Meet Our Team
Welcome to our team page! On this page you can learn about the amazing staff that makes up our team at the Central, Western and Southern Maui locations, as well as our 24/7/365 emergency team that operates exclusively out of our Central location!
Dr. Lacy Palomino
Dr. Lacy Palomino was raised in Makawao and began riding horses at a young age. Before attending college, Dr. Palomino successfully competed in a variety of riding disciplines, both on Maui and on the mainland, where she received numerous awards for her accomplishments. After graduating with a B.B.A in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and working in the film industry in Hollywood, Dr. Palomino left the entertainment world to pursue her true passion- dedicating her life to preserving and championing the welfare of animals. Dr. Palomino is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is passionate about promoting increased pet adoption from local shelters. When away from the office, Dr. Palomino enjoys being active outdoors, playing with her Instagram famous dogs, @boba.miso.zuki, and spending quality time with her adventurous mother and fiancé.
Dr. Paul McCurdy
Dr. Paul McCurdy grew up in sunny South Florida. At a young age, he set off to travel the world. After spending a couple years studying coral reefs and living on a sailboat in the South Pacific, he settled in New Zealand, where he attended veterinary school at Massey University. Paul spent time in Africa and Australia working with less fortunate animals with WSPCA and wildlife work in a zoological park setting. After graduation, he worked at an avian and exotic specialty practice before settling into companion animal practice in rural New Zealand. In search of warm weather and plethora of ocean activities, Paul has recently relocated to Maui. His clinical interests include companion animal ophthalmology, endocrinology, dentistry, avian and exotic medicine and surgery and a zero pain philosophy. During his leisure time, Paul enjoys surfing, diving, gardening, hiking, and mountain biking.
Dr. Curtis Willauer
Dr. Willauer brings a unique skill set and vision to our practice with his training in both Western and Chinese medicine. He is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and has his Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine. His combination of the use of acupuncture with herbal support, in collaboration with his surgical skills, has improved the quality of life of many pets on Maui. Dr. Willauer received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a three-year surgery residency at the University of California, Davis, earning a diploma in small animal surgery. Introduced to acupuncture, he pursued training in this art, first becoming certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and then completing his Master of Science degree at the Traditional Chinese Medicine College of Hawaii. When not practicing both Eastern & Western veterinary medicine, he enjoys the warm Maui waters.
Dr. Hilary Nauss
Born and raised in Seattle, WA; Dr. Hillary Nauss began her journey with veterinary medicine in high school where she worked for a veterinary clinic in Bellevue, WA. She has been pursuing her passion for animals ever since and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. While attending the University, she worked as a veterinary technician at a feline clinic on Oahu. In 2010, Dr. Nauss received her D.V.M. degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. As a student at WSU, she participated in Aquavet®, a program in aquatic veterinary medicine at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and also completed an externship at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. After graduation, Dr. Nauss worked as a veterinarian in the Seattle area before coming back in the Hawaiian Islands. Dr. Nauss’ professional interests include preventative medicine, internal medicine, surgery, radiology and fish medicine. She is eager to meet and work with the pet owners of Maui. Dr. Nauss strongly believes in the importance of high-quality, compassionate care tailored to the individual needs of your pets. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and lifting weights, scuba diving, and spending time with her wonderful cat, Sprinkles.
Dr. Tiffany Nunan
Dr. Nunan was fortunate enough to be raised right here on the beautiful island of Maui. When she was a little girl, the local veterinarians would come to her family’s barn and she was always deeply fascinated by how they helped the animals. They exposed her to the profession and she immediately knew that she wanted to become a veterinarian and has never looked back since. Dr. Nunan moved from Maui to Colorado and attended Colorado State University where she received her degree in Bachelor of Science and her DVM license. From Colorado, she moved to Oahu to practice, but after spending 14 years away she was ready to move back home. Maui has always held a special place in her heart and she wanted to be closer to family and good surf. She truly enjoys practicing at Central Maui Animal Clinic because she loves the team and how much everyone loves their work and truly care about making a difference.
