PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 19, 2015

Ohana Pet Hospital Welcomes Dr. Christina Tam and Dr. Kayla Asato

Ventura, CA — Ohana Pet Hospital expands its veterinary professional team, to support the health and well being of its growing family of patients, by welcoming Dr. Christina Tam and Dr. Kayla Asato to the Ohana family. Dr. Tam will join Dr. Jennifer Kelly to serve the urgent care needs of the hospital’s existing patients while Dr. Asato will provide general practice services.

Dr. Christina Tam is a native southern Californian, originally from the San Gabriel Valley. In 2008, she graduated from the University of California–San Diego with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California–Davis in 2014. Following veterinary school, Dr. Tam completed a rotating small animal internship at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG) in Ventura, California. She has a strong interest in international veterinary work and has worked in Panama, Nicaragua, and Spain. In her personal life, Dr. Tam enjoys running, camping, biking, traveling, and any activity that takes her outdoors and around the world. When not traveling, Dr. Tam can be found spending time with her significant other, Allen, and her cat, Squeaks.

Dr. Kayla Asato was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawai’i. In 2010, she earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California–Davis and continued her education at UC Davis Veterinary School where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. Asato then moved to Ventura to complete a one-year small animal rotating internship at VMSG. Dr. Asato enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and relaxing in the sun. While she does not have any pets here in California, she misses her Labrador Retriever, Sadie, who lives in Hawai’i with her family. 

“We feel blessed that this community has embraced Ohana Pet Hospital with such open arms, trusting us with their pets,” said Dr. Janis Shinkawa, Medical Director of Ohana Pet Hospital. “It is our responsibility to ensure we provide the best care and that means expanding our professional veterinary staff to accommodate growing patient needs. I am pleased that Dr. Tam and Dr. Asato are bringing their talents and compassionate care to our Ohana.”

Ohana Pet Hospital – Ohana Pet Hospital is a full-service facility, established in Ventura, California in 2012 by four women veterinarians and leaders in our community – Drs. Janis Shinkawa, Jill Muraoka-Lim, Kate Byrne and Nicci Quinn. The hospital specializes in providing compassionate care and the highest quality medical, surgical, dental and nutrition services for a variety of small animals. The facility also offers holistic services, including physical therapy, acupuncture, rehabilitative therapies and energy healing. “Ohana” means “family” in Hawaiian and this family of compassionate people are dedicated to caring for and healing clients’ pets throughout Ventura County so that they live long, happy and healthy lives. Ohana is also an industry and community leader in “green” ideas from construction to operations. Ohana Pet Hospital is located at 4547 Telephone Road, Suite A in Ventura and can be reached at 805-658-7387 (


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