Toby Wisneski, Founder & CEO
Leave No Paws Behind was founded in June 2011 by a woman who wanted to make a difference in the lives of senior animals abandoned at the shelters. Founder Toby Wisneski has a soft spot in her heart for the aging animals who, after living with the only humans they ever loved, suddenly found themselves at the shelter alone, frightened and wondering why they were there. Over the years Toby began to realize that most families felt, due to the high cost of medical care, they had no option or no where to turn for help. After many years, Toby set out to open a low-cost clinic in an effort to help animals stay out of the shelter and in their loving homes. Her dream became a reality with the opening of the New LNPB Low Cost Clinic in May of 2020. Toby believes that no pet human should ever have to choose between life or death for their beloved pet due to the high cost of medical care. Though retired, Toby continues to divide her time between the rescue and the clinic and in her spare time enjoys life with her family, furs and working on her book “My life and times in Rescue”.
Frank Wisneski, COO
Frank has been involved in animal rescue and the marketing/networking/photographing of homeless pets in shelters in an effort to get them adopted/rescued since 2008. He also trains and competes with his own dogs in competitive obedience, rally, and sports like dock diving and lure coursing, as well as photographing those events. Frank enjoys spending time with his wife, and going to dog sport events with his kids.
Missy Achenbach, VMD
Dr. Missy Achenbach is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and outside of Philadelphia, PA. Ever since she went on her first veterinary farm call as a young child, she knew that she wanted to spend her life helping animals. She grew up riding horses and would frequently go on farm calls with her trainer’s husband who was a large animal veterinarian. After going to vet school, she completed her internship year at the Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. She initially followed her passion of working with horses but switched to small animal medicine after a few years. She has worked all over the globe including practicing in Hong Kong for two years. After meeting her now husband, she moved to sunny California in 2012 and has been practicing here ever since. Dr. Achenbach met the founder of Leave No Paws Behind while working at a previous clinic and was so inspired by her vision that she chose to join forces with her at the new clinic. She lives with her husband, her two boys, her jack russell terrier, her Australian shepherd and their two cats. Her hobbies include chasing her kids around, riding horses, spending time with her husband, and traveling with her family. Dr. Achenbach looks forward to helping you provide the best preventative and sick care possible for your pets!
Alison Hoffman, DVM
Dr. Alison Hoffman graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Growing up in southern California, veterinary medicine has always been her dream. As an avid horseback rider, Dr. Hoffman initially planned a career with horses. Upon graduation, she expanded to small animal practice as well, learning to care for dogs and cats while practicing in northern California. Dr. Hoffman has spent the last five years teaching RVT and pre-nursing students at community colleges throughout the Inland Empire. An opportunity to work at a local shelter re-ignited her passion for surgery. This led her to Leave No Paws Behind, where she could help even more animals. In her free time, Dr. Hoffman cares for her small herd of animals, including 3 cats, a dog, and 3 horses. She is looking forward to helping LNPB Vet Clinic provide the best care possible for your pets.
Deija Lighon, RVT
Deija is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been working with animals for over ten years. She was born and raised Los Angeles and has two cats, Rhymes and Tyrone. It is no secret that Deija loves and cares for animals immensely and treats every patient like her own. Deija also enjoys connecting with pet owners and bonding over her love for animals. In her free time, Deija makes her own music and enjoys any activity outdoors.
Rafael Anaya, Vet Assistant
We refer to Rafael as the "dog whisperer", as he has an amazing ability to calm even the most scared and stressful dogs that come into our clinic.
Samantha Torres, Vet assistant
Ever since Samantha could remember she was an animal lover. She loves to rescue the animals that no one else wants. Samantha is a veterinary technician because she wants to help, advocate, and be a voice for animals that don't have a voice of their own. A recent graduate of Carrington College with her Associates in Science degree, Samantha will be taking the exam to become a Registered Vet Tech later this summer. Samantha loves being able to combine her career with her passion. Her favorite part of working for LNPB is being able to make treatment affordable for everyone.
Missy Woodward, Marketing Specialist
Missy brings 15 years of non-profit experience to Leave No Paws Behind. Most of her fundraising expertise has been in the animal welfare sector. Since childhood, she has been rescuing abandoned animals, promoting spay/neuter of feral cats (T/N/R) and educating communities about proper care of pets. Missy looks forward to working with individuals, grantors and corporate supporters to further LNPB’s life-saving mission for seniors and special needs shelter animals and its newest program, the People, Helping People, Helping Paws Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic in West Covina, CA.
Jordan McQueen, Customer Service
Jordan grew up right here in West Covina. She has had a love of animals since childhood, growing up with both cats and dogs. She knew from a young age that the animal care industry was for her. Jordan is currently working for her Registered Veterinary Technician certificate at Ashworth College, and her long term goal is to become a veterinarian.
Quinton Wisneski, Customer Service
Quin has had pets all his life, but started competing and actively training his dogs at age 9 for obedience and rally competitions and sports like dock diving. He has helped service dog organizations train dogs and provide them with public access/high school experience, and is currently training Loki as his own medical alert service dog.
Mariah Larry, Customer Service