Dr. Nunan is the proud mom to cattle dog mix, Bailey, who has been her buddy through school and during her moves to Oahu and Maui and another pup named Reef but more commonly known as “Little Man”. In her free time, Dr. Nunan enjoys surfing, kite surfing, horseback riding, snow sports, hiking, and playing guitar.
Dr. Lindsay Moore
Dr. Lindsey Moore grew up in the beautiful mainland countryside of Montana. While growing up Dr. Moore and her family kept busy with their cats, dogs, horses and cows. Due to a lifetime of being surrounded by animals, Dr. Moore decided she wanted to make loving and caring for animals her future career. In 2008, Dr. Lindsey Moore graduated from Washington State University earning her degree in veterinary medicine. Since graduation, Dr. Moore has practiced in Montana, Ohio, North Dakota, Colorado and now Hawaii. During her years of practice, Dr. Moore has developed specific veterinary interests in dentistry, soft tissue surgery and pain management.
When not busy in the clinic, Dr. Moore spends time with her 3 little girls and husband. The entire family enjoys quality time outside on the beach or hiking in the mountains. The Moore family loves living the Maui life and Dr. Moore loves working with families to help partner in caring for all the animals on the island.
Dr. Janet Ladyga
Dr. Janet Ladyga grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on a farm, raising cattle sheep and horses (and pet chickens). She was very active in 4-H growing up, was active in speech and drama in high school, and was also the captain of the cheerleading team. Dr. Ladyga moved to Fort Collins and attended Colorado State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and then her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Ladyga practiced for a few years back in Steamboat where she met her husband, Lee. They ran away to Scotland and got married in 2002, then they moved to Bend, Oregon, where they lived and worked until October 2018 when they moved here to Maui! At one time, Dr. Ladyga had five dogs, she is now the proud pet parent to two miniature Dachshunds, Zelda and Winnie. When not in the clinic, you will find Dr. Ladyga riding horses, participating in water sports and reading a good book.
Dr. Joanna Dombeck
Dr. Joanna Dombeck recently moved to the beautiful valley isle from Phoenix, Arizona. She has practiced at multiple 24 hour emergency and specialty hospitals over the past ten years. She is originally from Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She also completed two year long internships after graduation, and continues to have a strong interest in internal medicine cases. While in veterinary school, she volunteered at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with the Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project. This amazing experience cemented her love for Hawaii and Hawaiian culture.
Dr. James Oldeschulte
James graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine with a special interest in skin diseases and allergies. He practices with love and compassion and approaches wellness and healing with your goals and values in mind. He is a Fear Free Certified Professional and strives to make every veterinary visit as positive and stress-free as possible. His professional interests include integrative medicine, promoting the human-animal bond, and maximizing the healthy lifespan of our four-legged family members. In his free time, he enjoys creating educational websites and apps for pet parents and the veterinary community. You can find links to these at JamesOldeschulte.com.
Lead Veterinary Technician
Aleix’s journey as a vet tech started when she adopted her first real dog, Tyler, who was a boxer. His health problems pushed her to want to learn and help other animals. She enrolled herself into Bel Rea Animal Technology, where she received her associate’s degree in veterinary sciences in 2008. Since then she has worked at some amazing practices and made many amazing friends along the way; who all had the same passion she did. She loves her job, and wouldn’t change it for the world!
Lead Veterinary Technician
Keri recently graduated from Cedar Valley College and passed her Veterinary Technician National Examination to become an RVT here in Hawaii and has over 10 years experience working in the veterinary field. She loves being able to help our furry friends feel better and stay healthy. She moved to Maui from Michigan in 2016 and has felt at home here ever since. When not at work you can find her playing with her dog Koda, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, or relaxing by the ocean with her husband.
Lead Veterinary Technician
Johnna was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She moved to Colorado in 2006 with her husband and first daughter. In 2010 she received her CVT license and worked mostly as an emergency technician and then moved to Maui to continue working as a certified veterinary technician. Johnna and her family have now been on Maui for 3 years, and have been happy ever since. She has been a veterinary technician for over 15 years. She says the best thing about her job is seeing the clients so appreciative after we have helped there beloved pet. The reward of a big thank you from a client is the best! Of course, a lot of our technicians have pets of their own, Johnna has a painted turtle named Blossom and a goldfish! When she isn’t working, Johnna loves snorkeling with her family and swimming. She’s new to paddle surfing but she is getting the hang of it! She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters, Shea and Halle.
