Our Veterinary Team
Dr. Crystal Heath is a life-long animal lover and rescuer, having grown up on a small farm in Clayton alongside dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, and many other types of animals. She obtained her B.S. in Animal Science from U.C. Davis before continuing on to graduate from their veterinary school. Since then, Dr. Heath has worked as a veterinarian for public shelters and private animal welfare organizations all across Northern California. Her extensive experiences culminates in her exceptional knowledge of best practices.
Dr. Heath is passionate about providing affordable access and high quality care to as many animals as possible, and firmly believes that spaying and neutering is one of the most important things pet guardians can do to improve the quality of life for our companion dogs and cats. Dr. Heath has spayed and neutered over 20,000 animals in her career.
In her spare time, Dr. Heath is an accomplished equestrian and currently competes in Dressage.
Crystal Heath, DVM
Sarah is a Bay Area native, heralding from Pleasanton but currently residing in beautiful Oakland. Sarah grew up with a cocker spaniel and a bunny, and spent a portion of her childhood convincing her parents to add more animals to the family, without success. Sarah graduated from the distinguished Carrington School in 2013 before joining Berkeley Humane, where she brings her passion, warm-heartedness, fun energy, and dedicated work ethic to the team.
Sarah’s cats include the great Figaro, an affectionate and gregarious cat, and the magnificent Berlioz. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading and playing Pokemon Go.
Sarah Gray, RVT
Jana Hughes has been with Berkeley Humane since 2017. She is accompanied to work every day by her sidekick Annie, aka SmallBrownDog. Jana has worked with animals for 23 years, with a strong start in shelter medicine at Marin Humane, followed by experience at a private practice and Guide Dogs for the Blind. For the last 10 years she has applied her animal knowledge to veterinary nursing as a Registered Veterinary Technician. One last thing that must be known, Jana is passionate about Prince! Come out and dance!
Jana Hughes, RVT
Michelle has been with Berkeley Humane since January of 2017. Her previous experience includes a non-profit spay and neuter clinic for community cats and a private veterinary hospital. Additionally, Michelle is involved in additional animal rescue efforts outside of full-time job at Berkeley Humane, and she is the caregiver of multiple community cat colonies. She currently has a dog and three cats of her own. She says, “My love of animals provides me with the energy to do this all.”