Dr. Maryam O’Hara
Meet Dr. Maryam O’Hara. Dr. O’Hara is the medical director and one of the veterinarians here at Porte Veterinary Hospital. Dr. O’Hara has owned pets her whole life (dogs, cats, reptiles, and rodents, too) and has always loved animals, but it was her first work experience that sparked the interest to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. At fourteen years of age, she started working in a local animal shelter where she cared for the animals who were up for adoption. Seeing the animals who came through the shelter left a lasting impression which solidified her determination to work hard in school, to become a veterinarian, and continue her lifelong goal of helping animals.
Dr. O’Hara attended University of California Davis where she graduated with a B.S in Animal Science and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing veterinary school, she joined East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency in Walnut Creek, as well as East Bay Veterinary Emergency in Antioch, and completed a postdoctoral specialized small animal internship. The internship provided her with specialized training in the fields of internal medicine, surgery, oncology, neurology, ultrasound and emergency medicine.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Dr. O’Hara and her parents moved to the United States during her childhood years. She is fluent in Russian. Along with her husband, she moved to the South Bay area of San Jose. She joined the Porte Veterinary Hospital Team shortly after completing her internship.
In her spare time, Dr. O’Hara enjoys spending time with her husband, baby girl, and her pets including two Border Collies name Nicky and Oreo, and a spunky Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Sir Odin. She also enjoys reading (fiction and autobiographical literature), hiking, baking (and dessert decorating), and is learning to knit (baby stuff) and quilt blankets. She also has a mild obsession with Pinterest which is where she nurtures her passion for DIY projects, especially those involving Mason jars.
Coworkers describe her as a good listener who is willing to spend extra time with clients to make sure all of their issues are addressed and all of their questions are answered. She is extremely thorough and will custom tailor each treatment plan for each individual pet’s needs, while also considering the pet-parent’s needs, lifestyle, schedule, and budget.
In her own words:
I truly enjoy spending time to get to know each and every pet and client in order to better understand and meet the needs of the whole family. As the medical director of Porte Veterinary Hospital, I will work hard to ensure we provide the highest level of medicine and compassion for your beloved furry family members.
Our Support Staff
Idalia joined the Porte Veterinary Team in July 2015. She previously attended Western Career College and was enrolled in their Veterinary Technician Program. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2007, and although she is not yet board certified, her level of experience and technical skills are invaluable.
In her spare time, she offers pet sitting services and also cares for her very opinionated Miniature Pinscher named “Leihla” Idalia rescued “Leihla” from Min Pin rescue three years ago and they have been inseparable ever since.
Coworkers describe Idalia as detail oriented and highly skilled. She communicates well with clients to obtain thorough medical histories and ensures that the doctors understand the client’s concerns. She provides the best possible discharge instructions to ensure clients are set-up for success in order to give medications and provide care once they take their pet home.
In her own words:
I love that I’m given opportunities to provide client education like detailed discharge instructions and preventive care ideas especially about oral health. And if your pet does need a dental prophy teeth cleaning, I truly enjoy this aspect of my job.
Savanna recently joined Porte Veterinary Team as our in-hospital groomer. She has over three years of experience with grooming dogs and cats. She is trained in all aspects of grooming including breed specific cuts.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and playing guitar. She has quite the zoo of animals to care for, as well. She has two chinchillas, two cats, two leopard geckos, a bearded dragon, and two dogs. Half of her pets have been rescued from unfortunate situations. She loves them all. And they are all very well cared for.
Coworkers describe Savanna as very accommodating. She’ll take time to discuss grooming options with clients and encourages pet parents to bring in pictures to help when describing a specific style or cut. She is known to go above and beyond to provide the best service possible. Clients absolutely love her.
In her own words:
Animals are my passion, and it is my goal to become a veterinary technician.
Katie joined the Porte Veterinary Hospital team in 2014. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from Humboldt State University, but It was during her volunteer experience with local animal shelters when she realized a career in veterinary medicine would be a good fit. She is now enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Foothill College.
Katie shares her home with a grumpy old dog named “Buttercup” and a lovely cat named “Sugar Plum.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading, biking, hiking, swimming, and playing both piano and trumpet.