Brittany is originally from New York but has traveled throughout her life. Brittany is constantly expanding her knowledge in the medicinal field of animals and is very happy to be here in Maui Hawaii. Her passion is patient care and emergency medicine. Brittany loves learning about exotic animals and taking on new challenges.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Kiane has been part of the CMAC team since April 2011, and while she enjoys all aspects of clinical and emergency care, her favorite role is surgical nurse. Lucky to be born and raised on Maui, Kiane is loving life raising her three beautiful children. They also have a four-legged family member, “Allie”, a sweet and spoiled terrier mix. Allie makes Kiane even more passionate about her position as a veterinary nurse. It’s important to her that she treats patients how she would want Allie to be loved and cared for. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, taking Allie to parks, reading, movies, and learning the Hawaiian language. Kiane looks forward to continuing her education in the near future with a focus on Veterinary Medicine, where she hopes to become an LVT/RVT. Kiane is also in charge of our blood donation program, please ask her about how your pet can become a life saver!
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Michele was born and raised on the island of Maui. After being away for more than half her life, attending college and pursuing goals, she is now back home to be with her family. She has had pets all her life, but began working with animals six years ago, which is something she’s always dreamed of.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Born and raised on the Big island of Hawaii, Tianne grew up on a farm and the first job she ever wanted at the age of 4 was to be a vet. She left the islands for the big city years ago and achieved a bachelors degree from Loyola Marymount University. She then traveled the world (mainly doing surf trips) while running a few modeling and talent agencies as an agent and agency director. She recently decided it was time to move back home and pursue a career change involving animals, which has always been her passion. In her free time she is either surfing or doing photography. She is the mom of a 6 year old orange tabby named Felix who can sit and shake, a 9 year old German Shepherd named Jagger, a rabbit named Stu, and a Doberman puppy brother is coming soon.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Dominique was born and raised on Maui where she found her passion for helping animals through finding and nursing abandoned baby chicks back to health. She went to college in Oregon on a volleyball scholarship for two years where she received an Associates degree. After doing a year abroad in Germany she is back on Maui to continue studying in her goal of becoming an Avian veterinarian. Her favorite hobbies include volleyball, hiking with her dog Luna, and volunteering at the Boo Boo Zoo.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Melanie was born and raised in New Jersey and got her degree from The University of Rhode Island in Marine Biology. She moved out to Maui in 2017 to begin her career in Marine Mammal science! Although she continues to love the ocean and it’s animals, she has switched her focus to her other passion, dogs. She someday hopes to merge these two passions and do veterinary work for marine animals as well! Nothing brings her more joy than to help animals of all kinds. In her free time she enjoys painting, hiking, and being out on the ocean!
Originally from Olathe, Kansas, Johnnie first came to Maui to visit a friend he’d known since the 9th grade. Maui’s scenery and the fact that each part of Maui is unique in its own way made Johnnie realize that it was where he wanted to be, (not to mention the ocean and warm weather!). Johnnie loves Central Maui Animal Clinic because he really enjoys working alongside the staff, (we’re a fun group!) and meeting the pets and their owners. As far as the animals are concerned, growing up his dad was an animal control officer for the city of Olathe for several years, as well as the director of a shelter in western (Liberal, Kansas). His family has always been animal lovers and they had many dogs, cats, and birds throughout the years. He is grateful for the hands-on experience he gets at Central Maui Animal Clinic working with animals and the deeper knowledge that comes with it. Johnnie’s cat lives at his mother’s house on the mainland. His name is Todd and he likes vegetables and apparently trying to play Candy Crush on the IPAD.
Priscilla Wirtz Harding
Priscilla grew up in California. Ever since she was a kid she would befriend the lost, broken, and loved pets! She spent many nights sneaking in a stray. Priscilla believes each and every animal can be rehabilitated with patience and lots of love. She can’t imagine doing anything else but working with animals! Priscilla has been working in our boarding department since 2004 and feels very fortunate to be working at CMAC with equally loving animal caregivers.
