Our Staff
Candice Denham-Soquena, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Denham has had a passion for medicine from a very young age. She grew up in Missouri and later moved to Oklahoma where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. After graduation, she joined Kailua Animal Clinic in 2007. Dr. Denham's medical interests include naturopathic medicine (Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional therapy), ophthalmology, and ultrasound.

Dr. Denham is married to Thomas Soquena and just recently welcomed their second son Jakob into the world. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her sons Nicholas and Jakob.

Jill Yoshicedo, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Yoshicedo is a 2009 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. She grew up both in Kailua and on Maui, and is excited to have returned home to join the Kailua Animal Clinic team. Dr. Yoshicedo particularly enjoys exotic animal medicine, from rabbits and rats to cockatoos and chameleons. In addition to caring for goats and pot-bellied pigs, she serves as one of the island's few fish veterinarians. Other interests at work include soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, and dentistry. She currently serves as president on the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association Board, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Avian Veterinarians, World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Yoshicedo enjoys exploring what remains of Hawaii's natural beauty, vermicomposting, and getting involved in Hawaiian conservation efforts from household waste reduction and supporting local agriculture to repopulation of native plants and animals. She is also compelled to advocate for social and environmental justice. Dr. Yoshicedo has an indoor cat and a rotating assortment of exotic animal fosters.

Ryan Casuga, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Casuga was born and raised on this beautiful island of Oahu, living in Kaneohe for the majority of his life. After graduating from Hawaii Baptist Academy in 2003, he attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa for two years. Wanting to both study and explore outside of Hawaii, he transferred to the University of Oregon in Eugene where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2008. He continued to take classes in preparation for applying to veterinary school, and landed his first job as a veterinary technician here at Kailua Animal Clinic back in 2009. He moved to California in 2010 and there gained more experience as a veterinary technician at a few other veterinary hospitals.

Dr. Casuga received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University, and spent his clinical year training at University of Missouri. He is happy to be back at home in Hawaii and working again with Kailua Animal Clinic. In his spare time, you will find him golfing, or at least watching golf. He also enjoys fishing and spending time with family.

Pua Kirkhill, Hospital Manager
Pua was born and raised in Kula on the island of Maui. After graduating high school, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area to attend Menlo College, where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Pua has been a part of Kailua Animal Clinic since 2009. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, especially by hiking, going to the beach, barbecuing, and traveling.

Jeanie Blanchette, Office Manager
Jeanie is mainland born and raised. She attended the University of Nebraska with her undergraduate aspirations in Business Administration. She brings 20 years of experience in corporate team building, training, and development, and a decade of practical experience working in veterinary hospitals. As a lifelong animal lover, she keeps her three dogs and cat close by and is a volunteer at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Her hobbies include golf, SCUBA, working puzzles, and travel.

Kiersten Kuwaye, Veterinary Assistant
Kiersten was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. She recently graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She brought home from Oregon her bunny Bambam to join her pets here in Hawaii, including a Norwich Terrier named Pebbles and a goat named Bella. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

Amelia Clark, Veterinary Assistant
Amelia was born and raised in Barnstead, New Hampshire. She has always had a passion for working with animals and grew up on a farm raising cows, pigs, sheep, horses, and chickens. At the University of Maine, she studied Biology. She moved to Hawaii in 2014 to have an adventure and see what new opportunities the islands might offer. Amelia’s family currently has two dogs, Grace and Pi; three cats, Carlos, Brady, and Kiki; two horses, Libby and Apollo; and a coop full of chickens; all living in New Hampshire with her dad, sister, and brother-in-law. She misses them very much but loves keeping in touch through Skype. When not at work, Amelia likes to go scuba diving, read, hang out with friends, and watch movies.

Megan Johnston, Veterinary Assistant
Megan was born and raised in South Carolina. She moved to Kailua and joined the Kailua Animal Clinic team in January 2016. Megan's favorite animals are goats. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and watching movies.

Alexis Atwater, Animal Care Attendant
Alexis was born and raised in Kailua. She is attending the Veterinary Technician Program at WCC, and recently joined our team in March 2017. She has owned and raised many animals including red-eared sliders, birds, cats, dogs, bunnies, and fish. When she's not working, she keeps busy with her 4-year old daughter Brookelynn, her golden retriever Daisy, her pomeranian Louis, and her bunny Lolita.

Kelli Valdez, Receptionist
Kelli is a true island girl, born and raised on the windward side of Oahu, in both Kailua and Waimanalo. Kelli comes from a family of animal lovers whose pets have included bunnies, guinea pigs, Coconut the turtle, and many dogs - Mikiala, Pali, and Tuggz, to name a few. Today Kelli is a proud mommy of her little 4 lb, 4 year old chihuahua named Canolli. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying the beach on a hot sunny day, taking evening walks around Keolu Hills and Enchanted Lake with Canolli, or strolling around Target (her happy place).

Jennifer Flaherty, Veterinary Assistant
Jenn grew up in Kailua and is happy to be home. She has over 10 years of experience working in veterinary clinics. Besides working at Kailua Animal Clinic, she serves as an army reservist, wife, and mother of one. She enjoys anything outdoors.

Holli Smith, Animal Care Attendant
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Rebekah Lee, Receptionist
Rebekah was born and raised in Honolulu, but currently resides in Kailua. She recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in English. While she and her in-laws have been clients of the clinic for many years, it wasn't until 2017 that Rebekah officially joined the KAC team as a receptionist. Since then, she has continued to learn and grow through her daily interactions with co-workers and clients, and enjoys meeting every face -- human and animal alike -- that comes through the clinic. When not at work, Rebekah can be found with her head in a book, watching the latest Game of Thrones episode with her husband, trying out one of the many new eateries on the island (to say she loves food would be an understatement), or playing with her three cats: Uki, Mapo (Maya Popoki), and Bukowski.

Susie Morjal, Receptionist
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Sarah Haluck, Receptionist
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Mazie Gonzalez, Receptionist
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Michelle Majerski, Animal Care Attendant
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Jack, Clinic Cat
Jack came to Kailua Animal Clinic as an orphaned kitten seven years ago, and has since made himself right at home. He spends his days laying about the clinic and pouncing on KAC staff members. Don't let his handsome good looks fool you; he prefers the company of cats over people and is often a complete grump. His favorite things are eating, sleeping, playing with catnip, and drinking running water from a faucet.



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