Chana Eisenstein, DVM
Dr. Chana Eisenstein grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Sociology, and a minor in Psychology at the height of the AIDS pandemic when physicians were advising people with AIDS to give up their pets because of their risk of contracting zoonotic diseases. Looking for a way to help pets and their people, Dr. Chana chartered Pets Are Loving Support (PALS), a non-profit agency organized to improve the quality of life of people with AIDS by preserving and promoting the human-animal bond through the care and maintenance of their animal companions, in order to help educate physicians, veterinarians and people with AIDS.
She worked as a veterinary technician and returned to Sonoma State University to complete pre-veterinary coursework and then spent 3 years on St. Kitts attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical training at University of Missouri-Columbia . After graduation, Dr. Chana worked in a mixed animal practice outside of Omaha, Nebraska and a small animal practice in Lincoln, Nebraska, and then returned home to California and worked in a corporate practice for five years.
In 2010, she and her partner Holly, were charmed by the small town country atmosphere in Willits, and purchased East Hill Veterinary Clinic from Dr. Frank Grasse. In her spare time, Dr. Chana enjoys photography. Dr. Chana and Holly share their home with three rescue dogs, Sookie, Duchess and Finnegan, and four cats, Aliquot, Idgie, Roomba and Ko, and clinic cats Lisbeth and Simon.
Jessica Darrow is our head receptionist/front office manager, and in addition to being a compassionate voice on the phone, Jessica is the calm center of our busy storm.
She prepares medical records, ensures accuracy and consistence in our medical charting and performs some technician duties. She also ensures that the prescription diet food order is received each week, and makes sure that our staff animals and our clients animals never run out of their food.
Jessica grew up in Willits and enjoys cooking, gardening, photography, and camping with her husband and their two dogs Sid and Pebbles.
Lindsey Bowlds was born and raised in Willits and has lived here all of her life. She played school sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball and swimming.
She was an active member in the local 4-H and FFA clubs showing poultry, sheep, and dairy cattle. In 2009 she was the Willits Frontier Days Rodeo Sweetheart.
Lindsey has always had a strong love for the people and animals in our community.
Ashley Hendry was born and raised in Willits. She graduated from Willits High School in 2008. She has a large family and enjoys being close to them.
About a year ago she started working at East Hill Veterinary Clinic. She enjoys working with animals and their owners. Working at East Hill Vet has taught her a lot of new and interesting things about small animals. This is her first time working with animals and really enjoys it.
When she’s not working she enjoys camping with her boyfriend and her two dogs.
I was born here and lived here off and on (mostly on) all of my life. I was an active member of the FFA through high school.
I come from a long line of animal lovers and I have certainly inherited that gene. I am happily married with two beautiful children and three little monsters we call dogs. I love to read and am obsessed with unicorns.
I love being involved with, and working for, an establishment that has such a positive impact on the community I love.
Shawna Handschug, DC
Shawna Handschug, D.C. grew up outside of Northfield, Minnesota – a small college town. She was active in 4-H for 10 years where she became club president, secretary, junior leader, and county ambassador.
After high school, Shawna spent her first year of college in South Dakota which was a little too flat and a little too much corn field for her liking, so she transferred back to St. Paul, Minnesota and completed her B.A. degree in Biology in 2007 at St. Catherine University. She went right from college to chiropractic school at Northwestern and it was there that she met her partner Izzy.
Shawna moved to Willits in early 2011 to work at Healing Central Chiropractic, Izzy joined her there 2 years later. She now enjoys practicing chiropractic with Izzy, reading, adventuring both near and far, frequenting local eateries, and hiking with their border collie, Cricket, and 2 little girls, River and Alaska.
Shawna has loved animals her entire life so it is with great honor that she gets to carry out her chiropractic passion with both people and animals.
Ken Groves is from Australia and has been in the US since 1999. He lived in Missouri for 11 years and worked as a caregiver, then moved to California in 2010.
He works at Howard Memorial Hospital in housekeeping and now we are furor are to have him working at East Hill Veterinary Clinic keeping our hospital clean.
Lisbeth drapes herself around his neck while he works and keeps him warm and supervised.
Damian was born and raised in Mendocino County and graduated from Willits High School in 2011.
He currently lives with his dog Rosie and Angelo the rescue kitten.
In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his fur babies and volunteering at the Brooktrails Fire Department.
Amanda Griffen graduated from Willits High School in 2011 and is now the mom of an amazing two year old boy.
Amanda enjoys photographing shelter animals in the hopes of helping them find forever homes.
Brittany Kessler, DVM
Dr. Brittany Kessler knew at an early age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She was born and raised in the beach town of Torrance, CA.
She graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with a BS in Animal Science. It was here that she met the love of her life, James Kessler. She worked as a receptionist and veterinary assistant at various inland empire small animal veterinary hospitals through her undergraduate career.
Once admitted to Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kessler drug Jim, their blue nose pitbull Nala and Stanley the Caique parrot out to Auburn, Alabama.
While in veterinary school, Dr. Kessler participated in the Merial Summer Scholars Program at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. It was here that she had the opportunity to advance her skills with anesthesia in raptors. This program also provided her the opportunity to present her research at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her veterinary preceptorships at The Animal Specialty & Emergency Center in Los Angeles and at the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego.
In 2016, she was impressed with the quality of medicine practiced and the loving atmosphere of East Hill Veterinary Clinic and joined the East Hill Family.
Dr. Kessler and her husband Jim share their home with Jade the failed foster kitty, Nala the itchy blue nose Pitbull, Chance the other failed foster red heeler, Stanley the Caique parrot, and Star the horse. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, running, and spending time with her family.
