolled in veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning her DVM in 2007. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of animals including sea turtles, dolphins, endangered whooping cranes, a tiger and an orangutan. While these amazing creatures continue to inspire, her true passion is found in the daily, hands-on experiences with clients and their incredible companions. The beautiful coastline and perfect weather brought her back to the Santa Cruz area in 2007.

When Sheena is not working with your pets, she spends as much time as possible outside with her two young daughters, husband and her dogs Oscar and Lenny. Her cat, PJ Brown, also likes to accompany family walks around the block but prefers to stay home for adventures to the beach and mountains.


Hospital Manager

Like just about everyone else on staff here, she enjoys spending time with her animals. Since the days of her first pug, Toby, she loves all things Pugs. Among the lesser known facts about Becky is that she once owned a hairless guinea pig, hairless rats, birds and fish! She currently has 3 dogs; Tobin a 9 yr old Boxer, Ola a 5 yr old Boxer, and Sparky a 10 yr old Pom mix and two silly guinea pigs!


Lead Veterinary Technician

Rachel has always had a love for animals and has worked in the veterinary business for over a decade. After studying Biology at UCSC and graduating in 2003 she moved to San Francisco and began her career in the Veterinary field. Beginning at the customer service end she quickly realized that her passion was working directly with her furry patients. So she began training as a technician assistant and used her on the job experience to advance her technician skills. In 2008 she sat for her state exams and became a RVT.

In 2011, after 8 years in San Francisco, she met her now Husband and a year later she moved to Santa Cruz and joined the Westside Animal Hospital team.

Rachel enjoys the Santa Cruz lifestyle, taking advantage of local hiking trails and local shops and eateries. When not at work she can be found at home loving on her cats or perhaps experimenting with a new recipe or reading a good book.

Her passion for animals extends past the veterinary field. One long term goal is to participate in conservation and research of wild large exotic felines; which she plans to do with her husband, and fellow RVT/coworker, Seth.


RVT Assistant Lead Tech

Emily joined the Veterinary World in 2002 while attending Cabrillo College’s nursing program, and loved veterinary work so much she never left. She joined our team in 2016 and earned her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2018. Emily has a special interest in dentistry and anesthesia, working closely with all of our surgical patients. She grew up close by in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has made a home with her family in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She loves to hike and bike with her young children, Miles and Ellis, her husband Josh, and the family pandemic pup, Moxie.

Leslie, RVT


Leslie is a registered veterinary technician, Fear Free certified professional, and Low Stress Handling-Certified Silver. She is interested in animal behavior and enjoys training/working with dogs and cats. She has one dog at home and trains the clinic cats. She is currently working towards obtaining her certification as a dog trainer and cat behavior consultant. She enjoys mountain/road biking, motorcycling, spending time outdoors, and going for walks on the beach with her dog.Leslie, RVT, Elite FFCP, LSHC-S

Lynda, RVT


Native to North County San Diego, Lyn moved to Santa Cruz in 2016 to attend UCSC. After working as a technician assistant throughout high school and college, she obtained her RVT license soon after graduating from UCSC with a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Now that the education rush is over, Lyn has learned to embrace the Santa Cruz lifestyle, enjoying hiking, foraging, bike rides on westcliff, and bird watching.



Stephanie loves animals and enjoys baking. She has been part of the Westside team for 4 years.



Teresa and her fur-kids “Littles and Jack Jack” are new the Santa Cruz area. They enjoy exploring the town and going for nice long walks. Teresa joined our team in the summer of 2017 and works as a Technician Assistant. We are happy to have her as part of the team.



Jess has been working at WAH since 2019. She started as a receptionist and now is training to be a veterinarian technician! She loves all animals, not just cats and dogs! She has owned a bearded dragon, tortoise, fish, a cat and two dogs.



Bri joined our team in 2020 and has yet to work with clients in person due to the pandemic, she is looking forward to meeting clients in person when the time comes. She has a soft spot for kitties and enjoys her two feline friends at home.



Candy Arreola-Perez joined the team in Oct 2013 as a receptionist; this is her first time working in the veterinary field. She loves coming to work and enjoys helping clients and their pets. Candy always comes to work with a smile on her face and with a great attitude. She was born and raised in Watsonville and graduated Watsonville High School in 2011. Her first job was as a hostess along with helping the staff buss tables at De Laveaga restaurant in Santa Cruz, where she met one of our team.

In Candy’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her best pal Meah by going on hikes and enjoying the great outdoors in Corralitos. She loves being part of the Westside team and we certainly enjoy her.


Hospital Assistant

Faith is a part time employee who has been with us since 2020, she is currently in tech school to become a RVT. She loves working with her horses outside of school and work.


Hospital Assistant

Patricia has been a vital part of our team since 2019, by helping make sure each pet that comes into the hospital has a safe, clean, and comfortable place to be while they get their exam. Patricia is a huge cat lover and enjoys spending time with her lovable kitties at home.


Hospital Assistant

Arianna has been working with WAH since the Spring of 2021. She first moved to Santa Cruz the year prior to begin a doctoral program at UCSC, studying marine mammal bioacoustics and behavioral ecology. Arianna, her partner, and their dog love to spend time outdoors doing things like hiking, diving, mountain biking, and snowboarding. Arianna first fell in love with our hospital and its staff while bringing her dog, Marvin, as a patient. They’re certain you’ll love their new family here at the clinic, too!


Hospital Assistant

Hannah became a member of the team in 2021 starting out as a hospital assistant working on keeping the hospital a comfortable place for your pets. She has recently started learning tech skills to help care for your pets when they visit us. She recently got a new kitten named Simba who brings a lot of joy to the household.


Hospital Assistant

Natalie loves being active and being outdoors. She also loves sports and plays soccer for a local highschool team. She has two loving dogs and one cat. Natalie is a high school student that strives to graduate soon and further her education on Animal Sciences at a rigorous college in the future.