Our Team Overview

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Santa Margarita Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who make it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on many individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the friendly staff at the front desk to the talented and dedicated technicians and doctors, to the fun-loving kennel and day-care staff, our team works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.

Our team provides exceptional veterinary care of the highest quality, including the care and dedication that make a difference. Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Lisa Maillard
DVM Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Maillard graduated from Colorado State University in 1990. As a child, she lived in Varese, Italy until her family moved back to Denver, Colorado in 1976. She enjoys speaking French, Italian, and English. Her areas of special interest include dermatology, preventative medicine, radiology, and internal medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Maillard spends her time horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and reading. She and Clyde have 2 dogs, multiple cats, and a few horses.

Amy Mathiason
Hospital Manager

Amy found her calling in veterinary medicine as a receptionist at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 1992. She began managing hospitals in 1998 at VCA Parkwood and later, VCA A Breed Apart. She worked at Antech Diagnostics as VP of Client Services for many years and came back to managing hospitals in 2020. She's been at VCA Santa Margarita since September 2023. 

Amy has two amazing children: Lena, soon-to-be graduating with a Fine Arts degree in Animation, and Everett, a freshman at UCSB. She's been the proud mom of many cats and dogs over the years.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga and paddle boarding....

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Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.

Pet Care Specialists

Just as we emphasize health, we also understand the value of providing a full line of care to our clients, which may include boarding and/or grooming services. Our team of caring and compassionate staff are here to offer your pets exceptional services that keep them feeling and looking their best while you're away.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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