Four Paws Veterinary Center

4524 Dublin Boulevard
Dublin, CA 94568



 Our Staff Members


Ilenna Engel, RVT

Ilenna gained her interest in veterinary medicine during high school when she pursued an internship at a local animal hospital in Brentwood, California. Ilenna attended Western Career College in Sacramento, CA where she earned her Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She is licensed in the state of California as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has over 10 years of clinical experience!

Ilenna has raised many species of pets throughout her life including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, mice, aquatic turtles, lizards, and even some insects! She currently has two dogs; Bowser, a Labrador Retriever mix and Petrie, an adorable Chihuahua. She also has a black cat named Izzy, and an all white special needs cat named Ellie. Ilenna also cares for a few pet stick bugs!

Ilenna spends her free time outdoors as much as possible. She is always looking for a new adventure!



Jen Southard

Jen has worked in the veterinary field since 2004. Throughout her life, she has raised many different species of animals including rabbits, swine, horses, and cows. Jennifer currently enjoys the company of her four dogs, Kallie, a Border Collie mix, Davis, a Jack Russell, Emma, a Formosan Mountain dog and Beanz, a Border Collie mix. She also has an orphaned cat named Pickles which she cared for and bottle-fed since birth, and a second cat named Mikey. 

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, hiking, day trips to the beach with her dogs, spending time with her family, and reading.



Alison Fleckner, CVA

Alison received her BS degree in Animal Science at UC Davis. She later was certified through the CVMA as a Veterinary Assistant.

She enjoys spending time with her pets: Jack the Great Dane, Ty and Trixi the Flat-coated retrievers, Patches her cat, and Moto her Rabbit. She also enjoys riding her horse Sadi and competing in hunter jumper shows.



Emily Lindgren

Emily has always had an interest in helping animals and has always had a few furry friends around the house. Her first job was at a horse stable in the Saratoga hills where she led trail rides, took kids around the property on pony rides, and practiced barrel racing. Emily has always worked around animals and is currently training to become a veterinary assistant. In her spare time Emily enjoys fishing, camping, off roading, and relaxing with her dog, America and cat, Baby.



Taylor Harris, RVT

Taylor has always had a love of all animals. She grew up on a ranch surrounded by a wide array of animals: from cats and dogs to horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, llamas, chickens, and peacocks.

After attaining her general education at a Colorado College, she returned home to pursue her passion in the veterinary field. In 2018, Taylor graduated for Carrington College, passed her VTNE and RVT exams and successfully attained her RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) license.

She enjoys spending her free time caring for and riding her two horses, reading, or out on an adventure hiking and kayaking with her Australian Cattle Dog, Titan.

Sarah Lawrence

Sarah grew up locally in San Ramon where she has always had a love for animals, especially her childhood dog Trixie, a Labrador mix. She worked at Dublin Creek Kennels since 2010 where she is responsible for the care of the boarding and rescue cats.

She lives in Tracy with her fiance, Tanner, where she enjoys spending time with the family dogs, Carmen and Izzy, who are sister Rhodesian Ridgeback mixes. In her spare time she enjoys watching Bay Area sports and goes to Tahoe as often as she can.


Brianna Morrison

Brianna grew up in Pleasanton, CA and graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's degree in history, but she has always had a passion for helping animals. She worked as a Salesforce Administrator for a telecommunications company that was acquired by a larger company in the same field called Genesys. They offered her a spot as an EMCA Marketing Operations Manager, a job she originally accepted, but faced with moving to another country for an indeterminate amount of time she ultimately decided the job was not for her. After leaving Genesys Brianna experimented with different careers including helping out on an archaeological dig in Tuscany, Italy, and caring for wolf hybrids at WHAR Wolf Rescue in Paso Robles, CA, where her desire to help animals was reignited. She returned to the Bay Area with her long term boyfriend, Jake, and enjoyed volunteering at the VHS in Pleasanton before finally settling in at Four Paws Veterinary Center.

In her free time, Brianna likes listening to audiobooks, silly podcasts such as Cool Games Inc. and My Brother My Brother and Me, playing video games, hiking, going on spontaneous adventures to the beach, and playing with her special needs ferret, Fitz.

Madison Smyrni

Madison is currently attending High School while gaining experience at Four Paws. She's always enjoyed being around animals and she's been surrounded by dogs her whole life. She has a Belgian Malinois Shepherd named Bindi and a Shih Tzu mix named Paisley at home. She grew up with many different types of animals such as dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, turtles, geckos, guinea pigs, and birds. In her free time, she enjoys being around friends and family and caring for her dogs. 

In her free time, she enjoys being around friends and family and caring for her dogs.

Kareen Miller

It was because of a homeless kitty that brought Kareen to Four Paws. Chica, the homeless kitty, wandered into Kareen's yard sickly, thin and hungry for a new and loving home. With the help of a local rescue organization, Four Paws and a place to call home, Chica made a full recovery. Kareen was so impressed by the kindness that was practiced at Four Paws that she needed to be a part of our team.

Kareen grew up in Redondo Beach, has a B.S. in Health Science Administration and is currently living in Livermore with her husband, Bill, and their four cats: Gemma, Penny, Baby and Chica.

Bella Rodham

Bella has aspired to be a veterinarian since she learned what one was in kindergarten. Planning to go to veterinary school, she will be applying to multiple colleges this year, Currently in her fourth year of studying Mandarin, she's set on becoming fluent in college. Bella has had dogs her whole like and currently has a rescued Australian Cattle Dog mix named Chunk Norris and a black cat named Loki.

In her free time, she loves to train Chunk Norris in agility and watching horror movies with friends and family.

Michelle Fry

Michelle has always had a love for animals. She grew up next to a veterinary school student which inspired her passion to work with animals. Previously, she has worked at a Wyoming ranch driving a two horse drawn wagon and caring for pets at a boarding/daycare facility.

When Michelle is not working, she is pampering for her two cats Maui and Heather, biking and traveling.

Missy Holthaus