Michelle grew up on a farm in Southern Illinois. She’s always had a love and respect for animals and had lots of family dogs growing up. She rescued her first dog for the humane society when she was 18 and fell in love. Her dog Daphne followed her to college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology. Michelle then began her professional career as a pharmacy tech. When she was given the opportunity to move to Maui she decided to leave human medicine and combine her passions for science and animals. Michelle was excited to join the Central Maui team in 2017. Her love for animals has never stopped growing. Michelle now has 4 dogs Lily, Bailey, Loki, and Piki. They are a huge part of her family. She is so happy that her children can learn the love and respect for animals the way she did by growing up with them. Michelle’s goals are to help provide the best medical care possible to the animals of Maui while providing excellent customer service to those who love them.
Kelly Heiman started her professional career far from the animal world, serving as Deputy City Treasurer for the city of Los Angeles for 15 years. However, even her demanding job couldn’t keep her from devoting her time and energy to animals- She ran the city’s dog licensing program, spearheaded a vaccination clinic, and volunteered her time as city dog catcher. She finally stopped resisting her true passion, quit her job, and went back to school, adding a degree in Animal Science and a Veterinary Technician’s license to her extensive business expertise. Shortly after moving to Maui, Kelly started working at Central Maui Animal Clinic. In 2009, the pair formed the Lana’i Animal Clinic, and in 2011 expanded by opening the West Maui Animal Clinic in Lahaina. Kelly’s goal is to provide a facility that offers the best possible veterinary care, top-notch customer service, and a place that clients can rely on, form a relationship with and be able to reach out to with questions, concerns, or emergencies. Her recent passionate endeavor has been launching West Maui Animal Clinic’s Angel Fund; a donation based program which treats pets who have serious health conditions who have been abandoned or need adopting, preparing them for a happy life with their forever homes.
Customer Service and Marketing
Haley was born and raised right here on Maui and has loved animals ever since she was a young. A country girl at heart, she grew up in Kaupakalua surrounded by family and farm animals. Haley spent 4 years on the island of Oahu attending college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she really enjoyed the hustle and bustle of city life. After graduating in 2015, she returned to Maui and found a job with us! She enjoys her position at Central Maui Animal Clinic and loves to interact with clients and their pets. You can occasionally find Haley at our South Maui location where she enjoys welcoming clients and their feathered or scaly friends! Haley has a special interest in exotic animals, particularly avians! She has a couple of pet cockatiels named “Pika” and “Chu” that she adores! When Haley’s not busy helping clients and their pets or taking care of her own, she enjoys eating sushi, traveling, and spending time with her husband.
Customer Service & Direct Release
Melissa is originally from Reno, Nevada, but made Maui her permanent home in 2011 after completing her bachelor’s degree. She has always been an animal-lover, and is happy to have found a way to make that part of her career by joining the CMAC team. Her goal every day is to ensure our clients have a wonderful experience at our clinic, to help them through difficult moments with compassion and understanding, and to befriend every pet that walks through the door. She is also a Direct Release agent, so you may see her at the airport greeting Maui’s new arrivals, and helping to keep Hawaii rabies-free. She has a furry best friend named Harvey who can catch tennis balls with amazing acrobatic skill, and has mastered his puppy eyes when begging for a treat. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes with her dog, and eating all the spicy ahi poke she can get.
Keo is originally from Aiea, Hawaii, but moved to Maui in 2008 for high school. She fell in love with the country side of Maui and has official made this island her home. She has experience working with therapeutic farm animals and has worked in vast different environments of customer service. Keo has always been a huge animal lover, but her main fascination falls with the Avian category. She owns three birds of her own. Juniper, her Cinnamon Cockatiel, Sage, her Jenday Conure, and Nami, her Red Bellied Parrot. She’s also raised many baby birds in her spare time. She also has a goofy dog named Hina, which is a ridgeback mix that absolutely loves her bird siblings. When Keo isn’t at work, she enjoys baking, watching anime, and going out to Coffee shops with friends.
