Here at Primary Care Animal Hospital, we are proud to provide a team of friendly, experienced veterinarians and support staff to care for your pet. Our doctors, technicians, and office staff strive to provide the best care available, and each member of our team has a history of caring, compassionate service.
Explore our staff biographies to learn where we’re from, how we came to veterinary medicine, and why we love the work we do!
Dr. Cody Lewis, DVM
Practice Owner/Medical Director
Dr. Cody Lewis grew up in Northern California, where his father was a farrier (horseshoer) and raised livestock. After being raised around animals and inspired by his father’s love for them, he was driven to pursue a career as a veterinarian. He attended Cal Poly for his undergraduate studies in biochemistry and instantly fell in love with the Central Coast. He then went on to complete his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.
As the owner of Primary Care Animal Hospital, Dr. Lewis works with small animals and practices strict guidelines issued by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). At PCAH and our sister hospital, Animal Hospital of San Luis Obispo, Dr. Lewis and his team hold themselves to the highest standards in veterinary medicine and strive to deliver excellent care to every pet. Why? Because pets deserve nothing less!
Dr. Katherine Bennett, DVM
Dr. Bennett is originally from Washington State. She grew up in a family of teachers, and originally attended college with an acting scholarship and intentions to teach abroad. While in college, she was strongly drawn to veterinary medicine, and she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 2008.
Dr. Bennett worked for 8 years in a small animal practice in Wenatchee, WA with a special focus on teaching science and methods of preventive medicine to the local community. She also aided in her clinic’s efforts in working with the local animal shelter to provide quality medicine to any animal in need. Dr. Bennett moved to the Central Coast in 2016; she worked at a practice in Lompoc pursuing innovative healing techniques such as laser therapy before joining the Primary Care team in early 2019. In her free time, Dr. Bennett enjoys hiking and fishing with her husband, and trying her hand at cooking and gardening.
Dr. Julia Kruep, DVM
Growing up in the Bay Area, Dr. Julia Kruep felt a connection to animals early on. As a kid she loved taking trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, riding horses, and spending time with her family’s dog Greta. She left home to complete an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish), but was happy to return to warm California for her veterinary studies at UC Davis, where she graduated in 2019.
Dr. Kruep appreciates the continual learning that comes along with being a veterinarian. She also enjoys hearing each pet’s individual story and how they became part of their family. In her free time, Dr. Kruep likes reading, running, skiing, and searching for new food to try with friends and family. Pets at home include Tank the box turtle and Fiona the British Shorthair cat, both of whom are grumpy (but very lovable).
Lead Vet Tech/Manager
Alyssa grew up in Northern California and moved to the Central Coast in August 2012. She has had a deep love for animals since she was young, and as a child she dreamed of turning this passion into a career. Alyssa started her journey in the veterinary field in 2010 as a kennel assistant, and her hard work earned her a promotion to veterinary assistant. She joined the PCAH team in March 2014, and she has since completed a college certificate in Veterinary Technology. Now 10 years into her veterinary career, Alyssa heads our hospital as our manager and lead veterinary technician. She has two pups, a Yorkie named Jaxx and a shepherd named Kimber, and her favorite weekends include trips to Disneyland with her husband Brice.
For as long as she can remember, Leah has always wanted a career that involved working with animals. She grew up always surrounded by a bevy of loving critters that include cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, rats, chickens, ducks, reptiles, and even sugar gliders. Her other passions in life consist of video games, drawing, and cooking. Sometime after moving to the SLO area in 2017, she decided to give the veterinary assistant program at Cuesta College a shot. After receiving her certificate, she landed a position as a veterinary assistant at PCAH in February 2020. She hopes to someday become a certified veterinary technician with the valuable experience gained through her work here.
Heather wears many hats for Primary Care Animal Hospital and Animal Hospital of San Luis Obispo, including managing the central business office and financial operations of both clinics. When she is not in the office, you will find Heather enjoying her time with husband Cody and son Noa. She loves to involve their beloved dogs Wyatt Earp, Skylar, and Cali in their outings, especially taking the whole family to the beach. Heather is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the wonderful pet-friendly and family-oriented community PCAH supports!
Jazzmin is a Central Coast native with a long history of rescuing and caring for small animals. She grew up with dogs, cats, bunnies, ducks, chickens, and guinea pigs, and worked at Santa Maria Valley Humane Society before coming to PCAH in 2018. Jazzmin is enrolled at Allan Hancock College and is studying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). She dreams of one day starting her own animal sanctuary. Jazzmin has two dogs, a miniature Pinscher/dachshund mix named Jax and a Chihuahua/pug mix named Riley.
Esperanza is a Central Coast native and life-long animal lover. She first came to PCAH as a high school intern in spring 2018, and she impressed us so much that she was offered a full-time position after graduation. Esperanza’s hard work and dedication since then have led to her promotion to our reception team, and she is also learning to assist our technicians with patient care. Esperanza is an active member of the local horse club Los Charros Unidos de la Costa Central, and in her free time she loves riding her horses, Canelo and Regalo, and spending time with her friends and family.
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