Our Veterinarian and Medical Staff
Ali'i Animal Hospital and Stay @ Ali'i are run by a highly trained and compassionate veterinarians and veterinary staff. Learn more about our exceptional team below, and schedule an appointment soon to meet them in person.
Our veterinarians have extensive experience and a passion for providing the highest level of medicine for Hawaii's pets.
Dr. Joanna Cook, Medical Director
Dr. Joanna Cook was raised in Hawaii, attended Iolani and Punahou Schools and received her Bachelor of Science in animal science at UH-Manoa. She attended Western University in California where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Cook received additional training at a year-long internship at the highly regarded Wheatridge Animal Hospital in Colorado. She has practiced veterinary medicine in Hawaii since 2014. In addition to Hawaii, she is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in California and Colorado. Her passion for animals began when she was in grade school. Since then, she has been the happy owner of a menagerie of pets and rescue animals from dogs to guinea pigs to rabbits and birds. She is passionate about providing the best care for your dog or cat and informs owners of the various treatment options, including alternative medicine where these have been proven to be effective. She lives in Honolulu with her husband and two sons.
When she is not working at Ali’i Animal Hospital, she is spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite food is her husband’s cooking and chocolate chip cookies from the Cookie Corner.
Dr. Christina Zeoli, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Christina Zeoli grew up in New York. Since the age of four, she can remember wanting to be a veterinarian. She received a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University in Boston and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. After veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. Following her internship, she stayed in the DC area and worked at a general practice where she also became certified in veterinary medical acupuncture. After making the move to Hawaii, a dream she and her husband had for years, she worked with the primary care team at VCA Family Animal Hospital. She is now excited to be with Ali’i Animal Hospital.
Our leaders are not only trained with the highest level of veterinary and administrative knowledge but are deeply caring and compassionate.
Matt Malta, Hospital and Resort Director
Matt Malta has extensive training in administration. With over 20 years of management experience, he is excited to be the Hospital and Resort Director of Ali’i Animal Hospital and STAY @ Ali’i. Matt’s managerial experience is all-encompassing, with the most recent being a Hospital Director for the largest 24-hour veterinary hospital and specialty center on O’ahu. In his past, he has been in senior management for the Humane Society, a high profile technology company, and involved with training development for a large grocery chain in Hawaii. He was born in Honolulu and grew up in Kailua where he continues to raise his family. He has been a true animal lover his whole life. Much of his animal experience stems from raising dogs, fish, and birds as a child. Matt continues his passion for pets by providing the best experiences for clients and guests at Ali’i Animal Hospital and STAY @ Ali’i.
Shawna Lee, Patient Services Manager
Shawna is a local of Honolulu. Growing up, she only had pet fish, but always loved animals! She attended Oregon State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in zoology with the initial thought to go on to veterinary school. After five years of being a veterinary nurse, she hasn't thought of anything else she would rather be!
Outside of work, she loves to do anything outdoors. She brought over her dog, Samson, from Oregon, who also loves the outdoors. If it's a nice day, you can find them hiking or at the beach, enjoying the Hawaiian sun.