Amy, originally from the Midwest, has lived on Maui for 20 years and has a background in Healing Touch for both animals and people. Her favorite part of her work day is connecting with the animals heart to heart and meeting all of the caring pet parents. She has a special interest and appreciation of senior pets and happens to have a senior cat of her own named “Jasmine”. Jasmine is a loyal companion and loves to talk a lot. She also has a second cat named “Nani” who is very gentle and loves head massages. When Amy isn’t busy bonding with her boarding buddies and beauties, she enjoys being outdoors and also loves listening to music.
Sarah enjoys working at Central Maui Animal Clinic as a Technician Assistant. She loves the calmness she feels around animals and they bring a peace into her life that she has always wanted her life to be centered around. She really enjoys the one on one interaction the team is able to get with the animals and the connection they’re able to have; from saving their lives to the moment when they are returned to their loving families. Born in Ochsenfurt, Germany, her family moved to California when she was one. She attended high school in Oceanside and then received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Sonoma State University. While finishing her degree, she worked as a tour guide at an African Safari park with over 400 acres of land and 80 different species including giraffes, cheetahs, rhino, monkeys and Watusi cows. Sarah also volunteered here on Maui at the Pacific Primate Sanctuary taking care of Capuchin, marmoset and spider monkeys for fourteen months.
Kailynn is originally from San Diego, California but moved to Maui at 15 years old. She moved because her father wanted to come back home. She moved onto her grandfathers property where they were surrounded by horses, cattle, dogs, rabbits, and much more. She fell in love with the life style and she currently has three horses, five dogs, and she also raises chickens. She and her husband have two beautiful children who love the outdoors and animals just as much as she does!
Jen is originally from Long Island, NY. She grew up with animals all of her life. She loved riding her mom’s horses back in NY and taking care of them. Currently she has a Shiba Inu named Fox and a long haired domestic cat named Jade. Her and her wife decided to move to Maui because they were tired of shoveling snow and ice and longed for a change. She is currently in school for IT and looking forward to putting all of her knowledge into helping every animal she can. She has fallen in love with the animals and people of Maui and she’s so excited to meet everyone’s pets!
Dr. David Novotny
Dr. David Novotny visited the beautiful Island of Maui often for many years before finally joining the staff at Central Maui Animal Clinic making Maui his home in 2018. He was born and raised in suburban Maryland, received his undergraduate degree from University of Nebraska, and his veterinary degree from Iowa State university in 1985. He worked in pet practices in Pennsylvania, Grand Cayman, San Diego, and Lake Tahoe before focusing on emergency medicine. He worked at an emergency and specialty practice in San Jose for 14 years before he relocated here, and is now the only full time emergency clinician here on Maui. Dr. Novotny has over 34 years of clinical experience, and still enjoys each day at work, each client, and each pet that he has the pleasure of meeting. When not working, he can be found participating in any number of the watersports that Maui has to offer, playing the guitar, and relaxing at home with his wife Suni, and 2 cats Arthur and Olive.
Caitlin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she started out as a radiation therapy/oncology technician at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists during her second term of schooling to become a RVT. Since then, she has worked at a variety of clinics, specifically focusing on emergency and critical care medicine. She really enjoys the amount of care and detail that goes into emergency medicine and the critical patients that she cares for. Seeing her most sick patients walk out of the hospital doors and go back home is something that she strives for every shift she heads into. Working with animals is something that she loves doing and wouldn’t change it for the world! In her free time, she enjoys cooking tasty meals, being outdoors in the sunshine, trying out new foods, and lounging with her Snowshoe kitty, Bandit.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Anne grew up in Chicago but moved to Maui from Colorado in 2012. She came to Hawaii backpacking and felt at home with island life. Her life was enriched by animals at a very young age. While learning to walk she would steady herself by holding onto her dog Buck, and attended zoological camps at one of the local zoos. It is her goal to help provide the highest standard of care to pets and their families to optimize their ability to enrich the lives of each other. She has a cat named Bodhi who’s best friends are a pair of Hereford cattle and can be often found laying with them in the pasture. She attended the Graham School for Cattlemen in Kansas specializing in artificial insemination, natal monitoring, and birthing. She spends her free time rock climbing and making art, as well as taking animal welfare classes.