Explore our staff biographies and learn more about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.
Wes Wittman, DVM
Dr. Wes Wittman is the practice owner, and full- time mixed animal veterinarian. He worked as a high school student for Dr. Lew Bergstorm in the ’70’s, and always knew he wanted to go into veterinary medicine. He graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 1982 and returned to Sonora to continue his career in veterinary medicine. He bought the property at Mono Way on 1998, and with some remodeling a few years later, has expanded into a full-service facility for mixed animals. Dr. Wittman strives to keep current with his knowledge and education in the field of veterinary medicine and is always supportive of his employees and continuing their education as well.
Julie Clements, DVM
Dr. Clements attended Veterinary Medical school at Oklahoma State University. She loves working in the veterinary field, especially surgical cases and Equine reproduction. She was involved in the first documented case of Blister Beetle poisoning ever recorded at the age of 12. Dr. Clements became interested in helping animals when her beloved Dachshund, Herman, was paralyzed with disc disease. Dr. Clements raises cow horses at her ranch in Calaveras County. She also has dogs, goats and a Bureau of Land Management burrow and mustang.
Dr. Lauri Grasse, DVM
Dr. Lauri Grasse graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 1989. For the first three years after graduating, she practices both large and small animal medicine but then switched to solely treating dogs and cats. She has always had a special interest in internal medicine and dermatology. Dr. Grasse lives in Sonora with her husband and daughter. At the moment, she has an elderly, eccentric Border Collie and a wild, crazy terrier mix, as well as six cats! Only one of the cats was intentionally adopted, the others just showed up. She enjoys living and working in beautiful Tuolumne County, although the summers get a little too hot.
Dr. Peter Walsh, DVM, DACVS (Surgery)
Dr. Peter Walsh is a 1994 graduate of Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He also has a Masters Degree in Veterinary Science. He completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine and a surgical residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Walsh joined the faculty at the University of California Davis where he rotated coverage for all three of the small animal surgical services and was ultimately instrumental in developing and running the small animal surgical oncology service. He is now in private practice and started Veterinary Specialists Group (VSG) which provides both orthopedic and soft tissue surgical service in the Northern California area. Dr. Walsh is board certified with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has a particular interest in surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery. He is considered one of the leading authorities on limb spare procedures in dogs with bone tumors.
Dr. Justin Uhl (Veterinary Specialist)
Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Davis in 2002. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in comparative pathology with an emphasis on bone biomechanics in 2008 and completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2010.
After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Uhl pursued a rotating internship followed by a surgery residency at the University of Minnesota. During his residency, he served for 2 years as chief resident and sat on the medical review board at the hospital. He finished his residency in July 2014 and worked in private practice in Sacramento before joining VCA in Loomis Basin where he started his mobile surgical service. He is trained in orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue, and minimally invasive procedures.
Dr. Elisha Miller, Veterinarian.
Dr. Miller graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 2018 and joined Mono Way as a mixed animal veterinarian in January 2019. She is originally from San Diego but moved up NorCal to pursue her career. Elisha started in the veterinary field as a kennel technician and quickly moved up to a small animal veterinary assistant in the Bay area after completing her Animal Biology degree at UC Davis. Throughout vet school, she has strived for the best care for all her patients and became certified for Low-Stress handling in her second year. In her spare time, Elisha enjoys hiking, traveling, going to farmer’s markets, and playing with her two fur babies Pepper and Willie.
Patti – Registered Veterinary Technician
Patti is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been in the veterinary field for over 30 years. She began working at Sonora Veterinary Group with Dr. Wittman and moved to Mono Way when Dr. Wittman bought the practice. She earned her degree in Animal Health at Modesto Jr. college and a Veterinary technology degree through Consumnes River College in Elk Grove. Patti is part of our management team and handles inventory and supplies. Her interests are dentistry and internal medicine. She is also very involved with her family, and their own animals and 4-H.
Heather – Registered Veterinary Technician
Heather joined our team in January 2007. She began as a Kennel Technician, and while she was employed here, went to school and obtained her RVT license. Her drive came from her desire to be able to help sick or injured animals. Heather’s greatest joy is getting to see all of the puppies and kittens. Her favorite animals are dogs, so she has Old English Sheepdogs and one Cock-A-poo at home. In her off time, she enjoys showing her dogs at dog shows.
Beth – Veterinary Technician
Beth has worked at Mono Way Veterinary Hospital since 2005. The best part of her job is working with all the different kinds of animals, large & small. She also enjoys seeing the new puppies and kittens that come in and watching them as they grow. Beth likes getting to know the clients and being there for them. She loves animals and loves learning about all of the diseases animals get, along with what to do to cure them. Beth’s favorite animals are horses, goats, dogs, cats, and birds. When she is not at work, Beth is busy horseback riding, doing junior rodeo with her kids, gymkhana and playing on the lake.
Nealy – Registered Veterinary Technician/Receptionist
Nealy has been working at Mono Way Veterinary Hospital since 2004. She started out as a volunteer one day a week in the Groveland Clinic and now works full time as a receptionist and is enrolled at Modesto Junior College, studying to get her RVT license. Nealy wanted to work in the veterinary industry because she loves animals and wanted to be able to take care of her own. Nealy likes seeing happy, well cared for pets and enjoys meeting all the different breeds. Her favorite animals are dogs. In her spare time, she likes traveling, outdoor activities, baking, and taking naps.
