Our Team

Debra Wells

Office Manager

Debra Wells is an animal welfare advocate and is enthusiastic about excellent medical care for companion animals and wildlife. A vegetarian from the age of 12, Debra felt an early calling to assist animals. She brings experience in office management, development, and communication. Debra has worked with Dogwood Animal Shelter, Ulster County SPCA, and Rooterville Animal Sanctuary—training as a veterinary technician while there. Debra is a mother, a wife, and an adoptive mother to her dog, Emma, who she calls a terri-poo (terrier-poodle mix). She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, attending music festivals, and being a catalyst of positive change.

 

Susan Tome

Veterinary Assistant

Susan Tome is a San Francisco native with 28-years of experience as a veterinary technician and assistant. Susan has a special interest in behavioral training and wildlife. When not working, Susan enjoys cycling, reading, and walking all around the city with her husband, and dog Emily. The Tome household also includes Penny (the cat who thinks she’s a dog), Takezo (a 30-year-old velvet gecko), Hector (a 16-year-old fire-belly toad), and the most recent adoption, Mr. Peabody (a crested gecko)

 

Sunny Park

Veterinary Assistant

Sunny Park is originally from Seoul, South Korea and she grew up with pets all her childhood. Sunny attended Veterinary school in China and during her school time also enjoyed being a part of a nature conservation volunteer program in New Zealand (CVNZ). Shortly after she graduated and got her Chinese veterinary license, Sunny and her husband moved to Boston, Massachusetts. Sunny worked there as a veterinary technician at a VCA animal hospital for three years, before moving to the San Francisco Peninsula. In addition to western veterinary medicine and animal care, Sunny has always been interested in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary eastern medicine and is really excited to be a part of the Lotus team! Beyond her passion for taking care of animal friends, Sunny loves traveling with her husband and learning about other languages, cultures and cuisines.

 
 
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Shanti Zinzi

Acupuncturist and Veterinary Assistant

Shanti grew up in New York’s urban jungle with a deep love and reverence for all creatures. She has always been passionate about various holistic and integrative modes of healing. Toward this goal, she pursued studies in somatic (body-centered) therapy, behavioral psychology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her deepest passion is helping animals to fully thrive in every way. She has over 20 years of experience working with animals in shelters and advocating for animal welfare. She is thrilled to be able to offer integrative care, Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture and herbal therapy and behavioral consultations to Lotus patients. Shanti is a practitioner of Buddhism, and enjoys nature, writing, art, film, travel, and self-cultivation. She lives with her dog, Cuccia and her cats Slinkers and Rococo.

 

Deborah Salvaggio

Weekend Scheduling Assistant

Deborah is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and has grown up with many wonderful animals all her life. She is a wife and proud mother of twins. She is well-versed in all skills related to the office environment including Human Resources. Deborah has graciously acquired many rescue animals including one dog, Roland, and seven cats, Mouse Pie, Chico, Boo Boo, Frank, Genevieve, Tudo and Minnie and a Turtle named Cup Cake. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, attending children's sporting events, reading, exercising and going to the movies.