Brittany is a Los Angeles native who graduated from UCLA with a major in biology and minor in art history. She has always had a strong interest in animals and volunteered at the West LA Animal Shelter during school. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she then began her career in the veterinary field in general practice as a receptionist and was soon promoted to a shift lead. She was particularly interested in helping open new hospital locations and onboarding/training new associates. She then continued her career path at various hospitals, ultimately bringing her experience and skills to McGrath Veterinary Center.
Outside of work, Brittany enjoys indoor cycling, cooking/baking and spending time with her husband and two Boston Terriers, Bella and Ducky.
Dayana Melo brings many years of client service to McGrath Veterinary Center. From helping clients through difficult life times such as moving, to being stuck on busy roads, to now helping through medical needs for furry family members. She realized her passion was in the animal field and attended Pierce College where she trained in farm animal handling and feeding. Her many years in comforting clients has now interwind with her love for companion animals. She is looking into returning to school for business where she can gain more insight knowledge to use on her day to day career as she grows with McGrath Veterinary Center. She has found a field she is dedicated to and enjoys being a part of. Her experience in animal emergency allows her to easily say she enjoys all aspects of what she does. When she is not welcoming clients or assisting her strong team, she can be found hanging by the ocean, hiking, on a plane leaving on a big adventure or reading to her German Shepherd Mix “Vader” and “Stella” her bearded dragon.
Mateusz S., RVT
Mateusz was born in Gizycko, Poland and moved to The United States when he was 5 years old. He grew up in Cranford, New Jersey and has been living in beautiful Los Angeles with his fiancé, Nicole, since 2014. He is a registered veterinary technician with over 11 years of veterinary knowledge that includes several years of experience as lead technician of bone marrow transplants, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, emergency services, and general practice. His passion for pet care has recently motivated him to launch his own company, The Pet Tech, a mobile pet service company that helps provide medical treatments for pets in the safety and comfort of their home. Mateusz is proud to be a member of the McGrath Veterinary Center team, and is eager to contribute to its continued growth.
Nicholas R., RVT
Nicholas is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. After receiving his RVT license, he followed Dr. Habib to McGrath Veterinary Center and very much enjoys his work here—especially because he can occasionally bring his German Shepherd Odin to the hospital with him. Nicholas also shares his home with a Border Collie rescue dog named Finnbar, who can do amazing tricks and agility.
In addition to spending time with his dogs, Nicholas likes to spend his free time, building computers, cooking, and playing the ukulele.
Bio coming soon.
Caitlin B., RVT
Caitlin grew up in Palmdale, CA with a dog named Penelope, who was key to helping her discover her love of animals at an early age. Caitlin began working at vet hospitals while still in high school, graduated from CSU Channel Islands with a degree in biology and received her RVT license in 2017.
When she’s not working at the hospital, Caitlin loves spending time with her partner Ryan and her dogs Sampson, a diabetic Lhasa Apso who loves road trips to Arizona, and Luna, A Shih Tzu who enjoys swimming and naps. She’s also a big fan of baseball (Go Cardinals!) and Disneyland (Go Mickey!).
Walter has been with the McGrath Veterinary Center team since its inception after he earned certification from Los Angeles city shelters for restraining and handling animals. He chose to pursue a position in the veterinary industry because of his desire to help animals, which started when he was very young. His two younger brothers often brought home strays, and he helped bring them back to health. During his time as a technician, he’s had several interesting experiences in the field, including the time when a Labrador retriever came in that the owner thought wouldn’t survive. Walter helped stabilize him, and he made a full recovery. Working in a family-oriented practice is one of the many aspects of his position that he enjoys. He also loves waking up with a passion to come to work and being in a place where he’s a valuable member of a team.
Walter shares his home with his wife, Dakota, and their two little angels, Isaac and Maleeyah. He also has two Chihuahuas named Chico and Mia, and a pup named Betsey. When he’s not at work, he spends time with his family, outdoors, and at the movies.
It was a memorable experience helping a German shepherd through labor that solidified this Los Angeles native’s passion for animal care. After gaining some experience at another veterinary facility, he came to work at McGrath and has not looked back.
Abraham shares his home with two Doberman pinschers: Blue and Dodger. When he’s not working, Abraham enjoys attending Dodger games with Oscar, flying his drone at the beach, and spending time with his daughter.
Alyna has a true love for animals and is very invested in giving them a voice. Her passion led her to initially pursue a degree in biology a California Lutheran University, and then to transfer to a Registered Veterinary Technician program, where she hopes to earn her license soon. While she is dedicated to helping animals of all kinds, Alyna is especially focused on farm animals and hopes one day to use her skills for farm animals exclusively.
Alyna shares her home with her high school sweetheart Anthony and their 6-year-old pitbull Roxy. When she’s not working or going to school, she enjoys travel, cooking, dirt bike riding, camping, and spending time with her family, which includes her niece Rylee.
Lead Veterinary Assistant
José has worked as a kennel assistant at McGrath Veterinary Center since January 2016, after earning a degree in surgical technology from Everest College. He loves that his position allows him to be surrounded by loved ones and animals. He also enjoys being able to assist his co-workers with restraining dogs and cats. When he’s not caring for pets at work or cleaning the practice, he spends his time doing digital artwork and graphic design, drawing, and painting.
Originally from New York, Kayla has always loved animals and has worked as a kennel attendant on both coasts—in fact, she considers moving cross-country and working in the veterinary field her greatest accomplishments. She now has plans to attend college and become a veterinary technician, as she finds helping animals extremely rewarding.
Kayla shares her home with her partner Jeremy, a voice actor, as well as her beagle/Pekingese cross Bentley and Lilah, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua/Staffordshire mix. When she’s not working she enjoys hanging at the beach, spending time with friends and family, and taking her dogs to the park—all while she waits for Halloween, her favorite holiday!