Kelly McEwen – Veterinary Technician
Kelly McEwen was born and raised in Sonora, California. Many community members may know Kelly and her family due to their active involvement in 4-H and FFA. After graduating from Sonora High School, she went on to pursue her education at the University of California, Davis. During her time at UC Davis, she continued her energetic commitment to the agriculture industry by becoming a strong spokeswoman for the beef industry through leadership roles in the UC Davis Young Cattlemen’s Association, as well as traveling the nation on the Cal Aggie Judging Team, where she competed as several Livestock Judging competitions. Kelly was the Bran Resident at the UC Davis Hopkin Avian Facility, where she worked with laying hens and many research projects. She was also the Student Breeding Manager and Herdsman at the UC Davis Beef Barn and Feedlot. In 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and a specialization in Livestock Production. In the future, she plans to return to school to obtain either a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition or Veterinary Science.
Amy Airola – Veterinary Assistant
Amy graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Facility Management from Lake Erie College in Painsville, Ohio. She loves helping our patients get better and loves it when they go home looking and feeling better than they did when they arrived. Her favorite animals are horses and dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, swimming, hiking, and stand up paddleboarding.
Daniel May – Veterinary Assistant
Daniel started with us in April of last year after working at the Humane Society in Jamestown. He believes that if you are doing a job that you would gladly do for nothing and are actually getting paid to do it, you will never work a day in your life! If you have a pet that has any unique quirks he loves to hear about them. His favorite animals are cats, Staffordshire terriers, and tortoises. When not at work he loves to compose music, usually with acoustic guitar or piano.
Lacee Mount – Veterinary Assistant
Lacee has been working here since 2014. She helps coordinate appointments for our equine dentist Ben Koertj. She keeps our mobile trucks stocked and ready to roll in addition to her other many jobs keeping up on the quality controls for our in house blood analyzers. Her favorite animals are horses and dogs. Zoie, Dot, and Calamity Jane wait patiently for her return from a long day’s work. When not playing with them she enjoys woodworking, leatherwork, and scrapbooking.
Reta – Receptionist
Reta has returned to her hometown of Sonora just a few years ago. She loves meeting our patients and seeing the love, care and devotion of their owners. She is accompanied by other family members who also work here, so some of you might know her as “Aunt Reta”.
Dawn – Receptionist
Dawn has recently joined us. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 7 years. She thinks the best part of her job is all the friendships she has made. When she isn’t greeting our clients here, she is helping her family with ranch work. And she is quite a hand with that lasso!.
Jennifer Norlinger – Receptionist/Assistant
If you go to our Groveland Clinic you are sure to see this lady. She has worked in the veterinary field for many years and has been with us for just as long. When Jennifer isn’t taking care of our Groveland/Coulterville clients you might pass her on a trail up in the high country.
Kim – Receptionist
Kim has been with Mono Way Veterinary Hospital since 2005. She enjoys seeing all of the animals leave healthy and happy. Kim has grown up around animals and wanted to join a field where she could use her knowledge to help others. Kim has few dogs, sheep, and cats at home. Kim graduated from CSU Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.
Rachel – Receptionist
Rachel joined our team in January 2012. She originally started working with Dr. Wittman in 1992. She took time off to raise her daughter and was welcomed back after 13 years. For Rachel, the best part of her job is seeing the variety of pets and the relationships they have with their owners. She also enjoys educating clients on pet care. The most difficult part for Rachel, is having to say goodbye to a pet. Her favorite animals are Poodles and Golden Retrievers. As for hobbies, Rachel enjoys journaling, photography and spending time with her family. She has a Poodle named Becket and two cats, Lucky and Seven.
Johnna Kiernan – Receptionist
Johnna Kieran joined our team in April of 2011. She has been around animals all her life. For Johnna, the best part of her job is seeing the love and excitement on the faces of both owner and pet when clients come to pick up their pets. She most enjoys the unconditional love animals provide. Her favorite animals are horses, dogs, and pigs. Outside of work, Johnna enjoys working cattle and participating as an active member of the Mid Valley Cowbells and Native Daughters of the Golden West.
Michelle Low – Receptionist
Michelle joined our team in February 2019. When asked what the best part of her job is – She replied, “she enjoys the people she works with, and loving on the animals.” Her love for animals has been since childhood. She loves the theater, reading, and being a mom to two awesome children. Her favorite animals are whales! Sorry, Michelle, you are so inland! WE love having you here!
Rachael Davis – Kennel Attendant
While Rachael is currently in school for cosmetology her long term goals are to pursue her Animal Science degree and go into the field of equine dentistry. Her favorite animals are cows because they are always fat and happy! She loves the fact that she gets to help animals and is learning something every day at Mono Way.
Paula – Finance
Dr. Wittman and the staff at Mono Way Veterinary Hospital think the world of this lady. She makes sure this office runs efficiently and also has an “open door” policy. On her off days she keeps very busy with her family and their 4-H projects. They enjoy raising market hogs, dairy goats, and chickens, and restoring antique tractors.