Coworkers describe Katie as sweet and caring. The doctors are impressed with her ability to draw upon her experience from the animal shelter and correctly apply what she is learning in college to provide exceptional care to pets. Although she is shy by nature, she overcomes it when speaking with clients as soon as they start talking about dogs and cats.
In her own words:
I was so excited when I was hired here at Porte Veterinary Hospital. The entire staff is supportive and accommodating.
Kerrie began working in the field of veterinary medicine in 1978 and has had the opportunity to work alongside many talented veterinarians and staff members over the years. She took several years off to raise her three sons and be an active member in the P.T.A. community. In 2010, she joined Porte Veterinary Hospital and has proven to be an integral member of our team.
Kerrie shares her home with her husband of 30+ years, three sons, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not busy with three kids and five pets, Kerrie devotes time to her community. She is active in her church and the local P.T.A. She is well-connected in the pet world, too. If you are looking for a local boarding facility, breeder, doggie day care, pet store, dog parks, or specialty veterinarians near Campbell or the South Bay area, ask Kerrie. She will point you in the right direction.
Co-workers describe Kerrie as a natural leader. If clients have special requests regarding prescriptions, food, time constraints, etc, Kerrie will make sure every staff member involved is aware and honors the requests. WIth her background as a veterinary technician, she is great at phone and in-hospital triage. She always alerts the doctors and staff when a really sick or injured pet is about to arrive so the staff is ready to provide prompt care. Kerrie is who you want around during an emergency. She is able to calm even the most worried client.
In her own words:
I am so happy I decided to return to the professional field and to veterinary medicine. I feel fortunate to work in this special community, as I know many clients from outside of the veterinary hospital. Porte Veterinary Hospital is my home away from home.
Mary joined the Porte Veterinary Team in December of 2016. She is currently taking classes at San Jose City College and has already received her Veterinary Assisting Certificate from CCOC.
As a receptionist here at Porte Veterinary, Mary is often the first team member to greet clients, and she does so with her warm genuine smile. Outside of work, Mary loves to spend time with her family and friends. She has a special place in her heart for pit bulls.
Coworkers describe Mary as friendly and curious. She is also focused on ensuring high quality care. Whether by phone or in-person, Mary goes above and beyond to ensure the doctors are aware of clients’ questions, and they address concerns and answer questions in a timely fashion.
In her own words:
I enjoy working here at Porte and my plan is to someday become a Veterinary Technician.
Raquel joined the Porte Veterinary Team in 2007 after attending both community college and the Western Career College. Raquel’s passion for animal care and her commitment to client communication are two of her many traits which helped to quickly promote her from kennel assistant, to veterinary assistant, and she is currently serving as the Office Manager. She genuinely enjoys talking and interacting with clients, and she is very gentle and patient when caring for pets.
In her spare time, Raquel loves going to Fort Funston, an off-leash dog beach and park, with her pit bull named “Kira” and her lab chow mix named “Leo.” She also shares her home with three cats; “Star” her calico who loves to sit on the Roomba and ride around, “Lucky” her black male FIV kitty, and “Yuna” her all-black female cat who helped raise the pit bull.
Coworkers describe Raquel as going above and beyond to ensure both clients and pets receive the best Porte Veterinary experience and leave the hospital feeling like VIPs. She is knowledgeable in many areas of veterinary medicine and is always ready to jump-in to help wherever needed. Because she has worked for Porte veterinary hospital for many years, she knows the hospital routines and protocols inside-and- out. Many clients have formed a special bond with Raquel, as well, since she has been caring for them, and for their pets, for nearly a decade.
In her own words:
I believe I’ve had a love for animals ever since I was born. I’m glad I made the decision to work in the veterinary field. It is challenging and rewarding every day.
Arlex grew up in the East Bay and recently moved to the San Jose area about a year ago. Prior to moving to the South Bay, Arlex attended Los Medanos College and studied Kinesiology. She has worked with animals for over a year as a veterinary assistant. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology and plans to specialize in critical care. Some of her professional interests while working at Porte Veterinary hospital include dentistry, surgery, and critical care. She lives with her Fiancé and her two rescue pups, Kala and Lucy. On her time off, she likes to go on walks with her fur babies, watch movies, and visit family.