Holly Bennett manages the practice. She takes care of paying the bills, payroll, staff scheduling, safety training and ensuring that the business complies with all regulatory requirements. She also mows the grass, cuts the brush, maintains the equipment, and fixes everything that breaks.
Holly grew up in a close knit Marine Corps family and has lived all over the world. She attended Georgetown University School of Nursing on a ROTC Scholarship and served in the Navy Nurse Corps for five years. She then moved to the Bay Area where she lived for many years.
Holly left her job in San Fransisco after relocating to Willits, and now works at Howard Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Department.
In her spare time, Holly enjoys brewing beer, and reading crime novels.
Briana Lawrence, RVT
Briana grew up always knowing she would have a career with animals. It was a dream come true when she was hired as a veterinary assistant at East Hill Veterinary Clinic.
In Fall of 2012, Briana attended the Veterinary Technician program at Santa Rosa Junior College. She commuted after work to Santa Rosa for 4 semesters to complete her certificate. She is now waiting to take her state board test to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2015. She enjoys learning every aspect of Veterinary Medicine and has acquired a special interest in canine dentistry.
Briana lives with her two rescue mutts Pickle and Val, and enjoys riding her Paint horses Skip and Dixie. One of her biggest hobbies is motorcycles. She has competed in motocross racing and rides her dirtbikes any chance she has.
Amber was born and raised in Willits and has enjoyed being an employee at the East Hill Veterinary Clinic for the past three years.
Working with the animals and the people at the clinic has been a tremendous experience for her and she continues to cherish the opportunity to help out in her community.
When she is not working, Amber and her daughter fill their time with their duo of delightful dogs, Dayja and Paco and their feline friends, Relly and Tin-Tin.
I’ve lived in Willits my whole life and been raised around all sorts of animals. At a very young age, it was obvious my love for animals would lead me to a job that allowed me to work with them.
My freshmen year I trained my very own paint mare, Flirt, with the help from my cousin. For my senior project, I chose to train a Standard Poodle, Dixie Jo, for obedience and conformation.
Throughout high school I took part in the FFA program raising market lambs and learning how to care for other species as well.
When I was hired at EHVC as a kennel assistant, it was one of the best blessings ever! I have learned so much since I’ve been here and the doctors are great teachers. Since arriving I have adopted a Rottweiler puppy, Rue, and a Siamese mix kitten, Murph to add to my family of fur babies. I couldn’t be happier here with everyone else I work with.
Simon & Lisbeth
Lisbeth, named for Lisbeth Salander, the a fictional character created by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson and the main character of Larsson’s award-winning Millennium series, was rescued from a shelter in Silicon Valley as a disillusioned teen mother of four kittens. She made her debut as clinic cat in September 2010 and was a quiet demure figure until she discovered her fierce and fiery personality. She welcomes cats and dogs in the reception area and often bats toys under the doors of the exam rooms or pushes doors open in order to join or observe patients. Soon after her arrival, she discovered that she could open doors with lever handles, and after that she could not be contained indoors. She is tough on rodents and and her territory extends from the roof of the clinic to the chassis, from the barn to the creek and from East Hill Road to the cow pastures to the west. Lisbeth is opinionated and bossy and finds any number of sneaky places to hide, and when she doesn’t get her way, she throws a temper tantrum which results in destruction and sometimes hemorrhage. She is respected by all, loved by most, and and controlled by no one. She has been instrumental in inspiring child safety locks on all cupboards and cabinets.
Simon arrived in the fall of 2010 by way of a Good Samaritan, and applied for the position of second clinic cat. He had no experience and no credentials. He bribed us with his bedroom eyes and broken leg. His leg was too damaged to save, and he now stands proud as a tripod. Simon is concerned about many issues, but none more important than when someone will give him more Temptations Treats. Simon lounged happily inside for the first two years, then discovered how good the sun felt on his back. He can often be found curled up in one of the Adirondack chairs in front of the clinic, or up a tree behind the clinic watching us in the treatment room. We have spotted him on the roof and have no idea how he got up there or how he got down, but we suspect Lisbeth’s influence.
On cold days, you can find Lisbeth and Simon curled up on their window seat in the front office, and you can’t tell where one ends and the other begins.
Dale was born and raised on the east coast and moved out west in 1992. He has lived in Willits since 2005.
He is self-employed and also ensures that EHVC is sparkling clean every day. He loves animals, and in his spare time he likes gardening and fishing.
Molly was surrendered three years ago by her previous owner who was unable to care for her, and has been an East Hill Veterinary resident clinic cat since then.
We tried unsuccessfully to find a home for her, but despite her mellow attitude, Molly is fairly high maintenance. She has a severe flea allergy so we keep her on flea control, of course. She also is has arthritis and a hyperactive thyroid gland, so she needs daily medication. In return, she is incredibly sweet and loving despite her grumpy face.
Since moving into the new clinic building, she negotiated with Lisbeth and Simon, and has claimed the back hallway and Dr. Kessler’s office as her territory.
Since Dr. Kessler’s arrival, Molly has become her personal chair warmer and snuggler.
Krystal Roderick has lived in Willits off and on since Kindergarten. She just recently got married and moved back to the area to be closer to family and friends. She and her husband brought their 3 fur babies; a Yorkie named Hank, a Mutt named Copper, and their Cat Smidgen, with them all the way from Texas.
Krystal started working at East Hill as a kennel assistant the week she moved back to Willits. She enjoys working with the animals and all her coworkers. Krystal began schooling in 2016 to become a Registered Veterinarian Technician.
She enjoys her job and being able to put her schooling to use every day. She cannot wait to continue learning and growing at East Hill. When Krystal is not working she enjoys camping and hanging out with her friends. She loves being outdoors.