Meet Our Team
Thank you for visiting our page to learn about the team at Primary Care Animal Hospital! We are pleased to be staffed with a team of friendly, experienced veterinarians and support staff to care for your pet. You can learn more about our team below:
Dr. Cody Lewis, DVM/Practice Owner
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. Cody Lewis works with small animals and practices strict guidelines issued by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). AAHA is the only organization to accredit companion veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. At our two hospitals, Dr. Cody Lewis and the team hold themselves to a higher standard in veterinary medicine. Pets are their passion, and keeping them healthy is their #1 priority. They strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Why? Because pets deserve nothing less.
Heather Lewis, Hospital Administrator
Heather wears many hats for Primary Care Animal Hospital and Animal Hospital of SLO. She manages the central business office and financial operations of the clinics. When she is not at the business office, you will find Heather enjoying her time with Cody Lewis and their son Noa. He is in kindergarten this year. She loves to incorporate their outings with their beloved dogs Wyatt Earp and Skylar. Heather is thankful for the opportunity to be part of a wonderful pet friendly and family oriented community!
Dr. Denise Porte
Dr. Denise Porte has been with Primary Care Animal Hospital since February 2015. She earned her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University, and specializes in behavior, having completed a behavior fellowship at UC Davis. A love of animals, science, and the enthusiasm of the first veterinarian she met, is what made Dr. Porte choose the career path of becoming of veterinarian. Her favorite aspect of working in the veterinary field is strengthening the human-animal bond by keeping your pets healthy. Clients appreciate Dr. Porte’s low stress handling and restraint methods when treating her patients. In her free time Dr. Porte does yoga, enjoys reading, playing the steel drums, and tap dancing! At home she has two 10-year-old cats, Andouille and Lagniappe.
Amy, Registered Veterinary Technician
Amy has worked with animals in some form, from pet sitting to grooming for most of her life, but found her love of veterinary medicine in 2002. While working as a veterinary assistant she attended the Veterinary Technology Program through Cedar Valley College, and obtained her RVT license in 2010. Amy joined the Primary Care Animal Hospital team in 2014 as the supervising RVT. Amy enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, especially emergency/critical care and orthopedics. However, her passion is providing top quality compassionate nursing care to all her animal patients. When not taking care of your furry family members, Amy loves to spend time with her family here on the Central Coast. Her husband and two kids enjoy taking care of their small farm of rescued creatures, 3 dogs Badger, Blue, and Peanut, 2 cats Tobey and Tig, 3 rabbits and a guinea pig named Skippy.
Audrey Biddle, Registered Veterinary Technician
Bio Coming Soon
Alyssa, Veterinary Assistant
Alyssa grew up in Northern California and moved to the Central Coast in August 2012. She has had a love for animals since she was a child and has always dreamed of working with them. She started her journey in the career field when she was a junior in high school as a kennel assistant, and worked her way up to becoming a veterinary assistant. She is the process of starting the RVT program at Hancock in Fall 2016. In her off-time, she enjoys going line dancing, bowling, and spending time with her fiancé, Brice, and their pups, Jaxx the yorkie, and Bo the mini aussie.
Jenni, Veterinary Assistant
Social Media Coordinator
Jenni has been working in the veterinary field since 2007 as a technician, and has a special interest in neurological and behavioral cases. She has been with the Primary Care team since April 2015. She started her career in the Washington D.C. area, and worked as a post-op and pain management technician for a specialty hospital in their surgery and neurology department. Jenni has her Bachelors in Science in the field of communications, culture, and technology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two girls, riding her horse, doing CrossFit, hiking out in Big Sur, and frequenting Disneyland as often as she can. She has 3 rescued dogs, her horse, and 2 bratty bunnies.
Tina, Office Manager
Tina has lived in our local community for most of her life and started her career at Primary Care Animal Hospital in 2005. She loves knowing that everyday we get to make a positive impact in the life/health of pets and their people. Being an advocate for animals is very rewarding and she could not imagine herself doing anything else. When she’s not at PCAH, you will find her at the gym, hiking, reading and hanging out with her fiancé JR, their two beautiful girls and small herd of furry kids.