Meet our Staff




Julie Voltin, DVM, Practice Owner

I have been the owner of Uptown Animal Hospital since 2010 and it has been such a great experience!

I was born and raised in Southern California and currently reside in Signal Hill. I received my bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and went to Ross University where I obtained my doctorate in veterinary medicine. I have been working in veterinary hospitals since I was 16 years old and I love working with both dogs and cats in  all aspects of medicine.

In my spare time I am chasing my little boy, Remy, around and enjoying time with my husband, our two dogs, Stella and Mickey and Miller, the cat!  I also enjoy knitting and reading.  I look forward to meeting you and your pets and establishing a long healthy relationship with you!




Melina Morris, Client Care Specialist

I have been working at Uptown Animal Hospital since 2005 as a Client Care Specialist.

As the first point of contact for the client and patient I am dedicated to making sure you feel comfortable and welcome. I am also responsible for our prescription diets for your pet’s individual health needs. I enjoy working with our clients and I’m here to support you throughout the treatment process with prompt answers, information and respect.

At Uptown Animal Hospital, my highest priority is a satisfied & well informed owner. You are important to us and you can expect us to go the extra mile for your pet! Superior customer service is the hallmark of Uptown Animal Hospital.

I love working with animals and every day I look forward to coming to work to see our four-legged friends! My pets include two dogs Marla, Sasha and a cat named Sarah.


Francesca Alvies, Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Francesca

I joined the Uptown team in September 2017. I have worked in the veterinary field as a technician for 8 years. My special interest include making sure all of our patients have adequate care and compassion. I’ve always had a love for animals ever since I can remember and have wanted to help them any way I could. I have 2 rescue dogs and 1 very spoiled cat. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies, hanging out with friends, hiking, or enjoying the day at the dog beach/park.



Dana Harris, Veterinary Technician

I have been a technician for over 20 years!  My special interests include feline medicine and dentistry.
In my free time I love hiking with my dogs and volunteering at a non-profit for cats seeking their forever  homes.  I look forward to meeting you at Uptown!

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Tammy Mills, Ward Attendant

Hi, I’m Tammy.

I’ve been with Uptown since 1999. I love animals and have two rescue cats, “Kitty” and “Fred.”

I take great care of the pets that board here, giving each one the attention they need and deserve while they are away from their homes and people. I feed, water, medicate, walk and clean up after them, and I keep a close eye on the animals that are recovering from surgery, as well.

I hold pets for exams by the veterinarians and treatments by the technicians, so that everyone (including the humans) remains safe and unhurt. I make sure to treat all of our clients’ pets the way I would want my own pets treated, so my job also includes dispensing unlimited love and hugs to them!

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