Julie L. 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 and our two dogs.  I also enjoy knitting and reading.  I look forward to meeting you and your pets and establishing a long healthy relationship with you!


Katie Marrie, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

I first worked at Uptown from 2008-2011 originally with Dr. Sakamoto and then with Dr. Voltin. The experience was incredible after I first graduated from UC Davis Veterinary school in 2008. I got “called away” for seven years to help in the field of Shelter Medicine. It was very rewarding and sometimes heartbreaking work.

It is exciting for me to now be back at Uptown (March 2018). I love helping figure out what might be going on with your dogs and cats when they aren’t feeling well and guiding you through the treatment process.

I originally grew up in Phoenix, but moved to CA when I went to UCSB for my undergrad. Currently, I live in San Pedro and Catalina with my husband where he works. I enjoy paddle boarding with our dog Casi, going for walks with our cat Nala, and helping raise foster kittens.

Office Staff


Patti Hulse, Practice Manager

Hi, I’m Patti!

I’ve been with Uptown Animal Hospital since 1991. The best part of my day is working with our clients. It’s my hope that every client and patient feels welcomed.

I enjoy working at Uptown Animal Hospital because of the good medical care our patients receive and all the hard work the Uptown team offers!


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.

Veterinary Technicians


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.

Ward Attendants

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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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Wynetta Heard, Ward Attendant

Hi. My name is Wynetta. I received my Certificate in Animal Care from the Long Beach Unified School District ROP Program in 2008 and have been working at Uptown Animal Hospital since May of 2006.

My responsibilities are to make sure your cats and dogs are clean and fed, and to make them feel loved and comfortable during their stay with us. I also assist the Doctor’s and Vet Tech’s with exams, x-rays, prepping for surgery and holding for procedures.