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)


Rebecca Sid

Veterinary Assistant/Scheduling Assistant

Rebecca Sid has been working the veterinary field since 2008 and was born in the San Francisco Mission District. She graduated from Foothill College's Veterinary Technology Program in 2012. Her love for animals has always been a life long passion. Rebecca has worked for various hospitals around the Bay Area in emergency medicine, specialty, holistic/western and day practices but found her home with Lotus. Her gentle nature and patience has been an asset in this field overall working with animals assisting with their medical care. She enjoys spending time with her 3 year old pet mini-lop bunny named, Thor and her boyfriend’s tuxedo 10 year old cat named Zeus. 

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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.