Get to know our veterinary team!
Dr. Shakira Jameson
DVM, Colorado State University
Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and Ag Business, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Shakira (pronounced Sah-keeda) Jameson was born in Spain and raised here in the valley. A 1995 graduate of Cathedral City High School, she is excited to be back. Dr. Jameson did her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, earning her BS degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Business. In 2012 she also graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Jameson completed a 1-year internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona, rotating through internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine in Mesa, Arizona.
Dr. Jameson enjoys spending her time off relaxing, wine tasting or cooking, and entertaining her friends and family at home.
Dr. Jameson looks forward to meeting you and taking excellent care of your pets and their health.
Dr. Alexis Rambaud
Dr. Alexis Rambaud is a California native born and raised in the Inland Empire. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from UC Riverside and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Rambaud joined the Paws & Claws family in 2018 and continues to study new ways to help your pets live happier and healthier lives.
She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and an Ayurvedic health counselor. Additional interests include nutrition and herbal medicine.
Dr. Rambaud lives in Mountain Center with her husband, son, and a menagerie of dogs and cats. One of them is Turkey, a little chihuahua mix that can often be seen helping around the clinic.
Oscar has lived in the Coachella valley for most of his life. He graduated from Coachella Valley High School in 2004 and went to Long Technical College in Phoenix, Arizona, to study and become a Veterinary Technician. While in school, he worked alongside Dr. Hirsch in Phoenix for a year and a half. He missed his family, so he moved back to the Coachella Valley with his 10-year-old son and two cats (Fiona and Phelix). He has since added two more dogs to his family, a male Mastiff Mix named Rufus and a female Pomeranian named Zhu Zhu. He has worked in the veterinary field for the past 12 years. The pets and clients he worked with have enriched his professional and personal experiences, and he loves being able to put the sparkle back into the eye of our four-legged family members.
Becca is a native South Floridian who moved to SoCal in 2015. Becca started in the veterinary field in 1997 as a receptionist and soon after discovered her love for the medical aspect of veterinary care. She spent 10 years in Emergency and Critical Care and has significant experience with exotics and avian species but enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine. Becca married her high school sweetheart in 2003 and has two amazing kids, a Pitbull mix named Chunk, and five cats ranging from 2 to 16 years old: Mr. McFly, Fancy Pants, One-Eyed Willie, Romeo and Kylo “aka Murderface” (all rescues). When not working, she enjoys tending to her garden, doing arts and crafts, snuggling her critters, swimming, playing in the sun, and hanging out with her family.
LVT: Licensed Veterinary technician
Stacie was born and raised in Michigan, and she moved to California in 2015 with her husband to enjoy the warmer weather. She is a licensed veterinary technician in the state of Michigan and has been working in the veterinary field since high school. She has worked in general practice, emergency medicine, oncology, and has experience in acupuncture, which she is excited to practice and learn more about here at Paws and Claws. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling, and anything involving the outdoors. She currently shares her home with a dove named Gracie, her cat Sheldon, and dogs Piper, Ana, and Leonard (all rescues and two foster fails). She also fosters pets through the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, which keeps her house very busy but full of excitement.
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Janay grew up in the Coachella Valley and has been in the veterinary field for six years. Her career began in emergency and critical care and continued into general practice. Although Janay doesn’t have any fur babies of her own yet, she enjoys caring for and loving the ones she meets on a day-to-day basis. During her free time, Janay loves going to the gym, listening to music, and discovering new foods to try.
I was born and raised here in the desert. I love my job, being able to see all the animals coming in and out the doors. I joined the Paws and Claws team in Spring 2021 but been in the field since 2018. I have an English bulldog, a pug and mastiff who I love with all my heart. I love going to concerts and hanging out with my brothers on my free time.
Gloria was born in Tucson, Arizona & moved here to the valley at a very young age. She studied veterinary assistance at College of the Desert in 2019 & has been in the veterinary field ever since. She recently rescued a chihuahua mixed puppy named Cudi (Duckee) whom she brings with her to work every day. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with family, friends, and Cudi. She enjoys working alongside animals and is excited to venture further in her veterinary career.
Margarita has lived most of her life in the Coachella Valley, graduating from Palm Desert High School in 2015. She has always had a passion for caring for animals since childhood. She has over 3 years of experience in the veterinary field and is currently in school to get her license as a Veterinary Technician. She has 2 Boxers (Oliver Duke and Rocky) and a Pitbull mix (Meelo) with a recent addition of a cat named Winston. When not at work Margarita enjoys taking naps with Winston, going on adventures or cooking with her loving husband.
Briana Guerra Ramirez
Briana was raised on a ranch in Mexico, where they had horses and cows. Since she was little, she has loved animals. She is a certified veterinary assistant that worked in the Coachella Valley in grooming. She joined the Paws and Claws crew early 2022. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her four cats, two dogs and pigeon.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Melissa Thacker is a native Southern Californian. She is married with a daughter and four dogs. As a family, they enjoy trying new foods and traveling to exotic places. She attended Cal Poly Pomona, where she got her Bachelor of Science in Animal Health Science. She has been in the Veterinary field since 2008 and got her RVT license in 2013.
Alicia was born in Toledo, OH, but was raised in Massachusetts. She moved to California 14 years ago and is a single mother to a beautiful 14-year-old daughter. and joined Paws and Claws Pet Care in January 2022. She’s been in the Vet industry for a little over five years. She’s always been an animal lover and grew up with dogs and cats her whole life. Alicia has a dog named Kobe that’s five years old.
Maritza was born and raised in Southern California. She has always been an animal lover and joined the veterinary field in 2019. Maritza is a parent to her beautiful 1-year-old son and 3-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, Bowser. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and video games.
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Kayla is a native of Palm Springs California who started in the veterinary field at 17 years old as a veterinary assistant in October of 2015 and soon discovered her passion for animals and the medical aspect of veterinary medicine and has been growing in the field ever since. Kayla has three children, one son named Elias who is 3 years old and a baby girl, Penelope who is two months old and 4 year-old husky named Aries. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and swimming.
Adolfo is a local native, growing up in the Coachella Valley his entire life. He started his journey in the veterinary industry in 2013 when he interned at Desert Dunes Animal Hospital during his senior year as he aspired to become a veterinarian. Upon graduation from La Quinta High School in 2014, he was brought on board full-time as a boarding technician. After three years, he left Desert Dunes to become a pharmacy technician at Village Park Animal Hospital. He eventually worked his way up to become the pharmacy and inventory manager. During his time there, he finished his schooling and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from California State University San Bernardino in 2022. After five years at Village Park, he was ready for a new challenge and decided to join Paws and Claws as our pharmacy technician. Outside work, Adolfo enjoys coaching youth football, going to the gym, rooting for the Chicago Bears, and spending time with friends and family.
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